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Fun Stocking Stuffers for Young Children

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Christmas is a magical time of year for both children and those young at heart. But playing the role of Santa’s helper can sometimes feel like quite a financial burden. However, stocking stuffers and gifts don’t necessarily need to break the piggy bank!

Here are 3 fun stocking stuffer ideas for the little ones on your list.

Baby Rings

There are so many uses for these smooth maple wooden rings. They are perfect for baby teethers, baby’s first ornaments, ring toss, or holiday craft activities with the kids. These rings come in 6 sizes, from 1.5” all the way up to 3”, making them an easy choice for multipurpose DIY holiday craft projects.

Miniature Bowling Game

Little ones will love this miniature bowling set of ten wooden 3-3/4″ bowling pins. Line them up on your floor or table, roll the solid wooden 2″ ball towards your bowling pins and see how many pins your little one can knock down- YAY! Choose from 4 different sizes–1.5″ to 5″ in height.

This educational bowling game teaches hand-eye coordination and counting. I selected a 2″ ball for three reasons:

  1. It doesn’t pose as a choking hazard.
  2. It’s heavy enough to knock the wooden bowling pins over
  3. It’s a great size for small hands!

Note: Decorated pins shown as an example for illustration purposes only.

Ball-In-Cup

Ball-in-cup is a timeless game for children (and adults who are feeling nostalgic). It is a perfect game to play at birthday parties, give as a stocking stuffer or to keep your child busy while traveling. This unfinished wooden game comes hand painted or ready for you to paint (as shown in the picture above).

Shopping for others, especially your children and grandchildren, is always fun. Keep the fun going by remembering you can also save money by supplementing their stockings with these fun and personalized DIY gifts.

Oh what fun it is to give the best stocking stuffers this holiday season!

3 Thanksgiving DIY Crafts The Whole Family Will Enjoy

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so I thought I’d share some adorable Thanksgiving DIY crafts to get you in the holiday spirit. These DIY projects result in great decor and centerpieces for your holiday dinner. Happy Crafting!

Little Wooden Pilgrims

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These wooden figures are ready to come to life with a little paint and your imagination. They make the ultimate Thanksgiving DIY crafts! Fashion them into pilgrims for kids play or put on display. You can use your creativity and have fun with the colors and setup!

Wooden Acorns

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These wooden acorns are a fall favorite and make the perfect Thanksgiving DIY crafts. I can think of no better Thanksgiving centerpiece! You can also get your child in on the holiday decorating by having them help stain or paint them. Add some glitter for extra flair! After painting, add to a glass bowl and show off you acorn creations to all of your guests!

Wooden Cupcake Stands

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Now for dessert! Display your yummy Thanksgiving goodies on a wooden tiered cupcake stand. It makes an eye catching centerpiece to any holiday function. Have the entire family join in on the fun by painting or staining it in the color of your choice.

My Guide to Starting an Online Business

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When I started my Etsy shop in 2009, I was like many first-time entrepreneurs—just trying to find a way to monetize what I love to do. Since then, I have come to learn the ins and outs of starting a business. If you are starting an online business, I know it can seem like a daunting task. But don’t let that scare you away! Here are some tips that I believe will put you on the right path.

Sell desirable products or services.

First, you must establish the product you wish to sell. What is your passion that you’d love to turn into a job? Discover customer needs within that passion. Your target audience are people looking for your type of products/ services, which serve as a solution to their problem. For me, I love to create decor and crafts. There are plenty of event planners and parents who are looking for my type of productsi.e. my products serve as a solution to their decorating problems. Maybe your passion is travel? Look into travel blogging. Baking? Look into an online bakery. Find a need within your passion and fill it.

It’s all in the wording.

Increase a potential customer’s interest in your product through content. Here are a few tips:

  1. Think of catchy language and a consistent brand voice that will speak to your target audience.
  2. Clearly articulate why they will benefit from your product.
  3. Include reviews and testimonials to establish a good reputation.
  4. Be unique.
  5. Address any possible concerns right away.  

The goal is to write copy that lets your audience know how much the product or service will help them. It is best to look at it from the customer’s point of view.

Product photos matter.

Be sure to develop quality images of your product. Factors to consider include natural lighting, consistent branding and key product points such as measurements. Good imagery can be the reason someone clicks the ‘Buy Now’ button, so don’t overlook its importance!

Design an easy-to-use website.

