Fun St. Patrick’s Day Gift (Free Printable)

I’ve written before about the fun “Secret Pal” game I play with my co-workers. Essentially it’s Secret Santa except it lasts for several months at a time.

I love having the chance to flex my creative muscles with silly little gifts every few weeks!

With St. Patrick’s Day coming up on the 17th, I thought a fun idea would be to give a simple treat with a funny twist:
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I decided to make a Leprechaun Catching Kit and “official” Letter of Mandate from the Canadian Ministry of Magic.

I typed up a silly letter and threw on the the Canada logo and Coat of Arms….because I’m apparently a ridiculous human being.

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The “kit” is just a box of Lucky Charms. (See? I said it was simple!)

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Just wrap it all up and attach the letter for a random and creative St. Patrick’s Day gag.

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I’m hoping that it will be funny if my Pal reads the letter first and then expects a full on leprechaun catching kit.

Happy St. Patty’s Day!

 

Print and sign your own leprechaun letter. Download the Leprechaun Letter here.

Krista

Simple & Rustic Christmas Tree in a Frame

I have another $3 craft to share! It could even cost you less if you have all the items already on hand.

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As an added bonus, the whole thing is made by looping, tying, and weaving so, aside from the sprinkles of jute particles, there’s no mess.

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Items needed:

  • old frame
  • role of jute twine
  • sparkly gold ribbon

Start by tying the jute into the bottom corner of the frame. Loop it up and over the top center of the frame.

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Continue looping up and over, alternating directions as you create a triangle in the frame. There was no method to my madness. Sometimes I went under. Sometimes I went over. Variety is the spice of life.

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Once you’re happy with the shape of your tree, gather your gold ribbon (or ribbon of your choosing) and tie one end directly unto the bottom corner of jute (not the frame).

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Weave the ribbon across the tree a few strings of jute at a time. Continue this back and forth up the tree.

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Once you reach the top of your tree, wind the remainder of your ribbon to gather the top  into a tighter point. Knot up the rest of the ribbon into a cute little star (blob, whatever) et voilà!

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Happy thrifty crafting!

Krista

Gorgeous Handmade Holiday Wreath for $3 or Less

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Okay folks, this craft is going to blow your mind. It’s so easy and SO PRETTY. It’s also crazy inexpensive and there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll have all the items on hand already.

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Instructions:

  • Roll the glue tape onto the hoop a few centimeters at a time

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  • Gather your coffee filter around the end of a pencil or marker and gently press onto the glue tape

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  • Place the filters close to one another on the hoop to make the wreath full and fluffy

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  • When the gluing is finished, gently pull the filters open toward the centre

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  • If you’re fine with a solid white wreath, this is a great place to stop!
  • Personally, I’m adding touches of gold to my holiday decorating
  • If you have any craft paint and sponges lying around, you can add this finishing touch for free. My paint is from the dollar store so it’s a minimal addition.

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  • Using a sponge brush, lightly highlight the tips of the filters with your paint

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  • Once the paint is dry, add a ribbon or string and hang where ever your home needs a holiday touch

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Happy Handmade Holidays!

Krista