Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Inexpensive Gift Idea: Jazzed Up Frames

Today, I'm excited to switch things up and join Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week and monster Blog Hop! All week long, Kristen is sharing birthday tips and giveaways, so be sure to check out her par-tay!  And for anyone landing here for the first time...welcome! You can learn more about us and this here blog right over here.

Kristen pointed out that as we get older, some find it easy to just let their special day go, not wanting to draw unnecessary attention to themselves (ahem...guilty).  But birthdays are special, no matter your age!

She challenged over 100 bloggers to come up with an easy birthday gift idea that could easily be pulled together for a friend.  The goal was to keep it inexpensive and simple....so that we can do it more often!  With that in mind, I came up with a few different ways to jazz up a standard picture frame, using items I already had lying around the house.


 As for the other gift ideas...many of these are versatile for any occasion. And even better - most gifts are under $5, and have coordinating printables to make it super simple!

 101 Birthday Ideas for Friends
{Blog Hop Birthday designs by C {dot} love}

I chose a picture frame because one of the best things about our friends is the memories we create together. A frame can be used to express that in so many different ways.  Most of us probably even have a stash of empty frames we could pull from making this a nearly free project!  

Here are the three frames I picked up - two on sale from Target and one from IKEA (each under 7 bucks)

The IKEA frame got it's manicure on!  I just pulled from my stash of polish and had fun creating a simple pattern. 

The pop of color is perfect for displaying a black and white print.  

 The display frame was ideal for showcasing a special item from a fun event or something to recall a time where great memories were made together. We dolled ours up with a few stripes thanks to a gold sharpie.

The last frame has a nice detail on the inner edge so we just whipped up a simple printable placeholder to remind our bestie of the times we treasure with them.

Three super simple ways to show a friend how much they are loved and celebrated on their special day!

I often find hidden gift costs in the wrapping.  Two of my favorite go-to's for unique (and free!) gift wrap are twine and my fabric stash.  I'll pull a piece of fabric large enough to wrap around the gift and tie it up with twine from my craft closet.

 And sometimes I skip the fabric all together...
(You can grab the printable gift tags here and the coral 5x7 print here.)

Soooooo,  are you ready for some more birthday inspiration?! Join in the BLOG HOP! Click on each of links below each collage to see the gift idea and printable details.  And don't forget to follow the Birthday Gift Ideas Pinterest Board, for even more ideas and to save your favorites!

 >>>>>>>Important! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their gift post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<< free printable blog hop 
1. Birthday Balloon Gift + matching free Print by Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke 2. Stamped Cocktail Napkin + Printable by Delineate Your Dwelling 3. Buckets of Fun gift idea+Free Printable by Craftiness is Not Optional 4. 7 Candy Bar Love Notes to say "Happy Birthday" by The Dating Divas 5. Have a Flippin' Awesome Birthday by Dessert Now Dinner Later 6. Fishtail Loom Bracelet by I Should Be Mopping the Floor 7. Lemonade Lip Balm by Pretty Handy Girl 8. Hair Tie Birthday Gift & Printable Tag by Wait Til Your Father Gets Home 9. Gift of Sunshine Idea + Free Printable by Sweet Charli 10. I hope your birthday is a whole "lotto" fun by C.R.A.F.T. 11. Chicken Spice Rub w/ Printable Tags by Over the Big Moon 12. Birthday in a Bag Gift Idea by Seven Thirty Three 13. Quick Note for your Birthday Printable by Liz on Call 14. Otter Pop Gift with Printable Gift Tag by Somewhat Simple 15. {you} Series Magnets Printable by Ruffles and Rain Boots 16. Tea Cup Succulent by Your Homebased Mom 17. Pretty Pincushion + Printable by Let's Eat Grandpa 18. Lemon Bath Salts and Free Printable by See Vanessa Craft 19. Diet Coke Birthday Kit by Pink Peppermint Prints 20. Chocolate Filled Insulated Tumbler Gift by The Girl Who Ate Everything

 free printables blog hop 
21. Easy Funfetti Cake Balls with Printable by Salt and Pepper Moms 22. Hands Down Best Friend Around by Eighteen25 23. Berry Happy Birthday Printable by Stuffed Suitcase 24. Whisk Birthday Gift with Free Printable by Cupcake Diaries 25. Paper Plate Gift Idea by Crafting in the Rain 26. Popcorn Gift Printable by Breezy Bakes 27. Life Saver: Birthday Gift in a Jar by Here Comes the Sun 28. Decoupage Wooden Pendant by Twin Dragonfly Designs 29. Have a coffee on me: Funky Coasters by Funky Junk Interiors 30. Swanky Black & Gold Cosmetic Bag by A Prudent Life 31. DIY cocktail napkins by kojodesigns 32. Nail Polish Gift by Southern Hospitality 33. Banana Cake by Whats Cooking with Ruthie 34. Paparazzi - the PERFECT friend gift by Sugar Bee Crafts 35. "latte" fun birthday gift by Our Thrifty Ideas 36. Homemade Funfetti Cupcakes + Printable by Tastes Better from Scratch 37. Pearls are Always Appropriate by Mommy Envy 38. Girls Just Want to Have Fun Birthday Gift by A Little Tipsy 39. Manicure Kit Birthday Gift with Printable by Blooming Homestead 40. Orange you Glad Cup by Artsy Fartsy Mama

