Vintage & Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father’s Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

There have been a lot of times throughout my life that I have, unfortunately, taken my parents for granted. But being who they are, when I’ve needed them, they’ve been there for me no matter what.

Yesterday my dad had heart surgery to remove a 100% blockage in an artery. As with all surgeries there’s a risk. So there I was hoping for the best, yet preparing myself for the worst. Luckily my Dad made it out of surgery without a hiccup. He comes home today.

Recently it’s really hit home that I don’t know what I’d do if I lost either of my parents. I can’t imagine them not being there for me. So I’ve been making the effort to try to visit more. I’ve also been working on trying to slow my roll and appreciate all of the small things that life has to offer.

If you’ve lost your father, my heart is with you. However, if you dad is still kicking, doing all those amazing things that dads do, then I hope he has a wonderful Father’s Day.

Following is my collection of vintage & handmade Father’s Day gifts to help you shop for the perfect Father’s Day gift this year. These gifts are a wonderful gesture to him for all the memorable things he’s done for you throughout your life.

Vintage & Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Stacked Magnetic Knife Rack from Gaston Made. A functional design in every sense of the word, we created this beauty In an effort to use up all those extra nubbins lying around the shop. Reducing waste while creating something awesome = 10,000 earth points.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

Vintage & Handmade Father's Day Gift Ideas. Give Dad a truly special gift this year by giving the gift of handmade. This thoughtful collection of vintage & handmade Father's Day gift ideas are perfect for reminding your dad just how much he means to you.

For more vintage & handmade Father’s Day gift ideas, be sure to check out my full collection of gift ideas for guys on Etsy. Or explore more Father’s Day gift ideas that you can buy or DIY on my Father’s Day Gift Ideas Pinterest Board. Additionally, I also have a new Pinterest board filled with DIY gift ideas for the holidays and beyond.

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DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother’s Day

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You don’t have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It’s actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that’s perfect for Mother’s Day!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Keep reading to learn how you can started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

While this project is easy enough to complete solo, I highly recommend getting a friend (or friends) involved. Not because this project is difficult to do, but because it’s a great way to beat the last of those winter blues.

This past winter was tough on me. Like many of you, in addition to a small bout of seasonal depression, I was also dealing with my own set of trials and tribulations. This included moving over Christmas weekend into my best friend’s house and ending a marriage that lasted a brief six days shy of six months. While not my best moment, great friends and a terrific holistic therapist helped me through it.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

One of the things that I wasn’t quite up to during this time period was crafting. So while I tried to keep up with sharing new skin care recipes on the blog, there were no DIY craft nights with the ladies through the entire winter season. Those nights are something I have truly missed. So my first DIY night this spring was needle felting for beginners.

My friend, Hillary, actually hosts a local Wine & Art Wednesday. So while I technically attended a course to learn needle felting, it was a lot like a DIY night at home with some of my favorite people. My friend and roommate, Bambi, also accompanied me and we had an absolute blast!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

I’ll admit I was a bit intimidated by needle felting at first. It looked hard, and therefore I mistakenly assumed it would be hard. It wasn’t. By beginning with a DIY needle felted wine bag, it made the process of learning needle felting even easier. As you’re working with a flat, rather than a three dimensional surface, it also takes less time.

Of course, realizing this made me kind of regret giving away that needle felting kit for beginners I’d bought some time back after promising myself to learn new things. (I am now shaking my fist at my own procrastination.)

While playing with sharp objects and drinking wine was probably not the best choice, no one was hurt in the making of this project. So grab a friend or two, split the cost of materials and make your own DIY needle felted wine bags for gift giving.

Getting Started

As Wine & Art Wednesday is only a two hour class it was impossible to learn everything there is to know about needle felting in such a short time frame. Hillary covered just the bare bones basics with us.

However, I found as the night went on, I learned more about what techniques and needles did what simply by using them. So don’t feel like you need to become a book expert on needle felting for beginners prior to getting started. Besides, sometimes it’s a lot more fun to just dive right in.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Tips for Making Your DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag

Here are some basics to needle felting that will make the process of creating your DIY needle felted wine bag more enjoyable.

