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A Handmade Christmas: Hot Chocolate Card Kit

By Jessica from

I was gifted this really cute hot chocolate kit last year from a . Hot chocolate is one of my favorite things to drink in the winter so I instantly fell in love with this idea and replicated it this holiday season. A Hot Chocolate Card Kit is the perfect little gift to hand out to your neighbors, co-workers, or friends.


  • scrapbook paper (1 piece in each size: 8.5″ x 5.5″, 3.75″ x 5.25″ and 3.75″ x 1.75″)
  • ribbon
  • adhesive
  • hole punch
  • stamps and/or stickers and/or embellishments
  • hot chocolate packet
  • candy cane

Step 1: Score your largest piece of paper (8.5″ x 5.5″) at the 4″ mark and the 8″ mark (you can use a scoring tool or simply measure with a ruler and fold)

Step 2: Attach your medium sized piece of paper (3.75″ x 5.25″) onto the front of the card.

Step 3: Using stamps, stickers, or embellishments decorate your smallest piece of paper (3.75″ x 1.75″) and attach to the front of the card.

Step 4: Punch a hole at the top of the card.

Step 5: Wrap your ribbon around the bottom of your hot chocolate packet leaving a couple of inches at the top to tie a knot (you’ll need roughly 12″-14″ of ribbon).

Step 6: Thread your ribbon through each hole.

Step 7: Adhere the .5″ scored piece inside of the card closing the hot chocolate packet inside.

Step 8: Tie a knot at the top of the card.

Step 9: Adhere the candy cane to the front of the card.

Voila! A quick and easy gift in a card. Using the ribbon to pull out the hot chocolate packet like a little surprise is fun for all ages. Write a little note on the back and gift someone a warm cozy evening of hot chocolate.

Jessica is a work-at-home mom to Shane (4.5) and Adalyn (1). She loves photography, crafting, reading, baking, cooking, and is a Consultant for . You can read about all of Jessica and her family’s adventures at .

Last-Minute Gift Ideas

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A Handmade Christmas: Snowflake Ornament

Guest post by Kimberly from

Growing up, I can remember Thanksgiving to be just as exciting as Christmas at my Grandma’s home. Every year, she would make all ten of the grandchildren a Christmas ornament. These became the first gift of the season, coming at Thanksgiving so we could enjoy them for the month to come.

Her ornaments were most often intricately crocheted with amazing skill and great attention to detail. My grandmother’s thoughtfulness ran deep as she crafted us ornaments each year. She knew that her gifts would serve to fill our first tree of our own one day as we began our journey into adulthood when money might run tight and leave us with an otherwise bare tree.

As my Grandmother’s ornaments graced my very first tree just three years after she passed, I couldn’t help but pull up the memories of all those years in anticipation for Thanksgiving and a new ornament. Today, all my Grandmother’s ornaments have a special tabletop tree for themselves.

Sometimes, my Grandmother would make us something out of the ordinary, such as this snowflake ornament which was given to me in 1989. (Grandma would always label the back with the year.) We loved this ornament so much that my mother deconstructed the snowflake so that we could reproduce what seemed like a hundred of them for gifts to teachers, neighbors and friends.


  • Plastic mesh canvas (one sheet will make six completed ornaments)
  • White yarn
  • Pearl beads
  • Glitter fabric paint
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors


::Cut two snowflakes following the pattern. To begin, cut 19 by 19 squares, then cut the ‘petals’. Once you have cut one petal, you can use your scissors as a guide to begin the next cut, just line them up with the inner line and start over.

::Cut a hole in the middle of the one of the snowflakes. The easiest way to do this is to fold the piece in half, count in two squares, and cut up two squares on each side. Then fold the other direction, again cutting up two on each side. This will be the top piece.

::Starting in the middle of the full snowflake piece, secure the yarn by creating the first stitch and making a knot. Continue to stitch the center.

::Bring the yarn up to the closest petal and stitch the veins.

::Bring the yarn to the side and overstitch the sides, making two stitches in each outer corner, until you come to the next petal.

::Continue in this manner until the bottom is complete, making a double knot at the end.

::Begin stitching the top snowflake in the veins of the petal, creating a double knot to secure. Continue to stitch the first petal.

::Overstitch outer edges, petals, as the bottom snowflake.

::Overstitch the inner edge and secure with a double knot.

::Using the glitter fabric paint, place a dot in the middle of the bottom snowflake to attach a bead. You may find it easier to use the needle to help hold the bead in place. Place beads in the same manner onto the stitched points on the petals of the top snowflake.

::Allow to dry overnight.

::Place the snowflake with the center hole on top of the second snowflake and turn 45 degrees.

::Gently pop the petals of the top snowflake into the centers of the bottom snowflake.

::Tie a loop with yarn into the top of one petal or attach an ornament hook for hanging.

::Write the year on the back with glitter fabric paint.

::Hang to dry.

Kimberly is a stay-at-home mother of two teenage daughters and a one year old boy. In her spare time, she blogs at  where she shares all she has learned about shopping smarter as well as other tricks for the Domestic Engineer of today.

A Handmade Christmas: Personalized Towel

Guest Post by Leah Chamberlin from

This towel is the absolute cutest personalized gift, and kids just love receiving something with their name on something that they use so regularly. While the pictures in this tutorial are of a towel that is made for a young child, I have made this gift for children of various ages (including one for a “tween” boy using camouflage material and a dark-colored towel) and they have all been well-received!

You could also do the name of a favorite sports team or school. With only four materials that are all inexpensive, this gift is not only incredibly frugal, but also very quick to make.

Supplies needed:

  • Towel — $2
  • 1/4 yard fabric that coordinates with towel — $2
  • Heat ‘n’ Bond Ultrahold — $2.50 (found at Walmart — will make several towels)
  • Tulip Slick Fabric Paint — $3


1. Pre-wash the fabric and the towel.

2. Cut the fabric and the Heat ‘n’ Bond to a smaller size that will fit all of your letters but will be more manageable to work with.

3. Follow the directions on the Heat ‘n’ Bond package to adhere the Heat ‘n’ Bond to the fabric using an iron.

4. Take the paper off the back of the heat Heat ‘n’ Bond.

5. Cut the letters needed for the child’s name from the fabric you just adhered the Heat ‘n’ Bond to. I use my Cricut to cut the letters, but you can also simply type the name in Microsoft Word in a simple font, then before you print it, in the Print Dialog Box, choose “Mirror”. After it prints, cut the letters from the paper and use these as your letters for the towel.

6. Trace them onto the Heat ‘n Bond that is adhered to the fabric. By tracing them backwards onto the back of the fabric, they will then be the correct way when you look at the front of the fabric. Or maybe you’re just artistic enough to freehand the letters!

5. Follow the directions on the Heat ‘n’ Bond package to iron the letters onto the towel.

6. After they cool, use the Fabric paint to outline the letters and/or shapes. This keeps the edges from fraying and helps keeps the edges attached to the towel.

7. Allow the paint to dry for approximately 72 hours before wrapping the present.

8.  Enjoy seeing the special kiddo in your life be thrilled to receive a gift that was made just for them!

Leah is married to her best friend and is a mom to three children who will always be reminded of their names at the end of bathtime. She enjoys blogging about anything that will help you save your dime and your time at .