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DIY 80's Inspired Gift Wrap

This time of year, it seems to feel like gift wrap costs as much as the gift. Rather than spending too much money on pretty gift wrap from the store, make your own! Holly Wade of Club Crafted, uses Tulip Dimensional Paint to transform plain gift bags into colorful gift wrap with fun 80s-inspired prints that will take you back to the days of Saved by the Bell with colorful, abstract patterns. Make them for Christmastime and reuse them all year! 

DIY Glitter Dough Ornament for Christmas

Is there anything quite so memorable as making your own dough ornaments during Christmas? I don't believe so! This DIY Glitter Dough Ornament is really easy to make for your own enjoyment or as an activity with kids. Just mix one part Aleene's Tacky Glue with two parts baking soda, roll out on a hard surface, and create shapes with cookie cutters. Once dry, you can assemble, paint, and/or add glitter to the ornament. There are so many ways to customize this tutorial to make all your own!

DIY Holiday Welcome Mat

We love outdoor holiday décor just as much as we love indoor holiday décor. And we know how important it is to leave a lasting first impression. How do you do that? With a great welcome mat of course! There’s nothing like a warm welcome full of holiday cheer. Tulip ColorShot Instant Fabric Color is great for adding your favorite holiday colors to your outdoor décor.

DIY Tie-Dye Snowman Ugly Sweater Hoodie

You know what time it is, oh yeah! Ugly Sweater season! We know you’ll probably be going to a ton of ugly sweater Christmas parties and we want you to stand out at every single one! Others will probably do the usual “glue on ornaments and tinsel” but not you! With the help of Tulip One-Step Tie-Dye Kit and Tulip Fabric Markers, you’ll create an ugly sweater that’s to DYE for!

DIY Glass Gem Apple Mason Jar

It's fall and that means apple season! With their bright red freshness taking over my fruit bowl and their aroma coming out of my wax burners, it seems only right to bring this pretty little fruit front and center as  gem covered mason jar. 

If you've covered a mason jar in gems before you might have found yourself frustrated with lackluster results, watching your stones drip off in hot weather or pop free when it gets cold at night. Today we're going to use Glass & Bead Adhesive from Aleene's for the best results I've found for making gem covered mason jars with gems that actually stay put. The craft time for this project is longer than with other adhesives but the end results with beautiful jars covered in gems that don't disappoint and fall of randomly makes it worth the little extra bit of time, in my opinion!

DIY Cat Shaped Smart Phone Holder from Wood

I absolutely love cats. Whether they be the real fluffy deal or an object created in the image of a cat, I'm going to be absolutely in love with it. So when I was tasked with creating a smart phone holder out of wood it seemed only natural that it would take the shape of one of my favorite animals, the kitty cat. 

Now I'll be the first to admit that this isn't a quickie craft. As you can probably tell from the ever changing backgrounds of the process photos for this tutorial creating your own wooden cat smart phone holder will span across a few days. Now you won't be working 24 hours a day for 3 days, by any means, but in order to allow The Ultimate Adhesive to cure and wood putty to fully set we need to give our project time to sit and set.

While it might seem daunting, this is my very first experience using a jigsaw, and I have to say, it wasn't nearly as difficult as I had imagined. If this is also your first turn with the tool I'd highly recommend watching YouTube videos to get comfortable with how the tool works, preparing your wood for cutting and all of that good stuff. I'd also suggest definitely working with a thicker plywood as the thinner stuff shakes and shimmies making it more difficult to control the tool and get a nice, smooth cut. Also remember that with a little bit of elbow grease and sandpaper an imperfect shape might be turned into something perfectly good, so don't toss your cut without giving it a bit of time with the sandpaper to see if it actually is a viable piece for the project.