Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year?  If not, I have a simple and easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gift for you.  This is definitely not a NEW idea…but simply a twist on an old standby gift…but in a pretty package.

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Now, I am personally not a drinker…but we do like a good sparkling cider drink.  Either way, you can wrap up the bottled beverage of your choice and gift it to your Thanksgiving Hostess.

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This wine bottle gift bag could NOT be any simpler to make.  As I have shared with you before…I am not the best seamstress in the world.  But…I can sew a straight line.  If you can sew a straight line…or if you are willing to learn how to sew a straight line, this is a project you CAN do!

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I took a canvas paint drop cloth (weird…I know)…but I had some left over from these earlier projects…Thanksgiving Table Linens, Monogrammed Table Runner and an upcoming project for Lowe’s (which I can’t post just yet).  Canvas Drop Cloths are really inexpensive too…or you can pick up some linen (or the fabric of your choice) at your local fabric store.

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Monogrammed Wine Gift Bag Instructions:

1.  Cut a piece of fabric that measures 12.5 inches (for the bottle height) x 11 inches (for the bottle width).

*If your bottle is wider than normal you will need to add some inches to the width.

2.  Fold the material in half with the wrong side of the fabric out.

3.  Sew 1/4 inch seam along the bottom and the side of the bag.  Be sure to backstitch at each end and the corner to reinforce the seams.

4.  Turn the bag inside out.  Fold down the top of the bag 1/4 inch and pin so that the raw edge is inside the top of the bag.

5.  Sew along the folded edge around the entire top of the bag.  This will give you a nice finished edge.

*If you want it extra nice…roll the edge twice and iron before sewing.

6.  Iron the bag…which of course I clearly did not do…

7.  Print out a Monogram Letter of your choice.  To access the free Monogram Letters click the link below:

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{Monogrammed Bottle Gift Bag Letters}

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8.  Cut out the stencil.  If you want a black circle like I have (or another color) you will need to cut out the black area.  Tape your stencil in place.  Stencil your black paint onto the bag.  I stenciled mine about 4-5 inches from the bottom of the bag.

OR…use the stencil with some tracing paper to trace it onto the bag and then hand paint the monogram onto the bottle gift bag.

*Try measuring where you want the stencil by putting the bottle in the bag first to see where it will fall.

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Now you have a beautiful gift bag for your Thanksgiving gift.

And…I am also sharing these Thanksgiving Gift Tags.  Simply print them out and add a little bit of glitter to the wreath.  You can also use these gift tags with ANY Thanksgiving Gift you might be giving out this Thanksgiving!

Caramel Apples Gift Kit–12 Fall Printables

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It’s time again for another monthly Printable Blog Hop. If you are new here, every month 11 other bloggers and I join together to bring you a 12 themed FREE Printables for your use. This months theme is Fall. I LOVE everything about Fall. One thing that screams Fall to me are Caramel Apples. We like to try and make them at least once each fall and it has become a fun family tradition. I thought it would be fun to make a Caramel Apples Gift Kit so that we could share the love with other families. Don’t you think that would be a fun gift to get? It has almost all the supplies needed to make some Caramel Apples including some fun toppings and the homemade Caramel Recipe, which is super delicious and not that difficult to make.

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I simply took a white gift bag and filled it with 8-10 apples…I used 4 Fuji and 4 Granny Smith (some of my family are fans of the tart apples and some prefer the sweeter). Just use your favorite variety of apples in your Caramel Apples Gift Kit. Then I filled the bag with some fun toppings. Toppings could include crushed Oreos, Chocolate Chips, M&M’s, Nuts, etc. Then be sure to include some sticks. I used some longer sucker sticks, but you could also use wooden popsicle or craft sticks. The other ingredients are things that most households might already have on hand so you can include those at your own discretion.

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It really is that simple. Then simply print out the FREE printables I have provided for you.

To download the Caramel Apples Gift Kit, click here:

{Caramel Apples Gift Kit}

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Interested in seeing what the other gals are sharing this month? You can check their sites and their free printables out below! Happy Fall Y’all!

