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We’re back with another installment of Weekday Crafternoon! Today I have a great gift idea for a group. You know the drill — the holidays are looming and you have a group of coworkers, your kids’ teachers, or some other group of people you need to come up with gifts for. You want to do something personal, but you don’t want to spend a lot.

Well, that is my spin on those ubiquitous tins of stale popcorn we all seem to get around the holidays, but instead of trite and expected, you’ll be giving a homemade snack packaged in a personalized tin. Also, here is a secret: this is one of the projects I’ll be doing this weekend at the Epcot International Food null Festival. Is that exciting, or what?

Gift for a Group

Are you dying for the Salted Caramel Corn recipe I mention in the video? Well, it’s your lucky day:

Salted Caramel Corn

That’s it for this week’s Weekday Crafternoon! Be sure to check back in next week, when I’ll have another handmade gift how-to. In the meantime, pop some popcorn and tell me: what groups do you have to buy gifts for this year? I have to tackle my daughter’s preschool teachers and a pack of great coworkers.

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Alright, it’s countdown time people. Just 8 weeks until Halloween; it’s time to get a jump on making outdoor decorations. You’re in luck because I’ve gathered 4 killer projects, with accompanying printable templates, so you can haunt your home in style.

You could let your yard go to the birds with our Giant Raven Cut-Out:
Giant Raven Outdoor Halloween Decoration

Or give trick-or-treaters a fright with our Life-Size (Well, at least Afterlife-Size) Gauzy Ghost:Life-Size Gauzy Ghost

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UPDATE: Congratulations to our giveaway winner: Isabelle S.!

It may seem a tad early to you, but behind-the-scenes at HGTV.com, we are busy working on handmade crafts for Christmas. Yes, Christmas. We’re like Santa’s helpers around here (everyone knows elves work year-round).

In prepping for our 2012 Christmas crafts, Brian Patrick Flynn created two wreaths that are going to be featured in our Handmade Holidays package this October. We have what we need for our purposes, so now YOU have the opportunity to win the original wreaths.

Christmas Wreaths

To enter for a chance to win both the paint chip wreath (left) and the rustic twine wreath (right), answer our question in the comments below: What holiday crafts will you attempt this year?

You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on August 22, 2012 and 5:00 p.m. ET on August 29, 2012. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $50. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.

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Been hosting some late summer picnics and backyard barbecues? I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what to do with the leftover food (potato salad, mmm!), but you might not be making the most of your other leftovers. Namely, the paper plates. Take a look at these paper plate crafts I found through Pinterest and you’ll see they aren’t just for kids anymore. In fact, some of them could make charming additions to your next outdoor party. Get ready to MacGyver in 3…2…1…

paper plate magnolia napkin ring holder
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If you’ve been following this column, you know your Happy Hour can contribute to happy hours crafting away with things like beer bottle caps. (Not to worry if soft drinks are more your speed or you’re not of legal drinking age — you can do a lot with soda bottles, too.) Oenophile DIY-fans have even more reason to say cheers. Wine corks have proved to be very versatile for projects, so my mission today was to find equally cute crafts you can make from empty wine bottles. Whether you prefer red, white, sparkling or rosé, these Pinterest gems will have you covered.

wine bottle torch

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All over the country, kids are headed back to school — a reminder that fall and then the holidays are coming up fast. If you haven’t already, now’s a great time to start your Christmas crafting. To help you deck the halls with handmade goodies, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite Christmas crafts.

French for shadow or shade, ombré continues to top the must-try trends for both fashion and interior design. Which is good news because these Ombré Felt Trees are too cute to miss:

Ombre Felt Christmas Trees

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Was I the only kid that went through an origami phase? I think I was more drawn to all of the pretty paper than I was to actually mastering the craft. This amazing Origami Lamp from Moth makes me wish I’d been more diligent in my studies:

Moth Origami Lamp

Or, maybe I should just leave this to the experts. With my luck I’d start a fire.

