Easy DIY: Christmas Advent Jar

There’s just something about this Christmas Advent Jar that I love. Maybe because it looks like a jar of candy or maybe because I won’t have to find a place to hang an advent calendar anymore. Plus, it would make for a great centerpiece. Click through for details and to see what Chris at justagirlblog.com filled those little boxes with.

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Photo: Just A Girl

Easy DIY: Ten-Sided Yin Yang Globe

These would make fantastic treat or gift boxes. Origami Maniacs has the template and tutorial on how to make the Ten-Sided Yin Yang Globe by Oschene.

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All About the Packaging: Nendo’s Giftote Bag

Japanese design firm, Nendo, came up with this simple but amazing take on gift wrapping. Sure, you could just pop your gift in a regular tote and call it a day, but this just takes it to another level.
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Unfortunately, it’s only available in Japan. So, I decided to try and make one myself. I added grommets to a basic pouch, stitched a ribbon to the bottom part and that was about it. Fold your gift inside the bag, wrap the ribbon around and tie. Just tuck the end of the ribbon under for a cleaner look.
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Easy DIY: Amigurumi Bob-omb

Now that I’ve figure out how to crochet Pokeballs, I decided to expand into other round things. I think these Bob-ombs will be perfect as part of a Halloween costume. You can find step-by-step instructions on WolfDreamer.

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Easy DIY: Sweets Embroidery

I’ve mentioned InGreetings.com before as a great source for plain totes. I decided to use the techniques I learned from Sublime Stitching to embroider a zippered tote with all different kinds of sweets.
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I drew it by hand on regular paper and then transferred it using my Crayola Light Board. The board fit nicely in the tote and the image showed through clearly. Email me at celebratethebigandsmall@gmail.com if you’d like a PDF of my design.

Can I Have This?: Hello Kitty Crochet

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Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty Crochet: Supercute Amigurumi Patterns for Sanrio Friends is an adorable book full of amigurumi patterns for your favorite Sanrio characters.

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The patterns are easy to follow if you know how to crochet. If you’re a little rusty like me or a beginner, spend a few minutes on the Lion Brand Yarn site watching their tutorials and you’ll be up to speed. You really only need to know how to do two things–magic circle and single chain stitch.

Easy DIY: Hand-drawn Glasses

We usually give a little personalized gift to my daughter’s favorite teachers from the previous years. This year, we decided on hand-drawn glasses.

Using Pebeo Vitrea markers, my daughter drew some fun designs and plain pint glasses. We then made them into summer drink kits by filling them with straws, rock candy stir sticks and cold brew iced tea bags.

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