“52 Things” — Auntie Version

I just wanted to share with you all one of the gifts I received this Christmas from my soon-to-be first niece! ;)

(She will be here in February… the wait is almost over!)

My sister-in-law thought of an adorable spin on the 52 Reasons Why I Love You craft: 52 Things I Can’t Wait To Do With My Aunt Chelsea”.

This is a great gift to give if you are pregnant or if you’re not the prego one, you could even give this gift at a baby shower and title it “52 Things To Do With Baby” for the parents to have. They sky is the limit here… it will work with any way you want to spin it.

She used a Breast Cancer Awareness deck of cards which was the perfect touch when it’s from a baby girl. :)

So here’s how it turned out and some of my favorites!

Hope this inspires more ways to use this craft that’s always a hit!

Send me photos of yours – @chelsrose

xo – Chelsea

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

Hey you procrastinators! (I’m also looking in the mirror when I say that because I JUST finished my gifting… and I still need to wrap) Just because you only have a few days left doesn’t mean you can’t craft a personalized gift! So here’s a few of the crafts I made this year, some are more time consuming than others so you can decide what you have time for :)

I found this gorgeous DIY decor piece from Delightfully Noted, great blog full of adorable decor tutorials! I thought this project would be a breeze but I ran into a few, frustrated, speed bumps. Lucky for you, I’ve just made all the possible mistakes so I can tell you what NOT to do and how to do it RIGHT! Don’t let that scare you away from doing this project though, I think the end result is well worth it!

I started by going to Hobby Lobby to buy the “W” initial and a black frame that was bigger than or the same size as the width of the letter. Then I found backsplash tiles at a local hardware store but you can find these at Lowes or Home Depot also. I had to get 2 sheets to fill my 12×18 frame. I used black spray paint for the letter and a dark brown for the smaller letters/numbers. I’m not sure if it’s just my location… but it took me FOREVER to find those smaller wooden letters. –I feel like every craft store’s small letters are so childish looking :/– Anyways… I found them at Michael’s so go there and avoid searching store to store like me :).

Here is my MOST IMPORTANT TIP: After you take the glass out of the frame, measure a piece of white card stock or cardboard and cut to fit in the frame. (Use white so it blends in with the tile netting) Put it back together with the cardboard and frame backing, that way you can adhere the tiles from the front. Does that make sense? I tried to place the tiles into the frame after I attached them to the cardboard (like you would place a photo) and it was extremely difficult to get them in place and attach the backing. How you adhere the tiles is your call… Jennifer from Delightfully Noted said she used hot glue but I thought my tiles were too heavy for hot glue to hold. I used a ceramic bond but it wasn’t clear so I wasn’t too happy with how that looked. In hindsight I think I should’ve used liquid nails or something.

Finishing is the easy part, hot glue your spray painted letters to the tiles and to add a little extra embellishment I added a little flower. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I’m so excited to give my sister-in-law this gift!

Looking for a faster gift?

Love Map –

Always a favorite to give to parents, grandparents, or married friends and so quick and easy! I bought a map at Wal Mart and used a stencil to cut out the hearts. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby and used some extra matte I had from past projects. For the words I just printed them from Word, adhere and wa-la! Personal, thoughtful, one of a kind decor for your giftee!

Frame – $10, Map – $6

 

Twine Wrapped Letter –

Joann’s has great letters of all sizes to choose from and you can find twine at any craft store or Wal Mart. The actual wrapping part does take awhile but it’s something you can easily do while watching a Christmas movie :) I secured my twine every few wraps with hot glue. To add extra embellishment at the end, I just tied a ribbon bow and used that for the hangar as well! Boom! Another gift, done!

Letter – $3, Twine – $4, Ribbon – $3

Neutral Wreath –

A wreath is always a safe gift (for a woman) because she can always use it. I decided to make a season neutral wreath so she can use it off and on throughout the year. This is a one stop shop-gift. I bought the wreath, ribbon and flowers all at Hobby Lobby. All it takes is a little hot glue and ribbon tying and you got a great gift! The options are endless when it comes to ribbons, flowers, or other decorative garland!

Wreath – $4, Flowers – $12, Ribbon – $3

Alright procrastinators, I hope this helped! Good luck with your last minute gifting and let me know what you put together!

XO – Chelsea @chelsrose

Wine Bottle Tiki Torches

You’ll have nothing to “wine” about after seeing these one-of-a-kind Wine Bottle Tiki Torches! This is a unique gift idea that’s a guaranteed hit… like the kind that makes guests say, “Where did you get that?!”

I made these last week for my Sister-in-Law’s birthday and it was a huge hit!

I found this link on (you guessed it), Pintrest :) and the original tutorial, as well as the photo above, came from Gerardot & Co., a strategy and design firm. Be sure to check them out!

This project is a MUST for anyone who enjoys entertaining friends on the back patio/porch. It’s so easy, and relatively cheap especially for the finished product you get!

Now don’t be deceived by the hardware… I am the LAST person you would find hanging out in a Home Depot, and I found all the materials very easily (with the help of the Home Depot guys of course!)

