November 2021 archive

Easy DIY Stamped Gifts on a Budget

| Christmas, Decor, DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Gift Wrap, Gifts, Holidays

If you are looking for DIY gifts on a budget, this project is the answer for everyone on your list! And here’s why: endless options!

You can basically create any pattern on any object from tote bags to coasters to bandanas to tea towels. Plus, you can basically be any age to make these.

First gather your materials:

DIY printmaking gift ideas

  • Craft foam
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric paint
  • Tote bags, gift bags, tea towels
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Fabric markers


  1. Cut out a shape from craft foam that you want to appear on your material.
  2. Cut a piece of cardboard that’s slightly bigger than your shape.
  3. Glue your foam shape to the cardboard; let the glue dry before stamping. (Remember, your image is going to be a mirror of what you see, so if you are designing anything that relies on direction, like letters, make sure you glue it onto the cardboard backwards.)
  4. Brush a thin layer of fabric paint onto the foam shape. It’s good to do a test print on scrap paper before going right to your item. Press the inked stamp onto your surface and remove.
  5. Repeat step 4 until your pattern is complete. If you want to change colors, make sure you stamp off the excess paint before applying the second color.
  6. Let dry completely.
  7. Optional: You can add little details with fabric markers once the paint is completely dry.


A few commonly asked questions answered:

  • Wash, dry and iron? Yes! You can wash a fabric item in warm water; fabric softener keeps the paint flexible. It’s best to iron inside out or on the back of the fabric.
  • Acrylic paint or fabric paint? Acrylic paint will function similarly, but the reason we like the soft fabric paint is because it prevents the pattern from feeling rough and stiff. If you are stamping on a notebook or notecards, acrylic paint is just fine.
  • Benefits of printmaking as gift making? The reason we love this method for DIY gifts is 2-fold. First because you can create a custom pattern that appears professional and crisp. And secondly, if you are making lots of gifts, you can basically become a little print factory and mass produce your gift items!
  • Skill Level? You can create a dynamic pattern with a simple circle, square or triangle! You don’t have to be an expert artist to make something that is really beautiful and textured. Play with colors, layering and juxtaposing shapes to create something really unique.
  • Play with other household objects that can become stamps. Think pencil erasers, wine corks, forks, a cut potato, a leaf and more!

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Make an Upcycled Cornucopia for Thanksgiving

| ad, Decor, DIY Home, Fall, Holidays, Nature, Thanksgiving, Upcycled

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays to craft for—the rich colors, the dance between natural materials and traditional craft supplies, and the meaning behind it all give me the warm fuzzies. I love making crafts that combine all of these things, celebrating nature, gratitude, and family.

diy homemade cornucopia craft

When Stonyfield asked me to create a Thanksgiving craft idea reusing their yogurt containers, I knew immediately that a cornucopia was in my future. Once I figured out how to achieve the shape, the outside material was the real challenge. Paper? Too sharp. Burlap? Too obvious. Felt? Too perfect. So I closed my eyes and tried to channel the autumn vibe of Thanksgiving. And that’s when it dawned on me…a nubby, cable-knit sock! You can take advantage of one of life’s greatest mysteries and use a single sock survivor from the laundry room, or shop for the ideal specimen, giving you two socks to make a lovely set. Use the quart-size container to make a centerpiece, and the single-serve cups to make minis that can sit at each place setting.

diy homemade cornucopia

You can fill your cornucopias with small fruits, pumpkins, nuts, and leaves, or make your own with wooden beads, twigs, and berries. If you have young kids at home, you could also use their playfood to fill your horns of plenty!

diy cornucopia materials craft

What you’ll need:

  • Stonyfield quart-size yogurt containers
  • Scrap paper like newspaper or butcher paper
  • Masking tape
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Sock or leg-warmer
  • Wooden beads, twigs, leaves, and berries for DIY fruit


Make it:

Check out the post over on Instagram to see one made in real time!

(1) Crumple up scrap paper into baseball-size balls.


(2) Tape one ball to the bottom of the yogurt container. Repeat with a second ball.

(3) Twist your paper to form it into a cone-like shape and tape it to the second ball. Use tape to make an exaggerated point.

(4) To give the front of your cornucopia an angled edge, cut off about ½” of the top rim of the container.

(5) Slip sock over the paper, and fold it into the opening. Glue to secure inside if needed.

(6) Trim sock at the pointed end of the cornucopia, and hot-glue in place.

(7) Fill with your homemade bounty or spoils from your local market!

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield


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