$5 Holiday Gift Ideas | DIY “12 Days of Christmas” Advent Calendar Tutorial

12 Days of ChristmasMy fourth project for the $5 Holiday Gift Ideas Challenge was a gift for a friend’s son, who is a great fan of the “12 Days of Christmas Advent” calendars. I know he already has three chocolate ones, so I thought I would make one that was a little different. This Advent Calendar project for kids is so quick and easy to create that it can be done in just a few hours! Continue Reading →


$5 Holiday Gift Ideas | DIY Candy Cane Centerpiece Christmas Tutorial

Candy Cane Vase Craft ProjectMy second project was for my daughter, who wanted a Candy Cane Centerpiece like a lot of ones she’s seen on Pinterest.  Most of the ones on Pinterest did not have directions. Those that did had really complicated directions that she just wasn’t ready to try out.  So, I decided to make her a more simplified version.  I also made sure that the steps were very simple so she could easily make another one on her own. Continue Reading →


$5 Holiday Gift Ideas | DIY Christmas Wreath Project Tutorial

Snowman Wreath

My 1st project for the $5 Holiday Gift Ideas challenge was a gift for a neighbor who had heard about this challenge and wanted a Christmas decoration for her cubicle at work.  After viewing what was available at the 99 Cent Store, I decided to make her this fun and festive DIY Christmas wreath that won’t take up too much space in her work area.  The project is super easy and quick to do. Continue Reading →


$5 Holiday Gift Ideas – DIY Gift Challenge

Christmas DecorationMy friends and I have challenged each other to make or find 5 gifts for $5.00.  Since all of us are crafters, we kind of want the gifts to be cute, kooky and fun to make.  So I came up with five easy to do DIY gift projects that are super simple and inexpensive to make. I thought I would share with our readers some of the projects and ideas that I came up with over the next five days. Continue Reading →


Books | Craft Fail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong

Ever get the feeling looking at Pinterest that you’re the only one whose craft projects don’t come out picture perfect every time? CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong to the rescue!

Craft Fail coverCraft Fail is a website – and now a book – that is the brainchild of Heather Mann (who also writes the blog Dollar Store Crafts).

Rather than show moments of crafting perfection, Craft Fail focuses on enjoying those other sorts of moments every crafter has all too frequently: the moments when vision ends up in a different zip code from reality. Continue Reading →