  • Use a stencil or cookie cutter to easily create shapes.
  • Pull the needle out of the wool in the same direction it went in to avoid breaking your needle.
  • Work around the side of your object to firm up its shape rather then from the top. Insert your needle at an angle to do this, but be sure to pull it back out at the same angle.
  • Occasionally pull your wine bag gently apart to keep the wool from sticking to the  other side or place the foam pad/cushion inside the bag rather than under it.
  • Be sure to check out these 5 common needle felting mistakes before getting started.
  • Once you get the knack of needle felting, purchase a book for more information to hone your needle felting skills.
  • Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you don’t like what you have, you can always start over. My philosophy is that a mistake is never a mistake. It’s a learning experience.
  • Use your friends for ideas. Friends are great with helping you execute your vision because they know you so well. You can also help one another out as you learn new tricks of the trade together.

For more great tips on needle felting, be sure to check out these needle felting tips & tricks from Kawaii Felting. Or check out the books Needle Felting From Basics to BearsFast, Fun & Easy Needle Felting and Making More Needle-Felting Magic.

Ready to craft your own DIY needle felted wine bag? Following you’ll find a list of the tools & supplies we used in Hillary’s class along with in progress photos of the needle felted wine bags that Bambi and I made!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag

Tools & Supplies:

Roving Wool in Assorted Colors
Basic Needle Felting Kit
Reusable Burlap Bottle Bags
Metal Cookie Cutters in Assorted Shapes
Your Imagination!

What To Do:

Begin by deciding on a design you’d like to create for your DIY needle felted wine bag. Then choose the colors of roving wool you’d like to use. Don’t be afraid to mix and match and even blend different colors of wool together. Once you’ve decided on your design – the hardest part! – gather the materials and tools you will be using.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

You’ll begin by using a smaller gauge needle to get started on your DIY needle felted wine bag. As you move through this project, you will switch over to a larger gauge needle for detail work and finishing off your pieces. A 36 gauge needle is the most commonly used, however finer wools such as merino wool may require a 38 gauge needle. (You can find a guide to felting needles here.)

Needle Felting - The Penetration Stroke (Because it's funny, dammit!)

Hillary provided us with some informational teaching materials on needle felting, including information on felting needles, during the course. We didn’t really give those more than a cursory glance, however. Hillary gave us the basics and off we went. But we did gain some amusement from them. (I know. I know. Sometimes I have the sense of humor of a twelve year old boy.)

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Once you’re ready to begin, pull apart the roving wool with your hands until it’s fluffy. You can then blend several colors of wool together if you like.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Now place the wine bag on top of foam pad. Follow with the cookie cutter you’ve chosen for your first shape. Then fill the cookie cutter with the color(s) of wool you’ve chosen to use. Use a smaller gauge needle in short, stabbing up and down motions on the wool inside the cookie cutter. Continue until the wool starts to firm up and create a more solid shape.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Once you have the basic shape of the wool down, remove the cookie cutter and use a larger gauge needle on the top of the wool to felt it further. Then use the needle gently along the sides, making sure to pull the needle out the same direction it went in, to further define the edges of your shape.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

You can also add wool in the same manner free hand to create your own unique elements.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

That’s really all there is to it! Keep adding to your design as desired until you’re satisfied with your DIY needle felted wine bag. Then it’s ready for gift giving!

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

Here’s a look at our finished needle felted wine bags. Bambi made the DIY needle felted wine bag with the flower and leaves and I made the one with the stars and planets.

DIY Needle Felted Wine Bag for Mother's Day! You don't have to take a course in needle felting for beginners to create your own needle felted projects. It's actually a lot easier to get started than you might think. Learn how you can get started in needle felting with this easy DIY needle felted wine bag that's perfect for Mother's Day!

We were really excited by how our wine bags turned out and are both looking forward to what was an inspiring and social DIY craft night again soon.

