last minute gift ideas with free printable tags

Thank you to one of our readers, we were made aware that ‘the’ was spelled wrong in the ‘Scent of Christmas’ tags.  This has now been updated and fixed. Unfortunately, the pictures with the tags will still show it spelled the wrong way.  Thank you, Kelly, for pointing it out to us!

I’m sure you have been just as busy as we have with the holidays fast approaching. Jess and I have some fun ideas to share with you, but finding the time to blog it is a different story. I am going to share with you a few last minute gift ideas that I have done this year.

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas


Glitter Ornaments

The first idea are these DIY glitter ornaments.

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By now, I’m sure everyone has seen these ornaments I made last year.

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This year, I put the glitter on the outside. It can be a bit more messy, but I think they turned out cute. The kids had fun making them too.

What you need:

- Clear Ornament

- The negative part of stickers or cut out contact paper using your Silhouette or Cricut.

- Glue (I used Martha Stewart roll on glue, but I also made them with the Pledge Floor Cleaner like last years ornaments.)

- Glitter

-  ‘Fake Snow’ for inside the ornament.

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Put your shape onto your ornament. Put some glue or floor cleaner on the area where you want the glitter. Pour glitter onto it and shake it off. Peel of  ‘sticker’ and you will have a glittery shape. I added some fake snow inside the clear ornament to give it more of a wintery effect. Below is a picture of the ‘sticker’ before adding glue and glitter.

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Soup in a Jar with Free Printable

The second idea is soup in a jar.

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I’m sure you have seen lots of ‘soup in a jar’ ideas. This is just another one. But, everyone likes soup right? And when it is all prepared for you, it’s even better! I am going to direct you to the blog that I got the recipe from for the directions… Ma What’s For Dinner

I liked this one because you add crushed tomatoes, which just makes it even yummier (I know Jess would disagree, but that is ok).

I also bought a soup mug from the dollar store and added an initial in vinyl onto the mug. Sort of like I did here.  Of course these mugs would also make great gifts.


I created these printable tags for you to add to your soup in a jar.

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Click on the image below to download and print.

soup in a jar printable


Scent of Christmas Bags and Christmas Tiered Platter With Printable Tags

*Update-At the time I made these platters I did not realize that it says on the bottom ‘for decorative use only’. So, these may not be safe for food.  Sorry!

This last one is my favorite. I don’t know if it’s the tiered platter or the ‘Scent of Christmas’ bags that I like most!

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Remember the tiered platters I made last summer here?


When I saw the blue, silver and red Christmas platters at Target for only $1.99, I knew I had to make some more platters. I still used the glass candlesticks from Walmart, but I only used one on these. I also couldn’t find a bowl to match the blue, so I bought a clear bowl and I love it!

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I saw these ‘Scent of Christmas’ Bags on I heart Naptime. I thought they were so cute and think they will make great neighbor gifts. Basically you are putting in oranges, cinnamon sticks, cloves and cranberries. The tags tell you how to ‘cook’ it on the stove to get the scent of Christmas in your house.

To get the recipe click here. Landee See Landee Do actually created these bags with free tags. But, there were a lot of people having problems downloading the tags. So, I created some for you.

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Click HERE or on the image below to download and print the UPDATED VERSION OF THIS TAG!

For best results, print on quality 8.5 x 11 inch white paper. 

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Aren’t these so cute inside the tiered platter? I do believe they are.

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Hope these ideas help some of you looking for last minute gifts.

Merry Christmas~




Fall Decorations, recipes & Free Printables

The beginning of this school year has been busier than normal for me. I am chairing a fundraiser at my daughters’ school which has taken up all of my extra time. So, while I have a made a few new things for the fall, I thought I would first share some of the things we created last year. We have quite a few new followers. So, for those of you that missed them, here you go. Enjoy…

Fall Decorations, Recipes and Free Printables


Pumpkin Bread & Free Printable Tags

I actually can’t believe I haven’t made pumpkin bread yet this year. I may have to make this today. Yum. We have new 2012 printable tags for you too!



Fall Decoration Ideas & Free Printable



Click here or the images below to download these free printables.



Count Down to Candy



Candy Corn Pudding &I Free Printable Candy Corn Tags



Recycle your tin cans to decorate.



Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Muffins

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Burlap Pumpkin Placemats


Frosted Pumpkin Cake



We do love the Fall!

~Jenny & Jess

DIY Personalized Headboard

One of the things that I had told my seven year old I would do this summer was redecorate the guest room so that she could have her own room. The girls have shared a room for a few years and Ella has been asking for quite some time if she could have her own room. I gave in.

