DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Beautiful Reindeer Decor

Do you love handmade gifts as much as I do? You’re going to want to grab these supplies and whip up this beautiful reindeer decor. It’s the perfect hostess gift, teacher gift or personalize it for secret Santa gift exchange.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

 

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Personalized Reindeer Decor

All supplies are available at Michaels! I received a gift card for this project’s supplies. 

Materials I gathered up:

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  • distressed reindeer plaque
  • holiday florals – check out the aisle filled with festive picks with pinecones, birds, glittery accents, etc.!
  • MORE embellishments – I used a laser cut wooden “Believe” and a painted metal monogram ornament. I didn’t end up using the shatterproof ornaments shown.
  • hot glue/gun 

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Easy peasy tutorial:

Create a flower crown for your reindeer using the holiday florals. Snip with wire cutters as needed. DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Carefully secure florals with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

Personalize with custom colors, embellishments, a letter – get creative, make it pretty and festive! Attach with hot glue.  DIY holiday handmade gift idea - personalized flower crown Christmas reindeer decor @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

The finished product:

There you go! A beautiful semi-handmade decorative accent! This is going to be one of those quick crafty projects where you’ll want one for a friend then one for yourself! Or better yet, a better gift is getting together with friends and making one together! 

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Michaels is your one stop gift shop this holiday season! From DIY gift ideas to our favorite kids gifts, they have everything you need to MAKE the season merry!

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Halloween DreamCatcher Decor

Who here is a BIG fan of all things Halloween? ::raises hand:: We aren’t into super scary so I whipped up the cutest Halloween Dreamcatcher Decor to share with you today, my pretties! I’m so excited that the Michaels Maker Challenge for October has a Halloween decor theme! Purrrrfect! It’s cute. It’s colorful. It’s fun! 

Halloween DreamCatcher Decor Tutorial

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Forget ‘dream’ catcher! With your creative magic, you just might wind up with a witch-catcher like I did. Look at what I snagged, you guys! This sweet little witch! Oh my goodness. Adorable! Er, frightful! 

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Okay, you’re right. The cupcake lure did the trick too. Treats. Gets ’em every time. But the witch-catcher dreamcatcher is pretty sweet if I do say so myself. This face…it’s the cutest!

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Ready to make one of your very own Halloween dreamcatchers? Ex-cell-ent!!! 

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(Note: I’d steer clear of making a spider-catcher! Ain’t nobody wants to catch spiders. Except bats. Bats like spiders. )

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What I used:

  • embroidery hoop
  • glitter tape (you could also just paint your hoop so insert ‘craft paint’ here in your supply list if you’re so inclined)
  • felt spider web placemat 
  • lots of coordinating ribbons – so many fun colors and Halloween themed ones too (look for lace trim too)!
  • embellishments – my list included small colorful glitter balls, witch feet/skirt headband, small raven, glitter floral/Halloween (maybe even tucked in with some Christmas) pics
  • hot glue gun and hot glue

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*Michaels provided a gift card for supplies for this project, so in case you didn’t know, all supplies for this project were purchased at Michaels Craft Store. Obv. Seriously, do you spend hours in there finding all.the.crafty.treasures too?!  Michaels has everything you need to make your Halloween FUN! 

What I did:

(Psssst. The fun thing about DIY is you can alter it to fit your style/supplies…get creative and tweak this to come up with your own version. Creepy or Spooky. Fun and colorful or gory. You decide!)

  1. I used the inside piece of the embroidery hoop. I wrapped that with Duck Glitter Tape. You could also wrap it in ribbon or paint it or leave it naked. It’s up to you! DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels
  2. Next, I tied ribbons/twine/lace/trim/etc. along the bottom. I had to look it up but I used a lark’s head/cow hitch type knot to secure the ribbon to the wreath. Stagger the ribbon/trim lengths. I like the longest in the middle. Or make them all long at this point and trim them up later.  DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels
  3. Using hot glue, secure the spider web placemat to the hoop.  DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels
  4. Then add embellishments using hot glue too. I layered the floral pics above the knotted ribbon. I snapped off the headband from the witch’s skirt/legs. I added a raven to the back so that side was finished as well. Maybe add a few plastic spiders. I added some glittery balls.  DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels DIY Halloween witch dreamcatcher tutorial tea party @diyshowoff #madewithmichaels

Now go proudly display it and and enjoy trick or treat! 

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What do you think? For real? Are you inspired to make one up now?! I hope so! Snap a picture and tag @diyshowoff on social media to ‘show off’. Heck, add the #madewithmichaels hashtag while you’re at it. I’d love to see it! This Halloween, Michaels has everything you need to MAKE it Spooky!