Cactus Needle Felting Kit! This prickly pear cactus needle felting kit from Benzie Design includes all the supplies you need to make your own pretty cactus -- needles, foam, roving, felt flowers, floss + a teeny tiny flower pot. A helpful instruction sheet includes step-by-step instructions that even a beginner can use! Finished plant measures about 4" tall.

More to Explore

If you prefer a needle felting kit, like this Prickly Pear Needle Felting Kit from Benzie Design, then be sure to check out some of the amazing needle felting kits available from Etsy here. Or shop from among some of my other handmade, artisan favorites!

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy or DIY

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Who says you blew it? There’s still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Keep reading to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine’s Day gifts to buy or DIY!

Who says you blew it? There's still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Read on to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine's Day gifts you can buy or DIY! #valentinesday #valentinesdaygiftideas #valentinesdaygift #diy #lastminutegifts #crafts #shopping #gifts #giftideas #giftcards #giftsubscription

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Let’s face it. Shopping for that perfect Valentine’s Day gift can be daunting, not to mention time consuming. So it’s with good reason we keep putting it off and putting it off until – oh snap! And it’s the night before Valentine’s Day, the mall is closed and Amazon Prime two day shipping is a day too late.

And hey, you’ve been busy. I TOTALLY get that. Truly. Hopefully this year you still have a few days lead time before that countdown to the final hour. So it’s with high hopes that I offer you this collection of last minute Valentine’s Day gifts you can buy or DIY to help you save face.

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to Buy

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Subscription beauty boxes are all the rage and with good reason. Women LOVE the combination of quality luxe beauty products and that element of surprise! So give her what she wants with a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription to Glossybox!

Subscription beauty boxes are all the rage and with good reason. Women LOVE the combination of quality luxe beauty products and that element of surprise! So give her what she wants with a 3, 6 or 12 month gift subscription to Glossybox! This is the perfect gift to all beauty lovers, delivering a monthly edit of 5 must-have beauty products every month.

Perfectly packaged in their signature pink box, the expert team at Glossybox curates every beauty box, vetting each brand to the highest quality standards and ensuring every product selection is the must-have beauty product. Give Glossybox now and your Valentine will receive an e-voucher via email for a gift that’s timely even when you’re down to the last minute.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Handmade IS better! So why not give the gift of handmade this Valentine's Day with a gift certificate to Etsy! A global marketplace for unique and creative goods, Etsy is home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

Handmade IS better! So why not give the gift of handmade this Valentine’s Day with a gift certificate to Etsy! A global marketplace for unique and creative goods, Etsy is home to a universe of special, extraordinary items, from unique handcrafted pieces to vintage treasures.

When you give a gift certificate to your Valentine, you have the option of delivering it electronically or printing it yourself! Then your lucky Valentine is able to purchase anything his or her heart desires!

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Your Valentine will flip for a subscription to Grow and Make if he or she is into all encompassing DIY everything! Grow and Make strives to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting for everything from cheesemaking to soapmaking. Their goal is to help people simplify their lives and create their own distinctive, signature styles while being as sustainable as possible.

Your Valentine will flip for a subscription to Grow and Make if he or she is into all encompassing DIY everything! Grow and Make strives to provide the best selection of high quality kits for DIY and crafting for everything from cheesemaking to soapmaking. Their goal is to help people simplify their lives while also being as sustainable as possible. Grow and Make sends out two DIY kits each month with a subscription. Or you also have the option of purchasing any of the kits you’d like individually.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Pop Shop America is full of fun wearables, handcrafted goods and totally good vibes. You will find lots of cool t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, jewelry from gorgeous materials like brass and sterling silver, beauty products, and home goods. They also offer totally giftable monthly subscription boxes for everything from handmade beauty and t-shirts to jewelry and DIY kits! 

And as if those last minute Valentine’s Day gifts weren’t enough, there’s also Pop Shop America! Pop Shop America is full of fun wearables, handcrafted goods and totally good vibes. You will find lots of cool t-shirts, tank tops, dresses, jewelry from gorgeous materials like brass and sterling silver, beauty products, and home goods. They also offer totally giftable monthly subscription boxes for everything from handmade beauty and t-shirts to jewelry and DIY kits!