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I think I’ve mentioned a few times how much Ella loves fashion. She actually has a really good eye. She spent weeks on Pinterest looking for ideas and colors. Yes, she’s seven. We had thought of a few ideas. At first my sister (this one) was going to make a fabric headboard. But, because Ella had her opinions on what style of bedspread she wanted, I finally decided to create a plain white headboard so she could pick out her bedspread. It was so simple to make and I think it turned out really cute!

DIY Headboard:

I bought 7 pieces of wood at Lowes. The width is 7 inches and because she has a full bed I cut them to be 53.5 inches long. If you don’t have a saw then Lowe’s or Home Depot will cut your wood for you.

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After they were cut, I sanded the edges down so that they were smooth. Then I stained them with some dark stain that I had on hand. It’s up to you whether or not you want to stain them. After I painted them white I sanded them again to give it a weathered or distressed look. The stain helped it to show up darker than the actual wood that I bought. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it does look good.

I have to apologize I did not take pictures of me actually putting up the headboard. I was in sort of a hurry that day and actually forgot! But, it was very simple. First, find where the studs are in the wall. Starting at the bottom, put your board on the wall and measure where you are going to screw it into the wall. I made small dots on the board and screwed it in with 8 x 2 flat head Phillips wood screws. Once the first board was in it was easy to just measure where the other screws went on the following boards.

Then we decided to personalize it with her name. I basically used the exact same steps as I when I made these faux mini pallet signs. The only difference was that I had to cut each individual letter out one at a time because I only have a small Cricut. I also used contact paper instead of vinyl. It’s sort of hard to see the white on white, but it’s there. 

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Once you line up the name and are happy with how it is centered then paint away! 

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Then comes the fun part. Peel off the contact paper and lightly sand over the name again to make it look a bit weathered like the boards.

*Those two purples are really the same color. I took the pictures at different times during the day. Funny how a little less light changes things

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I also forgot to take a picture of the old guest room. I remembered right before I started painting and had removed everything out of the room and off the walls. For all of my family members that are wondering where they are going to sleep when they come visit, don’t worry. We made it very clear that if we let Ella have the guest room, she had to give it up to ‘guests’ and go sleep with her sister while they are here.

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I also spray painted her old lamp with a purple color that matched her bedding. Luckily I had that perfect color on hand. She also needed a side table, so I bought a cheap one ($12) at Walmart, but it was black, so I painted it white. We also thought it was cool that her Bible totally matched her bedding. Ha!

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It is such a cozy room and Ella LOVES it. We have a few more things we’d like to do, like hang pictures and possibly make a fabric banner she liked from Pinterest. But, for now she is happy. And so am I.

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Diy Wood sign & Friends that keep you smiling

Do you have a Cricut or a Silhouette? Or possibly a friend that does? Well, if you do, then I am going to show you how easy it is to make your own wood sign with whatever saying you want. But, first I have to share something that will make you smile.

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My friend Andrea painted her guest room the perfect gray color. I’m still waiting to find out what the actual color is and here is why.

I tried to text her one day to find out the color. But, because I have her number in my phone as ‘Andy & Andrea’ I always get she and her husband Andy mixed up. Andy is like my little brother. I’ve known him since I was ten. He’s the younger brother of my best friend Amy. He’s the sort of person that can make you laugh and he doesn’t even realize how funny he is. I’m going to share the text back and forth when I was trying to find out this color. I can’t believe it’s still on my phone, but I’m so glad it is.

Actual Text:

Jenny: Hi…when you get a chance could you tell me the color of that gray paint in your guest room?

Andy: Ahh…gray? (I know you are already smiling)

Jenny: Seriously? Is this Andy? What brand of paint and it can’t just be gray. ;)

Andy: Oh yeah, I’ll look. Just a sec.

       (Ten minutes later)

Andy: Ok, it is satin…(and now you are laughing)

Jenny: Uh…that is the type of paint…not the’s ok…I can figure it out or ask Andrea later…:)

Andy: Sorry. Not great with paint…

Don’t you love it? You have to give him credit for trying! Thanks Andy!

Ok, back to the sign.

First Step. Find a piece of wood you’d like to use.

Next, cut out your saying on a Cricut or Silhouette to fit your wood. When I am painting I don’t like to waste my vinyl, so I have always used contact paper. One roll goes along way! 

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I wanted the words in this sign to be two different colors. Iplaced the words on the wood where I wanted them. Then I drew a pencil mark where I wanted to paint each color. Like this below.



