Holiday Succulents

Today I’m sharing a fun Christmas gift that you can make in less than 15 minutes for around $5.  I still can’t believe it’s November.  It’s still 70 degrees here in Virginia Beach so I’m not really ready for Christmas yet but I love sharing fun and inexpensive gift ideas.  These Holiday Succulents are so easy to make that you’ll want to make them for everyone on your gift list this year.

Holiday Succulents

Over the holidays we are always running around and visiting people so I whipped up these Holiday Succulents to give as fun hostess gifts.  They would also be fun neighbor gifts or party favors if you’re planning a Christmas party.

Holiday Succulents


  • glass jars / candle holders (I found all of mine on sale at Michael’s)
  • chalkboard tags
  • clothespins
  • succulents

Simply transfer succulents to glass jars and add tags.

succulent gift

Such a simple and gorgeous gift.

I love them so much that I might have to make a few for my own coffee table.

Don’t you just love crafts that take less than 15 minutes to create?  Check out even more holiday crafts that can be created in 15 minutes.

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Fun Ornament Gift Ideas

I love giving fun and unique gifts and after sharing my Glitter Gak Ornaments, I became a little obsessed with fun ornament gift ideas.

Ornament Gifts

I thought it would be fun to fill plastic ornaments with a few of my favorite things.  The first one I filled with fuzzy socks, nail polish, and cuticle cream.  The second one I filled with touch screen gloves, nail polish, ChapStick and a small nail file.

Then I just added a bow and taped the bottom so it didn’t accidentally open.

Such an easy gift!

And you will never believe these other ornament gifts I found.

Filled Ornaments - Fun Gift Ideas

People are so stickin’ creative!!

I’ve rounded up seven ornament gift ideas that you will want to make this weekend.

Jewelry Ornament Gift Idea

1.  Fill an ornament with Jewelry – I’m a huge fan of Mandy’s blog, Sugar Bee Crafts, and this idea is brilliant.  Thanks Mandy for another fabulous idea!

Dip Ornaments

2.  Dip Mix Ornaments from Bubbly Nature Creations – What a great hostess gift!


3.  Hot Cocoa Ornaments by Bubbly Nature Creations

peppermint scrub

4. Peppermint Scrub Ornaments by From Glitters to Gum Drops

tea filled ornaments

5.  Tea Bag Ornaments

And, of course, you can’t go wrong with Candy!


6.  Bubble Gum Ornaments by The Crafty Crow

chocolate filled ornaments

7.  Chocolate Filled Ornaments by 30 Minute Crafts

I love all these fabulous ideas!  What creative gifts have made lately?

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Christmas Countdown

I know it’s December 2nd but I had to share this fun and easy Christmas Countdown I just made for Connor.  I came across this awesome free printable by Tomfo.  They suggest using cotton balls to count down to Christmas but I decided to make mine a little different.

Christmas Countdown

Materials needed:

  • frame
  • free printable
  • Hershey kisses
  • small Velcro dots
  • double sided tape or spray adhesive
  • foamboard

Christmas Countdown


Step 1:  Print out your Santa Countdown and adhere to a piece of 8×10 foamboard.  You could also use cardboard or even the back of the frame.

Step 2:  Add to frame without glass.

Step 3:  Adhere Velcro dots to each numbered circle.  Then place a Hershey kiss on each circle.

Step 3:  Place in frame and admire your awesome Christmas Countdown!

That’s it!  I told you it was easy.

Now I better start shopping since I just realized we only have 23 days until Christmas.

And thanks again Sarah for the fabulous Santa Christmas Countdown Calendar!!

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Christmas Rice Krispie Treats

Do your children like to  help out in the kitchen?  Connor loves to help me bake and it’s the perfect time of year for him to help me with all my holiday baking.

Yesterday we made these fun and festive Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats so we could snack on them while we decorated our tree.

Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

I saw these cookies on Pinterest and immediately knew that Connor and I had to make them together.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 – 10 oz bag mini marshmallows
  • 5 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • M&M’s
  • green icing
  • lollipop sticks


  • Melt butter and marshmallows in pan over low heat.
  • Once marshmallows are completely melted, add Rice Krispies  one cup at a time and mix together.
  • Spread in 10 x 13 pan and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • Once cool, cut Rice Krispie treats into triangles.  Add a lollipop stick to bottom of each triangle.
  • Decorate with icing and M&M’s.


Christmas Tree Rice Krispie Treats

This is a great holiday treat that kids can help you make.


I’ve teamed up with a few other bloggers to bring you more kid friendly holiday recipes:

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What are some of your favorite kid friendly recipes?

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Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him {All Under $10}

Christmas is right around the corner and I guess it’s time I actually start buying gifts.

Christmas Stocking Stuffer Ideas

Every year I tell myself that I’m going to get my shopping done early and then I’m out buying my hubby’s stocking stuffers on Christmas Eve.

It never fails!

But not this year.  This year I’m going to have all his stuff early thanks to all these awesome stocking stuffer ideas.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him

I’ve rounded up over 15 stocking stuffer ideas for men and I’m pretty sure your man will love them all.  Some are handmade and some you can find online.  Some I even want in my stocking.  And all of them are less than $10.
DIY Koozie

1.  DIY Koozies by Positively Splendid – My husband definitely needs a few of these!

What I Love About You by Me Book

2.  What I love About You by Me Book at Uncommon Designs.

Homemade Shaving Cream

3.  Of course you can’t go wrong with razors and shaving cream.  This homemade shaving cream by Primally Inspired sounds amazing!

Homemade Beef Jerky

4.  How about some homemade beef jerky?  My husband would love me forever if I made this beef jerky for him.

Buffalo Cheddar Chex Mix

5.  And this Buffalo Cheddar Chex Mix sounds amazing!  I think my hubby would be happy with just a stocking full of this yummy recipe from Half Baked Harvest.

Wallet Ninja + Stocking Stuffers for Men

6.  Oh My Goodness!  I just discovered the Wallet Ninja and I think I need one for myself.  Have you heard of this gadget before?

 stocking stuffer idea - coupon book

7.  The Dating Divas have an AWESOME coupon book that is free to download.  Love those Dating Divas!

NFL Socks - stocking stuffer idea

8.  Socks!  My hubby loves his NY Giants socks and this year I’m getting my dad the Ravens ones.

DIY Accordian Book - Stocking Stuffer Idea

9.  DIY Accordian Book

Superhero Keychain

10.  I love this You Are My Superhero Keychain!  My son would love to wrap this up and give to his father for Christmas.

DIY Air Freshener

11.  DIY Car Air Fresheners– What a fun craft for the kids to help with.

DIY Hand Sanitizer

12.  My husband is obsessed with hand sanitizer.  I always get him hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works but this All Natural Hand Sanitizer sounds like a great recipe.

Candy Cane Reindeer

13.  Candy Cane Reindeer – Who doesn’t love candy?!

stocking stuffer idea

14.  This is AWESOME!   The one on the left is a roll up water bottle and the bottle on the right is a flask.

iLuve Portable Speakers15.  Another fun stocking stuffer I found – iLuv SmashBox Portable Speakers.  I want these for myself!

And you can’t go wrong with a toothbrush, toothpaste, books, cologne, a deck of cards, and of course gift cards.  My husband also loves baseball cards in his stocking.

And check out these other fabulous Stocking Stuffer ideas.  So many great ideas!

Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers

Stocking Stuffers for Tweens and Teens

stocking stuffer ideas for her

Stocking Stuffers for Her

Stocking Stuffers for Bacon Lovers

Stocking Stuffers for the Bacon Lover


Stocking Stuffers for Sport Fans

Now I want to hear from you.  What are some of your favorite stocking stuffer gifts?

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DIY Ornament Cake Stands

It’s Craft Lightning time!

