WFMW-Best Gift Tip

*UPDATE* Congrats to our random linky winner #114
The Packet Queen

I can't wait to check out your tips this week! I thought I was 100% done and just realized I forgot one. I'm hoping I find a great idea today.

My tip involves do-it-yourself-gifts. I love making my gifts.

I recently discovered freezer paper. I love this stuff because you can do anything with it!
Purchase a roll of freezer paper in your grocery store aisle, next to the tin foil, etc. Print out an image you'd like to put on a shirt for your child or a pillow you're making for a gift.

Lay the freezer paper over the printed image and carefully cut it out. Your freezer paper is now a stencil.

Iron it on to your fabric. Paint. After the image has dried, pull the paper off

flower t-shirts

I love this stuff! It works for me.

I think these unique letters (put together to spell words) make a wonderful gift! You can buy the letters individually or have Lizzie put them together with a frame for you. The winner will receive their choice of letters (up to 9), framed and ready to keep (or give). This a $90+ value! Please take a minute and visit Tin Lizzie's Photos!

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  8. Heather @ JustDoingMyBest (Nostalgic Recipes)
  9. Heavenly Homemakers (How MY Stocking Gets Stuffed!)
  10. HoosierHomemade (Cupcake Ornament)
  11. Kristi_runwatch (awesome handmade gifts)
  12. Cents to Get Debt Free (HM Baking Mixes)
  13. Erin @ Closing Time (Christmas Eve)
  14. Lynns Kit Adv (food gift idea)
  15. Katie (Textbook rental)
  16. Fiddledeedee (Handpainted Ornaments)
  17. Kris @ Eclipsed (Easy Fitness Tip)
  18. Green Baby Guide (Gifts for a New Mom)
  19. Amy @ Finer Things (Support Small Businesses)
  20. Organizing your Kitchen for the HOLIDAYS
  21. Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cupcakes = YUM!!
  22. Delighting In His Richness - intentional losing
  23. Weird Unsocialized HSers (adorable Cmas wreath)
  24. bake at 350 {Brown Sugar Body Scrub}
  25. Pottery Barn inspired Bedroom Decor (beauty / bedlam)
  26. Real Life : Keeping Christ in Christmas
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  29. Life - sized coloring houses!
  30. rachel @ springpad (easier gifts)
  31. The Meanest Momma (Sites that aid in gift giving)
  32. Susan (Dreaming of a Homemade Christmas)
  33. Kirsty@Momedy : Family bonding with cool Advent!!
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  35. Kari @ Eating Simply - - Simplest Split Pea Soup
  36. Many Little Blessings (A Non - Knitter Knits Gifts!)
  37. HS Classroom (DIY Homeschool Preschool Co - op)
  38. Simply Sweet Home (sausage balls)
  39. Creative2xmom (Felt Food Tutorial #3)
  40. Creative2xmom (Curious George Birthday Party)
  41. Hannah @ Mulberry Spot (easy Christmas countdown)
  42. Easy pancakes and waffles - Unintended Housewife
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  44. Raise Them Up (Coupon Book Pattern)
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  47. Hope Chest of Wisdom (traditions)
  48. Joy @ Five Js (Perfect Scrambled Eggs)
  49. Hope Chest of Wisdom (boo boo stick)
  50. Julie From Inmates (Cheap Easy Gift)
  51. Ann Marie @ Household6Diva (sticker books)
  52. Feels Like Home (gift ideas for preschoolers)
  53. Jesse Tree Ornaments (dont tell my friends!)
  54. Kingdom First Mom (Leftover Mashed Potato Soup)
  55. Free 2 Be Frugal (Top 5 Teacher Gifts)
  56. GROCERY CART CHALLENGE (thrifty table settings)
  57. Grateful for Grace (personalized gifts & GIVEAWAY!)
  58. Gifts list
  59. Newlyweds (Christmas Ornaments)
  60. PepperScraps : Free Photobooks!
  61. Amber@ClassicHou sewife Count Every Christmas Penny
  62. Simplifying Gift Giving (Unintended Housewife)
  63. Oops I Craft My Pants (CHEAP Christmas)
  64. EASY easy EASY Snickerdoodles (ilovemy5kids)
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  66. Se7ens Crafty Gift List... Heaps for kids to do.
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  70. Paper Glue Etc. (A Family Affair)
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  73. Stop and Smell the Chocolates (500th Post / Giveaway)
  74. Stephanie (The Jesse Tree)
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  76. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Homemade Ice Cream Cake)
  77. Hand Made Gifts of Truth and Hope (Julie Bagamary)
  78. Cardamoms Pod (Large Family Afternoon Chores)
  79. A Busy Mom of Two (Christmas Gift for Teachers)
  80. TidyMom (measuring flour for cookies)
  81. flexible dreams (DIY Lego Party)
  82. Kristen (our official Christmas cookie)
  83. Kitchen Stewardship - BEST Gift 4 children far away!
  84. Serving tray
  85. Framed cork
  86. Marsha@Taste and See (Easy Picture Magnets)
  87. Kim Justbeingamum (Choosing WeightLoss Program)
  88. NeverBored - peeling oranges
  89. Houstonmom - Pesto from leftover acornsquash seeds
  90. Cupcake Kits - - cute gifts for those girls
  91. The Duklings (Candy Wreaths)
  92. Baileys Leaf (The concept of the three gifts)
  93. Lisa @ Sweet Sweet Reality (Decoupage Gifts)
  94. PeacefulHome (A few of our favorite things!)
  95. Dumb Dawn
  96. Beautiful Calling (Roast Chicken)
  97. KLee - Jesse Tree
  98. Alicia - too busy for Advent?
  99. Sandra - family Advent activities
  100. Christy@frugalcr unchychristy (Gingerbread Bowl)
  101. Patience with our Kids (Becky @ our sweet peas)
  102. Homemade Bisquick Baking Mix
  103. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect (gift cards + charity)
  104. Kristen @ A Day in the Life (Simple Spinach Salad)