While you may have to hire out for this one, it is worth it. In this tech age of impatience and instant gratification, it is essential to have a fast, user-friendly site when starting an online business. User-friendly sites keep it simple with the fonts and background, and are easy to maneuver. If need be, resort to an expert web developer for their opinions and recommendations.

Establish yourself as an expert.

When starting an online business, becoming known as an expert in your field will help draw in more clientele. This includes creating expert content, such as blogs and videos. Utilizing social media and SEO (again, you may have to consult with a pro) will help promote this content and drive more traffic to your website.

Four Benefits of DIY Crafting

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Believe it or not, there are so many benefits to DIY crafting. Every project offers a chance to learn, explore and build confidence! The list of benefits goes on and on, but today I am going to focus on my top four. Let’s dive in!

Save Money

So many wedding, holiday and birthday decorations are very overpriced. By tackling projects yourself, you can save money! Not to mention you have the luxury of personalizing them to match your taste, which is so much more than any store can provide.

Stay Sharp

Instead of resorting to watching tv, DIY crafting forces you to learn something new as you work with your hands and brain. In addition, there is a sense of accomplishment that comes from making something with your own two hands. After all, human beings have opposable thumbs for a reason. People learn faster from “hands-on” experiences than they do watching someone else do something.

Develop New Circles

DIY crafting keeps the friend talk interesting. You’ll be able to share with them your successes and failures, as well as some presents from your triumphant crafting sessions. In addition, DIY crafting may introduce you to a new circle. Crafting groups share ideas and advice, and act as a necessary support system when it comes to your new hobby.

Create a Deeper Connection

As you start to make things with your own two hands, you will view them differently. A sense of pride and connection will develop when seeing your work everyday. They will become not just objects, but special trophies that signify your hard work. You may develop a deeper appreciation for things, now knowing how challenging and time-consuming it can be to make them.

4 Fall DIY Craft Ideas

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Fall is finally here! This season is not only an excuse for pumpkin spice lattes, but for awesome fall DIY crafts as well. DIY crafting is the perfect indoor activity to partake in during this cooler weather. I’ve rounded up four fall DIY craft ideas that will surely be great additions to your fall décor. Go ahead and gather some loved ones, pass out the apple cider and get to it. Happy Crafting!

Wooden Acorns

An obvious addition to this list, these unfinished wooden acorns have a variety of uses. Paint or stain your acorns to put on display for your fall décor or play a fall-themed sorting/ counting game with your child. Whatever the use, they will get you and your whole family into the fall spirit!

Wooden Bowls

The great thing about DIY wooden crafts is that you can decorate for any occasion. So why not really get into the season and create some festive fall bowls? Use your crafty side and paint, stamp or burn your bowls. Opt for leafy patterns and fall colors.

Bonus: Use your bowls to hold yummy pumpkin seeds!  

Wooden Square Tiles

These wooden square tiles offer you a chance to get creative. The possibilities are really endless for this fall DIY craft! Paint, stamp or burn your tiles to create a fall-themed piece. Place a magnet on the back and spruce up your fridge! Other ideas include fall pendants, wall décor, kids crafting and more.  

Wine Stoppers

Though this isn’t technically a craft activity, I couldn’t leave it out. And who could say no to these fall wine stoppers? The ultimate fall décor for wine lovers, these vibrant images are sealed with several layers of protective top coat sealer and are insured to last. They fit both red and white wine bottles. Choose from 30 images to complete your fall-themed décor!

Four Christmas DIY Ideas To Ring In The Holidays

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It is never too early to start your Christmas planning! What better way to ring in the holiday season than with some unique DIY holiday décor? I’ve rounded up four of my favorite christmas diy ideas that will add to the festivities in a more personalized way. Happy Crafting!  

Christmas DIY Wooden Trees

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These small wooden trees are a great craft project to do with the whole family this holiday season. Paint and personalize them to create some adorable Christmas DIY tree ornaments and/ or additions to your miniature village. Each wooden tree is smooth to the touch and ready for your creative imagination.

Wooden Snowmen

Whether you are envisioning Frosty the Snowman or Olaf from Frozen, these wooden snowmen are just what you need! They are perfect for winter scenes, ornaments, stamping, wood burning, gift tags and more. Just add your own unique flair, and you’ve got the perfect addition to your Christmas DIY décor.  