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This fun Halloween dreamcatcher project was inspired by the beautiful fall dreamcatcher wreath tutorial I did a few weeks ago. See it HERE! Happy October! 

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Easter Egg Hunt Mantel

Do you have certain family traditions for celebrating Easter?

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Everyone in our family has a holiday they host and somehow we ended up with Easter. Each year, our Easter gathering includes a traditional Easter dinner and an Easter egg hunt…

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and we always do a cheesy family photo too. 

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Make it the best Easter with Michaels! They have everything from eggs & baskets, to bunney décor and more!

My April Michaels’ Makers’ challenge is “Easter decor” so I decked out our mantel with an ‘egg hunt’ theme.

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DIY ‘egg hunt’ banner – construct a pretty festive banner for any occasion with this tablet of pre-cut paper banner pieces, alphabet stickers and ribbon.

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I also added a string of butterfly garland. Quick, lightweight, perfect! 

butterfly garland Easter egg hunt banner sign

DIY faux marbled eggs – Gather supplies: craft eggs and a marbling kit (it works for paper and fabric too! So fun!) Follow the instructions provided with the kit. 

DIY marbling kit

Add 1 magic powder packet (there are 8) to 8 oz. of water in the tray and stir.

water magic powder mix

Add drops of paint and swirl to create a design and color pattern.

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Roll craft egg into the mixture.

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Then set on rack to dry.  

DIY marbled craft Easter eggs

So pretty!  DIY marbled craft Easter egg tutorial

And of course I snagged all of my decorative accents to finish off the “Egg Hunt” theme at Michaels including the rustic numbered cubby shelf, wire egg basket, bunny (….for peeps’ sake! How cute is he?!),

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potted cabbages (darling!) and these grass squares that clip together…perfect for ‘hiding’ eggs!

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All set! 

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Looking for more inspiration? Make sure you visit Michaels’ blog, The Glue String, to see the rest of the Michaels Makers’ Easter project ideas starting today at 11 a.m. CST: 

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*This post is sponsored by Michaels. All opinions, photos and love for Michaels (you know you love them too!) are my own. 

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DIY Floral Arranging

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge: Attend a class at Michaels craft store. Take a little time to indulge yourself with some “you” time, learn new skills, get some tips, spoil yourself with something handmade with love or whip up a handmade gift. Gather your friends and make it a girls’ night out.

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Were you aware that Michaels offers craft-themed classes?! There are so many to choose from – from painting to knitting or crocheting to paper crafting to jewelry making, kids’ crafts, floral arranging and more. I found most classes were free, only the cost of supplies. A great way to try a new skill or craft, a fun way to set aside time for yourself or to get together with friends. Productive too – you walk home with something you create! 

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I simply enrolled online (I chose the project DIY floral arranging) then showed up at the scheduled date and time with my friend, Dana. 

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We started with shopping to purchase the materials needed for DIY floral arranging from a printable supply list. The twist: choosing flowers and a container with our own preferences for a custom DIY floral arrangement. Our instructor, Brittney, was close by to answer questions and make suggestions. 

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The printable class description and supply list when I signed up online for the class provided me with a coupon too – 10% off our entire purchase. Score!

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Our class size was 6! So fun and what a joy to see the creations! Because of the shopping, we sort of worked in two groups of three, our group getting an early start so I did miss out on seeing the other groups’ finished projects but from what I could tell, they choose some pretty unique supplies too (a tall glass cylinder with burlap and neutrals, a birdcage with ivy and a glass lantern with sea shells)…so fun that you have the option to choose what appeals to you personally. I was there at 6 p.m. and home by 8 p.m., a small time frame and a little indulgence…me time!

When I’ve done floral arrangements in the past, my techniques have varied: 1) buy a pretty bundle of silk florals/bouquet, place it in a vase and call it a day to 2) snip the stems with wire cutters and haphazardly, errr..’artfully’ arrange them in a container. The “handpicked bouquet” technique (haha), kind of like this one last spring:

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So, getting some ‘professional’ tips was a welcome help!

DIY floral arranging tips I picked up at the class:

  • Secure floral foam to the bottom of a vase/basket/container using hot glue/glue gun to keep the arrangement secure.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Separate stems using wire cutters to desired height. 
  • Michaels’ has a “pick machine” which gives floppy wireless stems a pointy edge to place in foam. So cool!  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Starting with the center, poke a stem into the floral foam then work in “triangle” placements (threes) around each stem.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)
  • Slightly bend wire stems to give flowers a more life-like look. Real blooms are heavy and droop, faux florals have strong wire stems. Give it some “life” by ‘curving’ the wire stem.
  • Camouflage foam with moss or stones. Use picks to secure moss.  How fun! free craft classes at Michaels #michaelsmakers (DIY floral arranging tips)

I really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere, making acquaintances with new people too. And I now I’m excited to display a pretty centerpiece perfect for spring. 