Here is your supply list. This is for 1 torch so if you want to make more, just multiply by however many you’re making:

1. An empty wine bottle. Make sure it is glass, and the neck is 1 inch in diameter.

2. Teflon Tape

3. Top Plate Connector (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

4. 1″ Split Ring Hanger (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

5. 1/2″ x 3/8″ Copper Coupling

6. 1/2″ Copper Cap

7. 2 Hex Nuts (threaded for 3/8″ – 16 thread rod)

8. Two #10 x 1” Zinc Plated Wood Screws

9. Replacement Tiki Wick

10. 3/8”-16 Zinc Plated Threaded Rod (Gerardot & Co. said he bought a 3 ft rod and cut it down, so that’s what I did too. Mine were being mounted to a deck railing so I had to measure the overhang and I cut it to fit that.)

11. Tiki Fuel

So here’s how I managed to do this:

First, I wanted to get the labels off my wine bottles so I soaked them in hot soapy water.

I was giving these as gifts so I couldn’t exactly start with mounting… So I just put them together as much as I could and the rest would have to be taken care of by my brother (or the giftee)

I started by wrapping the larger end of the couplings in teflon tape.

Basically just keep wrapping until it will fit snuggly into the top of the bottle without falling down into it. After it has enough tape wrapped around it, you can thread the wick through so it sticks out about 1/4 inch.

And here’s a photo of why you have the copper cap… Just to have as a top while the torches aren’t being used.

The next thing I did was put the hardware together. If I can do it, you can do it!

Here’s a guide to Hardware For Dummies :p

After you have most of your hardware put together, place the neck of your bottle into the split ring. Hold up the other half of the split ring, and tighten the screws. (A craftsman’s tip was to tighten each screw a little at a time to avoid one side being tighter than the other.)

If you’re giving these as a gift, that’s the most you can do. You wouldn’t want to fill the bottles with torch fuel and put them in a gift bag :O haha!
I just put them in a bag as is and brought the torch fuel to give them after they opened the torches.

So if you’re still with me, you’re done! It wasn’t that bad right?

Oh and if you’re making these for yourself and mounting them, I will send you to Gerardot & Co. because they have good tips on mounting.

Thanks for tolerating my girl-talk about hardware haha :)

Let me know what kind of reactions you get from giftees or guests when they see these one-of-a-kind, made-with-love tiki torches!

XO – Chelsea – @chelsrose

PS. Christmas is just around the corner AND I will be an Auntie TWICE within 4 months next year so be ready! I’ll be slingin’ CreativeLittleBird posts like there’s no tomorrow! ;)

Safety Note: This project is intended for outdoor use only. Never leave torches unattended and use the same caution and common sense you would with any open flame. Each user should assume responsibility for deciding appropriate uses, storage or shipping of items. Chelsea Williams disclaims any liability for damage or injury which may result in the final product of the above instructions.

Best Boyfriend Gift Award

Am I the only one who thinks boyfriend presents are some of the most difficult to find?

Especially an Anniversary gift because boys are hardly as entertained as we are with mushy-I-Love-You type gifts.

But it’s time to thank the Girlfriend Goddesses… I’ve found the best boyfriend-gift ever (thanks to my recent obsession with Pintrest).

Not only is it extremely heart-felt, it is wonderful for a college girl budget! :)

52 Reasons Why I Love You.

Sound cheesy? Yes, I know. But when it’s been 3 years, I’m not too worried about being embarrassed.

I’ve seen a few different examples online that were pretty generic (“You have a great smile”, “You care about my feelings”) blah, blah, blah.

I decided that I really wanted mine to be personal using specific memories that have brought us closer over the past 3 years. I thought it would take awhile to accumulate my list but it was shockingly easy (we’ve been through a lot).

I think he would agree, this was one of the best gifts I’ve given him :) It’s also a great keepsake to display in our home that we can always look at and think about special memories from our first 3 years together.

Okay, I’ve talked too much about love… Let’s make it.

Materials:

A deck of cards (I assume most people have this lying around the house which means… FREE!)

Hole punch

2 binder rings… You could also use yarn or ribbon

Computer paper… I printed mine out but you could hand write them too

Scrapbook supplies for cover decoration

The rest is pretty self explanatory…

Make a list of 52 reasons why you love your significant other,

Print or write them out on small pieces of paper,

use scrapbook tape to adhere paper to cards.

It’s really important that all the holes match up, so you can take a ruler and make small dots on each card so that you know where to punch.

After each of your cards has a “reason” on it, make a cover.

I went to Hobby Lobby and got 3 pieces of card stock, and 4 sheets of stickers for $4! DEALS!

And that’s it!

Easiest, cheapest, most meaningful gift you can give your man :)

Here are just some of mine to help you think outside the box:

Haha he hates the fluffy one but he knows I won’t stay over if he steals my flat pillow :)

There’s a reason why I have a pink fishing pole and actually notice what kind of cars are around me

Haha! Oh those darn company holiday parties.

True story!

I hope these inspire some great ideas! It’s really fun to think back even to early memories, he’ll be surprised when he reads them!

Send me pictures of yours and let me know how he reacts!

XO  Chelsea – @chelsrose