The next step is to place your text onto the wood sign.

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This next step is optional. Depending on the color of paint you are using you may not need to do this. But, because I used gray paint on the top and bottom section and the middle was white, I didn’t want to see a contrast when I painted the yellow over all of it. Does that make sense? So, to avoid this, I painted white over the gray while the letters were still on.

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Next, paint the whole sign yellow.

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I don’t have a picture of the last step, but once your paint is dry then you can peel off your text (contact paper) and your cute sign will be revealed!

I like to sand down my signs to make them look a bit more unique.

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Hopefully I will be able to figure out that perfect paint color. I wonder what would happen if I just asked for ‘satin gray’ at the paint store? I may just do that and make someone else’s day. Thanks for keeping us smiling Andy!


Expressions Vinyl Giveaway!

Expressions Vinyl is giving away $25 to one of our lucky readers!

I have mentioned many times before how much I love using Expressions Vinyl. They have so many different colors and types of vinyl. But, the best part is that you can purchase them in sheets for a lower price which means that you can create many, many things!

Scroll to the bottom to enter, but before you do, let me share with you some of the things I have made with their vinyl. Some of these things we have shared on this blog and others are gifts that I have made, but never shared. As I was going through all of the pictures, I was amazed at how many gifts I make using their vinyl!

Indoor & Outdoor Vinyl

I made these cute herb pots for my daughter’s teacher last year. I cut out the words ‘basil’, ‘parsley’ and ‘oregano’ using white vinyl.

Herb Plants

Remember this personalized mug? I have made quite a few of these mugs using their outdoor vinyl. And yes, you can even put it in them dishwasher. I made mugs for my kids and have put them in the dishwasher over and over for more than a year now!

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I made this wood sign for my cousin. I painted it with chalkboard paint, then I cut out the vinyl, ‘weeks until’ and the cute onesie.


Remember this sign I made last Fall? It was one of our very first posts. I needed something new for my Fall décor so I whipped up this cute sign using their brown and orange vinyl.


Here is another chalkboard sign I made. I cut out the vinyl ‘days until’ as well as the flower and flip flops. We made this for my daughter’s best friend that was getting ready to go to Hawaii. They have a place over there, so she can use it again!


Remember our tutorial on how to make your own glitter ornaments? Who knew these would become so popular! I used vinyl to add to these ornaments to give it a personalized touch!

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I love this sign. I made it as a gift to give at our Women’s Retreat.



Here is another one of our very first posts. Click here to see the tutorial on how to make these cute gumball machines. I cut out ‘memories’ using Expressions Vinyl.


I found this picture while for something else. This is a great way to use their vinyl. Cut out dates and titles to add to your scrapbooks.



T-Shirt Vinyl

I LOVE their t-shirt vinyl. It is so fun to create personalized gifts with it. I whipped up this t-shirt the night before my daughter had a Veteran’s Day Assembly. See the tutorial here.



I made this hat for my cousin using their t-shirt vinyl…awww!


I also made this for my daughter’s friend to wear in Hawaii.


This is a cute hat I made for my niece Lola who lives in Australia. It’s not the best picture, but you can see her name on the side.

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This shirt was also for my cousin’s little boy. I saw a similar idea on Pinterest and knew I could design my own using the t-shirt vinyl.

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Remember these burlap pumpkin placemats? I made these using their t-shirt vinyl.



Inkjet Printable Vinyl

And of course you probably remember this post from yesterday Printable Waterproof Vinyl Tray

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Those are quite a few projects wouldn’t ya say? Eleven of them I made as gift for others! Of course there are more that I didn’t share with you, but those alone should give you a reason to start using vinyl! Of course you need a personalized cutter like a Cricut or Silhouette Cameo. I have had a mini Cricut for years but…

I am still holding out hope that the magical Silhouette Cameo Fairy will bring me one. I know, I mention that a lot. One can hope!

Ok…enough about my projects.

Let’s get on to the giveaway…

The above information is all 100% my opinion. I am in no way being compensated by Expressions Vinyl. I just really like them.


$25 to Expressions Vinyl

The first two votes are mandatory!

‘Like’ Plum Adorable & Expressions Vinyl on Facebook. That’s it!

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Printable waterproof Vinyl Tutorial

Who knew you could print on vinyl?

Well, maybe you did, but I just found this little secret out.

I made this tray for my sister’s friend that is getting married. I started with a piece of white printable vinyl. I created my design, printed it out on an inkjet printer, cut around the scallop shape and stuck it on the tray. The best part is that is also waterproof!

