Hi everyone! You wouldn’t expect me to have a budgeting blog without including some awesome DIY for your loved ones, right? I’ll break it up into sections. Today I’ll only show you what I’ve found useful for me perusing around the ‘net.
My DIY Christmas series will mostly be from projects I found on the Better Homes and Gardens site; they were easy and inexpensive ones to make and they also had a variety of ideas for almost every personality I could think of.
I always seem to struggle what to gift coworkers during the holidays. Sometimes I’m thinking, “do I have to? I mean, I only spend 8 hours a day with them…” lol. But you can find some of these items in your home, so have at it!
Wrap this chic pencil holder with patterned paper and gift with a brand new blank journal and you have a cheap gift set finished for your coworker.
Directions from the site:
Start with a block of 4×4-inch wood, and sand it to smooth the rough edges. Once sanded,paint the top a color to coordinate with your friend’s workspace. Cut the bottom of the block at an angle to tilt the base, then measure the sides of the block to determine the length of decorative paper needed to cover them. Soak the paper in water to make it pliable, then use a thin layer of watered-down decoupage medium to evenly attach the paper to the sides of the block. Line up the paper with the block’s painted top; if the paper is too long at the bottom end, neatly wrap it around the base. Seal the paper with a top coat of decoupage medium. On the top of the block, measure and mark pencil holes in an evenly spaced pattern; drill holes into the top at a 90-degree angle using a 1/2-inch bit.
Ta-daa! You have a pretty pencil holder and journal for them to use at work. Easy, and personable.
Have a happy day!