I know. You read the title and your hoping that something might work as a gift for a guy. I totally get it. I’ve been dating my boyfriend for over 4 years and I still have trouble figuring out things to get him. Same with my dad and my brother, I’ve known them forever but its still really hard. I just thought I’d show you guys some ideas for what I got different people for different holidays!
Make a personalized t-shirt!
t-shirt spray paint (This tends to be a thinner paint which works better for the t-shirt, but I didn’t use the spray “feature.” I poured it out on a palette.)
clear packing tape or wax paper. Whichever option you choose, you still need some sort of tape to tape the stencil down.
Print out an emblem you want to put on a t-shirt.
Place a piece of wax paper out on your paper you printed and trace the emblem.
Use an exacto knife to cut out the parts of the emblem you want imprinted on the t-shirt from the wax paper.
Take a piece of cardboard to put inside the t-shirt so that the paint won’t leak through the first layer of the shirt to the back of the shirt.
Firmly tape the wax paper to the t-shirt where you want the emblem to go.
Use a flat sponge brush to apply the paint. When applying the paint be sure the pieces of the wax paper are where they should be and that you are pushing the paint onto the shirt straight up and down.
Let the paint dry overnight or for a few hours.
Remove the wax paper and use a small paint brush to do touch ups.
If you take a cutting board and cover it in clear packing tape and use the exacto knife to cut out the emblem, you wouldn’t have any of the paint bleeding and you wouldn’t have to be as careful how you apply the paint.
When painting, paint from the outside in.
Make a personalized mug!
You can see the personalized mug I made in this picture. For this gift, I bought or made different items that involved my boyfriend’s hobby/career choice. The mug says “PILOT be cause BADASS isn’t an official job title.” and I drew a plane on the opposite side.
With mug making, I honestly haven’t had much success. I have done many experiments with this particular project and I have had many failures with it. However, I think I did find a way that works best.
All you need to do is find a design or quote you like and write on the mug with the marker.
Then put the mug in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
Take the mug out, let it cool.
Then make any touch ups you want and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes again.
I did some research and found that oil-based sharpies work better than a normal sharpie.
Most directions you find tell you to put the mug in the oven once, but I think putting the mug in twice is necessary.
Buy items you know they’ll need based on new or old interests!
This gift was for my mom but it can easily be made into a gift for a guy. I like this particular gift because it contains items that would actually be used and are useful but fun to receive. My mom was taking krav magaa classes so I bought her a towel and headband for the class. I also happened to find a rooster mug so I put the two items in the mug. I just did a compilation of things my mom likes.
For a guy, you could buy a blender bottle, workout towel and an athletic watch for a small but useful gift if they’re into working out. You could also do this for the artsy person in your life. I know personally, when I get random and odd art supplies I get really excited to use them. So you could look up a new type of art expression and buy supplies for that project or buy random items and make an art supply compilation.
Make a scrapbook!
Scrapbooks are great to give to someone you know relatively well and have taken pictures or gone to events with them. I make one for my boyfriend about once a year. It’s a great way to document things that have happened between you and that person.
Keep it simple. Less is more when it comes to scrapbooks in my opinion. But if you prefer things to look busier then do what your heart desires!
Don’t just include pictures, add stickers, boarders, ticket stubs, quotes, etc.
Needing a little motivation? Create a motivation board/vision board! A motivation board is board that includes items that inspire you in general and a vision board is almost the same thing except you can use it more as a plan for what you want to accomplish. All you need is to cut out words or pictures of things that inspire you or of goals you would like to accomplish. You can find these in magazines, online, the newspaper, etc.
For my board, I used it as a motivation board. It’s intention is to help remind me of what is important and what I should keep in mind. Some additional things you could add to your board are frames, stickers, photographs of you or from different events, etc. You could also theme your board around where you would like to travel, fitness, motivation, things that make you happy, a five year plan or you could even have students in your class (if you’re a teacher) make a board for their goals for the school year and have them make one at the end of the year and see how they changed, or you could make one to use as holiday decor. Now that you have some ideas…
a ruler (or if you have awesome mental measuring skills or are confident in your abilities, then you don’t need one)
Use a ruler to draw a line down the center of the paper.
Now make sure the paper is horizontal and draw two notches that are 4 inches apart all down the paper. Then create a solid line.
You should now have 6 uniform rectangles. Do this to 2-3 different pages depending on how many letters you will be using.
Once you have your rectangle, lay your rectangle like it is shown below and at the bottom, draw a notch that is at the center of the edge of the paper.
Now draw two diagonal lines from that center notch to the upper corners of the rectangle. Then, cut along those lines.
You should now have a bunch of uniform triangles.
Now lay your triangles with the point facing down.
Measure about a half an inch from the top and create a notch.Then draw a horizontal line where you made the notch.
Fold along the horizontal line.Once you fold you will have a triangle that is folded which creates some excess paper where the fold was made. Cut off this access paper to make it a “clean” looking triangle (See triangle in step 11).
Count out your triangles to make sure you have enough for your saying and write your saying on with sharpie. I recommend leaving a blank triangle in between the words where a space would normally be so that it is easier to read.
Cut your string as long as you need it and begin laying the triangles down face down putting the string under the folded tab.
Once you have them all laid out to your liking, tape or hot glue the back so that they hang on the string. Before taping or gluing, make sure you have your letters in the right order!
Ta-Dah! You now have your own banner! I made mine Christmas themed since it’s the holiday I celebrate, but feel free to change the saying to whatever you choose.
Banner #2: Lightbulb Banner
You will need the same supplies that you used for the first banner.
Cut out equal sized squares to make cutting easier. The size doesn’t matter; you can make them as large or small as you want.
