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Gift Idea: Tile Photo Coasters

I’m sharing yet another DIY Christmas present…some handmade photo coasters…courtesy of Pinterest, of course!

I followed this pinned tutorial and put a few sets of these together for loved ones. They were SO super easy to make (I know I always say that, but I really mean it this time!) I simply made prints from my local CVS (glossy or matte finish, doesn’t matter) and cut them down to fit my tiles. I found my tiles at Lowes – they cost 34 cents a piece. You can’t beat that! I used Modge Podge to adhere down, coated the top a few times with Modge Podge, and finished them off with several coats of the Modge Podge Matte finish sealer. My only advice is to use that stuff in a well ventilated space. It’s messy…and stinky…!

Here’s the final result. Brooke’s Auntie just loved getting these personalized coasters. I figure that as the years go on I can update her collection with more recent photos. Fun!


Last minute stocking stuffer…literally!

for those of you looking for those last minute items to fill up the stockings, I have the perfect solution for you:

stockings :)

I used the “cozy toes” digital stamp from Whimsie Doodles to create a tag to wrap around a new pair of socks. This is a great way to wrap up something boring but make it cute & festive! (just simple coloring with Copics, no shading blending – quick & easy)

You can check out more new releases and samples of Whimsie Doodle stamps on the blog. Also, I’ve had a few questions on how to print & use these stamps. I am working on putting together a tutorial for that soon. So stay tuned! :)

Craft Fair Goodies & VIDEO: Wine Bottle Gift Tags

Hi everyone! I have another video tutorial to share with you today. After seeing a few versions of these, I was inspired to try creating some wine bottle gift tags of my own. I am really loving the Carta Bella and Echo Park collections from A Cherry On Top, so I decided to use them on these, and also show you how to make them. Scroll to the bottom for the video.

Here are the photos of the various tags that I’ve made:

The opening at the top allows you to just slip these tags over the neck of the bottle. This is so much more fun than a wine bottle bag..! Or, you could still put them in a bag and use these too!

Just some more examples using various stamps and dies…

Here is the one we are making in the video. I’ve linked to all supplies at the bottom of this post. You can also find my article with full supply listing over here on A Cherry On Top.

You can watch the video on these below, or over on YouTube. Thanks!

Supplies Used:

Christmas Decor: Yarn Trees

I’m a big fan of Kristina’s creations (who do you think helped me with the design of my blog? She rocks!)

Last year Kristina posted a tutorial on yarn trees and I knew I just had to make them. Of course, I never got around to it – so this year I was determined to try ’em. Here is how mine turned out…

(OK, so the trees next to the super cute baby = cuteness overload…haha!)

I was SO surprised at how simple these really were. I literally just applied a bit of hot glue to the very bottom of the cone and then wrapped the yarn around & around until the foam was all covered. Once I was done, I hot glue the yarn in place on top. That’s it!

I decided to use colorful buttons instead of felt balls (uhhh because that’s what I had on hand and to be honest I was being a bit lazy!). Turns out that using buttons made this project even easier. All I had to do was string a little bit of thin floral wire through the button holes and then push the ends into the foam.

The buttons stay nice & snug against the trees:

I purchased my foam cone shapes at my local craft store, Michael’s – in the floral department. I used a coupon on them to bring down the cost a bit – and then just grabbed some yarn that I saw on sale.

 Kristina posted even more info this year on her felt trees – it has more info for you on how to put these together if you’re interested. :)