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts to DIY

These DIY lavender bath salts from Lia Griffith make quick and easy last minute Valentine's Day gifts! The ingredients can be locally sourced at your local co-op or health food store. And there are even printable labels for gifting!

These DIY lavender bath salts from Lia Griffith make quick and easy last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! The ingredients can be locally sourced at your local co-op or health food store. And there are even printable bath salt labels to make gifting even easier!

These cocoa ginger lotion bars from The Natural Beauty Workshop are easy to make and gift as last minute Valentine's Day gifts. Simply combine the ingredients in a double boiler, melt and then pour into a mold of your choice.

Likewise, these cocoa ginger lotion bars from The Natural Beauty Workshop are also easy to make and gift as last minute Valentine’s Day gifts. Simply combine the ingredients in a double boiler, melt and then pour into a mold of your choice.

Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! Learn how to make this easy DIY rose sugar scrub recipe for homemade Valentine's Day gifts or simply to pamper yourself throughout the year.

This natural rose sugar scrub is another easy homemade gift idea for Valentine’s Day. Made with dried rose petals and skin conditioning safflower oil, this rose sugar scrub combines just four simple yet luxurious ingredients that skin loves.

These Paleo Chocolate Bliss Bites via Lia Griffith are the perfect last minute Valentine's Day gift for the healthy foodie! Packed full of nutty goodness and sweetened with dates and agave nectar, these truffles not only hit the spot when the chocolate cravings come, they are like little nuggets of energy too!

These Paleo Chocolate Bliss Bites via Lia Griffith are the perfect last minute Valentine’s Day gift for the healthy foodie! Packed full of nutty goodness and sweetened with dates and agave nectar, these truffles not only hit the spot when the chocolate cravings come, they are like little nuggets of energy too.

DIY Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts! This scented DIY dry oil body spray for dry skin is made with natural "dry" oils that won't leave skin feeling greasy but still nourish and moisturize skin in need. The addition of a fragrance means it can be worn in place of perfume while still caring for skin!

If your Valentine loves fragrances, then this scented DIY dry oil body spray is a must! Created with “dry” oils that won’t leave skin feeling greasy, the addition of a fragrance means this body spray can be worn in place of perfume while still caring for skin! Plus there are free printable labels to pull this last minute Valentine’s Day gift together with ease!

Flowers that never die make lovely last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Learn how to make these DIY Crepe Paper Rose Buds to gift as a bouquet to your Valentine at Lia Griffith blog!

Flowers that never die are also wonderful last minute Valentine’s Day gifts! Learn how to make these DIY Crepe Paper Rose Buds to gift as a bouquet to your Valentine at Lia Griffith blog!

Who says you blew it? There's still plenty of time to snag some super awesome last minute Valentine's Day gifts! Read on to learn how to save face by pulling off those last minute gift ideas in the knick of time with this collection of last minute Valentine's Day gifts you can buy or DIY!

For more last minute Valentine’s Day gifts, be sure to also check out this collection of Homemade Valentine Ideas for Galentines and my other collection of romantic DIY Valentine’s Day gifts. You may also enjoy my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts and Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas (to Buy) Pinterest boards. Or browse my collection of Etsy favorites for Valentine’s Day.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts for Romantics

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Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or simply Galentine’s Day, this beautiful collection of 18 DIY Valentine’s Day gifts is sure to delight!

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts for the Romantic! If Valentine's Day reminds you of romance, hearts and roses then you must make one of these gorgeous 18 DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Each of these Valentine's Day gift ideas are thoughtfully made so your Valentine will not only be pleased with the quality of your gift, but is sure to get the warm and fuzzies too! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #diy #love #romance #crafts #hearts #roses

If Valentine’s Day reminds you of romance, hearts and roses then you must make one of these gorgeous DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Each of these Valentine’s Day gift ideas are thoughtfully made so your Valentine will not only be pleased with the quality of your gift, but is sure to get the warm and fuzzies too!

DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! Learn how to craft this beautiful wooden, personalized DIY bathtub tray via The First Cut blog to give as DIY Valentine's Day gift or DIY Galentine's Day gift this year! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #diy #gifts #giftideas #crafts

DIY Personalized Bathtub Tray via The First Cut

This beautiful, wooden DIY bathtub tray can be personalized with your favorite phrase to remind your Valentine how much you love her! Find the tutorial here.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! This natural luxe rose body balm recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients to make! Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this rose body balm recipe is all natural and makes a lovely DIY Valentine's Day gift! #valentinesdaygift #valentines #diy #roses #bodybutter #skincare #beauty #giftsforher

Natural Rose Body Balm Recipe via Soap Deli News

Crafted using tea seed oil, rose wax and shea butter, this luxurious rose body balm is completely natural and requires just three simple ingredients to make! There are even free printable labels making this body balm perfect for your DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Discover the recipe and free printable labels here.

Are you extra sweet on someone this Valentine's Day? This easy heart shaped red velvet fudge recipe via Cravings of a Lunatic makes great DIY Valentine's Day gifts for all of your Galentine's! #galentines #galentinesday #valentines #valentinesdaygift #fudge #hearts

Red Velvet Fudge Recipe via Cravings of a Lunatic

Are you extra sweet on someone this Valentine’s Day? This easy heart shaped red velvet fudge recipe makes great DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for all of your Galentine’s! Get the recipe here.

These Conversation Heart Petit Fours via Brite & Bubbly make delicious, edible DIY Valentine's Day gifts for your sweetheart or Galentine! #galentinesday #valentines #valentinesdaygift #conversationhearts #hearts #petitfours #diy

Conversation Heart Petit Fours via Brite & Bubbly

These conversation heart petit fours make delicious, edible DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetheart or Galentine! Learn how to make them here.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! These gorgeous DIY rose bath salts via Everything Pretty are the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your bath and beauty loving Valentine! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #bathsalts #rose #diy #beauty #skincare #gifts

Rose Bath Salts Recipe via Everything Pretty

These gorgeous DIY rose bath salts are the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your bath and beauty loving Valentine! Learn to make them now!

These DIY Rosebud Bath Melts via Amy Green are crafted with natural skin nourishing ingredients like cocoa and shea butters and coconut oil. The addition of dried mini-rose buds give them an extra feeling of love and romance make them perfect to give as DIY Valentine's Day gifts. #valentinesdaygift #diy #bathmelts #roses #skincare

DIY Rose Bath Melts via Amy Green

These DIY rosebud bath melts are crafted with natural skin nourishing ingredients like cocoa and shea butters and coconut oil. The addition of dried mini-rose buds give them an extra feeling of love and romance make them perfect to give as DIY Valentine’s Day gifts. Grab the recipe here.

This DIY lip scrub and lip balm duo via Country Hill Cottage make fabulous DIY Valentine's Day gifts for her! #valentinesdaygift #giftsforher #lipscrub #lipbalm #skincare #beauty

DIY Valentine’s Day Lip Duo via Country Hill Cottage

This DIY lip scrub and lip balm duo make fabulous DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for her! Plus there are free printable labels for your completed products. Get the recipes to make these natural beauty products here.

This DIY Love Notes Valentine's Wreath via Tauni + Co is the perfect alternative to Valentine's Day cards. Not only will this beauty avoid the recycling bin, but it makes a beautiful home decor piece that your Valentine or Galentine can enjoy into spring and summer! #valentines #galentines #valentinesdaygift #diy #wreath #love

Love Notes DIY Valentine’s Wreath via Tauni + Co

This DIY Love Notes Valentine’s Wreath is the perfect alternative to Valentine’s Day cards. Not only will this beauty avoid the recycling bin, but it makes a beautiful home decor piece that your Valentine or Galentine can enjoy into spring and summer! Find the tutorial here.

These DIY conversation heart soaps are so easy to make and make lovely homemade Valentine's Day gifts! Made from a melt and pour soap base, these conversation heart soaps can be made in an afternoon and ready to gift the same day. Simply package them in a plastic jar, wrap each soap individually or gift them inside candy treat bags.