Do you know what that means?

It means I’ve got a fun and easy project that can be completed in 15 minutes.  And these DIY Ornament Cake Stands take less than 15 minutes to put together (minus the drying time).

DIY Ornament Cake Stands


Materials needed:  (I found all of these at my local Walmart)

  • glass plates and bowls
  • E6000 clear adhesive
  • small ornaments


Step 1:  Glue bowls to plate using the E6000 adhesive

Step 2:  Once the glue dries, fill bowls with ornaments.

Step 3:  Place a piece of paper over bowl and flip cake stand over.  Place on table and slide paper out from underneath the cake stand.

ornament cake stands

That’s it!

In 3 easy steps, you have a festive holiday cake stand.

How awesome is that?!  It took me longer to take pictures of the cake stands than it did to make them.

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Beaded Letter Ornaments

Do you love making handmade Christmas ornaments?

I do!

And boy do I have something fun for you all today.  I’ve teamed up with some crafty ladies to bring you over 30 handmade Christmas ornaments.

Handmade Christmas Ornaments Blog Hop

I love making personalized ornaments and with the holidays right around the corner, these beaded letters make the perfect Christmas ornament and gift tag.  You could even use them as place settings at your holiday table.  So many uses for these gorgeous Beaded Letter Ornaments!

Beaded Letter Ornaments

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own beaded letters:

  • 16 gauge wire
  • red beads
  • clear beads
  • needle nose pliers with cutter
  • ribbon

Step 1:  Cut your wire.  I cut mine to about 15 inches.  Some letters took more wire than others.

Step 2:  Using the pliers, curl up one end of the wire.

Step 3:  Start adding your beads.  After you’ve added about 1o inches of beads, start forming your letter to see how much more you need to add.

Step 4:  Curl the other end of the wire up and then form your letter all the way.


That’s it!  Your beaded letters are complete.  Add a little ribbon to make an ornament or gift tag.  I’m pretty sure that you need to make these Beaded Letter Ornaments for all your favorite people this Christmas.  I made one for my mom and for my nieces.  Now I need to make one for myself.  I think they also make a great teacher gift.

Not only are they easy to make but they look gorgeous hanging on the Christmas tree.

Who would you make one for?

Beaded Letter Ornaments

And now for some more fun ornament ideas!

You won’t want to miss these great tutorials.

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Felt Candy Cane Wreath

This post is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.  All opinions are 100% my own!

I needed a new Christmas wreath and when I came across Heather’s Candy Cane Wreath on Whipperberry, I knew I had to make one!

Candy Cane Wreath

I headed to Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Store to pick up a foam wreath, 1 yard of red and white felt, a pack of pins, and some green ribbon.  I also bought a new pair of scissors because they were 50% off and I love cutting with new scissors:)

Then Connor and I put on our favorite Christmas movie, One Magic Christmas, and I got to work making a Candy Cane Wreath.

Candy Cane Wreath Supplies

Step 1:  Wrap the wreath in fabric or ribbon.  I actually used white duct tape because I think it makes the wreath more sturdy in case it falls.  I’ve had too many wreaths fall and break.

Step 2:  Cut your felt into 4 inch squares.

Step 3:  Fold a felt square in half and then in half again (corner to corner).  Pin a row of red felt squares and then a row of white felt squares.  Continue until the wreath is covered.

Step 4:  Add a pretty bow.

Felt Candy Cane Wreath

Now you’re ready to hang your beautiful candy cane wreath!

Need a few last minute holiday gifts?  Joann’s has a coupon for the month of December.

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There is still time to make a few more holiday craft projects and decorations.  Need some inspiration?  Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has a fabulous inspiration site full of fun and crafty ideas for the holiday season!  Check it out HERE.

Thank you Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.  I am excited to work with a company whose mission is to spark creativity that lives in every person.

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Holiday Gifts in a Can

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Looking for a fun way to package your gifts this holiday season?  Why not use a can and some Duck Tape!

