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The three least boring ways to gift a gift card

Freedom. It’s a good thing. We get to practice it daily without second thought. We like what we like and sometimes we are the only one’s who can make sure we get the right meal, our coffee made just the right way, or pick out clothes that fit perfectly and that’s totally OK. I think it’s why we love getting gift cards so much. We are free to decide what we want without the awkward “Thanks” when getting handed that triplicate sweater everyone knew was “so you”, or the CD you have no use for because you have your perfectly crafted stream set up digitally. We partnered with Target to bring you this slice of holiday cuteness as part of their #GiftCardCheer campaign.

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It’s funning knowing how great it is to receive a gift card, that one would feel not awesome about giving a gift card. Chin up Buck, we devised three simple and thoughtful ways to give a gift card, make you look like The Champion of Thoughtfulness, and get the receiver double excited about the freedom to get what they really want, and in a way that’s super fun.


     Confetti Popper


Brace yourself. You are going to need to get some fun items to execute the confetti popper style gift card giving situation. We went to Target to get everything we needed in the holiday section with the exception of the white crinkle confetti and tissue paper, which we got in the party section.

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We picked the puppy Target GiftCard® because who doesn’t love a cute lil pup, and also he fit inside of an empty paper towel roll. If you aren’t much of a reader, here is a supply list:


Get yourself:



Scissors with a cool edge

Clear tape (washi tape would work too)

An emptied paper towel roll


Sparkly items like the wired stars and metallic ribbon (I was making ours for a child, so skipped the wire and used the metallic ribbon, but the wire looks so cute)

Two types of tissue paper.

A treat like chocolate kisses

Target GiftCard®

1.Those cool edged scissors come in handy for your first step. Fold one sheet of tissue paper in    half and then cut down the center with these toothy looking fellas.

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2.Cut your empty paper towel roll in half (with whichever scissors you want)

making a house a home I diy popper for gift card I

3. Roll the tissue paper around your ½ paper towel roll. The decorative cut side of the tissue paper should be the side that hangs off.

making a house a home I diy cracker for gift card I

4. The part that will be “cracked open” should look like this:

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5. The excess overhang from your decorative cut side should look like this image above so you can tie it shut with a ribbon or wire.

making a house a home I diy popper for gift card I

6. Now the fun part! Stuff your popper with confetti, treats, rolled up notes, and your Target Gift Card.

making a house a home I diy popper for gift card I

7. Take your contrasting tissue paper and fold into thirds like above, folding each side equally to create a door of sorts.

making a house a home I diy popper for gift card I

8. The seam of the tissue paper you folded should be facing up, lay the two parts of the popper you wrapped should be joined together and lightly taped, and then placed near the edge of the contrasting tissue paper. Tightly roll and then tape shut.

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9. You will wind up with something like this! A Pretty popper, perfectly filled with treats!

making a house a home I diy popper for gift card I

Festive Mini Piñata

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This is so easy, you don’t need instructions, but you needed the idea if you are going to be a champion gift card giver! We got this tiny piñata in the party section of Target for $3.99 and filled it with crinkle confetti, chocolate kisses, cut metallic ribbon, and a loaded gift card. We then dressed up Santa’s little helper with some festive trim around his neck and he’s ready to hang up when ready to give!

making a house a home I piñata for gift card I

Giving Twice is Nice

TOMS for Target has a pretty amazing selection for everyone on your list, and each item goes to feeding someone for a week, giving them shoes, or a blanket. A gift card fits perfectly well in one of their very pretty water bottles, so giving and then giving again is really easy.

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Compensation was provided by Target for our opinion and craftiness. 

#sparechangeproject / 1

We spent the weekend doing the furniture-shifting-dance between our new Nashville cottage and our new and needed storage facility, yet again. It’s such a hard thing to wave bye-bye to furniture just so it can sit in a “box” unused. I can’t wait until we get an extension on this house/find another house and let those stored pieces out to play. In the meantime, we have been working with what we got. If you are keeping track, we had to put the dining room table, coffee table, pillars, the awesome table Joey built, and various tid bits to storage. We sold a few items, and I am still “forcing” a few, but I know I will cave-and-release them soon enough.

Engineer Print Frame

When I found out  a few years back that you could get an engineer print at Staples (and I am sure her printing places) for near change, I knew I had to take advantage in some way. After a few failed projects, I used this service for Rich Hippies here and there, but not for anything wildly creative. We though about just getting some prints made and then framed professionally, but something feels wrong about spending $1.79 on a 18X24 print, and then spending $300 to frame it. So wrong.

dining room diy

This patch of space at the end of our new dining table needed something, and we didn’t want to commit to another gallery wall right away, so we figured this would be a good start to our future addiction to engineer print framing and hanging.

