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Gillian

About Gillian

Gillian Grimm lives in Charlottesville, Virginia where she balances writing, cooking and crafts with eight chickens, two kids, a dog, a cat and a husband. As the daughter of a Journalist, she grew up all over the United States, switching schools, towns and newspapers every few years and loved every minute of it! She now works as a freelance writer, primarily in the craft industry but with a few forays into travel writing, narrative non-fiction and educational matters. Gillian was recently published in the literary journal the “The Northville Review”. You can find more of Gillian’s work at “Dried Figs and Wooden Spools”.

DIY Boxes

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I love LOVE it when gifts come in clever boxes. In fact I’ve got quite a collection of boxes gathered over the years but I’m always on the look out for more. and with Valentine’s Day, Mother’s day and Father’s Day all coming up, there are lots of chances to use some of these cool DIY boxes to hold goodies, treats and small gifts!

Father's Day Shirt & Tie Gift Boxes - Paper Crave

Father’s Day Shirt & Tie Gift BoxesPaper Crave

And speaking of Father’s Day, obviously, this is perfect, am I right? It goes perfectly with a tie card too! And just the right size for dad’s favorite sweet treats!

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New on the Valentine Front

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Every year, about this time, I start thinking about what on earth I’m going to pull together for classroom valentines this year. With kids at two schools with varying rules for what is and what isn’t allowed, dark hints from my older child that things need to be “cool” and my own ever pressing desire to do something new and exciting, I’ve been on the hunt for some new and improved Valentines ideas. Here are some of my top contenders.

Tic-Tac-Toe Valentines - How to Nest for Less

Tic-Tac-Toe ValentinesHow to Nest for Less

Some of the classrooms at my daughter’s school are strictly no treats, even for Valentines Day, so this tic-tac-toe Valentine is a good no-candy option. And since kids always love new pencils, the inclusion of a new, heart themed writing instrument will be quite the bonus!

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For the Birds

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

While it’s tempting to remember about feeding birds only when the weather is warm and you are spending plenty of time outside, it’s now, when the winter has well and truly set in, that the birds really need your attention. Brighten up your outdoor space from its dreary winter look and offer your neighborhood birds some much needed feasting with one of these fun DIY bird feeders!

Vintage Teacup Bird Feeders - The Natural Wedding Company

Vintage Teacup Bird FeedersThe Natural Wedding Company

These teacups stuffed with suet and birdseed are a lovely colorful addition to your winter garden and will please the birds to no end. Be sure to look for sturdy cups that can withstand a little pecking and tie them securely to your trees!

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Coffee Filter Crafts

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Coffee Filters are one of those everyday items that can be turned, with just a little creativity, into amazing things. My coffee making habits don’t even use filters but you can be sure that I keep a big pile of traditional, basket style filters around the house, just for crafts! Here are a few of my favorite coffee filter crafts to get your creative juices flowing!

Paper Hydrangea Tutorial - One Young Love

Paper Hydrangea TutorialOne Young Love

Looking at these pretty flowers, you’d never guess that they are made primarily from  coffee filters! I’m totally tempted to whip up a few of these for my living room, especially since it’s been pretty devoid of real flowers this winter!

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Kid Friendly Nativity Sets

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

My family has always collected nativity sets and each Christmas we pull them out of their boxes, unwrap them and set them up. China, hand carved, antique metal, we have an array of them and love each dearly. But when my oldest kiddo was still just barely toddling around the house, he was, of course, instantly attracted to them and wanted so badly to play with all those little figurines. I think most kids are drawn to Nativity sets. It combines all sorts of things they love. Little dolls, a story, wee animals, why wouldn’t they want to hold and play with them. So we put the fragile and precious sets up on a high shelf and got to work on some kid friendly sets that are still his favorite all these years later. If your little ones would love a Nativity set (or two!) that they can play with and maybe even help make, here are a few of our favorite ideas to get your crafting started!

Nativity Scene Story Stones - Starry Girl Etsy Shop

Nativity Scene Story StonesStarry Girl Etsy Shop

These Nativity Story Stones are such a great idea! Not only are they easy to make and personalize, they make a fun take-anywhere game that will keep your kiddos busy this winter while you are out and about! These would also make fab gifts for other little kiddos in your life so while you’ve got out the paints and stones, why not make several sets?

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Wild and Wooly Weaving

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

I’ve been, for a long time, an utter fiber addict. I knit and crochet and spin and lately, i’ve been into weaving, which is, I can tell you, extraordinarily fun. But the best part of weaving is that, like so many other fiber crafts, you don’t need any fancy equipment to try your hand at it! Forget the floor looms and check out these cool takes on the craft of weaving!

Matchbox Loom - Marisa Ramirez Tumblr

Matchbox LoomMarisa Ramirez Tumblr

Raise your hand if tiny things make you squeal a little? Yep, me too. This is just about the cutest weaving project imaginable. A wee little matchbox loom! Perfect for getting your crafting willys out on the move or for showing the kiddos how the whole weaving thing works, this is a charming and addicting project to help dip your toe into the waters of weaving.

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Fun with Cinnamon Sticks

By Craft Trends Contributor, Gillian from the blog Dried Figs and Wooden Spools. Check out our Craft Trends board on Pinterest!

Every year, about this time, I start obsessing about cinnamon! Cinnamon is the scent of fall and winter for me, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this. I love using cinnamon sticks in my wintery crafts for their warm, bronzy color and wonderful smell, the possibilities are endless! Here are a few of the Cinnamon stick crafts that are topping my crafty to-do list this year.

Cinnamon Stick Santa Ornaments - The Tiny Crafter Etsy Shop

Cinnamon Stick Christmas OrnamentsThe Tiny Crafter Etsy Shop

How adorable are these? I just love them! In groups or on their own, turned into ornaments or tied on the tops of gifts, these are so quintessentially Christmas I almost can’t stand it! These could also be super cute with short cinnamon sticks to create fun little gnomes! Cinnamon gnomes!

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