Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the DIY-er in Your Life (for $25 or less!)

Top 10 Christmas Gifts for the DIY-er in Your Life (for $25 or less!)

They’re all over Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, and the Internet in general. They’re self-made experts in all things crafty, from that new distressing technique to paleo cookies and everything in between. They’re often found scouring craft stores or rummage sales, seeking their next target to make their own. You know them, I know them. Heck, I’m one of them.

The insatiable DIY-er.

With the rise of sites like Pinterest and personal blogs came the rise of people trying to do and make things on their own, from fine art to unique furniture to balcony gardens. If you’ve got a DIY fanatic on your Christmas list this year, you might want to give them a meaningful gift they’ll appreciate and actually be able to use. If that’s you, but you’re not sure where to start, check out this gift guide of awesome presents any DIY-er would love!

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How to Make An Awesome Paper Mache Cauldron

How to Make An Awesome Paper Mache Cauldron

Double, double, toil and trouble!

I just LOVE decorating and dressing up for Halloween! I’ve had so much fun the past month or so working on some inexpensive, easy, and awesome decorations to display around our home. My goal this year is to have super cool decor without having to spend much of anything, and so far I’ve been able to make pretty much everything on my own!

Some of my favorite decorations are my new collection of potions bottles (that I talked about in this post). I wanted a cauldron to display with my bottles, but I couldn’t find a cool one at a price I was willing to pay. Instead, I decided to make my own with all materials I already had! Here’s a break-down for you if you’d like to make your own.

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The Ultimate Halloween Potions Table

The Ultimate Halloween Potions Table

You GUYS. I am SO excited for Halloween this year! I’ve always liked Halloween, but this year I’m extra stoked because, for the first time, I have a front door to decorate that will actually get trick-or-treaters.

I started brainstorming some ideas the other day, and then all of a sudden my mind blew up all over our kitchen. I wanted to make a few bottles and potions for a “witch’s table” near the front door, so I pulled out a few supplies and started experimenting. Then I started getting more ideas and trying more things and making more messes… and of course, I went a little overboard. But it was so much fun! And the very best part: none of this cost me a penny, you guys. I spent no money. Zero dollars. Zilch. This was all stuff I already had in my craft supplies or just lying around the house! That’s the best kind of decorations, if you ask me: creative, festive, and requiring NO MONEY.

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DIY Minnesota Color Block Sweater

DIY Minnesota Color Block Sweater

I feel like everyone always talks about how much they love summer. While there are definitely aspects I enjoy (lake/cabin vacations and summer food, to name a few), there are actually a lot of things I could take or leave when it comes to summer (especially this last summer- mega heat and humidity do NOT mix well with the final trimester of pregnancy! Blegh.). Now autumn, on the other hand? THAT I can get behind 100%! I am so ready for apple cider, chilly days, sweaters and scarves, crunchy leaves, and getting to use our lovely fireplace for the first time! Bring on AUTUMN.

So, to commemorate the fact that it finally feels like fall outside, I thought I’d share an easy and fabulous DIY sweater refashion I did last year that quickly turned into one of my favorite Goodwill upcycling projects EVER.

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  • Fall Fashion Round-Up: How to Rock Second-Hand Style this Season
  • Fall Fashion Round-Up: How to Rock Second-Hand Style this Season
  • Fall Fashion Round-Up: How to Rock Second-Hand Style this Season
  • Fall Fashion Round-Up: How to Rock Second-Hand Style this Season
  • Fall Fashion Round-Up: How to Rock Second-Hand Style this Season
  • Fall Fashion Round-Up: How to Rock Second-Hand Style this Season

Apparently (according to Discovery Channel), July 2016 was the hottest month ever recorded in the history of Earth. Ever. For those of you who remember, up until a few weeks ago I was pregnant with our second boy. That means I was 8 months pregnant during literally the hottest month in the world. And boy, did I feel it! Heat, humidity, and third trimester don’t mix well.

Needless to say, after such an intense summer, I am more than ready for fall!

I’m also just a huge fan of fall in general: the chilly weather, changing leaves, apple cider, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and–of course–fall fashion! If the weather allowed, I would wear my collection of flannels, sweaters, boots, and chunky scarves year-round. Alas, in the volatile land of Minnesota, that’s not the case. But that does make the anticipation for “sweater weather” half the fun!

In honor of the weather finally starting to change a bit (and my continued love of buying second-hand), I’ve decided to share some of my favorite Goodwill fall outfits and pieces! Every clothing item pictured below was purchased from Goodwill or another thrift store. It just goes to show you– fashion and feeling fabulous doesn;t have to cost an arm and a leg!

Obviously, selection in every Goodwill is different– so I’ve chosen pieces that can work as staples and be paired with several different outfits and styles. In my closet, it’s all about comfort and versatility. Hopefully your “Goodwill hunting” will bring you some success this season as well! (Also, messy hair don’t care.)

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Mommy’s Night In: Natural Pampering with 5 Simple Ingredients

Mommy’s Night In: Natural Pampering with 5 Simple Ingredients

It’s a stormy, early-to-bed (for my toddler, anyway) night in the Davis home tonight. After a long week and working hard on preparations for Nugget 2.0 all day, this Momma was ready for some simple, natural pampering! I’m going to share some recipes you can make at home out of five simple ingredients to give you that bit of refreshing every Momma needs every once in a while!

These are just two of my favorite at-home recipes I like to make for myself. I’ve created a Recipe Guide with more awesome DIY, all-natural recipes to try with household ingredients in a FREE downloadable PDF– Check out my Free Homemade Pampering Recipe Guide!

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How to Throw a Travel-Themed Baby Shower (on a Budget!)

How to Throw a Travel-Themed Baby Shower (on a Budget!)

This past weekend I had the incredible honor of hosting a baby shower for my big sister and her first precious baby! Some people thought I was crazy for hosting while also being so pregnant myself, and maybe I was (just a little). But I had such a blast– and come on, it’s my sister! For her, I’d do it all again in a heartbeat. And hey– now YOU get to benefit from all of the DIY inspiration and photos!

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The Two-Minute Maternity Dress Transformation

The Two-Minute Maternity Dress Transformation

If you don’t know this about me yet, you will soon. I really, really love Goodwill. I mean, I REALLY love Goodwill. At least 80% of my closet is from there, and I just love going to Goodwill and hunting for those few special treasures (especially on sale days! Ka-ching!) It’s like a game–one that I consider myself to be VERY good at. I love when people compliment me on a clothing item and I get to answer nonchalantly, “Oh, thanks. It was from Goodwill,” usually leaving them dumbfounded. Hey-yo. No overly-priced fashion for this Momma. I can look GOOD in Goodwill!

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Well hi there! I'm Katie, the creator and writer of Delightfully Frazzled. I'm a wife, a mother of two, a Christ-follower, a cat owner, a people-lover and an insatiable DIY-er. Learn more about me and Delightfully Frazzled on my About page!
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