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We went to Home Depot (because on the one by us in Nashville is soooooo much better/nicer/friendlier than the one in New York we avoided), and they had these 3″ wide pieces of wood that were 24″ long, and one dolla! Yep, $1 each wound up running $8 for two frame. Seems kind of perfect when the engineer print is 18″X24″. You only need to make two cuts per frame. Awesome.

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We centered the engineer print on a piece of plywood that ran $8 for a piece big enough for two prints. We cut that in half at home. Being the border wood was thick and forgiving, we were able to play around with positioning until it felt right. We then positioned the frame over it before we sprayed it white to double check that it all played nicely together. This guy needed a tiny hair cut.

making a house a home I Engineer Print Frame I

We used some basic spray glue from a can (which did an awesome and not soaking job) on affixing the paper to the wood. We then painted the frame white with spray paint. Once everything we dry, we used a staple gun (shooting the staples from back to front, making sure the staples were shorter than the plywood married with the frame, but longer than the plywood). Then we hung. Cheap and easy.

making a house a home I Engineer Print Frame I

Since we shot this project, we have removed the table Joey built and centered the dining table to the new hanging pictures. We dig them and were inspired to start a series of #sparechangeproject ! If you have instagram, give us a follow and tag @makingahouseahome + #sparechangeproject – I would be so much more grateful than you can imagine!

making a house a home I Engineer Print Frame I

making a house a home I Engineer Print Frame I


14 ways to display letters (including DIY Projects!)

Things are as  busy as ever around here. The moment we set up the house and have everything unpacked and organized, it’s a wreck again. We are knee deep in painting. If you follow our Instagram account, you got a peek are the super fun look we are going for.

If you want to check out some other super fun things, we collected 14 great ideas to add a little customization to any room. Enjoy!

nursery monogram

name idea nursery

letter on pillow diy

letter punch in wall

large letter in wall DIY inspiration

sewn letter diy

letter bookshelf DIY idea

ball jar momogram light letter

alphabet blocks little lights for letters

pinata art letter

letter shelves

letter planter

letter pinatta1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.


Silver vs Gold

I am into gold. I am also into silver. Before we knew what color walls we were going to commit to I bought a ton of silver frames from Ikea, and as we have been making this house our home those silver frames kind of disappeared into the paint choices we have made. Not to mention, I am kind of over looking at wedding pictures of me and Joey after four years. Instead of ditching the old frames, I decided to give spraying them gold a shot – and it was a great idea!

gold spray paint




Joey got me this amazing signed MArk Ryden piece and I decided it was time to frame it – just not sure where to hang it yet!

Here is what we did to get a flawless finish. It’s so easy, you’ll gag.

Lightly brush the metal frame with some sandpaper, prime and let dry. They spray with Rustoleum gold spray paint about 8 inches away in light layers and let dry.

Totally new frame! I am excited because they match the three brass trunks we just scored. More on that soon! What have you sprayed gold and have work out? Let me know, I am a little addicted to spray paint these days.



Officially Announcing Atlas

It’s been over eight weeks since we had our little bean. Tomorrow will officially mark two whole months! Time is just whizzing by at an unbelievable speed. We had a minor mix up with our birth announcements, but they are finally here and we LOVE them! We got the idea from a pin we saw on pinterest and edited it to our specifications. Joey and I are pretty bad with photoshop, but after the try-fail method a million times – we finally wond up with something we loved and it only cost us $15 for 50!

unique birth announcements, diy birth announcements

We used overnight prints with a coupon, but pretty much anywhere that prints postcards (and we got the envelopes from them too), you can get a one side print pretty reasonable. We picked 4X6 for these and think that was perfect for these. This would also make a super cute birthday card. Right now we are testing out a bunch of self-publish photo books, photo printers, etc – but for postcards I have always loved overnight prints because they are so reasonably priced and have only messed up once in the six years I have used them.

boy birth announcement

A tiny bit of DIY + some pretty gold heart stickers and we are ready to announce his arrival via snail mail. Happy weekend friends!

It’s a Spring Thing

I am SO OVER WINTER! I have been over it before it even started! I have been dreaming of planting in the raised bed Joey built for months now! Also, I can’t wait to get out of the house and into the sunshine with Rocket, Porkchop and Joey and Atlas. Spring, you are so close. In anticipation and celebration of sweet Spring, I joined forces with some of the most lovely ladies online to host a link party and blog hop dedicated to Spring! Please check out Emily from MerryPad‘s blog tomorrow where she is kicking things off!


Spring Thing Link Party, Spring Thing Blog Hop

Emily from link party and blog hop starts 3/5
Roeshel from link party and blog hop starts 3/12
Come back here for our link party and blog hop starts 3/19
Kim from link party and blog hop starts 3/26
We hope you will link up and join each one of us this March and share what you are doing to welcome spring!


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