DIY a Monogram Notebook Gift

Make a quick and easy monogrammed notebook gift.

Thoughtful gifts don’t need to cost a lot. I think anyone would love to receive a monogrammed notebook and they are so quick and easy to make. I bought the notebook at the Dollar Tree, they come in different colors but I loved the pink one. I cut a quick monogram out of vinyl on my Cricut and it is done.

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materials

Materials:

  • Cricut Maker
  • Black Vinyl
  • Notebook
  • Transfer tape
  • t-pin
  • cut file
  • scissor
cricut maker

I cut the monogram on a Cricut Maker but any Cricut machine would work. The frame is from Cricut: Decorative Leaf Frame(#M1BB7B4). If you want to use my file here is a link to the project. [monogram] This project is also great for using up leftover scraps of vinyl.

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After your monogram is cut and weeded, apply your transfer tape and peel off the backing paper. Apply the monogram to your notebook and you are done.

Video Tutorial:

DIY a Night Light with Vinyl

How I updated a night light from the Dollar Tree with a vinyl design. @OfficalCricut @DollarTree #affiliate

A Dollar Tree Craft

I found this plain night light at the Dollar Tree and I was drawn to it for a crafting project. As a craft designer, I always have my eye out for project ideas and the Dollar Tree is a great place to find economical items. With the use of my Cricut and a little bit of vinyl, I transformed this plain night light into something more decorative. Follow along for this quick and easy project.

Many of the items I use in my posts are provided by the manufacturers in order to promote their products.
I want to give special thanks to those brands who sponsor this site.

materials

Materials:

  • night light
  • Cricut Maker
  • Holographic Vinyl
  • transfer tape
  • Cricut design
  • scissors
  • washi tape (optional)
Cricut Maker

I cut the stencil design on my Cricut Maker using holographic Cricut vinyl. The design I used is a purchased Cricut design – Flower Square Coaster #MCDABE4D. I sized it to be a bit smaller than the flat surface of the night light.

I used washi tape for additional security on my mats since they aren’t as sticky as they used to be. This is just a precaution and not necessary for most.

For the next step, weed away all the unwanted vinyl and then apply your transfer tape. The video below will show you how these preparation steps were done.

Video Tutorial:

The finished night light is placed in our downstairs bathroom which is very dark. It stays lit all the time and sets off a beautiful soft blue glow that works really well with the holographic blue vinyl. I am happy with the result and I think the design really adds to the night light.

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How to Transform a Dollar Store Frame

See how to transform an inexpensive picture frame from drab to fab with a patina kit. #dollartreecraft

With a picture frame from the Dollar Tree and a patina kit from Modern Masters (affiliate link), I transformed this simple frame from drab to fab. It takes a little bit of dry time between the steps but other than that, it is a really easy process. The kit has most of what you will need.

The patina kit comes with primer paint, copper paint, and the patina spray and nozzle. Simple directions are on the box. Handled the patina spray with caution, see the warning on the bottle and use in a well-ventilated area.

Additional Materials:

  • nail file or sandpaper
  • picture frame
  • foam paintbrush
  • spray box or similar
  • rubber gloves (optional)

Video Tutorial:

Watching the patina transform the frame as it dried was really interesting because you really don’t know what results you will get until it dries. The process was really fun and I can’t wait to try it on other surfaces. What would you use this kit on?

DIY a Mini Santa Gnome

Learn how to make a Santa gnome from simple materials, many found at the dollar store.

Mini Santa Gnomes are so fun to make and are great holiday-themed items. Each one can have its own personality. They can have big noses or long beards. You can twist the fake fur making a handlebar mustache. Your Santa gnome can be made fat or skinny. Change the color of the hat for a different look. Different decorative elements on the hat can change the theme completely.

I chose to add a pin to the back so my Santa Gnome can be worn. Another option would be to add a hook and hang him on your Christmas tree. These mini gnomes can decorate packages or used for other decorative elements. I have one sitting on my desk!

materials

The list of materials may seem rather long but they aren’t expensive. Once you have obtained them all, you can actually make ten Santa Gnomes from one pack of gloves. You will have a lot of other materials left over, so grab another pack of gloves for more gnome making. Items noted with DT were bought at the Dollar Tree.

Materials:

  • 2 pairs of gloves DT
  • small rubber bands DT
  • nylons DT
  • pom pom or bell DT
  • scissors
  • polyfill (or similar)
  • Hot Glue and Gun
  • fake fur
  • pinback (optional)
  • ornament hook (optional)

Fake fur can be expensive so purchase as small a cut as possible – 1/4 a yard or even an 1/8 a yard. You don’t need much for the mini gnomes. I found mine at Walmart. Fake fur can be found in a variety of different colors.

Video Instruction:

Making Embellished Notepads

I have a post on the ScraPerfect blog today making decorative notepads.

I have a post on the ScraPerfect blog today with a video tutorial making these embellished notepads. They are really easy to make and can be put together quickly with minimal supplies. They make for a great gift as well. Check out the post here: [Notepads]

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