Frozen Yo-Yos

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I can’t think of a more festive holiday craft for your child than these Frozen yo-yos. Each yo-yo is handmade with Anna, Elsa, Olaf and Kristoff, creating an awesome festive spin on the beloved toy. They make the perfect party favor or stocking stuffer for the holiday season.

Christmas Wine Stoppers

Christmas isn’t just for the kids. These vibrant Christmas wine stoppers are sure to make an impression on your wine lover over the holidays. Pair it with their favorite bottle of wine and you have a perfect personalized gift! They also are the ideal size for stocking stuffers. The images are covered with many protective top layers, and can withstand many uses this holiday season.

5 Helpful DIY Tips for Beginners

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DIY projects are not only a blast, but allow you to add a personal touch to your décor. So whether you are wanting to get into DIY crafts for the first time, or are an avid crafter looking to refresh your memory, I am here to offer some DIY tips. Happy Crafting!

Do Your Research

Before getting started, it is always a good idea to do some research on Google or at your local craft store. Necessary research includes safety tips, beginner dos and don’ts, and types of tools. For woodworking projects, knowing the types of wood is a good start as well.

Here’s a little cheat sheet of some inexpensive types of wood:

  • Basswood
    • a common wood
  • Beech
    • bends easily
    • easy to stain
    • difficult to use hand tools on
  • Pine
    • the most basic wood
    • widely used in modern furniture
  • Poplar
    • a moderately soft wood
    • stains well
    • lightweight
    • easy to use hand tools on
  • Pallet wood
    • usually strewn with nails (make sure all of the nails are removed before cutting)

Start Off Slow

If you are a true beginner, a key DIY tip is to start with the smaller projects first and steadily improve your skills.  These projects could include painting some candle holders or installing some wall hangers. Small projects such as these allow you to learn a set of skills and then move up. And, most importantly, you will have fun and not get overwhelmed. Smaller accomplishments will give you the confidence to tackle more. Once you build a solid foundation of skills, you can venture out and start being more adventurous.

Remember, Safety First

It is important to take the necessary precautions during your projects. Ensure that you always have high quality gloves and safety goggles when necessary. After all, a trip to the emergency room is the last thing you want!

Follow Through

A house or apartment full of unfinished DIY projects is just a cluttered reminder of all your attempts. To avoid that reminder, give yourself plenty of time to follow through on projects and finish what you start. Make sure time is on your side! Let’s face it; you most likely won’t go to the hardware store to pick up last-minute supplies at 10pm on a Friday. Start a project earlier in the day to give yourself plenty of time.

Get The Right Tools

Investing in quality tools will make your DIY projects that much easier. Basic tools include a hammer, spanner, saw and screwdriver.  When working with wood, there are specific tools that you should get as well.

Here are some great woodworking tools to start with:

  • Hand saw
    • good for quick, imperfect cuts
  • Jigsaws
    • small, cheap, and it’s easy to swap out blades for different materials
    • also good for organic, curved cuts
  • Sanding
    • sandpaper grit ranges from 20 to 1000 – 20 being super coarse and 1000 being extremely fine

4 Last-Minute DIY Wedding Accents That Will Transform Your Big Day

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Planning a wedding often results in a large to-do list that includes booking the location, choosing the menu and band, determining a guest list, and so on and so forth. As a result, little details may fall by the wayside. If you are stressing about those last-minute personal touches, I am here to help you! Here are a few DIY wedding accents to give your big day that extra pop of color and character. Time to make your wedding feel more “you.” Happy Crafting!

Wooden Napkin Rings

Dine in style with these smooth wooden napkin ring holders. You have the freedom to leave them as is to match rustic wedding decor, or paint them to best fit your ambiance. Regardless, these gems add the personal touch you’ve been looking for.

Unity Wooden Candlesticks

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Showcase your love with these unfinished wooden unity candlestick holders. These unity holders offer the perfect way to represent your bond, while symbolizing the joining together of the two families and/ or the joining of two individuals. Either way, these holders will add a beautiful accent.

Personalized Wine Stoppers

These personalized wedding wine stoppers make amazing party favor gifts. You are able to customize the image and wording on these wine stoppers so that they perfectly complement your special day. I recommend personalizing them with your name or adding the special date.

Scalloped Wooden Hearts

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These wooden ruffle hearts add the DIY pizazz that your wedding needs. They are easy to paint or stain and are ready for you to personalize with your name or a special date. They are also widely used as adorable wedding guest books.

