I was inspired to create some homemade gift tags. Well we really don’t use the word homemade for crafts anymore. The new term is DIY ( Do It Yourself). This is a great way to save money and create a personal touch to holiday gifts. You can pull this off even if you can not draw free hand. Look for a image to create, their are thousands to choose from. I picked My Little Pony, because that is what the gift will be. I have also made Care Bears and Lego Chima. Once you selected your image, start to draw it in pencil first. Or if you can’t draw, just print out the image from an online coloring pages. Then outline with a black fine point sharpie marker. Then color as desired and cut into any shape you want. For this project I chose a square, but for other holidays like Valentine’s Day you can cut out a heart. Tape or glue the square onto a sheet of card-stock, construction paper, or any festive background you want. You can also get more ideas from Pinterest. Your almost done, I know it’s so easy ! Then write out whatever words you want , I used the classic To and From. You will love this money saving trick. I would love to hear your ideas and creative touches you added to your DIY gift tags.
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I have a few tips to help you get rid of too much Halloween candy. My first tip is for those of you who may have too may suckers like Blow Pops, Dum Dum’s, and Tootsie Roll Pops, etc. You can tape four or five lollipops together to make a bundle. Tie a fancy bow around them and place on top of gifts with name tags for kids or adults.
Second tip is for anyone who has leftover candy corn and caramels. These candies make lovely sauces. Melt down candy in a saucepan with water and butter or you can use a double boiler so the candy doesn’t stick to the pan. Once candy is smooth and melted pour over your favorite entree meat or over steamed vegetables.
And my third idea for left over Halloween candy is for any type of candy like smarties, Butterfingers, milky-way, Mike and Ikes and etc. You can make your own homemade Christmas tree ornaments. There are two ways to make them. One way is to place a couple pieces of candy into a small organza bag. Drawstring the top and place a Christmas tree hook at the top of the bag. Repeat these steps and hang finished bags all over the tree. The other way is to use small cellophane bags. Once you have filled the bag with a small amount of candy use a twist tie to close the bag. Then insert hook onto the twist tie . Repeat those steps and hang desired amount onto your tree. I hope this will help anyone who has an abundance of unwanted candy. Please post comments and other ideas of your own.