Copycat Christmas- Part One

Hello from snowy Georgia, my friends!!

Wait, what? Snowy GEORGIA?!

Yes! For the first time since something like 1882, we had a beautiful white Christmas down here in the peach state. Somehow or another (it must have been the eggnog), I didn't end up taking any pictures of the snow. But here's one shot of me and my sisters right as the snow started falling, on Christmas night.

As I'm sure you guys have noticed, I'm a big fan of DIYing my way through things. So, it was kind of natural for me to throw in a few do-it-yourself Christmas presents for friends and family this year.

{For the record, I know I'm incredibly frugal most of the time. But, I promise!!, the DIY Christmas gift approach was not just my attempt at being a complete and total cheap-o. Many of these were gifts that were made in addition to other presents or were "handmade" gift exchanges, where most people brought baked goods. Just wanted to throw that out there :)}

Throughout the last few months, I've been bookmarking ideas that I've seen out in blog world, with thoughts like- "ohh, my mom would LOVE that!" and "what a wonderful gift idea!" So, I decided it was high time to get my glue gun out and actually make some of these projects come to life.

So, THANK YOU for having such wonderful ideas, my friends.
Because, thanks to you, I just copycatted my way through Christmas : )

my gift to Callie
thanks to Jen over at Tatertots & Jello

When I saw this post on Jen's blog, I knew I had to recreate this fabulous gift for someone. And the perfect candidate became my little sister, Callie. She's a freshman in college (remember the dorm room art I made her back in August?) who is always in need of basic house items for her dorm room. Plus, she loves to ham it up with her roommates, so you can see that this is the perfect little gift.

-drinking glasses (I got mine in a 12 pack at WalMart for $8)
-glass paint (I used the Folk Art Enamel brand, sold at most craft stores)
-paint brush
-some mad moustache-making skillz

All ya gotta do is paint away to your heart's desire! I used an enamel-based glass paint, so after I made a masterpiece out of each glass, I let the paint dry for about an hour. Then, I threw the glasses on a cookie sheet and put them in my **room temperature oven at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes.

**HINT: don't put the glasses into a hot oven!! They would blow up or something and that would be bad news!

This makes the paint completely dishwasher safe.

Seriously, how awesome are these glasses?!

And they're even better when they're being used and the drinker because the moustache-wearer!!

Love it. I think she'll have fun with that one!

my gift to my mom
thanks to Jen over at Piney Flats Style

I fell in love with Jen's monogram project as soon as I read this post. My mom absolutely loves funky things scattered throughout her house, so I just knew she'd love her initial done up moss-style.

-initial (found my version at Hobby Lobby)
-glue gun
-lots of patience and a few episodes of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the DVR

Essentially, this project just takes a whole lotta glue-gunning (hence the need for episodes of RHBH).

And slowly but surely... voila!

I hung it up on my wall before giving it to my madre, just for an idea of how it would look in her house.

Cute, right?! I might need to make myself one of these!

After I make myself some moustache glasses, of course :)

And mom loved it, which is what matters most-est. It's already on her living room bookshelf!

So there are two of my copycat Christmas gifts. Great ideas, aren't they?!
I'll have more tomorrow (here's a hint: both ideas were courtesy of my girl, Courtney!!)

Also, just a heads up for those of you who are like me and love free things and crafts,
 check out Megan's Silouhette giveaway!

And a shout out to Remodelaholic, who is featuring my living room redo today!! That was one of my first posts so I think its fun that its giving some love! :) Thanks, Cassity!

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  1. I just stumbled across your blog and I LOVE it!! The gift ideas are so cute.

  2. so so so cute!!!! love both projects! and a lot of times, buying all that stuff from the craft store is more $$ than just buying a generic gift. Your gifts are awesome! and you're right...those are mad mustache making skillz! I think mine would look like something the dog left behind.

  3. So cute, girl! I am so proud of you. lots of time and effort goes into those. The letter is just too cute. I am excited about the paint . . might have to whip up some countdown glasses! :) And very envious of your white Christmas.

  4. howdy! what incredible gifts--regardless of how much they cost you, what they meant to the recipient is worth soooo much more. You took the time and effort to create special goodies just for them...that means more to me than presents which cost hundreds of dollars! thanks for sharing your projects :) xoxo {av}

  5. Good for you! I saw sooo many great ideas, but just never found the time...maybe next year. Loved the snow!!

  6. oh my gosh! i already had a trip to ikea planned this week to get glasses or mugs to do the mustache thing for my friends for new year's! we are hanging out with 3 other couples that night, so i thought i'd bring them for everyone! :)

  7. Love the glasses, how funny! I think you might need to make yourself a moss letter to go in that spot on the wall :)

  8. CUTE! I am all about the handmade gifts! I think it's waaaaay more fun and thoughtful than the average store bought gift ; )
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Those mustache glasses are amazing! Such a fun gift.

  10. How fun! Your glasses turned out so great!! And I love that moss initial. So cool!


  11. Hi Michelle!!!
    I'm so honored to be featured on your fantastic blog!!!
    I'm lovin the mustache glasses!
    Have a great day & Thanks again!

  12. Both of those are great projects! I think I am going to make the moss one tonight with my Mom! I think it would look great in my bathroom!

    All the best over the holidays!

  13. Love the glasses! They are so cute and so much fun!

  14. Good for you for making all of those! I always have the best intentions and they never get done! I love the glass.. filing that idea away!

  15. Seriously cute glasses! I love a handmade gift- not cheapo at all:)

  16. I just saw those same letters at Hobby Lobby. I think they are much cuter covered with moss:)


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