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12 November, 2013

Easy and Inexpensive Handmade Gift Ideas

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy and Inexpensive Handmade Gift IdeasWith the holidays just around the corner, I thought I would share a few of my projects that would make great gifts…and are easy to make while being easy on the budget as well! There’s a little bit of everything here…from no-sew to light sewing, some painting, a little cutting and gluing and some iron-on transfers! I have to say that there’s nothing like getting a gift that was handmade…it really makes it extra special!


CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Easy Wisteria Inspired CandlesFirst up, an easy seasonal project…my Wisteria inspired music candles. All you need is a candle, some Dollar Tree vases, paper and twine! The free graphics are even provided for you!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Monogrammed Serving BoardYou will not need much in the way of construction skills to create my Pottery Barn inspired monogrammed serving board. Believe me, I know…because I don’t have any and I managed to do it! An old thrift store cutting board…the more beat up the better…and some corner molding posts, plus glue and stain are all that it takes!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Pottery Barn Inspired Chalkboard Tile Place CardsI love these Pottery Barn inspired chalkboard tile place cards! And you can use them for more than just place cards! Add a little seasonal greeting or well-wishes to surprise your visitors. An old Scrabble game and some chalkboard paint will do the trick!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Vintage French Script Bird PillowsThis vintage French script bird pillow is easier than it looks. It’s just an iron-on transfer applied to a frenchy fabric! The free graphic is included in the post.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Farmhouse Numbered NapkinsA package of inexpensive cloth napkins is transformed into French farmhouse numbered napkins with just an iron-on transfer…also provided for you!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Aged Paper Candle WrapsThe same graphic that was used in the napkins above is used to create these frenchy aged paper candle wraps…super easy and fun to make!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT DIY Vintage French LinensSuper-inexpensive Ikea tea towels are used for these DIY “vintage” French linens. They are not as hard to make as they look…that’s an iron-on transfer, not embroidery! All of the letters of the alphabet are there in the graphic so you can create your own monogram!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Tea Towel PillowAnd speaking of tea towels, don’t you love this vintage French tea towel pillow…made from a pretty tea towel and backed with burlap! If you really like this one, hold on to your hats because I have something special for you at the end of this post! 

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT French Script CandlesYou can’t get much easier than these French script candles…using a frenchy stamp and waterproof ink. Wouldn't a little bundle of them tied with pretty ribbon make a nice gift?

Confessions of a Plate Addict's Sweater Pillows and Burlap Rose TutorialAs winter approaches, everyone is sure to appreciate this sweater pillow with a burlap rose…made from an old thrift store sweater…or maybe a sweater with some sentimental attachment from your closet!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Boxwood and French ScriptHere’s another easy one… a chippy chalkboard with a pretty ribbon and a wreath! Or you can dress it up for the season with a little Christmas wreath and festive ribbon!

Confessions of a Plate Addict's Chalkboard Wine GlassesFinally, no more confusion about which glass is whose with these chalkboard wine glasses! A little chalkboard paint on the stem base and …voilà! Perfect hostess gifts!

OzzieMy co-host and CEO, the lovely Miss Ozzie, would like to remind you that using a fun and different wrapping paper helps to make your gift special, too!  
This is just a sampling of the projects that you will find in my Project Gallery…where I have collected over 100 ideas for you to try! I hope you will head over and check it out!

French Receipt Tea Towel The giveaway is now closed.
 And now for your surprise…remember the pretty French tea towel that I turned into a pillow? Well..now you have a chance to win one of your own!  So how do you get in on this amazing giveaway? Easy peasy! Here’s all you have to do to be entered:
Head over to Barb’s Everyday Home Shops here and check out all of her wonderful products, then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me what you love best…one comment per person, please! No hoops to jump through…just one comment per person! :-) Please be sure to leave an email address where I can contact you if you do not have a blog. That’s it!
 
