Christmas Gifts On The Cheap – Shh!!! Don’t Tell!

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I was racking my brain trying to come up with what to get my parents for Christmas this year. 
Gift card? 
Pictures of Izzy? 
Too predictable (since I do that for everything for them).
For my mom:


Izzy was desperate to get in the photo šŸ™‚


I had made some pillows for myself a while back that my mom had taken a liking to so I thought I’d make something similar for her.  I bought a 4×5 piece of painters drop cloth from Lowes, less than $5.00, and had more than enough for both pillows.  Before sewing them together I used leftover paint from around the house to paint over my penciled in sketches, which I printed off from the computer to use as a guide.  Once everything was dry I sewed them up and stuffed them.  $2.99 for a bag of stuffing at Hobby Lobby.  I made them reversible – one side for everyday use and the other for Christmas.  More bang for your buck that way šŸ˜‰  So, total for custom pillows – $7.99!
For my dad:
I’ve been eyeing some of the subway art that I’ve been seeing all over design sites lately.  My dad has a favorite quote from his grandmother and I thought that would make a neat piece of art.  So, I bought a precut piece of wood from Lowes on clearance for $12.99.  Used leftover black paint for the base coat.  To create the quote I used Microsoft Publisher and created a page the same dimension as my piece of wood.  I typed in the quote and then messed around with font sizes until I came up with something I liked and printed it off. I used this technique to get an outline of the letters onto my piece of wood and pained it in with a white paint marker from Hobby Lobby for $2.99.  Looked good, but thought it needed a little something extra.  After the quote was dry I took a piece of sandpaper and roughed up the whole thing, even going over the words, and went to town on distressing the edges.  On the edges where the wood was showing I rubbed in some leftover dark stain with a paper towel so the wood didn’t look so new.  Then gave the whole thing a coat of satin poly.  Once again, it was leftover šŸ™‚
Total for custom art – $15.98!   
Even though this was the least amount of money I’ve spent on Christmas gifts for my parents, I think they’re my most favorite gifts for them so far. 
Proof that it’s not in how much you spend, but the thought that counts!
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  1. Harps and Ollie's Mom Avatar

    Totally impressed! You are my HERO!!! I want to do both of those projects…does it insult you or flatter you that I am a total copycat?! LOL Love you!

  2. Shelley Avatar

    It flatters me! I'm a total copycat myself šŸ™‚

  3. radn Avatar

    love it! love the crow pillow too!

  4. Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma Avatar

    great gifts!

    love the idea to look for clearance wood at lowe's…

    and I am swooning over your zebra chair.

    Need. That. Now.

    thanks for linking up to Creative Juice!

  5. Inspired by you Avatar

    I absolutely love that saying! I hope you don't mind if I copy it. I've been needing something to go in my stairway. You did a fabulous job!

  6. Pudel-design Avatar

    This chair is awesome;)

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