Themed gift baskets make amazing, affordable, and memorable gifts. The key is to pick the items carefully and to pay attention to the presentation. Here is a complete list of our very favorite gift basket ideas for everyone on your list, plus money-saving tips and tricks on assembling DIY gift baskets!
Last year I made a sushi costume for my dog Charlie, and this year I thought I'd stick with the same food theme... so he'll be going to our local Halloween "Yappy Hour" as Taco Tuesday! Click through to check out the tutorial.
- Felt in red, green, yellow and cream
- Hot glue gun and extra glue
- 12x12 inch piece of burlap (or a few inches larger for a big dog)
- 1 inch piece of velcro
- Marker that matches your dog's fur color
- Black Sharpie
- Gold and yellow acrylic craft paint
- Foam brush
- 2 feet of white elastic, 3/8 inch wide
Begin by cutting two half circles out of cardboard. These will be the taco shells. Measure from your dog's front legs to his or her hind legs and use this measurement as the length of your semicircle.
Use a foam brush to paint both taco shells. Use yellow and gold together without mixing them to get this textured look. Let them dry and do the back sides also.
Next, cut out your "toppings" from felt. Cheese, tomatoes and lettuce are my favorites!
Glue them down randomly using a hot glue gun, overlapping different colors. Leave the sides empty as shown above... this is where you will eventually attach the toppings piece to the taco shells.
Next, cut a piece of yellow felt in half and glue the two pieces together end to end so you have a long strip that's 24x4 inches. Then glue the edges together lengthwise as shown above to create a long tube that the collar will slip into.
Trim it so that it is just a touch shorter than your dog's collar. Flatten it out and write "Taco Tuesday" on the area without a seam using a black Sharpie.
Flip the collar cover over and glue two 6 inch pieces of elastic to the back - one almost at the end, and one about halfway over. Use a marker to color the elastic the same color as your dog so it blends in with his or her fur.
Next, glue one end of the toppings piece to the inside of one taco shell as shown here, about 3 inches from the top. Repeat this process with the other side of the toppings piece and the other shell.
Try it on your dog at this point and measure how far the collar should be from the taco shells and then glue the elastic pieces at that point. Add one more piece of elastic about 1/3 of the way down the bottom edge of one shell and glue the soft side of the velcro to the other shell as shown above. Measure on your dog one more time, and then glue the corresponding piece of velcro onto the elastic at that measurement.
Clip the collar around your pooch's neck, attach the velcro underneath and you're ready for Halloween!
It's really pretty adorable, and he got used to it once he had it on for a few minutes. Plus, your friends will get a kick out of it. Happy Halloween!
I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!
Our house lacks closet space, especially by the entryway... so I've always wanted a fun coat rack that I could put near the door. But if you've ever tried to buy a coat rack online, you know that it's hard to find a cool one - and the ones that are attractive usually have crazy price tags to match. So of course I decided to make one! Keep reading to check out the instructions for this super easy wood and cement coat rack.
As a serious crafter, I always have two recurring problems: I ruin my clothing (thanks to paint/stain/glue splatters), and I'm also always running around the house looking for tools as I'm trying to finish my project. So I made a crafting tool belt with detachable apron, and it solved both of these problems! Now I can gather all my tools at the start of the project and literally keep them on me as I work. I don't know why I didn't make one of these ten years ago! Click through to check out the sewing tutorial.
Whenever falls rolls around, I like to experiment with unique decorations that stray a bit from the traditional orange pumpkins and red leaves. This year I made a unique triangular shaped wall hanging with a decidedly bohemian vibe... and today I'm sharing the tutorial with you guys. Keep reading to check out the full tutorial!
September is a transitional time of year... the kids are going back to school, the weather is getting cooler and the landscape is changing. Which means that it's a great opportunity to give your living room a refresh too. One of the best ways to do this is by adding texture - so take a cue from Scandinavian decor and add some beautiful layered texture to your space this fall.
Upholstered headboards almost have it all - they look beautiful and they're super comfortable to lean against. But they're often quite pricey too. There's good news though... there are tons of great tutorials out there to help you make your own. So today we've rounded up 20 of our faves. Click through to check them out.
Are you on the hunt for some unique ways to decorate your walls? There are tons of great ways to fill wall space with things other than paintings... and you might even already have some of the materials you need! Click through to check out ten of our favorite ideas.
Searching for the perfect mosaic tile backsplash for your kitchen be overwhelming. The sheer number of options is mind-boggling, which means that figuring out a unique style that fits your personality can be difficult. So today we're sharing some inspiring mosaic tile backsplash ideas that will help you pin down the look you're going for. Bits of china and tile have never looked so beautiful. Here are a few mosaic back splashes that just might make you start breaking dishes. Opa!
These circular tile mosaics give the kitchen a happy, whimsical sort of feel thanks to their bubbly shape (literally and figuratively). They were made by Clayhaus Modern Tile using their You Design Tool which allows clients to customize the colors of the circles. They also offer hexagon patterns, rhombus patterns, and many others.
If you're looking for a metallic finish, this mosaic tile backsplash by New Ravenna is made using 24K gold glass, agate and quartz jewel glass. The gilded surface adds a beautiful reflective quality, giving it a sophisticated feel that many other tiles don't have. The unique design makes it feel very high end.
This backsplash and countertop is made using recycled glass, so it resembles the terrazzo pattern that is so popular lately. While this doesn't appear to technically be a mosaic tile made with mesh backing, it still achieves the same look thanks to its many small pieces. Read more about it here.
If you're really looking to go bold, you might consider tiling an image on your backsplash. This definitely requires prior mosaic tiling experience, but if you've got it, flaunt it! (Otherwise though, hire a pro). This will make an incredible impact on your space, and will forever be a conversation piece for your guests.
This mosaic tile backsplash is made using a variety of different types of tile, and even utilizes broken pieces of pottery in many areas. And they took it one step further, making it functional by adding a broken half of a mug to hold pencils and a pair of scissors. What a unique idea!
This beautiful mosaic tile backsplash is really two patterns in one... the shapes made by the grout lines and the subtle colors in the tiles themselves which form a lovely natural brown hue all together. Something like this which combines both geometric and organic shapes would perfect to offset any kitchen that is feeling too white.
This light colored mosaic kitchen backsplash has the look of penny tiles with a more contemporary vibe thanks to the triangular tiles. The subtle variation in color from tile to tile picks up the surrounding hues perfectly, tying in the warm wooden countertop and the crisp blue walls.
Marisa over on Design Sponge chose to use black grout in her colorful backsplash.
Check these two out from Therese Dejardin Studio.
Adore the sweet contemporary pattern of this one, which relied on a tile cutter rather than a hammer for its creation.
And, finally, Ginger's Major Mosaic Kitchen Makeover posted right here on Curbly a few years back, which is so great it needed another shout out.
Have you seen any other interesting backsplash ideas? Feel free to share them in the comments section below!