The Fine Print: The giveaway begins today, November 12, 2013 and will close November 15 at 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. The winner will be chosen at random from the numbered comments that are left on this post using random.org with one comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. You must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the United States to win. (Sorry, Canadians…your sweepstakes laws require skill to win and there’s no skill here…just luck!) The prize is valued at $15 and includes shipping. No purchase is necessary. By entering a comment below, you agree to the contest rules and regulations and release this blog, its author and the giveaway sponsor from any liability.
 
Woo hoo! I am sooo excited to be able to offer this fabulous tea towel to one of you, my wonderful readers! And a big merci to Barb at The Everyday Home for making it all possible! 
 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing my handmade gift ideas! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays , The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays , No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays , Stone Gable for Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits on Thursdays , My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday , French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday , Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special, Tatertots and Jello for the Link Party Palooza
See you next time! À la prochaine!
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76 comments:

  1. Well duh--the French tea towels, of course!!!! And I liked a lot of other stuff as well. amberzeee@comcast(dot)net

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  2. I'm so glad I happened upon your blog, and that you steered me to Barb's site. I'm moving into and renovating a historic 171 year old house and there are so many items that caught my eye. But if I have to pick one, I'm very excited to finally find a pair of Mason Jar Salt and Pepper Shakers. I had a set for many years, and one recently broke. I'm thrilled that I can replace them. Thank-you! dodylyn@gmail.com

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  3. Beautiful post DEB with so many doable ideas. Thank you for such a great round-up. I am pinning this one for sure,
    xo Kathysue

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  4. I just love all the faerie garden goodies. They are adorable! sparling@shentel.net

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  5. I love keys, and so the large iron key set catches my eye.
    Barb - malmsfam@gmail.com

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  6. So many super great handmade gifts you have made Debbie. I can't wait to check out the rest.

    I love the Toile Chair and Ottoman!

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  7. you always have wonderful creations!!! love your bird pillow!!

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  8. Oh, it has to be the mini fairy garden kit....but which one? Love Barb's things!

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  9. I can't believe no one mentioned the pig! Merlns_mom@yahoo

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  10. Love the numbered apothacary cabinet!! A beauty. Vivince@sc.rr.com

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  11. All great ideas! Love the way you have them all organized!

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  12. Great projects!
    The Apothecary Cabinet and of course the tea towels!
    kittb1@aol.com

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  13. What great projects you have shared with us! I hope to try a couple of them, maybe for Christmas! Barb's site was awesome and very difficult to choose one thing! I like the mini mason jars (salt,pepper and toothpick holder), aal the french pillows and of course the tea towels! Thanks for a chance to win!
    dedepaul@live.com

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  14. Oh Debbie.......you've just put me in high gear with these lovely gifts to make. At Barb's site I went back and forth more than a few times and finally decided I would choose the 6 bottle wire tote. I don't have a blog but my email is
    glitzymeis@gmail.com

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  15. What an exciting giveaway, Debbie!

    I went over like you told us, and I Loe it ALL. So many shiny objects, but I really loved the pig head and the cow head, and the cute fridge magnets and the sea bottle that was wrapped and the purses and... You get my drift. I looked at all of it and loved it. And I smiled at the fairy garden fur I the. So cute. And the chippy French mantle. Such a cool shop.

    If hugs my friends and thanks to you and Barb for the giveaway!

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  16. i love the wire tote with 3 milk bottles. I live on a dairy farm so its a natural! so cute!

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  17. Love the Yearling Cow...I would name him Blake Shelton!

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  18. I LOVE the Frenchy tea towel! Great online store with so many adorable things.
    jilljones1atfrontiernetdotnet

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  19. Debbie,
    So much to love at Barb's! The great French fireplace, the fleur-de-lis twine holder with scissors, the French tea towels, on and on and on...

    Love all your great handmade ideas for Christmas. I have a big stack of ideas from you over the past year that I must work on. :) Your Eiffel tower photo book covers are high up on the list.

    Judith

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  20. Your pillows and towels are wonderful, and I have told you before the boxwood wreath that you made is great. As for Farmhouse Decor, I love the spices and for the furniture the Pastoral Toile Lounge Chair or Chair and Ottoman are gorgeous. How French would I feel? :) Thanks for the no-hoops.

