DIY: Playing Card Ornaments

An old deck of cards in one hand, and the perfect Christmas Tree outside… something weird’s gonna happen.

We love games at this house. Card games, board games… you name it. I don’t love worn-out cards, though, so I’ve been looking for a clever way of getting rid of a couple of our older decks. After playing with strips of paper as Christmas ornaments, I started thinking about ways to turn flat cards into 3-d shapes. Internet searches gave me a few options, including this great tutorial for making ornaments out of MTG playing cards. After following the tutorial, I made a couple of tweaks and ended up with another great collection of ornaments for our outdoor holiday tree.



  • A deck of cards
  • Thin-ish wire: I used 22 Gauge floral wire
  • Assorted beads or buttons: Make sure the wire will fit through the holes.
  • Wire clippers and pliers
  • Craft knife or paper cutter
  • Awl or large needle for piercing cards
  • Ribbon or string

To begin you will cut several playing cards into 1/2″ strips. Choose 16 of those pieces to turn into your first ornament.

Poke a hole, at the bottom and top of each piece, approximately 1/4″ from the end. (You should be able to pierce through multiple cards at once.)

Trim a length of wire, approximately 10″ long, and put a small loop in one end. String at least one bead as a stopper, then start feeding your card pieces on, one at a time. This will be the bottom of your ornament, and the side showing from the bottom (shown above) will be the side of the card facing out on your ornament.


The red side will be hidden on the inside of this ornament.

Once you have all your card pieces fed on the wire, add about 1-1/2″ of beads as spacers.

Starting with the bottom piece of card, gently feed the wire through the pierced hole at the other end.

Do the same with the next lowest piece of card, letting it rest against one side. Repeat with the next lowest piece of card EXCEPT let it rest on the other side of the center.

Repeat this action on each piece, going back and forth between each side of the ornament. It should begin to form a sphere.

There should be just enough space to feed the last (most interior) piece through. If you feel like the pieces are too cramped, you may want to gently tear a piece or two off your wire.

When you have all the pieces wrapped back around, add another bead or two, make a loop in the wire, and trim. Feed a ribbon through the loop, and you have a nifty ornament!



Other things to try

  • Make the spacer inside the ornament longer for a more spherical ornament, or make it shorter for a more compressed “space saucer” ornament. The different shapes will need a slightly different number of card pieces, but I’ve found that they all use between 14 and 16 pieces.
  • String two ornaments on the same wire for a more complex shape.
  • Mix and match back pieces and front pieces for a striped pattern.
  • String an extra piece of beaded wire or string to the bottom of the ornament for even more decoration.
  • Go crazy with bead spacers and see what happens.

What do you think? Trash to treasure?

DIY: Scrap Paper Strip Ornaments

Up until the last couple of years, Safety Husband and I would go home to Texas for the holidays, and we never felt the need to decorate for the season. For the last couple of years we’ve talked about decorating the “Christmas Tree” that just happens to be growing in our upper yard, and this year we’re making it happen. I’ve been putting my brain power into making ornaments that are either weatherproof, or are meant to be thrown away in January. It’s been a great chance to work through some of the materials I’ve been… ahem… collecting.

I love vintage ornaments and paper, and after a couple of years of experimentation I was ready to combine those two loves in this one ornament design. Super quick, because they are held together by staples, a couple of basic techniques can build a whole tree’s worth of decoration.



  • Stapler
  • Ribbon (3/8″ to 1/2″ wide is great)
  • Scrap Paper: I used leftover 12×12 scrapbooking paper, but catalog or magazine pages would work well too! If you’re using thin paper, you might want to double up on the number of strips per ornament.
  • Clips: binder clips work great for this, but a clothespin will work in a pinch. (Pun intended.)
  • Scissors

To begin, cut about eight 1/2″ strips off your paper. (You can vary the number, just make sure you have an even number of strips.)

Cut a length of ribbon about twice the length of your paper strips.

Fold the ribbon in half, and stack half the strips on each side. Staple near the bottom of the stack, away from the loop of ribbon.

The staple will go through all the paper and the ribbon, securing that point. (Staples must be cheating, because they make this too easy.)

Put a clip about halfway down the paper, clamping the whole stack of paper and ribbon. With one hand, hold the clip, and with the other gently pull on the loop of the ribbon.