DIY Conversation Heart Soaps via Soap Deli News

These DIY conversation heart soaps are not only a snap to make, but they’re also perfect for gifting! Easily craft these DIY Valentine’s Day gifts in multiples for classmates or coworkers using a melt and pour soap base, then gift them inside candy treat bags! Find the tutorial here.

These DIY Valentine's Day Treat Jars via Make + Tell are perfect for gifting Valentine's Day treats and candy! #valentines #valentinesdaygift #treats #favors #ombre #candy #treats #diy #crafts

 DIY Ombre Heart Jars via Make + Tell

These DIY Valentine’s Day treat jars are not only pretty, they’re also perfect for gifting Valentine’s Day treats and candy! Learn more here.

Craft these natural DIY rose milk bath bombs via The Nerdy Farm Wife as DIY Valentine's Day gifts! These beautiful heart-shaped bath bombs are naturally colored with rose clay and scented with a relaxing blend of essential oils, while creamy cocoa butter and milk powder are added for their extra skin-loving benefits. #valentinesdaygift #bathbombs #diy

DIY Rose Milk Bath Bombs via The Nerdy Farm Wife

Craft these natural DIY rose milk bath bombs as DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! These beautiful heart-shaped bath bombs are naturally colored with rose clay and scented with a relaxing blend of essential oils, while creamy cocoa butter and milk powder are added for their extra skin-loving benefits. Find the recipe here.

Craft these DIY solid lotion bar hearts via The Nourished Life to give to your Valentine (or Galentine!) this Valentine's Day! Made using a simple combination of natural ingredients, solid lotion bars are a wonderful and mess free way to protect and nourish your dry skin. #valentines #galentines #valentinesdaygift #skincare #diy #solidlotion

DIY Solid Lotion Bar Hearts via The Nourished Life

Craft these DIY solid lotion bar hearts to give to your Valentine (or Galentine!) this Valentine’s Day! Made using a simple combination of natural ingredients, solid lotion bars are a wonderful and mess free way to protect and nourish your dry skin. Discover this DIY here.

The pattern for this beautiful DIY heart hanging basket via Apple Green Cottage makes practical DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Not only is this sturdy canvas hanging basket useful but it's also a lovely home decor piece.

DIY Hanging Basket via Apple Green Cottage

The pattern for this beautiful DIY heart hanging basket makes practical DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Not only is this sturdy canvas hanging basket useful but it’s also a lovely home decor piece. Get the free pattern here.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! These DIY matcha green tea butter bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea. Perfect to gift for DIY Valentine's Day gifts, these solid lotion bars absorb quickly and won't leave skin feeling greasy.

DIY Matcha Green Tea Butter Bars via Soap Deli News

These DIY matcha green tea butter bars are made with skin nourishing tea seed oil and matcha green tea. Perfect to gift for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts, these solid lotion bars absorb quickly and won’t leave skin feeling greasy. Learn how to make them here.

These DIY herbal massage melts via The Nerdy Farm Wife make delightful DIY Valentine's Day gifts for your active Valentine, that enjoys hard work, but needs a little extra pampering at the end of the day.

DIY Herbal Massage Melts via The Nerdy Farm Wife

These DIY herbal massage melts for pain relief make delightful DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for your active Valentine. They are perfect for anyone who needs a little extra pampering at the end of the day. Learn to make them here.

These heart shaped DIY Earl Grey Macarons with Mouth-watering Lemon Swiss Buttercream via Indulge with Mimi are the perfect alternative to the traditional Valentine's Day box of chocolates! Get the recipe and heart shaped template now at Indulge with Mimi.

DIY Heart Shaped Earl Grey Macarons via Indulge with Mimi

These heart shaped DIY Earl Grey Macarons with Mouth-watering Lemon Swiss Buttercream are the perfect alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day box of chocolates! Get the recipe and heart shaped template now.

Learn how to make your own crystal geode soap eggs with hearts for stunning DIY Valentine's Day gifts!

