Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Place Cards

Are any of you hosting Christmas at your house this year? I'll be hosting my small family. I'm not sure of anything that I'm going to be making/doing, except that there will be place cards, because, you know... priorities. These little cuties are very similar to the place cards I made for Thanksgiving.

You will need:
Christmas 2015 Place Cards PDF*
Pine Cone (optional)

I initially made these thinking about laying them out on the napkins - but I fell in love with the pine cone setting, too. 

Print off the card, cut and write your guests names so they know where they're sitting at your shindig!



*for personal use only, please! © This Nifty Earth 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Light Bulb & Twine Ornaments

Looking for a simple ornament DIY? I've got one for you today that's easy and adorable! 

You Will Need:

Tapered Glass Light Bulbs
Mirror Spray Paint
Hot Glue Gun

Start by spray painting the light bulbs. I pinned the paper down and gave each light bulb several coats.

Cut a 3'' piece of twine and hot glue the ends to each side of the threaded end of the bulb.

Wrap a second piece of twine around the base of the threaded bulb, covering the first piece of twine completely.

I loved making these little ornaments! I think they look so cute on my tree. Do you you guys think you'll add some of these to your tree?

I've created a step-by-step instructional photo for you guys! Share photos of your version of this project with #TNEmakes on social media. I would love to see them!


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

December 2015 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper

I can hardly believe that December is next week! This whole year flew by - but really, what year doesn't? I designed this fun December desktop calendar for you guys!
Download the calendar here! Enjoy!


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Hudsonville Lions Club Craft Show

Yesterday was the last craft show of the season for This Nifty Earth! We went out like a bang at the Hudsonville Lions Club Craft Show. Below are a couple snap shots of our set up. We'll see you out and about again next year!



Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hostess Candle Gift

I'm getting a jump on my hostess gifts for the season! This simple candle "re-purpose" project is a great way to give a practical gift when you're heading over to a shindig.

As is with most of my candle projects (past & future!) this is super simple. I had a small fox planter sitting around just waiting for a good DIY. I purchased a small candle, popped it into the planter and wrapped it up with a "thank you!" tag.

Small Candle | Twine | Scissors | Thank You! Tags

Do you know anyone who would like this gift? I have a couple people in mind! 


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Festive Mason Jar Labels

If you're like 97% of people I know (including myself!), you love the IDEA of making homemade gifts (usually a cookie mix in a Mason Jar) for friends and family instead of buying gifts. 

You have a plan, you picked out the recipe on Pinterest, and then it's December 15th and you realize you only have 10 days to whip together all these homemade gifts. Then you reason with yourself "well, people will understand - I've been busy!" and yada, yada, whatevs. 

Here's the truth. People don't care - and the people that do care shouldn't be your friends. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life. 

I digress. 

The real reason I'm writing this post is to remind you that you need to make all those homemade Mason Jar gifts (see, you have over a month - go start now) and to show you how to use these fun labels.

You will need:
Mason Jar (with lid!)
Festive Labels PDF or Silhouette Cut File (for personal use only, don't make me hunt you down)
Adhesive Paper or Card Stock

Open the Festive Labels PDF, print on the paper, and cut out either manually or with your Silhouette. Fill up your jars with something fun and add the label of your choice to the top.

Enjoy gifting!



Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving Napkin Rings + Free Printable

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, hands down. I love that it promotes being thankful and takes place in my favorite season. Thanksgiving is also Beard's holiday, so I'm never home to host anything at my house. That doesn't mean I don't get in the thankful spirit, though!

I love holiday tablescapes, so I decided to share this simple napkin ring DIY with you all so you can use it if you host this Thanksgiving!
You will need:

Card Stock

Print off the labels, cut, hole punch or tie around the napkins you're using on your Thanksgiving table.

Are you guys excited for Thanksgiving? I know I am!

*for personal use only, please! © This Nifty Earth 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Disney Hand Warmer Favors

The days are starting to be chillier here in West Michigan and that means it's time for Hand Warmers! I have a fun DIY party favor project for you today that is sure to keep you and your kiddos warm and toasty.

You Will Need:
Small Clothes Pins
"Stay Warm" Tags - Digital Download  

Attach a favor tag to a couple warmers using twine or mini clothes pins and set them in a place where favors can be easily reached by small kiddos. These would be a prefect favor for any kind of outdoor party. Specifically I'm thinking about all the ice skating that happens here locally. How cute is it for each child to have their own little Disney themed hand warmers?

