personalized gift ideas + holiday lights gift wrap tutorial with Walmart Photo

personalized gift ideas 1 When it comes to holiday gifting, I am a firm believer that presentation is everything. While a great gift is nice, taking the time to put a little thought, effort, and personalization into your gift wrap makes the gift-giving experience extra special and really shows your recipient how much you care. personalized gift ideas 2 I wanted to take my gift wrap this year to the next level, and include a little something extra that our families can keep as a reminder of the season, and display year after year. Using some favorite photos, I created some fun and original ornaments with the help of Walmart Photo. Walmart Photo has a large selection of unique ornaments, and many are under $10 through January 5th. personalized gift ideas 3 Now, a package tied up with a cute ornament is one thing, but personalizing your gift wrap even further with fingerprint holiday lights adds a whole new level of festive cheer to your gifts. I created this holiday lights gift wrap using just a few materials:


  • Wrapped Gifts (using plain kraft or white paper is best)
  • Permanent Marker
  • Craft Paints or Finger Paints

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Step 1: Using your marker, sketch out your string of lights, including the metal piece at the end of each light, if desired.

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Step 2: Using your craft paints and little one’s thumbs, create your lights! Let dry overnight, tie on a personalized ornament with some bakers twine, and you’re done!

fingerprint lights gift wrap 1

holiday lights gift wrap 2

fingerprint lights gift wrap

Super simple and adorable. I love how this turned out, and I guarantee my kids’ grandparents and other relatives will, too!

You can order your own custom ornaments at one of the 3,500 Walmart Photo locations nationwide or online. Many are available for free in-store, same-day pickup, and they are also offering free shipping on all cards + gifts through 12/30/15!

Be sure to browse some of the other great gifts Walmart Photo has to offer, including canvases, photo books, and even coasters!

fingerprint holiday lights wrap

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ornament advent calendar

advent calendar idea
One of my favorite holiday traditions is our advent calendar. I enjoy creating it, and my kids definitely enjoy running to it each morning and finding their treat/activity. Last year, we did a puzzle advent calendar, where each day’s bag contained several pieces to put together, culminating in a completed puzzle, of course, on Christmas Day. We’ve done a matchbook advent calendar and a couple of years of garland-style, glassine bag countdowns filled with treats.

advent calendar

This year, due to a lack of empty wall space, I wanted something a little more compact. I found a vintage hanger, took kraft bags, twine, small treats and mini ornaments, and put them all together to create this year’s version.

advent calendar

I started by opening my hanger and tying three long pieces of jute twine to the top.

hanger advent calendar

I stamped my bags, filled them with small treats and used mini clothespins to hang them on the twine. I added a mini ornament for the kids to place on the tree each day.

advent calendar

advent calendar

It couldn’t have been easier, and I know the kids will have a blast with it!

kids advent

For more creative advent ideas, see this advent calendar compilation, and even more advent calendar ideas here!


mod podged glass container {a tutorial}

glass jar decorating


There’s just something special about gifting (and receiving) baked goods for the holidays. It’s a thoughtful gift that is practically guaranteed to put a smile on the face (and belly!) of the recipient. And when you add a touch of creativity to an otherwise plain-jane container, it takes a great gift to the next level…

glass container decor

Step 1: I wanted to add a creative and fun touch to my container, and what better way than to Mod Podge the recipe I used onto the outside? And because I know you’ll want to know, I used this Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Averie Cooks. They are so very delicious, and everyone who tries one agrees! Just print out your recipe onto plain paper, and mod podge onto the outside of your container. Let dry, and seal with two coats of Mod Podge.

mod podged container

Step 2: While waiting for the container to dry, I traced my lid, cut out the paper, and mod podged the paper onto the lid and sealed with two coats of Mod Podge.

mod podged container

Step 3: To add a bit of interest to the outside of the container, I wrapped it with sewing thread and secured each end to the back of the container with Mod Podge. For my second glass container, I wrapped it with twine, mod podged a holiday embellishment to the front, and mod podged a paper doily to the lid.

glass container decor

And that’s it! A simple and festive container that your recipient will love (almost as much as they’ll love what’s inside)!

glass container decorating