Seriously, who knew?

Printable Vinyl

I buy all of my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I love being able to purchase sheets in various colors for a lower price rather than buying a whole roll of one color. My sister and I ordered this 8.5 x 11 inch printable vinyl for only $1.99 a piece.

Here is how I made the above tray.

First, my sister bought these digital papers from The Shabby Shop. Once we decided on which paper we wanted (we used Kiwi Damask2) I uploaded the digital paper into my design program and created what you see on the tray.

Don’t leave just yet!

It’s ok if you don’t do graphic design!

I realize that not everyone will be able to do what I did above. So, if you don’t do graphic design, no worries. You could still purchase digital paper and print it right onto the vinyl. Then you could cut out additional vinyl letters and add them on top. Confused? Check out this tutorial on just how they did that here.

Below is the vinyl after I printed it out. This is not the actual piece we used on the tray. It wasn’t quite the color we wanted. But you can see that it was a white 8.5 x 11 inch piece. I drew the scallop in my design program, but you could always print out the vinyl  and then trace a shape on to it and cut it out.

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After I cut out the shape, I just peeled it off and stuck it on the tray.

So. Cool. Right?

And the best part is that it is WATERPROOF!

This could be used as a serving tray, but when you are not using it you could also set it out to display. 

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Now the question is, what else can I attack with this fun stuff?

I’d love to hear some of your ideas.

What would you like to create with printable vinyl?



How to make a faux mini pallet sign for around $5

I wanted to make something for my cousin’s birthday. She recently moved into a new house, so I thought a sign would be perfect. Originally, I had thought about doing a picket fence sign, so I bought 7 of these at Ace Hardware for .79 a piece.  (41 of 41)

After I got home, I decided that I didn’t want to keep the tips on them (at least not for this project) so I cut them off with my handy saw that my hubby got me for Christmas. Then I cut them in half.  (14 of 41)

They are about 10 inches long. I also found a couple of pieces in my garage to nail to the back to hold them together. You could probably just use the same wood, I just liked it a bit thinner.

I knew I was going to sand it and wanted to have a darker wood under the paint, so I stained it with some dark stain I had leftover from another project from last summer.  (15 of 41)

Then I painted them with a light yellow acrylic paint.  (16 of 41)

Before I nailed it together I sanded down each piece including the the two pieces that actually get nailed on the back.  (17 of 41)

To attach the pieces on the back I put them all together and then nailed the nails into each board. Make sure that your nails are not so long that they go through the whole sign.  (19 of 41)

I had a couple of different sayings in mind, but then I saw this pallet sign on Pinterest from Corner House. I loved it for a couple of reasons. I loved it for my cousin because it’s a great reminder that she has lots of family that will love her always! The other reason I love it is because as a Christian, I know that even if for some reason everyone around me stopped loving me, I know that God will never stop loving me!

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I cut the words out on some leftover vinyl. I wanted to make sure it would stick since I was giving it as a gift so I tried it with the vinyl first. But, then when I made the second sign I used contact paper and it worked just as well!  (21 of 41)  (5 of 11)

I used a small sponge to paint inside the negative part of the vinyl & contact paper. Then I peeled off the vinyl and let the paint dry completely. I then went over it with sandpaper again to give it that vintage look.

I only spent about $3 on this whole project. I had everything on hand besides the wood. But, even if you had to purchase the other items, it would still make a great inexpensive project and or gift!  (25 of 41)  (7 of 11)

I made another one…I love this one!


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Personalize your vinyl on coffee mugs

 These mugs make the perfect gift.

Cut out initials, names or images using a piece of outdoor vinyl. I buy all my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I made mugs for my kids Christmas 2010 using the outdoor vinyl. I put their names on them and we have put them in the dishwasher almost every day for over a year now and the vinyl has not budged. (I admit, I drink my coffee out of their mugs.)

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I made this mug for my daughter’s teacher for her birthday which also happens to be on Valentine’s Day. Her last name, of course, starts with a ‘V’, but it was also fun because it happened to be Valentines Day. We added a Starbucks card with a little crinkle paper and it was as cute as can be.

These make fun gifts for kids with hot chocolate mix in them as well. If you don’t have a cutting machine at home, you could take your vinyl to a local craft store that does. I know that Ben Franklin has one and they will cut out your vinyl for you. Or just find a crafty friend that has a Cricut or Silohuette to cut it out. That’s what friends are for right?  


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