I then traced and cut out a shape that looks like a string lights.
Then I colored in the rectangle with a sharpie and added the curly-q for the filament in the light bulb.
I then put all my lightbulbs face down and taped the twine to the back.
Things to learn from my mistakes!
I didn’t end up having enough red triangles for my Merry Christmas banner (I used two full sheets of the scrapbook paper) so I used a different colored paper and made christmas trees to put on the ends and in between the words “merry” and “christmas” to fix my lack of red triangles. Now that I’m looking at my banner I wish I put the middle tree in the exact middle of the banner instead of the middle of the words…but I’m not sure if that would be any better! haha
For my lightbulb banner, I taped the paper onto the twine which makes me a little concerned that it won’t last until next year (I know its only paper and I can make more, but I’m aiming to keep these in tip-top condition to reuse them!)
You can make banners like these for any time of the year! You could use any occasion, saying or colors! Leave it up to your imagination! I may actually end up keeping my lightbulb banner up all year round since the colors match my dorm room and it seems summery and christmassy all at the same time!
Here are some hacks off of Pinterest. They may not seem like college hacks, but I am using each of these hacks in college. So really, they can be college hacks because I want them to be.
I saw one hack, where you take an old tick tack container and keep bobby pins in it. You could even decorate the container if you wanted. Love the idea and it works awesome. You can just shake out the amount of bobby pins you need for quick access. Plus it is great for on the go.
Another, is cleaning your shoes with nail polish remover and a cloth. Q-tips work awesome for small corners. My results are shown in the pictures below. Keep in mind, this is four years of wearing these sneakers without cleaning the white plastic parts of the shoes so some dirt is forever going to stay there. But you can really see the difference! I bet if you started to clean your shoes consistently like this, they would be easier to clean each time. By the way, yes, I know there is actual shoe cleaner that does the same thing. This is cheaper, and I don’t have to keep as many supplies in my room if I can use nail polish remover for both cleaning my shoes and my nails(when cleaning the shoes I poured nail polish remover into another container so there wasn’t any cross contamination).
I have to participate in a bake sale for my fitness club that I’m in where we have to make healthier recipes. I don’t feel like buying oil, spices and everything else needed to make healthy cookies for just one day. So I found this recipe that works awesome for that and I already have some of the materials.This recipe is great, because a lot of it you can use for other things and it won’t just sit in your closet until you get home from college. Here’s the recipe:
1 cup of coconut
1 cup of no bake oats
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/2 cup of flax seed
1/3 cup of honey or agave nectar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
and you can add Chia seeds and chocolate chips to your liking
You can also try taking a paper plate and making it into a container. This is nice if you make a few of these ahead of time so you can grab one, fill it with your snack and go! I usually use tupperware containers, but this is nice if you want to send someone with snacks but are worried you won’t get your container back. The directions are shown below.
I had so much fun trying all these hacks and I hope that they’re helpful!!
1. I painted the rim of the paper plate yellow and painted from the inner rim of the yellow to the middle of the plate orange. But when I painted the center I painted all but the very center of the plate orange. I found that if you want clean lines, you should use a small paint brush to keep the edges of each color clean. Then once you have the borders painted, you can use a bigger brush to cover more surface area. I would also recommend that when you’re painting the rim of the plate(the yellow part) you should paint from the center out, not circularly. The paint looks cleaner and doesn’t bubble or build up too much in one area.
2. First, cut the plate in half. Then cut the half of the plate into three pieces. Cutting the plate into six looks more like candy corn than if you cut the plate into four.
3. Pick as many pieces as you need, it depends on how long you want your banner.
4. Cut your ribbon as long as you want your banner to be.
5. I laid my ribbon I cut flat and placed the triangles on it to arrange how far apart I would like them to be. I then found I needed 5 pieces.
6. I then taped (hot glue would work best but I didn’t have any) the candy corns onto the ribbon according to how I wanted them arranged.
Alrighty, let’s get started! Here are the items you will need!
The letter “B” and two “O” letters. I would also recommend lying down some newspaper so that you don’t get everything all paint. If you read my last post, you can see my header photo for the post is the outlines of the letters from where I painted on the paper.
Any kind of paint brushes (if you want an easier clean up I would recommend sponge brushes).
Any kind of black paint will work but I bought acrylic since it is one of the more permanent paints. It dries quickly and you can also choose between a glossy or a matte finish. I chose a matte finish since it seemed to fit the whole Halloween theme a little better!
The letter “B” $1.97
The letter “O” $1.97
The letter “O” $1.97
Black paint $0.97
The brush set $3.97
Total Cost: $10.85
So this is a pretty self explanatory DIY. Lay all the letters down on the newspaper you layed out.
Squirt some paint out on the first letter and coat the front and all the sides of the letter with the black paint, making sure there are no spots uncovered(I didn’t paint the back of them, but you could if you really wanted to!).
Let the paint dry.
Then you can hang them up or lean them on a surface for a cute and easy decoration!
Here is the finished product!
Other potential additions:
Once the black paint dries you could add small circles in glue and glitter or in a different colored paint.
You could paint each letter a different color.
You could add washi tape.
You could tie orange or purple ribbon onto the upper section of the letter “B.”
You could also do this for other holidays as well (with a different word of course).
Hey guys! The more you read my blog, the more you’ll learn about me. One new fact for the day is that I absolutely love Halloween and craft isles. As you may have guessed, I went into the Halloween and craft isles today at Walmart.
Here’s some of the things I bought(:
Yes some of these items don’t seem like they would be Halloween related, but GET READY FOR SOME DIYS AND DECORATING IDEAS!!! How excited are you? I hope pretty excited! I know I am!!!