Day 12: DIY Pocket Hand Warmers

Welcome to Day 12 of my 12 Days of Christmas.

Today I share how to make easy DIY  pocket hand warmers.

handwarmer 1

Oh the weather outside is frightful,
But the fire is so delightful,
And since we’ve no place to go,
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

I saw this idea on Sadies Seasongoods and was hooked on the plaid.

Here’s what you need:

  • flannel or fleece
  • rice or lentils
  • needle and thread or a sewing machine

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Day 10: Holiday “Dough”

Welcome to Day 10 of my 12 Days of Christmas

I have  two fabulous  20 “something” nieces on my Christmas gift list. I use to find it oh so hard to buy for them. A few years ago I decided cash was the answer and this way they could buy something they really wanted.


My mission was then to find unique ways to give these gifts of money. Something a bit more fun than just money in a card.  I did what most folks do when they are looking for unique and interesting ideas, I started searching the internet.

I found a really cute idea over at  With All My Heart & Soul called Holiday Dough!

As soon as I read the poem, I knew this was the money gift idea I wanted to use.

It is simple and easy to throw together.  You need, well, money, ribbon, a clear bag, some card stock to print your topper and a stapler to attach it, that’s it!  A free download of the topper is available to you at the end of the post.

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Day 8: Coil Spring Candle Holder

Welcome to Day 8 of my 12 Days of Christmas.

Another easy, simple, unique idea. Coil Spring Candle Holder.

spring coil 2

In the small town I live in there is an event twice a year where people can put on their front lawn or on the curb side, items they no longer want and others can take what they like. After the event whatever is left over is considered heavy pickup and our local waste collectors will take it away for free.

This awesome coil spring was one of the items I picked IMG_4080up during that event and I debated what to do with it until I started thinking about my 12 Days of Christmas.

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Day 7: Unique Way to Gift Cookie Dough

Welcome to Day 7 of my 12 Days of Christmas.

Today I want to show you an interesting and unique way to “gift” cookie dough.


This idea would also be great for giving already baked cookies.

To make this gift box you will need to save empty cardboard boxes from rolls of foil or cling wrap.

First make sure you remove the metal tear strip (the sharp thing along the edge of the box). I used a little bit of craft paint to dress up the outside of the box.

I made some chocolate chip cookie dough and wrapped the dough in plastic wrap, and then in parchment paper, twisted the ends and tied with twine. Continue reading Day 7: Unique Way to Gift Cookie Dough

Day 6: DIY Clothespin Star

Welcome to Day 6 of my 12 Days of Christmas.

Today’s craft is an easy DIY clothespin Star Ornament.


You will need 8 clothespins per ornament, some glue (E 6000) or a glue gun and a piece of wire or ribbon for hanging.

Remove the springs from your clothespins. Continue reading Day 6: DIY Clothespin Star

Day 5: DIY Cork Coasters

Welcome to Day 5 of my 12 Days of Christmas.

Today’s project is a set of DIY cork coasters.

cork coaster

A unique coaster is a great, simple way to give your house an extra dash of personality.

If you’re a wine drinker, bottles accumulate quickly, so save the corks for these easy DIY coasters or you can buy them in stores that sell  wine making kits.

This is a fun craft that also protects your glassware and tabletops!

You only need three items to make these coasters. Corks, glue and ribbon. Each coaster will take 8 corks. You’ll want to make more than one coaster at a time to create a set, so shoot for 16 corks before you get started.

Glue the corks together in pairs and then glue them together in a pattern, like this…

cork coaster 2


Use the hot glue gun to attach a ribbon of your choice around the cork.

Let them dry completely and enjoy your stylish coasters!

coater 3

Another simple, easy, DIY project that would also make a great gift.

DIY cork coasters – It’s A Wandaful Thing!

If you are just tuning in to this post now – here are the links to Day 1-4

Day 1 – Mini Hat Christmas Ornaments

Day 2 – Twig & Ribbon Ornament

Day 3 – CD Candle Holder

Day 4 – Puzzle Piece Wreath & Ornament





Day 4: Puzzle Piece Wreath & Ornament

Welcome to Day 4 of my 12 Days of Christmas.


Today I want to show you what I did with some free puzzles pieces I got at an auction in the summer.  No one else seemed to want them. I knew I’d figure out a way to repurpose and reuse them.

I’ve seen puzzle wreaths before so I decided on a large wreath that could hang on a door or a wall and a small wreath to use as an ornament on the Christmas tree.



If you decide to  make one here are the things you will need:
Puzzle pieces
Cardboard to make a wreath form (for the large one)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Spray paint  or craft paint                                                                                                                       Paint brush                                                                                                                                                 Ribbon for hanging and embellishments Continue reading Day 4: Puzzle Piece Wreath & Ornament