Holiday Crafting

$1 Michaels Thanksgiving DIY Kit Makeover

Turkey Necklace Upgrade

Thanksgiving is this week and I’ll be seeing all of my nephews in just a matter of days. I’ve got a few DIY projects ready to go as we wait for Turkey Time on Thursday – what do you like to do during Thanksgiving as you wait for the big meal?


I found these inexpensive necklace kits at Michaels a few weeks back. At $1 each they’re not very fancy, but for a quick DIY project on Thanksgiving they’ll definitely work for my two oldest nephews. Just because they didn’t cost very much doesn’t mean they have to look like it, either. If you like to hit up the dollar section at your favorite store, a quick packaging makeover can help a lot of products like this!


I put the beads into a fresh cellophane bag and swapped the elastic cord for some baker’s twine. I added a colorful card stock top to the bag, paired with a Paper Source chalkboard “Happy Thanksgiving” sticker. With the back of the card stock blank you can add the child’s name or write a holiday message. Overall it took just a few minutes to repackage the kits.

With the Thanksgiving crafts ready, now it’s time to focus on important things like actually MAKING the dinner…

How-To: Fall Harvest Vase Wraps


It’s officially fall in Michigan and I’m trying to enjoy every second of this always-short season here in the Mitten State for as long as I can. There’s lots of plaids to wear, warm tea to sip and beautiful plant colors to gaze upon.

If you’re in the mood for more harvest hues in your home, you can add a simple canvas-denim-shirting wrap to any plain vase for a quick fall upgrade. This wrap is easy to sew; add it to your own vase for a harvest centerpiece or use it wrap around a bunch of flowers at the end of a dinner party to send home with guests. (more…)

Halloween Quilt


Another Halloween is on the books. That went by quickly! One of the last Halloween craft projects I put together was a small Halloween lap quilt for myself. I tend to make quilts for friends and family, so I don’t have that many of my own at home to enjoy. In my ongoing scrap-busting quest to attack my fabric stash, I put together this quilt pretty quickly with pieces all from my stash.


The one and only awesome Amy Lobsiger quilted this for me and I love the results!


Now it’s time to turn my attention to Thanksgiving. There’s not a lot of turkey fabric out there, is there?!

Paper Source Workshop: Sugar Skull Rosettes


Thanks to the awesome team at Paper Source Birmingham, I’m now the proud creator of several beautiful paper rosettes, complete with a fantastic sugar skull! The awesome gals at the store had no problem coming up with a special workshop for us this month to celebrate Halloween.


For the workshop, we went over the basics of making a paper rosette. Biggest thing to remember? Your width of the rosette needs to be two times its length when cutting it out. Using some beautiful specialty papers we focused on Halloween-ready colors, from rich orange with a touch of gold to classic black-and-white stripes.


Thanks to the store’s Silhouette Cameo, we each decorated an oversized sugar skull to add to one of our rosettes.


I loved decorating my rosette – it was so calming!


With some paper rosette tactics down, we’re already thinking about how to make a set for the next holiday – Thanksgiving!

Here’s to a happy Halloween!

Halloween Treat Sacks


Here’s a quick way to wrap a collection of Halloween trinkets for your special trick-or-treater! I found these great Up and Up orange stripe lunch bags at Target. Once your gifts are placed in the bag, fold the top over twice and crease. Secure the top with two pieces of washi tape in different colors and patterns. I used several rolls of Scotch Expressions Washi Tape for these bags as well as the tags.

To identify the bag I pinned a white clothespin to the top of the bag that held an orange-and-black jute twine bow, a Paper Source letterpress Halloween finding and gift tag. The tag was covered in washi tape before a plain circle sticker was added to the front for the recipient’s first initial.

It doesn’t long at all to give holiday gifts an extra dose of cheer!