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3 DIY gifts, all under $20 bucks!

Here are three projects for DIY gift giving that are really super simple and fun to make.

All under 20 bucks!

Make ’em, wrap ’em and put them under the tree or bring a smile to the face of your favorite holiday party thrower.


DIY Coasters Terri O
I used a kids craft product to make coasters. They are called Pearler Beads and you can find them at the craft store.
Here is a link to other bead projects on You Tube:


DIY Gifts Terri O

DIY Gifts Terri O

I made a cheese tray out of a leftover piece of marble tile.

This DIY project is so super simple yet very elegant. In no time at all you can have a handy serving tray to use or give as a gift. The best part is that you can make it as a holiday gift for less than $10.00!

Watch me and my husband make this awesome tray.

Supplies and Instructions:

  • Drill
  • Glass & tile drill bit
  • Marble 12×12
  • Measuring tape
  • Water
  • Drawer handles
  • Shorter screws for handle
  • Bumpers
  1. Place some painters tape on the tile where you want your handles to go, approximately one inch from the edge. Find the center of the tile and mark it with a pencil on the tape.
  2. Measure the distance of the holes in your drawer handle, divide that by two. Measure that distance from the center on each side and mark it. (In other words the distance to the holes in your handle should be equal on both sides from the center).
  3. Place your tile on a surface that has some give. We set ours on a pizza box.
  4. Drill your hole on a lower speed. Add water to keep your drill bit cool. Keep adding water as the dust from the drill turns to paste.
  5. You may need shorter screws to attach the handles. We replaced the screws in the package with 5/8” long screws.
  6. Attach handles to the tile and add a bumper to each corner.

Here is the video How To!


DIY Gifts Terri O
I embellished store bought candles using upholstery studs.
· Candles
· Upholstery nails in various sizes
· Pattern
1. Make your own pattern using a ruler for spacing. Be sure to space the holes far enough apart so that the nails will fit.
2. Lay your pattern over the candle and poke holes in the candle for your pattern. I unfolded a large paper clip as a tool.
3. Push the nails into the candle.
4. Be sure to never leave your candles unattended.

Family Reunion Ideas

Is your family having a reunion over the Thanksgiving holiday?

My family went to one this summer and used the website

Every family member can be invited to participate and add their own photos. You can also elect to get monthly reminders of birthdays and anniversaries.

Create a keepsake by printing out the family tree and old photos. We treasure ours and love to look at old family photos.

Instead of T-shirts, which nobody will ever wear again, try ordering silicone bracelets in a variety of colors.

You can create a color for each branch. For example red can be for 1st cousins, green for 2nd cousins, etc. That way everyone you don”t already know is easily recognizable.

A fun way to decorate the tables is to string a cotton rope from one candlestick to another. Attach photos from past and present with a mini clothespin. Ask family members to send photos to you or post them on a site. You can easily print them up for all to enjoy can collect.

Last, create a family tree.  I painted it on a board freehand and used colored inkpads for people to stamp their thumbprint. Use an artist pen or a micro fine scrapbooking pen to write the names.

Here are a few ideas as you to that reunion, or even over the river and through the woods to grandmother”s house for Thanksgiving…