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#1) {The Dating Divas} – Make your man feel loved this fall by decorating the bedroom with all the reasons why you ‘fall’ for him!

#2) {Somewhat Simple} – This 8×10 paint-by-number-style deer art print is perfect for adding just a simple touch of autumn to your decor.

#3) {Whipperberry} – A stylish apple printable for your fall decor!

#4) {Crafting Chicks} – Fall Fun Charts–keep track of all your favorite fun activities you want to do this fall (like a summer fun chart) and check them off when you’re done!

#5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Adorable Fall Scrolly Cake or Pie Topper Printables. Plus the recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Macadamia Nut Streusel topping.

#6) {L’il Luna} – A super cute and easy Fall Cookies in a Jar gift with free tag/recipe!

#7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Printable Tags/Wraps for giving yummy fall treats and breads as gifts!

#8) {I Heart Nap Time} – An adorable gift tag perfect for any gift giving this fall season!

#9) {The 36th Avenue} – Pumpkin Cookie Recipe and Free Printables. A super cute little gift!

#10) {Paging Supermom} – This series of mod Apple Prints is perfect for your fall mantle or frame and give to a teacher or neighbor.

#11) {The TomKat Studio} – A free printable fall art print perfect for framing!

#12) {The Idea Room} – Caramel Apples Gift Kits are a fun and festive gift for friends, family and/or teachers this fall.

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If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

Chalk Board mug gift

I am always looking for a fun and inexpensive gift idea for a teacher or friends.  Now, there is nothing new and exciting about a mug with candy in it…unless that mug has a fun chalkboard label on it.  I saw something similar while perusing the aisles of Target one day.  It had been three weeks since I had been there…THREE WEEKS!  So I was getting my Target fix and saw a Chalk Board Mug. So what is a crafty girl to do? Yep! I made my own.

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Target was even kind enough to have some different colored mugs on sale for $1.99.  So I snagged a couple.  Here is how I made mine.  I cut out a heart shape from my vinyl collection.  Contact paper will work well too.  Make a stencil in the shape or design of your choice.

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Then I used some Folk Art Bake-On Enamel Paint in Engine Red.  I mixed it with some Non-Sanded Grout to Make Chalk Board Paint.  You can find the recipe for that here:

Make Your Own Chalk Board Paint

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Then I simply painted a couple coats of it onto the mug and baked in on low heat in my oven for an hour to set the paint.  So easy.

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Prime the chalk board paint by rubbing the side of a piece of chalk onto it first and then wipe off the chalk.  This should prime your chalkboard label so that you can write new messages to your hearts content. (pun totally intended)  I also put the word “love” on the other side of the mug using the same process as above.

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A super easy and inexpensive gift idea.  Spruce it up by adding a gift card to Starbucks or attach a package of your favorite hot cocoa mix…or…my personal favorite…fill it with CHOCOLATE!

Oh…and where did I get that adorable framed picture?  That would be from the talented and lovely Lara from Less Cake, More Frosting!  You can purchase your own copy of it in her shop Announced Design.  There are a lot more where this came from.

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This post is dedicated to a week-long series with some other bloggers and shop owners: Gina from The Shabby Creek Cottage, Kellie at Nest of Posies, Liz from Hoosier Homemade, and Charlotte from The Paper Cupcake!

On Monday, Liz her adorable Pink Lemonade Pies and a giveaway for The Paper Cupcake. On Tuesday, Gina shared her fun Valentine Mantel and a giveaway for Baybee-Dahl Boutique.  Wednesday, Kellie from Nest Of Posies made some darling Valentine Envelopes.

We have also set up a Pinterest Board for Valentine’s Week if you are as addicted as I am.

And…if that is not enough…come back tomorrow when we share an amazing Valentine Printable from The Paper Cupcake! Just wait till you see it! Love it!

Need some more Valentine’s Day Ideas? Check out these past Idea Room Valentine’s Ideas.

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