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Gold and White Painted Wooden Card Box DIY

Make a quick and easy DIY gift idea with a hint of glamour: a gold and white painted wooden storage box. And there’s a surprise inside: this cute little wooden box actually fits two decks of playing cards. Hooray, this is perfect for my bridge-playing mom! Are you making DIY gifts this season? Keep reading …

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Glass ball Christmas ornament DIY using Perler Beads

Yes, we individually glued Perler beads to clear glass ball ornaments to make these fabulously festive DIY Christmas ornaments. It takes way less time than you’d think. In fact, this handmade glass ball Christmas ornament DIY is so easy that I made it together with my four-year-old daughter, Elise. Kids love Perler Beads, and this …

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Swedish Tea Ring Recipe for Christmas morning breakfast

I’m not really sure how a Swedish Tea Ring recipe became a holiday tradition in a German/Irish/English household but my mom has been making it for Christmas morning breakfast since I was a kid. Swedish Tea Rings tastes sort of like cinnamon rolls but even better. Like many breads, it’s a make-ahead project that you …

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Handmade Christmas Cards from Recycled Magazines

Thanks to Tesco for sponsoring this post. This DIY project and all opinions are mine. Although many Christmas cards are produced from sustainable sources, nothing beats making your own! Handmade cards are highly personal – both in terms of the uniqueness of the card maker and because they can be tailored to the intended recipient. …

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Christmas DIY Shortcuts with Martha Stewart Crafts

This post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Crafts. All opinions are mine. I appreciate a good DIY shortcut especially at holiday time when decorating/baking/gifting/wrapping is so hectic. Martha Stewart Crafts has a couple new festive DIY kickstarters that I’d like to share. I prefer to decorate for winter rather than just Christmas where I can …

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Personalized gift wrapping paper from minted

This post is sponsored by Minted but all opinions are my own. I love wrapping gifts. There’s something about cutting just the right amount of paper, creasing those crisp edges, playing with sticky tape, then all those lovely wrapped boxes under the tree. So when I found out that Minted now offers exclusive personalized wrapping …

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Personalize DIY Holiday Mugs {Featured in Jo-Ann Stores National Christmas Catalog}

No more mixed up mugs! Here’s a quick and adorable way to personalize cocoa and coffee mugs for the holidays by hacking VELCRO® Brand fasteners. This DIY holiday mugs project uses VELCRO Brand One-Wrap and a bit of paper to easily personalize your whole family’s coffee and cocoa mugs. And it’s totally removable! You see, …

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Mittens Personalized Christmas Gift Tags Printable Template

Warm-up your holiday gifts with these printable mitten tags and labels that YOU personalize and print at home! These cute mitten gift tags are festive and also non-denominational so they’re perfect for teacher gifts and hostess gifts as well as gifts for friends and family. Just download my printable gift tag mitten template and type …

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Festive stockings decoration on food storage container lids for pot lucks and cookie exchanges

This post is sponsored by VELCRO® brand fasteners. Last week I shared my wreath Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers wreath lid decoration that was featured in Jo-Ann national holiday advertising catalog. It’s a super cute way to decorate your storage containers for cookie exchanges and pot lucks. Here’s a stockings version that’s perfect for …

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Easy DIY Cookie Packaging in 5 Minutes

This post is sponsored by Elmer’s and X-ACTO. Tis the season for making and gifting cookies. Elise and I are decorating sugar cookies for our friends and neighbors and we’re going to package them in these 5-minute DIY cookie treat bags made from plain old wax paper and decorative Elmer’s masking tape. Sure you could …

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Festive Pot Luck Food Storage Containers

You spent all that time baking for holiday parties and cookie exchanges. Why put your goodies into plain storage containers? Decorate cookie tins and storage containers with this DIY paper wreath for holiday cookie exchanges – it removes easily to wash and re-use next year. This post is sponsored by JOANN Stores and VELCRO® Brand. …

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Gooey Butter Cookies Recipe (aka Cake Mix Cookies)

This Christmas ooey gooey butter cookies recipe (also known as ‘cake mix cookies recipe’) is courtesy of my friend Debbie who makes these yummies for her annual Christmas party. Debbie is from St. Louis where gooey butter cake is a local staple, and this gooey butter cookie recipe is meant to pay homage to that …

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Free printable gift tags from vintage Christmas ornaments

Here’s a woodsy pair of friends to adorn your holiday gifts. I made these free gift tags from vintage owl and deer Christmas tree ornaments that I found at a local antique store. Last year I gave these ornaments to my friend Heather to add to her collection. I shot a couple photos on my …

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Crafty Holiday Gift Guide Ideas for Christmas and Hanukkah

As a crafter like me you are probably doing one or more of the following things right about now: (1) making handmade holiday gifts for friends and family, (2) looking to buy creative and budget-friendly gifts, or (3) making your own list to give to your family. Well, the MerrimentDesign.com Crafty Holiday Guide is here …

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Homemade marshmallows recipe

Today we’re going to learn how to make marshmallows using a really easy marshmallow recipe – it’s a yummy DIY gift and you can always make some extras for yourself. Lately I’ve developed a bit of a hot chocolate habit during the mid-afternoon workday at the day job. After spotting a box of “homemade” marshmallows …

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