Geode Soap Tutorial with Hearts via Soap Deli News

Create truly unique DIY Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetheart with this geode soap tutorial! Inside each soap geode you’ll find a glass-like heart nestled inside. Check out this love inspired soapmaking tutorial here.

This rose body butter recipe if perfect for DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Made with only natural ingredients, this vegan moisturizer nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy. #diy #valentinesdaygift #bodybutter #roses #giftsforher

Natural Rose Body Butter Recipe via Soap Deli News 

This rose body butter recipe if perfect for DIY Valentine’s Day gifts! Made with only natural ingredients, this vegan moisturizer nourishes skin without leaving it feeling greasy. Learn to make it now.

DIY Valentine's Day Gifts! If Valentine's Day reminds you of romance, hearts and roses then you must make one of these gorgeous DIY Valentine's Day gifts! Each of these Valentine's Day gift ideas are thoughtfully made so your Valentine will not only be pleased with the gift, but get the warm and fuzzies too!

Want even more great DIY Valentine’s day gift ideas? You may also enjoy my other DIY Valentine’s Day gifts you can make and gift. Or find more fantastic DIY gift ideas on my DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts Pinterest board here.

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Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life’s Changes

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Many of us grew up celebrating holiday traditions that were taught to us by our parents and families. You may remember some time honored traditions such as mailing out Christmas cards, decorating with natural elements, baking from scratch and even making homemade gifts. Even as we’ve grown up and left home many of us have continued to carry on those same holiday traditions we learned as children.

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However, some of these holiday traditions may have changed with time. Whether it was due to a death in the family or a move out of state, many traditions tend to adapt to the needs of our new families and life changes. But what makes these changes special as we shape our new traditions from old ones is the meaning and the stories we keep and carry on throughout the coming years.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Change

Growing up and into early adulthood, my friend Bambi always made sugar cookies with her grandmother to celebrate the season. These cookies in turn were given to friends and family as homemade gifts. Using family sugar cookie and buttercream icing recipes that have been passed down through the generations, Bambi’s new tradition is making and then decorating those same cookies with her closest friends now that her grandmother is gone.

This year was the second year I able to participate in decorating cookies with Bambi as part of her new holiday tradition. That I’m able to be a part of something so meaningful to her, in turn makes it more meaningful to me. And while there was no amount of prodding, poking, coaxing, bribing or begging to convince Bambi to dish and share her recipes (sorry!) I certainly can’t imagine not participating as the years move forward.

Along with this Bambi also gave me one of the best presents she could gift me with this year – a new holiday tradition. So whether you’re looking to start new holiday traditions with your own friends or a new family, decorating Christmas cookies and holiday cookie exchanges are a longstanding tradition that I can certainly get behind.

So just how to do you go about planning a cookie decorating party? Keep reading to learn how my friend, Bambi, organizes her cookie decorating parties and for some great links to tips for hosting a holiday cookie exchange as well as a few sugar cookie recipes to get you started. Plus learn more about new holiday traditions other people have started and how to deal with holiday celebration overload.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions with Cookies

Prior to hosting her guests, Bambi prepares for her holiday cookie decorating event a few days in advance. She spends about two days baking sugar cookies using her grandmother’s recipe. Then in between the time she makes them and then everyone gets together to decorate them, they are stored in plastic storage containers in the refrigerator.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

A few days later everyone shows up with a bottle of wine in hand. Typically Bambi also provides some simple appetizers like hummus, crackers and cheese. However, if we “accidentally” break a cookie, it’s like a bonus prize and gets eaten right then and there. But only after it’s been decorated, of course!

The buttercream icing isn’t made until the arrival of all her guests. New batches of icing are then made as we run out.

Annie! No sugar for you!

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Annie, Bambi’s rescue dog, always manages to walk under “mom” while she’s mixing more icing. Thus we have photos of her two years in a row covered in powdered sugar spots. (My own dog, Jasper, attended this year as well.)

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Once the first batch of icing is ready to go, the icing, cookies and candy decorations are laid out on her dining room table within reach of everyone.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

Then we all decorate our cookies on paper plates to keep the colored sugars and candies from making a mad dash for the floor.

