Holiday DIY Gift Guide

Gift Ideas: Personalized Photo Gifts For Under $50

Yesterday I posed a question on Facebook/Twitter to see if you guys would be buying or DIYing your Holiday gifts. Many of you responded with a combination of the both so I figured I’d give you a few non-DIY, but still glitzy and creative gift idea.

With the help of such apps like Instagram I think I’m a real photog (…my photographer friend Vince just rolled his eyes) and if you’re anything like me you’ve taken hundreds of images of your friends and family over the past year. Here are a few creative ways to use those photos to personalize gifts. Who doesn’t love a personalized gift with their photo on it?

Friends, please act surprise when you open my gift… it’s photo puzzle of my face :-)

1. Canvas Prints Of Your Photos from Canvaspop | 2. Photo Calendar from Mixbook | 3. Photo Coasters from My Own Labels | 4. Photo Puzzle from Walgreens | 5. Personal Photo Stamps from PhotoStamps.com | 6. Photo Mugs from  Zazzle | 7. Personalized Electronic Skins from Zazzle | 8. Photo Spiral Notebook from Shutterfly


DIY: Pendant Necklace + Swarovski Crystal Pendant Giveaway

It always happens that while you’re out shopping for others, you always end up coming home with a few things for yourself. One for you… one,two for me! Well this giveaway is strictly for you guys. Pendant necklaces make the best accessories because they’re so versatile. You can wear it long or wear it shot. You can wear it with a turtle neck or with a button down. And they are just so, so simple to make…

Materials: Swarovski Crystal Pendant, Chain, Jump Rings, Plyers

Let’s the be honest, a gigantic Swarovski crystal is all you need to make a statement. Using a rose gold jump ring, I’ve added the pendant to a rose god chain. Sometimes something simple is all you need to add a little fabulous to your wardrobe.

I love the Holidays! To me this time of year is all about spending time with your family, eating delicious desserts and relaxing. It’s a time for me to recharge my batteries and prepare for the new year. 2011 was an amazing year and I’m a little sad to see it go, however I’m looking forward to the new year. Which leads me to the question of the day…

Question: What is the one thing you’re most looking forward to accomplishing in the new year?

I have a long list of goals for the new year. I don’t call them resolution because I NEVER once keep a resolution. I’d love for you to share what you’re most looking forward to in 20-12. Leave your answers below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win this Swarovski pendant necklace.  Thank you guys for all of the love and support you’ve given Glitter ‘N Glue this year and cheers to a fantastic new year!

Wishing you all the happiest of Holidays! xoxo


DIY: Embellished Headband + Goody Hair Accessories Giveaway

Last month my friend Jenni from I Spy DIY was in town to host a DIY party at the Soho House LA. We had such a fantastic time making bold fashion accessories. Her technique for making tribal necklaces gave me the inspiration for embellishing headbands. I think embellished headbands make the perfect gift for that girlie girl on your Holiday list…

Materials: Headbands, Rhinestones, Embroidery Thread, Glue

Glue your rhinestones to your headband. Use a healthy amount of glue. The access glue with help in making sure the thread stays put nicely on the headband.

Dab a small amount of glue on one of the the inside ends of your headband. Start wrapping your thread around the end. The glue will secure it in place.

Continue to wrap your thread around the headband, weaving it in and out of the rhinestones. Should you decide to change colors, simply knot the two threads together. Be sure that the knot is hidden underneath the headband.

Voila!

From far away this headband reminds me of one of my fancy rhinestone covered friendship bracelets. I love this project because it really allows you be be creative. You can pick different colors and come up with your own pattern. It’s a fun gift for the right girl and it’s also lots of fun to make. As of today, I’ve given you 11 new DIY projects that hopefully inspired you to make some fun gifts. And with only one more day left to this gift guide I’d love to know…

Question: Have you gotten/made a gift for everyone on your list?

Have you finished all your shopping? Or do you still have more gifts to get? I’d love to know. Leave your answers below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win a collection of hair accessories from Goody! Don’t worry if you don’t win today… there’s always tomorrow! Only one more new DIY project, a one more prize and one more chance to win.

Happy Holidays!

UPDATE: 14 was the randomly selected number!

Congrats Jennifer! You won the Goody Hair accessories!


DIY: Gold Leaf Vanity Set + Gold Leave Starter Kit Giveaway

I’ve developed a slight obsession with the gold leafing process ever since I leafed my iPhone case. This week alone I applied the gold goodness to  2 picture frames, a vase, a pair of earrings and a wood bangle. It’s such an easy way to transform something dull into something ahhhhhmazing! I thought a gold vanity set is the perfect gift for all my beauty lovers out there. My Great Grandmother had a gold vanity set that sat on her dresser and I always admired it.

Materials: Gold Leaf Starter Kit (which includes: gold foil, adhesive and sealer), Mirror, Comb, Brush

Step 1: Apply the adhesive and let it dry for about 30 minutes

Step 2: Apply gold foil and use a brush to remove the extra

Step 3: Apply the sealer to protect and set the foil

And there you have it…3 steps to fabulous! Such a fun idea I just had to show you twice. The Midas touch vanity set is the perfect gift for all the beauty lovers on your list. I have a few beauty blogger friends that should expect to see these in their stockings with a note attached that says “Happy Holidays! Love, Kristen” Which leads me to the question of the day…

Question: What’s your favorite beauty product?

There’s a tie for my two fave products… 1. the Proactiv makeup remover cloths (they’re like magic) and 2. Rimmel London’s Max Volume Lash Mascara. I use both of these products on a daily basis and don’t now how to function without them. I’d love to hear your favorite. Leave your answers below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win a gold leafing starter kit so you can give the Midas touch to whatever your desire! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game for a few more days! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win.