This should cause the paper to pooch out a little on the other side of the clip. Repeat the holding and pulling step, but this time grab the ribbon loop and the two strips of paper closest to it on either side.

Repeat again and again, adding another strip on either side, until you reach the outer strip.


Then carefully put a staple through the area the clip was holding.


Trim any excess paper with a pair of scissors.

If you want, you can curl some of the extra paper to add a little decorative detail. Simply roll the paper around a small pencil or paintbrush to curl it.

Once you get the hang of the whole pull method, you can shake things up by doing a similar technique, upside-down.

Staple in the middle of your ornament, and turn each strip back down. Once you’ve turned each strip, staple them at the bottom to form a heart shape.

Using these two techniques you can make a whole range of funky vintage ornaments.

If you get sick of looking at the staples, you can replace them with a couple of stitches. Simply poke a hole in the middle of the stack, and make stitches back and forth to secure the ornament.

Remove the staple, and you’ll never know it was there.

Or spend that time making a whole army or ornaments. It’s up to you!

One set down, more to go.

DIY: Chipboard Village with Free House Template

You might have noticed things have slowed down a little over here at A-I-M. Life goes in cycles, as we know, and unfortunately it’s been tripping us up lately. I’m still making things (some of them more therapeutic than others- like the DIY below), but the timing is tricky, and sometimes things don’t make it online as quickly as they should. We’d like to ask you to be patient with us, and give us time to refresh and collect ourselves. We’ll be back to full speed before you know it.

I’ve been trying to simplify my life because I have accumulated too many “things”; and I’ve made a resolution to truly embrace the making of things, rather than the buying or the keeping. (Our house is getting smaller by the second. Someone’s cursed us, I swear!)

So rather than storing ornaments, sparkles, trees and lights, I’m making new temporary baubles from recycled materials.

With that in mind I sat down to make my version (sweet and simple) of a winter village. I built a template that you can use to start your own winter wonderland, and I hope you’ll get as much peace and joy out of it as I did.



  • Scrap Chipboard: I like to save the backs of paper pads for projects like this, or you can grab a food package out of the recycling.
  • Pen and pencil
  • bone folder or scoring device
  • Craft knife
  • Paper glue: Elmer’s works great!
  • The printed template: click here or on the pdf below.


Chipboard is great because you can mark it simply by pressing down hard on it. To trace the template on my piece, I clipped the paper down, then…

used a bone folder and ruler to score the dotted lines (that will eventually be folded).

Then I traced over the rest of the lines by pressing down firmly with a pen.

Once I finished tracing all the lines I had a faint guide to work with. (If you like, trace the lines lightly with a pencil to help when you’re cutting.)

Like most cutting projects, it’s easier to start by removing the small pieces of the template. In this case that meant cutting out the windows, the notch on the back, and two sides of the door. (Refer to the template to make sure you are cutting only the solid line pieces.)

When I had the building and roof all cut out, I used a bone folder to score the folds a little more deeply. Then I began folding each flap gently away from the score mark. (Including the roof piece.)

When I had the main part of the building folded, I applied glue to the flap (shown in gray on the template sheet) and held the pieces together until the glue held firmly. (You can also use clips or clothespins to hold it closed for a bit.) Once the base of the house was holding firmly, I added glue to the roof flaps (also shown in gray) and aligned and attached the roof. (You will want to hold this together by putting your hand into the house-box and pressing the flaps against the roof.)

To frost the windows, I took a piece of cello tape slightly larger than the window, and attached it to a piece that was even larger. Then I taped that frosted pane right into the window-sash. I left the door bent slightly in, to welcome little chipboard guests!

Now that you’ve got the hang of home-building, you can reuse this template by resizing it, or come up with your own design!

For my second building, I used the natural folds in a cracker box, and drew windows and a door with a pencil before trimming it out. Remember to leave flaps to attach the roof! (But in a pinch, a piece of tape will work as well.) Simply erase the lines, glue everything together, and plop it into your village… and when it gets dark…

slip a few LED Christmas lights under your buildings for ambiance. (The notch I included in the template is super handy for running the wires out the back of the house.) Make sure to use low-heat lights, since they will be surrounded by paper!

If you’re anything like me, you won’t be able to stop at chipboard houses. I really want to add some chipboard critters… These little houses make my imagination run free.