3 Fun-Tastic DIY Toy Ideas for the Kiddos

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DIY toys keep your child creativity engaged, while providing activities that cater to their interests. Not to mention they allow you to spend some quality time with your child. Studies show that this parent and child collaboration is crucial to your child’s growth and development.

In this blog post, you will find some awesome DIY toy ideas to get the fun started! No batteries are required… just some imagination. Happy Crafting!

The Ultimate Party Toys

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Flip Flop Tops

 

Plop In The Top

It’s a race against the clock as you see who can get the ball in the cup the most times.

Transform and personalize this classic game with a little acrylic paint. These gems make the perfect DIY game to play at a party or take home as party favors.

Flip Flop Tops

Almost as much fun as their name, these DIY wooden flip flop tops will be your child’s favorite wooden toy. They actually flip on their axis and continue to spin on the opposite side that you spun them from.  Paint it, spin it or flip it! These flip flop tops will certainly be at the top of anyone’s party favor list.

Wooden Bowling Pins

No need to actually go to a bowling alley. Bring it to you with these wooden bowling pins! They are ready to paint, wood burn or decorate, and make a great kids craft activity.

Miniatures

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Miniature Milk Crate

 

Miniature Trees

Let your child’s imagination soar with these miniature trees. The possibilities are endless! Add them to a dollhouse, paint and personalize them for ornaments and more! Each wood tree is smooth to the touch and ready to craft.

Miniature Wood Barrels

Your child’s pretend miniature land will become more real with some authentic, adorable miniature wooden barrels. These 10 miniature unfinished wood barrels can be used as pickle barrels, oil barrels or whatever your child’s creative mind comes up with. They are ready to be painted, stained, stamped or added to your miniature craft project.

Miniature Milk Crate

Who ever thought a milk crate could be so cute? These adorable milk crates can store up to six miniature milk bottles, so your child’s dollhouse or play farmhouse will always be stocked. Plus, paint them the color of your choice.

Time to Play House

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Wooden Rolling Pins

 

Wooden Rolling Pins

These wooden rolling pins bring out the best in your child’s imagination. Made out of a hard maple wood and smooth to the touch, these rolling pins are ready to paint, woodburn or stamp.

Here are some fun-tastic ideas for playtime:

  • Roll out your play dough
  • Paint for a birthday DIY activity
  • Play house

 

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4 Ways To Transform Your Home (DIY Style)

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Who needs a professional decorator? With some creativity and the right supplies, you can spruce up your place in no time with some DIY interior decorating. Here are a few must-have wooden DIY supplies to get you started. Go ahead and let out your inner interior designer.

Curtain and Window Treatments

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Curtains are the perfect accent for any room. With my easy-to-assemble dowel rod and end caps, you can hang up some curtains that fit nicely with the aesthetic of your home.

When it comes to picking out the style, let your creative juices flow! Maybe pull in a hue from your color palette with a solid or patterned window treatment. Or you could go bold and make a statement with colorful patterned curtains. For a more subtle style, try a neutral patterned curtain or drape. Whatever you choose, curtains can transform your home from drab to fab in no time and are a must for any DIY interior decorating venture.

Pillar Candles

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Candles create such a welcoming and relaxing aura for both you and your guests. The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating with candles. Cluster them, use a variety of heights, use different scents, use unscented and get some stylish candle holders… the list goes on and on.

Elegance will be your middle name after guests see these wooden pillar candle holders. With a beautiful white satin finish, these candle holders are the missing piece of your décor. Purchase them as is or order them in a custom size or color so they can really match your style!

Wall Art

Spruce up your walls with some DIY wooden squares. My 3″ wooden squares are sanded and ready to be stained, painted or decorated as you see fit. This is where your creativity can run a muck. And if you need some ideas, Pinterest is there to help.

I personally love them as jumbo scrabble art for a child’s room. Hang their name on the wall or spell it out on a bookshelf. This DIY craft brings the joy of an all-time favorite game to life.

Custom Wine Stoppers

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Let’s move on to the kitchen, where you will find that even the littlest accents make a huge difference. My wine stoppers come in over 40 different designs, allowing you to choose one that fits nicely with your décor. They are the perfect conversation pieces, and are such an easy accessory to add to your favorite bottle of wine. Vino lovers will surely be impressed.