Have you attended a local class at Michaels? Did you even know about them? What would interest you most? I plan on attending more for sure, opening a whole new world for making local friends who share my passion for DIY and taking a couple of hours on occasion to improve my crafting skills or trying something new. 

Here are a few floral arrangements from class. Pretty, right? 

Our inspiration from Michaels: 

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Dana’s: I love the copper accent with turquoise, purple and green!  

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A pretty spring collection from Maggie…

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Mine: I’m in love! I’m inspired to add a few more spring buds.

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And that artichoke! ::swoon::

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Michaels offers free classes in their stores! You can try out a new craft skill for just the cost of supplies. Another great way to explore your creativity is by trying out a craft kit. Michaels has everything from sewing kits to art kits and everything in between.

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See more Michaels’ class experiences from these blog friends:

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DIY Keepsake Mother’s Day Gift

The Michaels’ Makers’ April Challenge is all about Mother’s Day and this project will be for celebrating my daughter who’s now a mom too (Ali, don’t look! lol). I couldn’t resist scooping up this opportunity to get creative and practice a little DIY influence on the littlest one in our family by making up a DIY keepsake Mother’s Day gift.

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Materials we used:

  • MAKE Market LED wood plaque kit – LOVE (Alphabet Soup Collection) available at Michaels’ Craft Store
  • 2 colors of paint and 2 foam brushes (or sponges)
  • painter’s tape

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

What we spent: Under $15

Time we invested: Less than an hour (+ paint drying time)

What we did:

1. We protected our work surface and applied a thin coat of paint to his little hand then carefully pressed it to the wood plaque. We washed his hands immediately and let painted handprinted plaque dry. 

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2. Using painter’s tape, we secured the stencil to the plank sign, lining up the word “love” so we could see the drilled holes in the empty stencil space. 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

3. Next, with a foam brush we applied paint to the stencil (using a sponge technique using a little paint…don’t glop it on or it will seep under the stencil) to paint on the word “love”. We removed the stencil, filled in any spaces and let the paint dry. 

4. Last, we pushed the string of LED lights through the drilled holes from the back side and added 2 AA batteries. 

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5. The kit comes with hanging hardware and foam/felt for protecting the wall. Attach according to packaged instructions. 

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Very simple. Very cute. And a special keepsake from baby to mom. Display on a shelf or add to a gallery wall. So sweet! 

Awe! A cute DIY keepsake handprint Mother's Day gift (LED 'love' wood plaque) tutorial @diyshowoff #michaelsmakers

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mothers day challenge #michaelsmakers Michaels has everything you need to craft the perfect handmade gift that will make Mom’s day! Grab your coupon, shop and get creative. Handmade gifts are my favorite for Mother’s Day!

If you don’t know where to begin, you can always take a look at some of the fun projects on Michaels.com or the other 49 Makers’ ideas on The Glue String for to see how they personalized their crafts starting at 10 a.m. EST April 1, 2016:  

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Spring DIY Inspiration

Ready for spring? YESSIREE! Bring it on! I recently did a sponsored ‘party’ for Michaels, a Papercrafting Party Décor Mini Challenge using the expanded assortment of Recollections™ Craft It™ party décor items. Take a look at the photos for ideas for your next spring gathering. Some affiliate links included below. 

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Make up chocolate ‘shot glasses‘ (SO many great ideas for these!) by melting chocolate, adding essential oils and pouring into silicone molds. Fill with chocolate mousse. I’ve tried two versions…a more complex recipe using heavy cream, etc. and an easy pudding/whipped topping recipe. The first was a little too rich (but so good) but I prefer the second ‘light’ version.  spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party-13 spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Essential oil infused white chocolate bunnies (just add 4-5 drops of essential oil (I used orange Vitality essential oil) to melted white chocolate. I only recommend Young Living essential oils. spring party inspiration #michaelsmakers #madewithmichaels @diyshowoff @michaelsstores

Glass milk bottles are perfect for serving essential oil infused water (and a must for citrus essential oils).  

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Have something creative with a spring theme to share? Link up to That DIY Party to ‘show off’ your hard work! 

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Happy spring, DIY friends!