Here is an adorable and easy “up-cycled” idea from The Unsophisticook-Chalkboard Paint Spice Jars! All you need is babyfood jars and chalkboard paint–check out the tutorial: Getting Organized with DIY Chalk Paint Spice Jars
You see, I’ve always wanted to decorate a tree for the birds in our backyard. I would love to string popcorn, raisins and cranberries into a garland to drape on the branches, and then add frugal edible avian ornaments just like these!
Just imagine making a batch and wrapping them up as gifts for bird loving friends & neighbors. It’s homemade, inexpensive and useful! Now on to the tutorial.
6. Cut some straws in half.7. Fill molds with birdseed mixture and poke a hole through the middle with a chopstick. Then place a straw in the hole. Where the straw is will be where you can place a string through your ornament!
9. Pop the completed birdseed ornaments out of the molds and thread a string through the hole. Hang on a handy tree.
I’ve had these hanging for a few days now, and the birds have not found them yet. I can’t wait until I see some little feathered friends enjoying their treat!
Although I’ve posted this as a possible Christmas gift, they really can be used any time of year. I think that a good heavy rain would eventually melt through the gelatin/cornsyrup/flour glue. . . but we already had a drizzle that melted all the snow and the birdseed ornament is still holding together.
If you really wanted to give the birds a feast to remember, you could add some nuts, dried fruit and/or popcorn to the mix!
Don’t miss the rest of the “Make it for Christmas” posts!
In preparation for Christmas I’ve been posting different “Make it for Christmas” crafts, both tutorials from me and links to other folks work. Come back here at any time to see the complete list of projects, I’ll continue to add them as I post them.
Looking for an inexpensive yet thoughtful homemade Christmas gift for the females on your list? These easy to make and frugal homemade bath bombs fit the bill! Buying these at your favorite expensive bath and body type store would cost you about $6 each-but you can make them for a fraction of that cost.
Wouldn’t these look lovely in a basket individually wrapped in clear cellophane with some curling ribbon around the top? Or made in different shapes (there are lots of cute silicon molds out there-I can find various shapes for sale at my local dollar store for a dollar each)
Head on over to Petite Elefant for a great bath bomb tutorial with lots of helpful photos.
Have you ever made homemade bath bombs or other spa style bath products? If you have I’d love for you to share your experiences and tips with us all!
But the stuff was fairly expensive, and it came by the quart, and however as tolerant of my more, uh, unusual ideas as Yankee Bill is-he wasn’t really keen on the idea of my painting a patch of the kids room black or dark green. He quite rightly pointed out “Do we really want to teach them to write on the wall?”.
Now that the chalkboard paint has been on the market for a few years you can buy it in cute little 8oz jars, in tons of different colors at your local craft store for around $5. There is also a spraypaint version available for around the same price. That makes projects like “Easy Chalkboard Frames” by Brown Paper Packages into something that can actually qualify as a frugal gift idea.
The idea is simple-just take the glass out of the frame and paint it with the chalkboard paint. Let it dry and pop it back in. Voila!
There are as many variations on this project as there are frames out there. Inexpensive frames are easy to find at your thrift store, garage sale, mom’s attic or the dollar store. You can get creative with the frame-embellish it, change the color, make it unique!
If the idea of having glass in the frame bothers you (say it’s for a kids room) you could always cut a piece of board to fit, and prime & spray that.
And you don’t have to think small. What about creating a big kitchen blackboard for one of the moms on your list who needs to get organized? The one in the picture below was made with a piece of metal painted with the chalkboard paint-so it is magnetic as well!
A fun twist on this project is creating a chalkboard plate. Just paint the center of a plate with the chalkboard paint! Imagine it hanging on a kitchen wall or stood up on a counter with one of those little art stands. . . adorable!
Just package the finished chalkboard with a few pieces of chalk! I think this is a great DIY gift that could be used, depending on your frame and material choices, for a child, teen, or adult!
All you need for this craft is a tea towel (or two if you want to make the cool background like in the picture below) and some of that special iron on paper for your printer.
I’m sure you could use a fairly simple picture editor or graphics program and change the color of this as well-blue or black might be cute.
Thanks to Heather over at Dollar Store Crafts for not only the great tutorial, but permission to use her photos.
An I Spy Jar (also called a treasure jar or Eye Spy Jar) is simply a sealed clear jar filled with small “treasures” hidden in rice, beads or small pasta. You attach a list with all the items hidden inside-you have to turn and shake the jar hiding & revealing in turn the many small items buried inside.
Some things are just easier to understand with a picture!
Wouldn’t you have loved something like that as a child? For the full instructions and plenty more pictures visit “An Eye Spy Jar” at Magic Onions.
I think this could be made easily with a repurposed/recycled glass jar, lots of little items from around the house (coins, paperclips, buttons, bits from kids toys & old games, a screw, a washer, a stone etc). What a fantastic reuse for all those little bits and pieces from games, toys and such that we all seem to collect throughout the years. You could also dye your rice for different look as well.
Have you ever played with an Eye Spy Jar?
I’m kicking things off with simple yet stylish button earrings.
You could easily whip up a pair of Button Earrings for every woman (and girl) on your Christmas list! Just a few simple supplies and a couple of minutes of work and viola, one of a kind jewelry! Make one in every shape & color for fabulous, frugal, homemade stocking stuffers.
Just head on over to Grosgrain Fabulous for her Vintage Button Earring Tutorial. Her rose button earrings are even more adorable than the ones I’ve shown above. She even shows you how to switch up the colors with a bit of spray paint!