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In an Emergency Money Gift

“In An Emergency” Graduation Gift

These “In an Emergency Break the Glass” money frames are a fun, easy graduation gift for graduates. And because you can place any amount of cash in these, they fit virtually any budget. DIY Graduation Gift This is a fun and creative gift idea for graduates.  I give this gift to graduating seniors every year. It’s also a great gift for weddings, house warming gift, retirement gift or birthday.  You’re sure to see a big grin. It’s funny and, best of all, CASH! To create this gift, simply download a PDF, print out the page, attach one or two pieces of money and put it in a frame.  There are three different styles and colors for you to choose from. Download Yellow Printable Download Pink Printable Download Blue Printable Shopping complete!!!  Your grad is sure to get a kick out of this gift. P.S.  If you are giving this present to graduating seniors, buy cheap $1.00 document frames. From my experience they usually love the money and trash the frame. No sense in spending a lot on …

Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

Hot Cocoa on a Stick With Homemade Marshmallows

Nothing warms you up on a cold winter day like a steamy mug of hot cocoa, and there’s no cuter way to give someone that luxury than with hot cocoa on a stick. These are the perfect afternoon activity when you feel like whipping up a batch of something yummy for yourself and all of your friends. Don’t shy away from making your own marshmallows — all you need is a good candy thermometer and you’re ready to go. I love this digital candy thermometer because it beeps when it reaches the temperature I’ve set. That way no matter how distracted I might get, I know it’s time to take it off the heat! So roll up your sleeves and get ready for the yummiest cold weather ever — hot cocoa on a stick! The best part of making your own cocoa and homemade marshmallows is that you can personalize them with any flavors you like. Try adding a couple of drops of mint extract, a dollop of creamy peanut butter, or a teaspoon of …

4 DIY Christmas Advent Calendars

Tis the season! Christmas is right around the corner, and one of the easiest thing you can do for you and your family to ring in season’s cheer is by gifting! Advent calendars are a popular and cost-effective way to get excited for the Christmas holiday. We put together 4 of our favorite DIY Christmas Advent Calendars that are SO easy to make. All you have to do is determine what you want to put in them – but we’ll leave that up to you. Hope you enjoy these adorable advent calendars and let us know in the comments below if you end up making any of them. Shoe Organizer   If you don’t already have an unused shoe organizer lying around, all you need for this advent calendar is a numbered stencil set and gold fabric paint! What we like about this advent calendar is you can place gifts of a variety of shapes & sizes in the slots and the calendar will still look great. This allows you flexibility when choosing and wrapping …

DIY Gift Wrap Ideas For The Holidays

The holidays are in full swing! With family in town, parties to plan, and cookies to be baked, there’s plenty to do before the holidays arrive. This season, we put together a list of 4 of our favorite DIY gift-wrap ideas to set your gifts apart from the crowd! While it is the season for giving, sometimes the wrapping it comes in can be the icing on the cake you need to make your loved one’s holiday. See below for our favorite wrapping! 1. Paint Splatter Not all DIY gift wrap has to be complicated! We love this painted take on brown wrapping paper. Take some white paint and splatter it on the paper, or simply paint on the pattern that you want. Let the paper fully dry before wrapping your presents with it, and top it off with greenery or a minimal ribbon! 2. Pink Reindeer Wrapping presents for kids? This reindeer wrapping paper jobs are almost as fun as the presents inside of them! Kids will love seeing these under the tree on Christmas …

How To Word Thank You Notes For Wedding Guests

How To Word Thank You Notes For Wedding Guests

Your big day is over, so now it’s time to relax, right? Well, sort of. Thank you cards are the beauty and the beast of weddings – without them, you wouldn’t have anything to be thankful for, but it may also take hours on hours to finish writing them! We’ve put together a tried and true method for how to word thank you notes for all types of wedding guests and gifts. Just use these as a “template” and personalize the wording for each guest! Here are some things to keep in mind: Invest in a pen you like! Don’t try to knock out all of the thank you’s in one day. Devote 30 minutes to it each night Divide up the writing with your spouse (some split it down the middle, others split it by the side of the family) and you’ll be done with thank you notes in no time If you receive a gift before the wedding, common courtesy is to return the thank you no more than 2 weeks later. For …

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Personalized Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

More than a century ago, began a tradition that we so proudly call Mother’s Day. On this day, children, independently of their age, gather around to thank their mothers for all the precious years and wondrous moments. And what is a better way to show your mother how much you care than presenting her with something personalized Mother’s Day Gift made by hand? A Beauty Package Nothing says I love my mother than giving her a full spa-like treatment right there in the comfort of her home. Prepare a nice warm bubble bath and present her with a spa gift basket that will make her day a true delight. Do not rely on store bought beauty products, rather make it personal. Equip the gift basket with homemade bath bombs from milk and rose oil, an orange delight body lotion, milk and lavender body wash and soothing bath salts from sandalwood or jasmine. Go an extra mile and include a DIY cocoa lip balm to make sure your mother gets the full experience. Jewelry And what …

Clever Printable Candy Gift Tags for Birthdays

These printable candy gift tags are the perfect way to add a special touch to your sweet gift. The quotes put a funny spin on different types of treats. You can download the printable tags at Parties and Patterns. Tie them around candy like Snickers, Look, Twix, Red Hots, Good & Plenty, animal crackers, Hog Wash fruit drink and even ice cream toppings. “Here’s the Scoop” Printable Ice Cream Gift Tag Place yummy ice cream toppings and a scoop inside a cellophane bag and tie the printable tag on with a cute ribbon.   “Laughter and Snickers” Printable Candy Gift Tag Add a little humor to your sweet birthday gift! More Sweet Printable Candy Gift Tags This packet includes cute Birthday phrases using a number of different treats and candy brands. These quick gifts are perfect for teachers, friends, teenagers, kids or just about anyone.  You can download this free packet that includes instructions and the printable tags HERE at Parties and Patterns.  Check out our BLOG for more fun ideas, recipes and patterns.  

Recycled Sweater Wine Bottle Gift Bags Tutorial DIY Upcycle

DIY – Recycled Sweater Wine Bottle Gift Bags

I had three Holiday Parties this weekend and wanted to add a personal touch to my wine hostess gifts. I came up with this simple 10 minute craft that my hostesses loved. I was able to recycle a few out-dated sweaters as well. Yes, these gift bags are made of sweater sleeves! Tutorial: Recycled Sweater Wine Bottle Gift Bags All you need is one or two old sweaters (I recommend using size small as the sleeves get larger near the arm opening. Even a larger child’s sweater would work if the sleeve is long enough.) Trims or ribbon Tacky Glue Needle and thread First, cut the sleeve off straight across at the bottom at the arm hole. Then turn the cuff over the sleeve. Place the bottle in the sleeve to determine the exact length. Trim so there is about an inch overhang below the bottle. Remove the bottle and turn the sleeve inside out. Sew with a loop stitch closing the center. I left both ends open about an inch. Turn sleeve to the …