Holiday Gifts in a Can with Duck Tape

Everyone’s heard that Duck Tape fixes everything and today I’m sharing how you can repurpose a can into a festive gift package using Duck Brand® Holiday designs tape.

Materials needed:

  • Duck Brand® Holiday Designs tape
  • cans with pop up lids
  • ribbon
  • double-sided tape
  • holiday stickers (optional)
  • can opener
  • glue gun and glue sticks

Step 1:  Open the cans using a safe cut can opener.  Clean can with soap and water.

Holiday Gifts in a Can with Duck Tape

Step 2:  Wrap can with Duck Brand® Holiday tape.  Wrap one layer at the bottom of the can and repeat along top of can.  This will leave a small part of the can exposed along the middle of the can.

Step 3:  Using double-sided tape, wrap ribbon around center of can.

Holiday Gifts in a Can with Duck Tape

Step 4:  Add a sticker or label to the front of the can.  This step is optional because it looks great without this.  I just found these cute sticker and decided to add them.

Step 5:  Fill can with candy and small gifts.  I added Hershey kisses and a Target gift card.

Step 6:  Using a glue gun, glue lid back on to the can.  This needs to be done fast.  You can use super glue but I didn’t have any.

Step 7:  Add a bow to the tab on top using ribbon.

That’s it!  Aren’t they cute?  I’m sure that anyone who receives a gift in a can is going to be very impressed.  I made these for Connor’s teachers and his bus driver.  Connor is so excited about his teacher gifts.  He can’t wait to see if they can figure out how to open them.

Don’t you just love cute ways to wrap gifts?  I know I do!  And I’m in love with the Duck Brand® Holiday designs.

Duck the Halls this holiday with the Duck Brand® Holiday designs tape and pin it to Pinterest using the #DuckTheHalls hashtag.

Follow @TheDuckBrand on Twitter for more creative inspiration.

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Cork Trivets using FrogTape®

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape provided by ShurTech Brands, LLC. All opinions are 100% mine.

Add a little red and green to your table this holiday season with these festive cork trivets.  They are easy to make and would make great hostess gifts for family or friends.  I made a few to give as gifts but now I want to keep them for myself!

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTapeThe secret to this project is FrogTape Textured Surface.  It allowed me to make crisp, clean lines on the cork’s textured surface.  I’m a little bit of a perfectionist so if my lines were not perfect, I would not have been happy with this project.

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTape

But thanks to FrogTape Textured Surface, I have perfect lines!

Materials needed:

  • Cork trivets – I found mine at Target (2 pack for $3.99)
  • Red, white and green paint
  • FrogTape® Textured Surface Kit
  • Paint brush
  • Multi-Purpose Sealer

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTape

Step 1:  Paint the entire trivest white.

Step 2:  Once the paint is dry, apply strips of FrogTape® to trivet.  I covered the entire surface and then peeled of every other strip.  Wrap remaining tape around to the back of trivet and press tape along all edges.

Step 3:  Firmly run a damp cloth along the edges to activate the PaintBlock® and ensure a good seal.

Step 4:  Apply the edge sealer to edges of tape and let it dry for 15 minutes.

Step 5:  Paint over the white with red paint.  Let dry.  Then remove tape.

Step 6:  Create small green stripes by taping over the white stripes, leaving 1/4 inch of the white showing in the center.  Repeat steps 2-5 and paint green.

Step 7:  Apply a top coat of sealer to seal the paint and make more durable.

Make a Holiday Cork Trivet using FrogTape

That’s it!  How fabulous do these holiday trivets look?

Use them as heat trivets or use them as cork boards on the wall.

Have I inspired you to create something with FrogTape Textured Surface?  Share your project on Pinterest and use the hashtag #TexturedSurface.

For more inspiration, follow @FrogTape on Twitter.  There are so many gorgeous projects that you will love.  It makes me want to paint everything!

What textured surface would you like to paint using FrogTape Textured Surface?

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