UPDATE: 14 was the randomly selected number!

Congrats Carly! You won gold leaf starter kit!


DIY: Dyed Infinity Scarf + Rit Dye Giveaway

Awwww the infinity scarf. I only recently discovered the magical powers of the infinity scarf. I love these things and think they’d make a great gift. It’s inevitable that every year my Mom will end up giving someone a scarf. I hope this year she makes it fancy like this…

Materials: White T-shirt, Rit Dye, Rubber bands

Cut the bottom foot and a half off of the t-shirt to make your infinity scarf. Here’s a tip… Buy a size 2XL or 3XL so your scarf will be longer. Pre-wash your shirt before you dye it.

Prep your tee by rolling it up and putting rubber bands around it.

Be creative and pick whatever colors excite you. I used navy and dipped both ends in the dye. Remember the longer you let your fabric sit in the dye, the darker the color will be.

I then dipped my middle section into a mixture of violet dye

Once you’re finished with the dying process, cut off the rubber bands and unroll your fabric to reveal your pattern

I love how the dye sort of bleeds into the un-dyed section.

The infinity scarf kept me warm as I sat by the fire and got an early jump on wrapping gifts. May I just add how proud I am that it’s December 8th and I’m already wrapping gifts. I have been known to wrap a gift on Christmas morning minutes before the family gathers around the tree. So happy to be ahead of the game this year.

My scarf was inspired by the fab decor in the new Tory Burch flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York. I love all the different shades of purple and the tie dye effect used on those ottomans. Tory always uses bold colors in her designs. So I’d love to know…

Question: What’s your favorite color?

When I was a little girl purple was my favorite color. I wanted everything I owned to be purple!!! Now I’d have to say I’m a huge fan of green because it looks the best on me. I’d love to hear what your favorite color is. Leave your answers below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win selection of different colored dyes from Rit Dye! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game all week! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win.

For more images of the Tory Burch store check here and check out one of my favorite decor and design blogs, So Haute! I have hours of fun looking at the images on this blog and always walk away with tons of inspiration.

UPDATE: 18 was the randomly selected number!

Congrats Lara! You won a selection of Rit Dye!


DIY: Glitter Nail Polish + Big-Ass Book Of Crafts 2 Giveaway

First let me start off by apologizing to my 70-year-old Aunt DeDe. She’s gets an email every time I post something and I’m sure she “clutching the pearls” right now because the word “Ass” just popped up in her inbox. So sorry Aunt DeDe, but it’s the name of a book. Not my book, but abook written by my super crafty friend Mark Montano. Mark has written many craft books. I’m a fan of them all, but Big-Ass Book Of Crafts 2 had one particularly genius project that I’m absolutely in love with. Glittery nails are all the rage right now which makes this project so timely. DIY glitter nail polish! It makes for a fantastic stocking stuffer…

Materials: Clear Nail Polish, Glitter

Roll up a piece of paper to make a funnel and pour the glitter directly into your clear nail polish. Obviously I excel at pouring and not making a mess! After you’ve poured as much glitter as possible into the polish, shake well until mixed.

Pretty, pretty polish!

You gotta love glitter and all things that go bling! It seams like glitter is everywhere now… shoes, purses and even our finger tips. So let’s discuss…

Question: The glitter trend… here to stay? Or please make it go away?

If you’re a fan of Glitter ‘N Glue  and entering to win my giveaways I’m assuming you’ll type in all caps… HERE TO STAY! lol Let me know your thoughts about the glitter bomb that seems to have exploded all over the fashion industry. Leave your answers below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win a copy of Big Ass Book Of Crafts 2 by Mark Montano AND a assortment of different colored glitter so you can make your own polish! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game all week! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win. And just so we’re clear there is a right answer for this question ;-)

PS: Thanks to my Dad for playing photographer! He was really getting into it ya’ll. Like his name was David Lachapelle #NotThatSeriousDad xoxo

UPDATE: 4 was the randomly selected number!

Congrats Stacy! You won a copy of Mark Montano’s Big Ass Book Of Crafts 2!


DIY: Ornament Earrings + Michael’s Craft Store Gift Card

Every girl loves receiving jewelry as a gift. For those of you who have been following my blog for a while I’m sure you remember when I did this post last season. Well I absolutely love those earrings and I have a few girls on my list they’d make great gifts for this year.

Materials: Tree Ornaments, Jump Rings, Buttons, Earring Post, E 6000, Nippers, Plyers

I think I have a button obsession

Use the nippers to remove the shanks form the back of the buttons. Use a dab of E6000 to add the earring post to the back of the button.

Since my button was gold, I changed the jump rings in the ornaments from silver to gold. I wanted them to match!

Viola! Statement earrings! No one would have ever guessed they use to be Christmas ornaments. My friend Sydne (read her blog Think Thru Fashion)  is all about fashion staples. She says that my fashion staple is a statement pair of earrings. I guess I’d have to agree with her. My everyday earring is always a pair of oversized hoops (al la Jennifer Lopez aka J.Lo aka Jenny from the block) and when I’m all dressed up for evening I’m usually wearing an oversize pair of earrings with bling on them. I guess it’s my thing. So I’m wondering…

Question: What’s your statement? What signature piece of clothing would your friends say you’re known for?

Maybe it’s a watch? Or maybe you’re the Queen of ballet flats? Or maybe you own 808 pairs of jeans? Leave your answer below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win a $25 gift card to Michael’s Craft Store! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game all week! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win. Trust me this project is so fun you might end up keeping it for yourself!

UPDATE: 9 was the randomly selected number!

Congrats Karen! You won the $25 gift card to Michael’s!


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