 free printables 
41. Donut Gift Tag by Pretty Providence 42. Rainbow Inspired Birthday Gift + Printable by Thirty Handmade Days 43. Drink Topper and Tag by LandeeLu 44. DIY Bath Salts using Essential Oils by Unskinny Boppy 45. Friends are Like Chocolate Chips by Delightful Deets 46. Paint Can Succulent Planters by East Coast Creative 47. A Bundt Cake Gift & Printable by Dukes and Duchesses 48. Jam Birthday Gift & Printable by Happiness is Homemade 49. Jazzed up Frames by House for Five 50. Favorite Things Gift Ideas by inkhappi 51. Toe-tally Cool Nail Polish Gift Idea + Free Printable by Simply Designing with Ashley 52. Quote Book by Reasons to Skip the Housework 53. Iron On T-Shirt Gift by Becoming Martha 54. DIY Humorous Girlfriend Gift by Brassy Apple 55. Tea-riffic Birthday Gift Idea & Printable by Mom Endeavors 56. Turn Today Into A Celebration by Dolen Diaries 57. You're A Lifesaver Printable by Live Laugh Rowe 58. Happy Birthday Jar {free printable} by Kiki and Company 59. Mason Jar Flower Vase + Printable by R & R Workshop 60. Easy $5 Wooden Charm Bracelet by Craftily Ever After

   free printables 
61. Polka Dot Mason Jar Vase by The Cards We Drew 62. Free Printable Mini Notes by Confetti Sunshine 63. Bath Bomb Easy Birthday Gifts by Tried and True 64. Ball Jar Printable Tags by The Country Chic Cottage 65. Eat More Cake Birthday Gift Idea and Printable by Play. Party. Pin. 66. Have a "berry" happy birthday by The Contractor Chronicles 67. Merci Chocolates + Hey Birthday Girl french girl printable by Handmade in the Heartland 68. Five Minute Leather Necklace Tutorial + Birthday printables by Delia Creates 69. Ah-Mason Birthday Gift Idea by Lolly Jane 70. Simple Dangle Earring Tutorial by Bombshell Bling 71. Symphony Bar Brownies by Among the Young 72. Wishing you an E "straw" diary Birthday by Ginger Snap Crafts 73. DIY Washi Tape Cacti by Fry Sauce and Grits 74. State Pride Cheese Board by Addicted to DIY 75. Reusable Monogrammed Solo Cup by Mom 4 Real 76. go-to gift…EARRINGS! by A Girl and A Glue Gun 77. Embroidered Mixed Media Bookmarkers by The Creative Goddess 78. Beyond Measure Birthday Printable by Like Mother Like Daughter 79. Birthday Facial Kit Gift by The Benson Street 80. DIY Jewelry Bookmark by Design Dazzle 

blog hop free printables 
 81. Birthday in a Jar - Birthday Printable Tags by A Pumpkin and a Princess 82. Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl Party Cookies by Crazy Little Projects 83. You are the Bee's Knees by Love the Day 84. Birthday Candy Jar by Inside BruCrew Life 85. "Hip Hip Hooray, today is your birthday!" printables by The Crafted Sparrow 86. Treat Yo Self Printable by Girl Loves Glam 87. Chocolate Facial with printable by TidyMom 88. Happy Birthday Sweets by A Night Owl 89. Quick & Easy Hydrangea Cake by Sweet C's Designs 90. Sweets for the Sweet by Simply Kierste 91. Citrus Whipped Honey Butter Jars by Sand and Sisal 92. Diet Coke Gift for a Friend with Printable by Sweet Treats and More 93. A Latte for Two + printables by One Krieger Chick 94. Cookie Monster Birthday Gift Tag by I'm Topsy Turvy 95. Root Beer Float Cake in a Jar by Giggles Galore 96. Treat Yo'Self Printable Watercoloring Box by Persia Lou 97. Fruity Body Scrub with Printable by Mad in Crafts 98. Magnetic Necklace Charm by Sowdering About 99. Happy Bee Day with Printable by Just Another Day in Paradise 100. Manicure in a Jar by That's What {Che} Said... 101. UBER lucky to have you in my Life by Maybe I Will 102. Free Happy Birthday Printable by NoBiggie 103. DIY Wine Bag & Charms Gift by Sypsie Designs 104. Crispy Crunch-y Pie with Printable by Just Rhonda 105. "You're the Silver Lining" Friendship Nail Polish Gift by The Happy Housie 106. Tie One On for Your Birthday (Hair Tie Gift Free Printable) by illistyle 

Was there a gift idea that stuck out to you? Go ahead and visit your favorites and give them some love!

And don't forget to follow the Pinterest Gift Board:
 Follow Capturing Joy with Kristen's board Birthday Gift Ideas on Pinterest.



Thanks so much for reading! We would love to hang out some more!
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7 comments:

  1. Love the ideas. Nail polish..... great idea. Now where are all of those frames I just unpacked?
    I wrapped one of Megan's gifts in fabric a few years back.It was so cute!

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