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One rule I follow when thrifting is to see a find for what it can be not what it is. Take this antique drawer I found at an estate sale. It was at the bottom of a scrap wood pile in a stuffed-to-the-gills garage. The home’s previous owner had been a never-throw-away-anything-you-may-someday-need type and had seen the potential usefulness of a small drawer that had long since been separated from it’s original piece of furniture.

What sold me is its runner-less construction. Runners are the wood or metal glides that help a drawer to smoothly slide in and out; without them a drawer is just a shallow box. I was on the lookout for a small tray that could do double duty serving food and drinks at parties and was big enough to neatly store magazines on my coffee table the rest of the time – I thought I could make this drawer work. The bottom was flimsy due to water damage so I added a plywood board to strengthen it then tacked on quarter-round trim to disguise my fix and handles on each end so it could really function as a tray. 

Antique drawer repurposed as a tray

This project was a bargain costing me less than 10 bucks -- $3 for the drawer + another $6 for the handles which are actually gate pulls rather than drawer pulls. The quarter-round trim and stain I already had on hand.

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I love to knit, but I’ve never gotten the hang of crocheting. So I’m extra impressed by this swoon-worthy pendant light hand-crocheted by Naomi Paul Textiles.

naomi paul textiles crochet pendant light

I can just picture how gorgeous it is when lit from within, and I love that it comes in a dozen color options. Would you hang a crocheted light, or do you prefer to keep knitted goods around your neck?

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Mondays were made for MacGyvering! Since it’s summer, I figured that featuring some kind of natural element would be in order. These cool projects I spotted (primarily on Pinterest) all involve rocks you can find in your backyard, or bring home from a trip to a nearby beach, lake, creek or river. I’m not talking about pet rocks, although your kids might get a kick out of using this Rockin’ Pig as a doorstop or paperweight. Take a look at these stone-cold awesome ideas.

rock craft picture stands

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Our friends over at PSFK recently highlighted Japanese artist Kenji Sugiyama.

Kenji has, believe it or not, created and squeezed into pasta boxes, intricate scenes of museum-goers observing art. That’s right, pasta boxes! Kenji calls his collection “Institute of Intimate Museums.”

Pasta Box Diorama
Pasta Box Diorama
Pasta Box Diorama

The images aren’t crystal clear, but come on — you try taking a photo inside a pasta box and see how clear you get.

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Ahh, duct tape. The favored material for MacGyver-style fixes at home also has a rich history of military use and even space flight repairs. (It saved the lives of the Apollo 13 crew, according to Wikipedia. Was that in the movie?!). But as often as it is praised by handymen, it tends to be ignored by crafters. To be fair, the grey rolls can come across as dull and industrial. So, my mission today is to find actually-cute duct tape crafts you can fashion from this wonder adhesive.

duct tape table
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Whenever I buy new clothing, I save the tiny bag of spare buttons attached to the tag. Over the years, I’ve amassed quite a collection, but the buttons have outlived most of the garments themselves. If I don’t do some MacGyvering soon, I’m going to have a serious button surplus on my hands. If you’re in the same jam that I am, don’t worry — help is on the way. Get some inspiration from our own projects, or spring into action with these ingenious button crafts I found via Pinterest.

button bouquet craft

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Maybe you’ve been painting in your home recently. Or maybe you’re like me and take a handful of paint chips whenever you run across them in the hardware store. (Hey, they make great bookmarks!) Whatever the case, today’s mission is to show you how to use those colorful strips in ways you’ve never imagined. The best part? You can probably knock these crafts out in an afternoon or less!

paint chip chandelier

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Hope you’re enjoying the Memorial Day weekend, fellow MacGyvers. As the holiday draws to a close and the charcoal briquettes from your barbecue turn into smoldering embers, you’ll probably be left with some plastic soda bottles. Do not throw them away! I repeat, do not throw them away. At least not without seeing what crafty things you can do with the humble vessels first…

soda bottle

Via: The Daily Green/iStock

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