One thing that’s for sure, they need to be surrounded by a forest. Next week I’ll show you a quick and easy way to build your own magic woods.


One note: I’m a big fan of letting the materials show in my projects, but remember you can camouflage the materials quickly by adding a little paint (spray or acrylic would work great) or by using it as a base for decoupage or collage (like our shadowbox project). Go crazy!

DIY: Season’s Greetings Printable Herb Packet Gift

Season's Greetings Printable Herb Packet Gift Idea
I recently created this fun holiday printable idea for Garden Therapy and thought I would share it here on A.I.M for you to enjoy! -Rachel

Quick and easy holiday gifts are essential for surviving the holiday season. This free printable “Season’s Greetings” Herb Packet is perfect for small gifts and can easily fit into the mail with your holiday greeting cards! Use herbs harvested from your own garden to create flavorful seasoning mixes paired with a simple and delicious recipe.

CLICK HERE to for the full tutorial and free printable download over at Garden Therapy!

Season's Greetings Printable Herb Packet Gift Idea

DIY: Finger Crochet a Round T-shirt Rag Rug

Despite my sister’s best efforts I’ve never been able to make sense of real crochet. The “finger crochet” method I describe below is something that came out of a lot of experimentation, but I’m guessing you fiber wizards could whip up something even better! If you’ve done a similar project, or have suggestions to make this DIY more clear, please feel free to tell us about it in the comments below.

When I finished re-weaving my t-shirt rug (updated photos at the bottom of that post) I figured out two important things.

  1. There is better way to cut a t-shirt into strips (fewer, longer strips.)
  2. Once you know how to cut t-shirts into long strips, no t-shirt is safe.

Which translates to: I had a lot of leftover strips of jersey, and wanted to use them up! I started braiding, tying knots, and eventually settled on a method that can best be described as the frumpy cousin of crochet.

PREP: Cutting one long strip

Knotting small strips of jersey (demonstrated in the woven rug post) is time-consuming, so the longer the strip the better. After digging around a bit I found this video that shows how to turn a loop into one long strip.

IMG_2100_roundtshirtrugI started by cutting the large loop of the shirt from the top, and sliced across from one side, stopping about an inch from the other edge.

Then I slipped the loop over my arms, and starting at the end of one cut I cut diagonally towards the end of the next cut on the other side of the fabric. Then the whole thing unwound in a continuous strip.


To begin I tied a slip-knot near the end of the string by making a loop, reaching through and grabbing the strip, pulling it though and gently pulling to tighten. (There’s a great demonstration of a slip knot at the beginning of this video.)

Then I reached through that loop, pinched the strip, and pulled it through to create my first chain stitch. (See steps 2 thru 4 on this Red Heart blog post). This whole project breaks down into pulling a new loop through an old loop.

I repeated this chain stitch about 5 times, then…

tucked the loose string end through the last chain stitch to loosely close the first set of chains into a circle.

To connect the next ring of chains I pulled the next strip (navy) through two existing loops– the one I just made (pictured here closest to my thumb), and the inside of an earlier chain that lined up with my new one (closer to my fingertip).

This way my newest loop connected my existing chain to the one inside of it. I then started a pattern of 3 chain stitches, 1 connecting stitch, 3 chain stitches, 1 connecting stitch, 3 chain stitches, 1 connecting stitch, 3 chain stitches, 1 connecting stitch, 3 chain stitches, 1 connecting stitch…

going around and around the circle.

When I ran out of strips, I pulled the end of my string through the last loop, and tucked it into the rug– because one day I will have more t-shirts to dismantle, and this rug will keep getting bigger!



  • As you are working, make sure not to pull your loops too tight, or stretch your chain when you’re doing a connecting stitch. The looser you work the flatter the rug will sit.
  • Different shirts will make thicker or thinner strings based on the thickness of their fabric. I opted for a very irregular look with lots of inconsistencies in my strips (width ranging from 1″ – 2″) but if you want a more regular look, stick with shirts of a similar weight, and cut your strips about 1.25″ wide.
  • If it’s looking weird, pull out your loops and start over! Once you get the hang of this version of finger crochet you’ll fly through this project, so you will quickly make up the time redoing it. Practice has never been more fun.
  • If you can, work for longish stretches to keep your tension consistent. This is a great “while watching tv or daydreaming” activity.
  • As always, plan to make one more rug than you have cats.


