make these: christmas gift ideas

burlap-tree-ornaments-7With Christmas being less than a week away, I’m sure some of you are still in need of one or two gifts (or maybe more) for those special people in your lives. I know that I am. Here are a few DIY gifts that I have featured over the years that will be sure to please come Christmas day!

Food:

shortbread6Shortbread Wedges

buttertarts10Pecan and Raisin Butter Tarts

dsc_8016-copyTreat-Filled Stocking

Crafts:

rustic-christmas-candle-diy-4Rustic Christmas Candles

burlap-tree-ornaments-6Burlap Tree Ornaments

Tell me, are you ready for Christmas this year?

<3

Emory

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burlap tree ornaments diy

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 6The trend for natural and rustic appearing Christmas trees are becoming ever more popular. However, while these types of ornaments may not look as expensive as glass baubles or decorative lights, than can still be quite costly. Making them from scratch, on the other hand, is only consuming with your time. Here is one version of a quick and rustic ornament tutorial that will help you attain that more traditional tree.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 1What you will need: 

Burlap cloth
Styrofoam balls
Thread
Twine
Needle
Scissors

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 2Steps:

1. Place a foam ball on the burlap cloth. Tentatively wrap the ornament in the cloth until it is completely covered. Cut the material needed to cover one ornament.

2. Place the material that has just been removed on the remaining burlap. Cut out enough sheets of burlap to equal the number of ornaments that you will ultimately have.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 33. Once enough material has been cut, you may begin sewing your ornaments. Cover one foam ball with the burlap, gathering the excess material at the top. Sew the top shut. Repeat for each ornament.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 54. Once the burlap is securely sewn, twist the excess burlap and pull it in a downward motion, wrapping it around the top of the ornament so that it resembles the cap on a glass or plastic bauble. Sew it into place.

5. Now that each ornament has a faux cap, one of the last steps is to create a hanging mechanism. Thread the needle through the centre of the top cap so that it makes a loop. Tie a knot so that it stays in place.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 76. Lastly, tie a piece of twine around the hanging apparatus to finish off the look.

Burlap Tree Ornaments - 8That’s all that is needed to make rustic tree decorations! Only 7 more days until Christmas!

<3

Emory

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a week of valentines: hearts and stripes pillow diy

HeartFlagPillow11There’s nothing more difficult than choosing a suitable handmade Valentine’s Day gift for your male significant other. The two go together like fashion and mathematics. They just don’t jive. 

Each year I view this as a challenge that I am more than willing to take on. I scour the Internet in search of projects that I think my husband would enjoy receiving as a gift. Then I work my magic, and attempt to put a Valentine’s Day spin on it. A manly gift adorned with hearts? I accept! 

Pillows are something that almost everyone enjoys. Burlap pillows are even cooler. Authentic American writing and memorabilia is a guaranteed fit for any man cave. Top it off with some hidden girly additions on one side and you’ve got a recipe for an amazing gift that is strong enough for a woman but made for a man.

These are the materials required to make your own Hearts and a Stripes Pillow:

HeartFlagPillow3Authentic Potato Sack/Burlap Material 
Fiber Fill
Fabric paint
Paintbrushes
Thread
Needle
Scissors
Scrap wood

Steps:

1. Measure and cut the burlap to the desired size for a pillow. If you’re using a sack, try to leave the sewn sides in tact. This will make things much simpler in the long run!

HeartFlagPillow42. Place a scrap piece of wood underneath the side of the material that will receive the motif.

HeartFlagPillow63. Using the fabric paint and brushes, begin decorating the pillow.

4. Once you’re done that, set it aside and let it dry.

HeartFlagPillow85. After the paint has dried completely, sew the three sides of the pillow together if they are not already done so. Then stuff the pillow to the desired thickness.

6. The final step is to sew the last side together. Once you’re done that, you’ve completed the pillow!

HeartFlagPillow12HeartFlagPillow10Is this not the coolest gift ever?

 <3

Emory

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do it yourself – burlap sack dog bed

IMG_1.jpg IMG_2.jpgIMG_3.jpg IMG_4.jpgIMG_5.jpg IMG_6.jpgI don’t know about your dogs, but Holly and Truman love burlap sacks. I only know this because over the past year I have used potato sacks around the house in multiple DIY projects. They have replaced pillow covers, curtains, placemats, and now dog beds. This is actually my second dog bed that I have made from burlap. The first bed bit the dust around the 5-month mark after Truman expressed too much fondness towards it. He loves burlap so much that he will lay and roll and scratch at the bed, over and over again, before settling down and falling asleep. When he wakes up, his hair is messy and he smells distinctly like a potato sack. Who could get mad at that?

Burlap is unique and inexpensive; two characteristics that I cannot get enough of. I initially bought 6 sacks off of eBay for less than $3.00 a piece. If you are going to purchase some for yourselves, I highly recommend going that route. That, or through your local classifieds. I always see burlap sacks for sale in antique stores, but rarely do they go for anything less than $30. That’s a bit outrageous in my mind. Because the sacks are large and double-sided, each one goes a long way. If you enjoy crafting with more natural materials, burlap is an incredible investment.

Emory

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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