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  4. Fryman Four - blankets and onesies
  5. Indiana Shannon (make budgeting work for you)
  6. Hallee the Homemaker - Christmas Baking Attack Plan
  8. Napkin Rings - recycled (SHD)
  9. The Packet Queen (Great Make - Ahead Recipe!)
  10. Taylor @ Household Mgmt 101 (family game night)
  11. MamaHall (easy THOUGHTFUL gifts)
  12. Tips and tricks for newborn mommies from kristy
  13. Johnlyn (Gifts for people who have everything)
  14. Karen @ Mommy Im Home (My new frontal lobe)
  15. Easy quiche - approved by my 3 year old!!!
  16. Monogram glass tile pendent w / giveaway
  17. Kati @ What A World (Etsy for Gifts!)
  18. fair trade gifts & COUPON CODE! / suzannah
  19. Jenny @ The Zepf Life (The snack tub)
  20. Kari @ Eating Simply - - Homemade Turkey Stock
  21. Jill @ MoneySavinDiva (Freezer Cooking!)
  22. RUnlimited (Frozen Cookie Dough Saves the Day!)
  23. Wise Men Plaques @ Craft Bug Bites
  24. Cheryl@SomewhatC runchy (SecretSauce)
  25. Paula (Clutter - Free Gift Ideas)
  26. Sherean - How to : a Pinwheel Theme Party (1st BD)
  27. Selling Your Clothes for Extra Cash!
  28. Ginny @ makeadiff21 (Gingerbread Houses)
  29. The very best QUICK gift!
  30. Taylor@Stain - Removal - 101 (remove blueberry stains)
  31. NewlyWoodwards (Simple / Cheap DIY Advent)
  32. Heather @NotaDIYLife (keep it simple - 3 gifts)
  33. Danielle @ Kids Meal Crowd {stocking stuffers}
  34. All About My Holiday Weekend
  35. The Prudent Homemaker (Fudge for gift giving)
  36. Baby Sock Snowmen
  37. TeriLynne @PleasingtoYou {Emailing gift idea links
  38. Christy@frugalcr unchychristy - gift exchange idea
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  40. Pat @ junkblossoms! (Plant Stand)
  41. Mamas Jalepeno Jelly : Second Blooming
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  43. 3 pumpkins little - - kids Christmas tree tradition
  44. Tales of a Horvath Housewife (picture calendar)
  45. Various Kitchen Tips (From the Desk of a Princess)
  46. Rachel @ Trial and Error - Mud Puddles
  47. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove - donate your hair!
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  52. Homebody - Monogrammed vases - #7 thrifty gift series
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  55. Organize & Decorate Everything (prepared holiday)
  56. Missy @ missysthrifty (I am in the black!!!!)
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  63. Jenny @ The Zepf Life (Easy Transformation)
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  65. Melissa @ SMBCoC - Coffee
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  67. Chaos - Crafting with Contact Paper
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  69. Vickie@Gardening in Lower Mi (drying apples in oven
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  73. CZ@hobieandgobie (Christmas Craft for kids)
  74. Abbi (making learning fun)
  75. Muses of Megret (archived : lots of gift ideas)
  76. My Heart My Home (Free Tree Tradition)
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  78. Penny Raine
  79. pk @ Room Remix (simple creative bookends)
  80. Mothers Hideaway - DIY Wrapping Paper
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  93. Shepherds Pie (Dollar Tree)
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  96. Simplified Bee : Fireplace Mantel Christmas Decor
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  98. DIY Christmas Decorations you can do with the kids
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  100. Jill@findfaithfu l / Homemade Caramels= Teacher Gifts
  101. ElizabethG (Simplified Gift Giving)
  102. Nancy with Rubber Stamped Stone Coasters
  103. Gift Lists on Google Docs (Acting Adult)
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Fiddledeedee said...