RECIPE: Turmeric Hot Toddy (for cold/flu relief)

RECIPE: Turmeric Hot Toddy
Since making up a batch of turmeric paste last week I’ve been adding it to my morning ritual of drinking hot lemon water. I usually add a dash of cayenne and ginger powder and now I’m adding a teaspoon of turmeric paste as well. In the midst of my current obsession with turmeric and its amazing health benefits, I’ve been collecting recipes via Pinterest. When I stumbled across this recipe for a Turmeric Hot Toddy I knew I had to try it.

I usually only crave a hot toddy when I’m sick with a cold since the drink is known to ease the aches and pains of the common cold. But since my morning ritual tea is so similar to a hot toddy (minus the booze), I decided to give it a try and enjoy a hot mug on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

RECIPE: Turmeric Hot Toddy

How does a Hot Toddy ease cold symptoms exactly?

• For hundreds of years brandy has been used as a traditional remedy for the common cold/flu. The natural warming properties of brandy, mixed with its relaxing quality that induces healthy sleep and the antibacterial nature of alcohol, together creates a much needed boost for the immune system. You can read more on the health benefits of brandy here.
• Lemon and honey can relieve a sore throat, help loosen congestion and prevent dehydration.
• Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory, a natural blood purifier, and is antioxidant and antiseptic.

Note: Even though I do enjoy the cold/flu relief felt when sipping a hot toddy, it’s not the only remedy I turn to when I’m feeling sick. It’s also a good idea to get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids. Don’t forget that alcohol actually dehydrates the body, so think of a hot toddy as a way to pamper yourself when you’re feeling sick and drink in moderation.


Turmeric Hot Toddy
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1 serving
  • 1-2 oz brandy or bourbon
  • 1 tsp turmeric paste
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 lemon
  • Cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise (for garnish)
  1. In a glass mug, juice ½ lemon and add turmeric paste and honey. Stir to combine. Fill half way with hot water and stir until turmeric/honey is melted. Add 1-2 ounces of brandy or bourbon and top off with more hot water.
  2. Garnish with a lemon wedge, cloves, cinnamon stick and a star anise. Drink hot!
  3. Note: you can substitute herbal tea for the turmeric paste

RECIPE: Turmeric Hot Toddy

RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies

RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies #holiday #baking #marthastewart
Homemade cookies are one of my favorite holiday treats. I love the baking, sharing and of course, the eating of a delicious homemade cookie. I’m a sucker for the holiday baking magazines at the checkout stand and love turning page after page of beautiful cookies that look too pretty to even eat.

This year, I decided to give this recipe by Martha Stewart a try as lemon is one of my favorite dessert flavors. They were quite time consuming to make, but think of it as more of an afternoon craft project and enjoy the process. Your efforts will be well worth it as these Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies turned out both beautiful and delicious!

RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies #holiday #baking #marthastewart

Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4 dozen
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
  • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 large egg yokes, room temperature
  • 5 tablespoons lemon zest plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ cup shelled pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and cornstarch in a medium bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks, lemon zest and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Shape dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and place in refrigerator for about 1 hour (or until firm).
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to about ⅛” thick. Using the large scallop circle cookie cutter, cut out wreaths. Reroll scraps and cut out. Cut out centers of the wreaths using a small scallop circle or heart-shape cutter. Space two inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake until just golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.
  3. Stir together confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of frosting over each cookie and then dip them face down into the chopped pistachios. I placed the dried cranberries on by hand. Let cookies set on wire racks then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Prep Tips

Necessary Tools:

• Electric mixer and paddle attachment
• Large scallop circle cookie cutter and small scallop circle (or heart) cookie cutter
• Parchment paper
• Cookie sheet
• Rolling pin


Whisk flour, salt, baking powder, and cornstarch in a medium bowl and set aside. Using an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks, lemon zest and vanilla. Slowly add in the flour mixture and mix until combined. Shape dough into a disk, wrap in plastic, and place in refrigerator for about 1 hour (or until firm).

Tip: To save time I refrigerated my dough for about 20 minutes then transferred it to my freezer for another 15 minutes.

RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies #holiday #baking #marthastewart

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface and roll out to about 1/8” thick. Using the large scallop circle cookie cutter, cut out wreaths. Reroll scraps and cut out. Cut out centers of the wreaths using a small scallop circle or heart-shape cutter. Space two inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Bake until just golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool completely on wire racks.

Tip: I used a large cutting board as my work surface so that I could re-refrigerate the dough. Once it became too soft I simply placed the entire board into the refrigerator for a few minutes to re-harden.

RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies #holiday #baking #marthastewart

Stir together confectioner’s sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl. Using a butter knife, spread a thin layer of frosting over each cookie and then dip them face down into the chopped pistachios. I placed the dried cranberries on by hand. Let cookies set on wire racks then store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.

Tip: You can dip the cranberries into the frosting first to ‘glue’ them down if necessary.

RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies #holiday #baking #marthastewart
RECIPE: Lemon Pistachio Wreath Cookies #holiday #baking #marthastewart

Do you have any favorite cookie recipes or holiday baking stories? Leave a comment and tell us all about it!

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Homemade cinnamon ornaments have been on my to-do list every year, but I never seem to be able to make time for it. After seeing this post, I felt so inspired by the idea of adding glitter that I spent a whole afternoon making some. It was such a fun project and I love how the ornaments turned out. They smell and look like Christmas!


• 1 cup of cinnamon
• 2 tablespoons of cloves
• 2 tablespoons of nutmeg
• 1 cup of applesauce
• 2 tablespoons of glue (I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)


• Cookie cutters
• Parchment paper
• Straws
• Cookie sheet
• Glitter
• Mod Podge (I’m sure you could use the tacky glue too)
• Paintbrush
• String or bakers twine

The first step is to make the dough. Place all the ingredients into an electric mixer and knead until a nice dough is formed. You can add more cinnamon if the dough is too wet or a little water if the dough is too dry.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Sprinkle some cinnamon onto a clean surface and roll out the dough to about 1/4” thick. Cut out shapes with cookies cutters, poke a hole in each shape using a straw and then place them carefully on your prepared baking sheet.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Note: Notice how my dough looks cracked when rolled out. I believe this happened because my dough wasn’t quite wet enough. I didn’t worry about it because I knew I was covering them in glitter anyway, but it’s something to keep in mind.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Bake in the oven for 2 hours, flipping the ornaments once half way through. The ornaments should be rock hard when they are done. Let cool completely.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Next add the glitter! First, prepare your workspace. This is important as it’s very easy for glitter to get EVERYWHERE. I worked on another piece of parchment and poured my glitter into small bowls. One at a time, paint a thin layer of mod podge or glue over each ornament and them dip them (glue side down) into the glitter. Carefully place them on the parchment to dry.

DIY: Glittered Cinnamon Ornaments #holiday #christmas #craft

Every year I like to gift handmade ornaments to give to my friends and family. I plan to use these as gift toppers and to decorate my own tree!

DIY CHALLENGE: December Glitter

Need a break from the holiday madness? Our December DIY Challenge is the perfect excuse to escape to your craft room (or kitchen table) for an afternoon of making. There’s something so therapeutic about sitting down with a simple craft project and a tasty snack. Invite a friend to join you and make something together!

Each month we ( will choose a theme, and you get to run with it, then share what you make. You can stick strictly to the theme, or do something totally unexpected. Your creation is sure to inspire someone else, taking this creative community to the next level!

Check out what everyone came up with last month’s theme, Herbs & Spices here.

Share Your Project!

To share your project, email with the following info:
• at least one photo of the finished piece (shots of your process are also welcome!)
• a little bit about yourself & where you’re from
• how you got from the theme to your final product
• links to your social media/blog/website (optional)

We will post our top 10 favorite submissions on the blog at the end of the month + award PRIZES!