Celebrating Holiday Traditions Through Life's Changes. Plus how to host a holiday cookie exchange and a collection of homemade Christmas cookie recipes.

The cookies are then laid out on the table on top of wax paper as each one is completed.

Once all of the cookies are decorated, they are packaged in reusable plastic containers. Bambi then gifts each of her guests a box of cookies and the rest get shipped to her friends and family back home in Wisconsin.

If you’d like to host your own holiday cookie decorating party, The Kitchn has a great article with ten essential tips to know before you begin baking. Additionally, Real Simple also has a great checklist for hosting a holiday cookie exchange that also works for hosting a cookie decorating party. Sugar & Charm as well as Handle the Heat also offer some great tips for hosting a cookie exchange.

Glazed Sugar Cookies Recipe with Buttercream Embroidery via My Name is Yeh Blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

If you’re looking for Christmas cookie decorating ideas, I am head over heels for these glazed sugar cookies with buttercream “embroidery” from My Name is Yeh. You can find and print the recipe for these cookies here. I also really love the star Christmas cookies recipe from Tell Love and Party.

Printable Christmas Cookie Gift Tags via Cranberry Bush blog! Plus celebrating holiday traditions and how to host a Christmas cookie decorating party!

For gifting your homemade holiday cookies, Cranberry Bush has two super cute printable cookie gift tags. You can find more printable gift tags on my Printables Pinterest board. Or discover great gift wrapping ideas on my Pretty Packaging + Gift Wrap Ideas Pinterest board.

Starting New Holiday Traditions

I know when I went through my divorce from my first husband and my son inevitably ventured into adulthood, celebrating Christmas lost much of its luster for me. So much so that one of the best Christmases I had after getting separated was ice “skating” in my sneakers on the frozen parking lot of Market Square downtown with a friend. It wasn’t until I started making my own holiday traditions, that some of the magic of the holiday season started to come back for me.

If your old holiday traditions are no longer an option for you, then you may want to consider creating new ones. They don’t need to be religious or even fit into any particular winter holiday. They simply need to be something that brings you joy. Having something to that brings you and your loved ones together during what is typically the most depressing season of the year can definitely make cold days seem a bit warmer.

O’Boy! Organic, who moved away from his family in Michigan over twenty years ago, has a great article on the importance of holiday traditions and how they help to build unity and stability. He also shares his top five new holiday traditions. Number four is baking cookies with his kids.

There’s also a great post on HuffPost with ideas for 15 new traditions for families reclaiming the holidays after a divorce. Shared by their readers on their Facebook page, my favorites are creating a guest list for holiday get togethers to try new things, ditching the chaos of the Christmas tree tradition, taking a trip instead of giving gifts and of course, the best one yet, just finally being happy.

Does Celebrating Holiday Traditions Leave You Feeling overwhelmed?

In the midst of celebrating holiday traditions, both old and new, it’s also important to realize there is such a thing as too much tradition. Reluctant Entertainer touches on this in her post “Traditions: When Is It Time to Change?.” Women especially tend to put extra emphasis on holiday traditions which in turn can often lead to a lot of stress and guilt when they are unable to meet expectations. So this article offers some great insight into being able to say “enough is enough.”

Personally I know how it feels to be on this side of things, as I’m sure many of you do as well. And there were a few years that I especially struggled and therefore made the decision to opt out of holiday gatherings completely. And it is okay to do this. After all, your mental and emotional well being matter more than a dinner regardless of the time of year.

So if celebrating holiday traditions feel more like an obligation, it may be time to simply take time for yourself. After all, you’re not really celebrating holiday traditions if you’re spending much of that time trying to avoid a panic attack.

Additionally, if your head space isn’t where it needs to be to even attend holiday functions, much less embark on a new tradition, then you may be able to gain some insight from the article “Family Change: Don’t Cancel the Holidays!

Are you celebrating holiday traditions this year or starting new ones? I’d love to hear how you enjoy the holiday season in the comments below.

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