Make Unique and Inexpensive Photo Gifts (Day #11)

December 16th, 2010

We think photographs make some of the very best gifts you could give. Here are a few ideas!

1. In about 2 minutes, we turned a small photo into a necklace! We found these metal frames in the jewelry section of a craft store. We added a photo to one side and scrapbook paper to the other side. Simply “sandwhich” the photo/scrapbook paper between the 2 glass squares that come with the metal frame kit and you’re done! Talk about easy!

2.  Last year we made this keepsake photo block using a glass craft block we purchased at a craft store.  You can also use the glass blocks carried in home improvement stores!  We measured the glass block.  Then we took that measurement and decreased it by 1″ on all sides and cut our photo to be that new size.  We placed the photo onto a sticky black vinyl square (same size as block) and adhered it to the back of the block.  We added the date the couple were married, as well as “you and me” cut from vinyl.  Easy!

3.  This next idea comes from one of our episodes from our first season!  Using a photograph, Mod Podge, and 1 and 2″ tile squares (yes, again from that home improvement store!) we made the “photos that pop”.  These can also be turned into fantastic jewelry.  If you missed that DIY Dish episode, you can view it here.

 4.  Another episode last season had us creating mixed media photo collages!  These are photos that have been transferred directly onto the canvas itself with Liquitex Gloss Medium. Very cool.  If you missed that episode, you can watch it here.

5.  And finally, here’s one that has endless possibilities! Create a collage with photos, scrapbook paper, and even burlap! We took the free download “love” design from Episode 9 this season, and added it to this framed collage. I can’t wait to give it to my daughter for Christmas!

How to Make a Snow Globe (Day #10)

December 15th, 2010

** As a reminder, regularly scheduled FULL episodes of “The DIY Dish” will begin again in January.  In the meantime, we hope you enjoy some casual “quick clips” of projects in our 12 Days of the Holiday DIY Dish. ** 

Gather your children because this is one that we think they’ll really enjoy making!  It makes for a great family project and uses  materials you probably already have around your home! 

Although there are a variety of ways and materials for doing this, here’s a quick tutorial on how we like to put them together. 


So enjoy bringing a little bit of “winter” into your home! 


On another note, we just learned that The Nate Berkus Show will be re-airing the episode we were on in October!  So if you missed it the first time, it will air on Wednesday, December 15th.  Visit to find out the time and channel it will be on in your area, or check your local listings.  It was such a memorable and fantastic experience for us –we’d love to have you be a part of it! 


-Kim & Kris

Last-Minute Decorating Ideas! (Day #9)

December 13th, 2010

Anyone out there need a last-minute, but shoe-string-worthy gift? We’ve got a few ideas to share that are yours for FREE over at!

How about a holiday star suitable for displaying a festive sprig of pines or berries, or doubling as a keeper of your holiday cards. It works up so quickly, utilizes some out-of-date jeans, and is minimal in cost. Keep it for yourself, or give it away without breaking the bank!

Begin a new tradition in your home!  The Santa Claus Pillowcase was designed by the elves to fit a travel sized pillow—a special pillow you bring out just once a year. It has a pocket designed especially for your child’s letter to Santa Claus. After she falls asleep, Santa will come to retrieve the letter. Upon wakening, she’ll find that Santa was there, and has left her a special message in return!

With the holidays being such a busy time, we hope that you’ll find a moment for yourself to create this cheery and festive door ornament. Either hand stitch the design or download the machine embroidery design for free from our sister site, It’s sure to put you in the holiday spirit, and since it whips up so quickly and is small in size (approximately 6″x6″ when complete), you’ll have plenty of time to create more for neighbors and friends!

Winner! $250 Gift Certificate

December 12th, 2010

Thank you for participating in our GameStop and TodaysMama Giveaway!  By random drawing, the $250 GameStop gift certificate goes to:

Debbie! (Partial email: cottagegr…)

We will be in touch with you so you can receive your gift certificate! 

Join us this week as we conclude our 12 Days of the Holiday DIY Dish!  Remember, our regularly-scheduled, full episodes will begin again in January!

Have a wonderful week,
Kim & Kris

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Make a Mason Jar Candy Jar! (Day #8)

December 11th, 2010

Today we’re going to show you how to make these fun, old-fashioned Christmas candy jar dispensers! So cute for neighbors, teachers, bus drivers, or friend gifts! The list goes on! The children will especially love them! And because they’re so easy to make, you could even involve the kids in making these, too!

This week we guest-posted over at our friend’s (amazing) blog, Kari of U-Create, and shared how to make them. Check out the step-by-step tutorial here.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Come back this weekend as we’ll be posting the winner of the GameStop Gift Certificate from Day #6!

-Kim & Kris

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