Alternative Gift Wrap: Free Printable Pillow Box.

By: Chrisjob Dec 15, 2009

Julie from UpUp Creative is celebrating the one-year anniversary of her excellent Etsy shop UpUp.

And to celebrate? Why, this free, printable pillow gift box in a delightful Etsy orange. Just in time for the holidays, it looks as if it would add a little handcrafted touch to those not as personal gifts, like gift cards or that rolled twenty bones.

Get it here!



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Alternative Gift Wrap: Thrift-Store Sewing Patterns.

By: Chrisjob Dec 07, 2009

Rikkianne from Chakra Pennywhistle has a fine idea, indeed: wrap your handmade gifts in a paper a bit more suitable to their contents - thrifted sewing patterns.

Don't worry - these aren't the vintage patterns featuring classic designs from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s... if your thrift store features those, you, my friend, are in luck and should buy them all up quickly.

Nope. In 2010, most shelves are graced with McCalls from the late 70s throughContinue Reading

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8 Alternative Uses for Plastic Wrap.

By: Chrisjob Oct 22, 2009


Plastic wrap, cellophane, Saran Wrap, cling wrap... whatever you call it, this just-a-bit-too-sticky surface does what it does - sealing food in containers to keep it fresh - and does it well. Turns out, there's at least eight other things it can do, as well, and they've been compiled thusly by Diane Rixon at DIYLife.

  • Salvage corked wine
  • Preserve paint and spackles
  • Pack silverware
  • Get a non-slip grip
  • Banish frizzies
  • Keep ice cream fresh
  • SealContinue Reading
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Make a spa towel head wrap.

By: Diy maven Aug 27, 2008

After a long hard day of diy-ing, who doesn't like to take a long hot shower and wash the paint flecks and garden soil out of their hair? To make your sudsy experience spa-rific, you might want to bang out one of these diy spa head towel wraps. It's a great way of reusing an old flimsy towel too!

To make one, you'll need:

  • an old towel (or a new one if you want to make a wrap as a gift)
  • a bit of elastic
  • a button
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