DIY CHALLENGE: Glitter! Join us in our monthly DIY Challenge. The theme for December is GLITTER!
(Sources left to right: 1. DIY Deer Glitter Ornaments by Sweet Paul 2. Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments by Adventures-In-Making 3. Glitter Silverware and Gift Tag by The Perfect Palette 4. Gold-dipped Feathers by Ruffled 5. DIY Glitter Glass Jars by Something Turquoise 6. DIY Glitter Polka Dot Napkins by Copy Craft 7. Geometric Paper Ornaments by Best Friends For Frosting 8. Glitter Champagne Flutes by HGTV 9. Glitter Bobby Pins by A Subtle Revelry)


We have a confession to make: we LOVE glitter! And nothing says ‘holiday’ quite like the sparkle of a handmade glittered ornament or edible glitter cupcake! You can create something using your favorite glitter, or use ‘glitter’ as a theme or inspiration for your project.

Any and all materials and mediums are encouraged! This challenge is open to ALL AGES, so don’t be afraid to get your kids involved too. The challenge officially begins today, December 1, 2014 and ends on December 28, 2014. We will post our top 10 favorite projects + announce the award winners on December 29th. Have fun and happy crafting!

Don’t forget to share your projects with everyone on Instagram using #diycraftchallenge.

Invite your friends!

This is the perfect opportunity to host a craft night with your friends! Take photos of everyone’s creations and send them to us! Here is a button you can display on your website/blog to let your people know what you are up to.


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November DIY Challenge Results + A Holiday Recipe!

We are so excited to share the great submissions we received this month for our DIY Challenge! The theme for this month was ‘Herbs & Spices’ and we were blown away by the delicious looking food, beautiful crafts, and homemade concoctions. As promised we are awarding our three favorite projects and showcasing everyone’s submissions.


Because we all need some self-love this time of year, the award for “Most Relaxing” goes to Sarah White who made her own Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub. Check out her recipe and tutorial on her blog, Our Daily Craft.

November DIY Challenge Results!

I came across the new crafty challenge from Adventures in Making and thought, why not? The theme, Herbs & Spices made my mind turn to the rosemary plant we just brought inside because it’s freezing outside. And because it’s cold and dry I also thought of body scrub recipes, because I love scrubs for exfoliating and moisturizing in the winter. They also make great gifts, so keep it in mind for teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, whatever little giftable occasions you have coming up. – Sarah White

Visit Sarah’s blog for the recipe and more DIY projects and crafty inspiration.


The award for ‘Most Wearable’ goes to Christine Stoll. We are in love with the vintage necklace she created inspired by the herb, Mustard.

November DIY Challenge Results

I’m Christine Stoll from Bellevue, Washington, and I love working with vintage materials. I chose an image of the mustard plant from a 1953 Webster’s Elementary Dictionary for one side of the pendant, on the other side is a clipping of the definition. Joining the pendant are a vintage button in the color of ground mustard seed, a vintage metal drop, and a bird charm. – Christine Stoll

Visit Christine’s Etsy shop for more beautiful repurposed and reinvented jewelry. Connect with Christine via her Facebook page and follow her on Twitter!

DIY CHALLENGE AWARD: Most Mouthwatering

Amanda was kind enough to share her favorite holiday recipe, Homemade Cranberry Sauce!

November DIY Challenge

Amanda's Cranberry Sauce
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  • 2 bags of cranberries
  • zest of one orange
  • a pint of orange juice
  • ¼ cup of port
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  1. Throw it all in a pot and simmer on low, like all day (4-6 hours). Smooch the cranberries when they get soft enough. Once it reaches a sauce consistency of you're liking you're done!
  2. So this is awesome as part of the traditional meal, but it's amazing on ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, bagels, toast.... you get it, anything!

Amanda lives in Seattle, Washington and makes beautiful knit scarves. Take a look at her Etsy shop.

Herbs & Spices Gallery

November DIY Challenge Results: Herbs & Spices

Credits Left to Right:

1. Simmering Cranberry Sauce by Lindsay McCoy from Oregon City, Oregon
2. Herbal infusion (to be made into a chest cold salve) by Branda Tiffany from Milwaukie, Oregon
3. Hand-carved herb stamps (used to make Herb Garden Markers) by Sarah Bak from Seattle, Washington
4. Hand-lettered wrapping paper by Alison Lang from Issaquah, Washington
5. Gypsy soup recipe by Rachel Beyer from Portland, Oregon.
6. Homemade vanilla extract by Stacy Dutton from Portland, Oregon.

We wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving! We’ll be back on Monday to announce next month’s DIY Challenge theme! Here’s a hint: the December theme is also one of our favorite craft supplies.

Happy holiday weekend!