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  21. I just love the French pillows! wish I could have them all.

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  22. First I want to let you know how much I love your blog! She has lovely items.. I love the Cast Iron Stand Twine Holder ..
    Tina
    tvoyles67@gmail.com

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  23. Thanks for a lovely post - great ideas and something for everyone. I felt the same way about Barb's site. The mini faerie gardens are unique though - and a little bit French too!

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  24. Thank you for the fabulous ideas. I love the cup tree.

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  25. How can anyone possibly choose only one! I love the Mini Mason Jar Salt/Pepper/Toothpick Caddy and I think I'll be placing an order from Barb very soon (for more than just the caddy)!

    beckywarner398 at gmail dot com

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  26. Oh my I love that tea towel. Sweet stuff and those candles look beautiful. Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  27. Great projects! THANKS for showing the music candles project again. I'm making them this year for party gifts..and maybe a couple for me, too. :)

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  28. Oh, my goodness!...such great projects, Debbie!...and I love Barb's site!...has me dreaming...in French!

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  29. Loving everything in her Farmhouse Vintage section and everything you had to share such great ideas

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  30. Love the tea towel. On Barb's Everyday Shop, wouldn't the Orchard Arbor look great on an end table with some candles and/or a book. I'm looking forward to trying some of these projects. Love your website. God Bless joycehwys@comcast.net

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  31. You have such wonderful ideas! Barb has great things - I love the willow door basket - I could do a lot with that!

    skippo11 at gmail dot com

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  32. The primitive farm table! terri58@charter.net

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  33. I love the french metal dorm window!

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  34. Personalized gifts are the best. They make the recipient feel truly one-of-a-kind. I recently ordered my parent's wedding photo on a metallic print and plan to give it to them on their golden anniversary. I am thinking of adding one of your plate ideas as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  35. The washed oak settee is my favorite. You have so many cute projects here and I am looking forward to using lots of iron transfers.

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  36. Tu as toujours des idees extra! I would love to have the Fleur-de-lis twine holder--great for projects, wrapping gifts, etc!

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  37. I absolutely LOVE the Pastoral Toile Lounge Chair and ottoman, oh my, I had to almost wash the drool off my face! Also love all the French farmhouse décor items. Sigh.

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  38. The mini fairy gardens are the best! Too cute for words!!

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  39. I'm lovin the Orchard Arbor in the garden section!

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  40. Love, love, love the tea towels but if I have to choose just ONE item it would be the french laundry basket. My laundry room really needs this (not me). Lisa Ciapponi-leeser61@gmail.com

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  41. Oh so many beautiful things. The furniture was gorgeous, but unfortunately way out of my price range, loved the little fairy garden sets, and while I adore antique things, they just do not go well with my home. The set of 3 wicker/woven trays are lovely and they are something that I could use.

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  42. I Love the French laundry basket. It would look so cute in my quilting room filled with fat quarters of fabric. Thank you for all the Christmas gift ideas.

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  43. You have given me so many wonderful and easy to make gift ideas!! Loved looking at Barb's Everyday Home Shops. The French Farmhouse was my favorite section. But I have to have the oval egg baskets. I can think of so many uses for them. :) shyrahallan@hotmail.com

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  44. The pig is so fun! I also love the toile chair.

    Thanks a million for all these wonderful ideas! I need to get busy ~

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

    xo
    Pat

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  45. Inspiration Galore...I love all the Frenchy stuff as usual!! Thanks So Much :-)

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  46. Thank you so much for all the wonderful ideas! I love Barb's quart mason jar candle holder I've never seen one like it!

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  47. Thanks for these ideas, some I remember from other posts of yours!! Pinned.

    Cynthia

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  48. Fabulous ideas! Love each and everyone- better get crafting! I popped over to everyday home and am now following-! I adore the mini garden accessories!