What I love about these hand warmers is that it's a safe, natural way to keep cold hands warm. Simply place a warmer in each pocket and it'll start heating up within 5 minutes!

Do you have any occasions coming up that you might use these favors for? I would love to see how you use this #TNEmakes project for your own shindig!


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Home State Sign + Free Silhouette Cut File

I have a fun and simple DIY for you today! My sister-in-law is from Wisconsin, so I decided to switch it up and not do a Michigan related craft.

You will need: 
- Silhouette Cut File (Wisconsin) (for personal use only, please!)
- Wooden Board
- Mod Podge
- Spray Paint
- Silhouette Cameo 
- Foam Brush
- Hand Sander

Start by cutting out the letters with your Silhouette Cameo. Sand down the edges of your board as desired and apply a coat of spray paint in the color of your choice. 

Once the paint it dry, lay out the letters, arrange them how you like and take a photo.

Put a thin later of  Pod Podge on the board and stick the letters to it using the photo as a guide. Once the letters are dry, cover the letters with a couple layers of Pod Podge.

All I had on hand was the glossy finish Mod Podge, but you can use the matte finish to get a different completed look. 

You can find more state Silhouette Cameo cut files here:

I put together another condensed "how to" below. Share with all your crafty friends!



Friday, November 6, 2015

Grand Armory Brewing Company

Last night Beard and I rode out to Grand Haven with some friends. Yes, you read that correctly. We're still riding the bike in November and it's pretty awesome.

We got dinner at Mr. Kozaks and then headed over to a new brewery that we haven't been to before a few blocks away - Grand Armory Brewing Company.

I had a delicious cherry cider that was delicious and heard that their beers we're pretty good, too. I'm excited to head back out there sometime and sample some more of the items on their menu. The atmosphere was what made it memorable for me. With a super open floor plan, modern design and sharing a space with a coffee shop and a BBQ joint, it really made the whole experience unique.

Have you guys ever been out to Grand Armory Brewing? 


Photos taken (Droid Turbo) & edited (#vsco) by: Margeaux Cotton

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Pallet Coffee Table

This past weekend I finally knocked a DIY off my list that has been there for about 3 years. Seriously, I moved this pallet from my mum's to Beard's when we got married and it's just been sitting in the basement. But no more! I bit the bullet and went to Lowes this weekend to pick up the supplies I needed.

You will need: 
Half Pallet
4 Legs
4 Casters
Drill Bits
Sander or Sand Paper

I started by having Lowes cut my plywood to the size of the base of my pallet. Then I basically put this together like a sandwich - pallet, plywood, legs, casters. I flipped the pallet over, lined up the plywood with the corners, and secured the plywood with screws in each corner. Next up my brother pre-drilled holes for the legs and we were able to screw those in. Then we pre-drilled holes for the casters and attached them. The last step was giving everything a good sanding! I wanted the natural wood on this project, so I chose not to stain or paint the pallet. I think I will use some linseed oil on it, though. We'll see. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Weekend Musings

You guys saw all these photos already if you follow me on Instagram, but I just couldn't help but share them here.

First off, I have to say thanks to Abby for letting me on the mini pumpkin and gourd jackpot! The fam and I headed over to Post Family Farms to pick up a bag of these little cuties. I now have the cutest porch I've ever had. 

Friday night I started to de-stash my basement - mostly because I'm a horder and my hubby is always asking me to clean up. I made a handful of these adorable candle holders and they're all for sale in the booth at Not So Shabby! I won't lie, I wanted to keep all of them once I had them all made up.

I saved the best for last... THIS COFFEE TABLE IS HOT FIRE! But seriously, I love this pallet coffee table that my family helped me finish up this weekend. I have had this pallet since before I was married and it's about time I completed the project I picked it up for. It's exactly what I wanted and I love the way it looks in our living room.

See those little pumpkins! Aren't they just adorable? I also got into the Autumn spirit by filling up a hurricane my mum gave me with pine cones I foraged with my sister-in-law.

What did you guys do this weekend?


Photos taken (Droid Turbo) & edited (#vsco) by: Margeaux Cotton