ADORABLE! But, um, what's an iron? ;)

It Feels Like Chaos said...

Love this idea!!

bridget {bake at 350} said...

I love Tin Lizzies! I have one of my very own in our office! :)

I really need to try this freezer paper trick! It looks so fun! But, I scared! My crafting=scariness!

Liz said...

I have some freezer paper, and haven't used it in yrs, maybe I need to get it out. And that picture is really cool! Thanks so much for hosting!

elizabeth said...

I will have to pick up some! I'd forgotten how versatile it is. I have no site, but love coming here to read you and also Thanks, all!

I am so glad your family had a wonderful cruise/vacation - get-away!

Joy @ Five J's said...

I love homemade gifts. They mean so much more than a $20 gift from Walmart ever could.

But I'm not sure I'll be doing the t-shirt painting as Christmas gifts. I despise plain t-shirts, and my girls would LOVE this project, but I don't want to wait for Christmas. Gonna have to get me some freezer paper very soon!

Elizabeth said...

Oh, I've seen those words spelled with individual pictures! To cute!!!

Little Lizard said...

Love the stencil idea with freezer paper. So clever, and I'd love to win one of Tin Lizzie's photos. Great giveaway. Fingers crossed.

Jenn @ Beautiful Calling said...

That is a really cool idea!!

Sorry, my link is about chicken. I completely forgot about the theme this week!

sleepyhead designs studio said...

Love your tshirts-those r so cute! This is my first time to post-can't wait to see all the ideas-I love home-made gifts.

kpmattingly said...

You're shirts are too cute. Another craft to add to my list! Also I LOVE the photo letters. My parents have given those as wedding gifts recently and I really want one too!

Jamie said...

Love the craft idea! I'll have to try that.
Tin Lizzies photos are fab-u-lous! I love how you can pick the different letters and create your own look.

Rhonda said...

Cute craft project! Thanks for sharing. I love those unique photographed letters! I've seen it at craft fairs before. I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

Emily @ Under$1000PerMonth said...

I love this idea!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Wow, totally adorable shirts! I'll have to look into that!

Jenna said...

I would DEEPLY LOVE to display a tin lizzie piece in my house. fingers crossed :)

Shelly said...

I love those family prints!
I need to check the grocery store for freezer paper, I have looked at two big craft stores in our area but haven't found it yet.


Julie Bagamary said...

I discovered wax paper a while ago and have found lots of uses for it also. I use it often when working with glue or paint which doesn't stick to it. Please enter me in the drawing for Tin Lizzie's photos.

Peterson Family said...

I love the pictures that make up the letters. What a cool idea!

And freezer paper is awesome!

Anonymous said...

Tin Lizzie's photos look so cool.
Finger crossed here too!

Gina @ MoneywiseMoms said...

I love those flower tees. Those would make great bday presents for the little girls in our playgroup.

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy said...

D'oh! I forgot this week was themed. But I love the shirts. I want to do a firetruck or a dog for my little guy.

pk said...

That freezer paper/stencil tip is amazing! Who knew (certainly not me! :-) ) Thanks for hosting the party!

pk @ Room Remix

Sturgmom said...

I have to admit that I was skeptical about the freezer paper idea, but I cut some in my Cricut and ironed it on a canvas drop cloth and it worked beautifully!! Thanks for the great idea!

Donna said...

I finally found the freezer paper and have been making tons of stencils. It's been a blast. I found that if I take piece and cut it to 8.5x11 I can run it right through my printer and get great initials from Word!

E said...

Am I missing something? I don't see the list of links for Mr. Linky.

rachelizabeth said...

I just may try this for my nieces. I want to give them something, but don't want to spend much money. I've been trying to think of homemade gifts and this looks like a good one!

Kara said...

How neat I love this!

Cristin said...

Thanks for hosting this great party... my first time!


Tami said...

You always host a great party! but it seems I am late to it today! I had great intentions of getting my homemade gift post up early, but just couldn't get everything done today.

I'm enjoying the links I've seen so far and hope you can come visit me tomorrow...I'll have my post up for homemade infused oils! (plus great ways to cook with them!)

Tami said...

Love the Tin Lizzy art - especially "family". And I'm going to try the freezer paper stensils.

Jenny said...

removed again.... /sigh