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  49. I love almost everything in her online shop, but I'm FASCINATED by the twine holder with scissors. I'd have one in my crafts room and one in the kitchen and one in the pantry! Thanks for a fabulous blog.

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  50. I like the mason jar candle holder.

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  51. I like the Canvas Painted Polka Dot Starfish (set of 3, cream, blue and teal) $20/set

    lorraine m
    mabbettLorraine at yahoo dot com

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  52. I love the metal mail pouch. I can think of so many ways I'd use it.
    Cynthia
    csbooklover@gmail.com

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  53. We have to pick one?! Wow! I can't...I love it all!! :) Susan B. swtntru@yahoo.com

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  54. Oh Debbie...I absolutely LOVED today's post!!! I always look for gifts to make and to keep around for last minute gift giving and these are perfect...although, I have to say, the french candles and tea towel pillows may stay at MY house! As for Barb's shop - I absolutely ADORE the bolster pillows...well, all the pillows, and the printed tea towels, and the willow wicker and the...well, I think you get the idea!

    Thank you so much for your wonderful blog! I look forward to every day!

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  55. I love The Everyday Home and especially the yearling cow. I am really into getting a cow soon for my decorating. Thank you for your wonderful blog and sharing your great ideas. Blessings, nancythedove@aol.com

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  56. I really love the French burlap pillows, actually all the pillows! Thank you for the giveaway. My email is bobbijodieter@yahoo.com

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  57. Thank you for all the wonderful ideas you share. I made your numbered candles for my fall mantle. Have enjoyed them so much (got lots of compliments on them too). Want to make music candles for Christmas gifts
    I am in love with the French Laundry Cart, on Barb’s site….. like lots of her other things too!

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  58. Love all the chalk board items! And the French pillows - oh, how tough it is to chose ...
    Thanks for all your great inspirations.
    Monika
    gegmo1@msn.com

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  59. So many wonderful things to choose from. I do love the French Laundry Cart. Thank you for this great giveaway.

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  60. Oh, the metal French dormer window!

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  61. I Love the French Laundry Cart!!!! How I wish that I had one!!!!
    realsungirl@hotmail.com

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  62. I love the Wine Bottle Juice Glass/Coffee Cup Tree! Would be great for the holidays! Thanks for the chance to win :)
    jayne@daiseyjayne.com

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  63. I like the ruffled burlap table runner and the chocolat pig with piglets. What a great shop! kcannon@anwsu.org

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  64. What's not to love?! I especially loved all the French linens...the ribbon is wonderful. I just came across your blog this morning looking for crafting ideas for tiny jello molds. Your things are beautiful and fun! Thanks for sharing! violetfemmemarket@gmail.com

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  65. I loved the Country French Washed Oak Settee. Beautiful!

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  66. I really loved the french style laundry cart!

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  67. Hi Debbie, Your projects are always the best and you are so generous to share the "how to" with us less crafty ladies. Thanks to you and Barb for a great giveaway...love the pillow! One of my favorite things in the shop is the Large Glass and Jute Fishing Net Bowl.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  68. Oh I LOVE the french laundry cart!

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  69. Thanks Debbie and Barb. I really enjoyed checking out both of your sites. I really loved the French tea towels and the coastal items. I look forward to checking back to see new items.

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  70. Cast iron twine keeper with scissors is one of my favorite things - so many great things in the shop!

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  71. I love the fairy garden furniture. Love your blog.
    djfisher@grandecom.net

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  72. hello, all the things here are gorgeous. all the things on the Everyday Home page are lovely. I especially like the ruffled burlap table runner, since I am not talented enough to make one of those. but it was difficult to choose, for sure. thanks for entering me into this great giveaway.

    Angela from NJ

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  73. Love all the frenchy stuff, especially the pillow with the bird on it.
    mrsc5618@sbcglobal.net

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  74. Love the French script candles, I am going to bookmark this so I can read it again when I have some time to "create". Thanks for the great gift ideas, Candy

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  75. The giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much for your interest, everyone! ...hugs...Debbie

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