Colorblock Zipper Pouch with Monogram

Jaime from That’s My Letter has a slew of tutorials for adorable zipper pouches in different designs and sizes. I love this colorblock one with a handpainted monogram and heavy-duty metal zipper. It was inspired by a pricey clutch from Mark and Graham, but, like Jaime says, you might want to consider making your own for much less. While the pouch is a fabulous gift itself, you could even take it a step further by packing it with goodies!

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Cheap and Easy DIY Wine Bag

I am no wine connoisseur but have lots of family and friends who enjoy wine tastings and sampling different types of wines. If you also have a wine-lover on your Christmas list, these DIY wine bags from Lisa at Concord Cottage are the perfect way to dress up a bottle. Lisa simply measured the bottles and sewed her pouches using fabric she already had. They cost Lisa nothing to make, but she says you could easily do it for under a $1 and in less than an hour. You can’t ask for much more during an already busy and expensive time of year!

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DIY iPad Case from Canvas Artwork

Caitlin, a contributor on Say Yes to Hoboken, had purchased several unstretched, unframed canvas prints at an auction a couple of years ago and had grand plans for them. They ended up being stored away and forgotten until Caitlin came across an artsy iPad case from Anthropologie with a similar look. Caitlin decided to finally cash in on their DIY potential and sew her own case. Don’t have your own stash of canvases lying around? Caitlin suggests purchasing one for a few bucks online or even printing your own!

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Pretty Patterned Notebook with Gift Tag

Zandi from Radical Possibility shows how easy it is to turn a bland blank book into a gift-worthy moleskine. Basically, all you have to do is use Mod Podge to adhere scrapbook paper or wrapping paper to the journal and wrap it up like a present. Pretty easy, huh?!? My favorite part is how Zandi made the tag from a paint chip. I love all the color options and the fact that it’s free!

diy patterned moleskine

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Play Vanity Stool with Gathered Slipcover

If you read this morning’s feature that showcased an adorable play vanity built by the talented Jaime from That’s My Letter, you probably noticed the cutesy little stool with a gathered slipcover pictured with it. Yes, Jaime made it too, and so can you! Jaime modified plans from Ana White to build the stool from scrap wood and dug some fabric from her stash for the sweet little slipcover. I love that cover is removeable and can be washed because, let’s be honest, little girls and makeup can get a bit messy!

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DIY Girls Play Vanity with Mirror

Today’s gift idea is for the little ladies in the house! Jaime from That’s My Letter teamed up with Ana White to build “the cutest little vanity with a drawer and mirror built just the right height for pint-sized girls.” I love all the details like the corbels, stair baluster legs, and crystal knob that make this vanity so sweet and girly. I know my daughter would go gaga over it!

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Glittered Elastic Hair Ties and Bracelets

These glittered hair ties from Arena at The Nerd’s Wife are so cute and would make great gifts for gals who likes a little glitz. Anthro’s price of five hair ties for $12 may not seem too painful, but it hardly compares to 28 for less than $8! Plus, they are SO easy to make. Arena literally just cut glitter stretch elastic fabric into strips and tied a loop at the end. I love the idea of tossing some into stockings or attaching them to presents so they double as gift tags.

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Accordion Strands Ribbon Necklace

Most ladies can’t resist a new bauble, and in my book, the bigger the better! I love a statement piece like this accordion strand necklace made by Aubree from Yellow Blackbird. When Aubree first laid eyes on the inspiration necklace from Anthropologie, she immediately knew she could make her own. Sure, it’s not made from real silk, but it’s also not $278! Aubree made her necklace for only a few bucks using grosgrain ribbon, and the effect is just as lovely.

anthro knock off ribbon necklace

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