DIY garden markers {handmade gift}

Need a last minute gift idea? Here’s a fun and functional DIY gift idea that doesn’t take too long to whip up! The DIY garden markers are a really fun project to make and I love that you could even give the gift recipient all of the materials to make their own rock garden markers (rocks, paint, paint brushes, and white paint pen)! I made myself a set, and I just love how they brighten up the garden.

DIY rock garden markers

Here’s what you need:

  • Flat, smooth rocks
  • Acrylic paint in multiple colors
  • Paint brush
  • White paint pen

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Paint each rock a different color, and wait for them to dry. This is the hardest part, ha! Oh and my rocks needed to coats of paint. Then whip out the paint pen and label the rocks with various herbs and veggies. To give as a gift, I would go with basic herbs and veggies like: Basil, mint, cilantro, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, or squash. Another thing to do would be to include a paint pen and allow the gift recipient to have a little creative freedom!

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Also, if you paint both sides, each rock can double as 2 garden markers. So you could do summer veggies on one side and fall veggies on the other!

Rock garden markers from C.R.A.F.T.

When you’re all done, package them up pretty and gift away!  (Here are 11 really awesome ways to package gifts on the cheap!) Oh and if you’re looking for more DIY gift ideas, an etched glass vase is a fun one for mom’s and grandma’s, a dinosaur planter for your quirky friend, balsa wood memory game or personalized coloring book for the little ones, or how about a 3D puzzle cube for the boys in your life! Are you DIY’ing any gifts this year? I’d love to hear…

Birthday scavenger hunt

Andy’s birthday is November 7th, and I got him tickets to a show that played in Austin on Oct. 8th. I didn’t just want to hand him the tickets, so I decided to do a little birthday scavenger hunt action. My mom used to do these for us when we were kids. And I’m happy to keep the tradition alive! I put together a birthday scavenger hunt for a friend awhile back when the blog was just a baby. Scavenger hunts are creative ways to give a gift or gifts to anyone! My mama used to do a very similar thing with us but instead of rhyming clues she just drew super simple pictures!

Here are the 8 clues I crafted up for Andy. Many are inside jokes, and 2 are drawings. I like to make him run all over the house and even outside.

How to make any sized gift more fun!

Here is what goes into the planning. I write up the clues in a word doc and try to make them fit on one sheet. Then, print out the clue sheet. The tickets are in a little magazine envelope I made. On a side note, he did not find the”Surprise! I got you a cat” note funny. I think he really thought I got him a cat, ha!

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Then on the back of printed out clue sheet, write where each clue should be hidden. This will cut your clue hiding time in half!

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Next, cut the clues and hide ‘em where they go. Make sure and leave the first on out to hand to the hunter.

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Just a little warning, I’m so bad at editing videos. But, here’s a 1:20 minute clip of Andy doing his birthday scavenger hunt and me giggling.

And here are all 8 clues hidden and ready to be hunted. I used washi tape to attach most of the clues. It’s cute and doesn’t mess things up. The first clue is taped to the front door for him to see when he gets home from work, which led him to the toilet, to the freezer, to the bamboo, to the sonogram picture, to the money tree, the change jar, to a cactus plant, and then to grand prize which was hidden in my car!

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Have you ever made clue games for family or friends birthdays? It’s easy and fun and seriously makes even the smallest of gifts way more fun to give and receive!

18 Handmade Dad’s Day Gift ideas

Why are dad’s so hard to shop for?

My mom is so stiknin’ easy!

Here are 18 handmade dad’s day gift ideas he’s sure to love!

1: Back scratch T-shirt for dad from @ The Blue Basket
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2: Tie Cookies on a Stick @ Munchkin Munchies
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3: Free Father’s Day Printable @ Nothing But Country
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4: Google Card @ C.R.A.F.T.
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5: Root Beer Samples @ Homemade by Jill
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6: Super Hero Gift Box @ Alpha Mom
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7: A book about Dad @ Design Aglow handmade fathers day gift idea

8: Tee-rrfic Dad @ Tatortots and Jellohandmade father's day gift idea

9: Dad, We Love you to Pieces

10: You’re an AWsome Dad!

11: Free labels for homemade salsa for dad

12: Make dad a Happy Meal

13: Add a retro dad day label to any food goodie

14:  Check out this iDad free printable card  

15: Personalized paint chip card

16: You’re the world’s best dad, hands down!

17: Handmade napkins for dad’s day picnic

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18: A handmade wooden puzzle cube with a note, “We love you to pieces, Dad!”