Our Five Ring Circus: Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts {Featuring Follow Your Arrow Clothing + Giveaway}

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts {Featuring Follow Your Arrow Clothing + Giveaway}


DISCLOSURE: I received product in exchange for my review. The opinions and ideas in this post are my own.

52 days until Christmas. That was the first post I saw when I checked my social media notifications this morning. Those words taunted me and three thoughts filled my head: "There's so much to do!" "I'll never be ready in time!" and "I'm going to be so poor in January!"

Thankfully, I recovered from the panic fairly quickly. I have a plan of attack this year! We always have so many gifts to give. Between teachers for four kids, three therapists for Liam, a large family and a large group of friends, Christmas can become very expensive very quickly. I'm starting early this year, and my plan involves making really cute, easy and inexpensive DIY gifts!

One of my favorite gifts to give and receive is a mug or a teacup with some coffee or tea. It's such a practical gift that most people love! Let's face it: Caffeine fuels motherhood. And, well...life. What better gift to give than the gift of energy in a really cute mug?!?

When I was introduced to the vinyl decals from Follow Your Arrow Clothing, I was inspired to create fun DIY Christmas gifts that wouldn't destroy my bank account!

Easy & Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts

At well under $5 each, these decals are a very affordable gift option and there truly is a decal for everyone on your list! Although I opted for Chaos Chaos Chaos and Mommin' ain't Easy, here are a few of my favorites:
  • thankful and blessed
  • I wish it could be Christmas everyday
  • Oh Christmas Tree
  • I Can't Adult Today
  • Teachin' ain't Easy
  • Future Mrs.
  • I just want to sleep
  • hello

After I received the vinyl decals, I headed out to find affordable mugs to pair with them. I found the blue mug at Walmart for $1.75 (they also had several other colors) and I found the white mug at Target for under $5.


Follow Your Arrow Clothing sent very detailed instructions and tips for the application process.


The vinyl decal was very easy to apply! Just remember to start with a clean, dry mug and place the vinyl decal very carefully because once it sticks, it can't be moved.


Within a matter of minutes, I had two brand new mugs!


These vinyl decal mugs are a perfect gift for teachers, therapists, coaches and friends. Just create a mug, teacup or travel mug that is perfectly suited for them and add a few extras!

For the hot cocoa lover:

Fill a bag with hot cocoa mix, top with mini marshmallows, tie with a festive ribbon and slip a long spoon into the bow!


For the hot tea lover:

Create a Tea Bag Christmas Tree!
  1. Create a cone out of cardstock.
  2. Glue an assortment of tea bags around the outside of the cone. Start with the bottom layer and work your way up the "tree."
  3. Top with a festive ornament!
Toss a few honey sticks or honey spoons into the mug for an extra special added touch!


For the coffee lover:

Purchase an inexpensive airtight container and fill it with K-Cups, ground coffee or coffee beans. Fancy it up with ribbon and an ornament!


I loved these mugs so much that I decided to keep them for myself. After all, "Chaos Chaos Chaos" and "Mommin' ain't Easy" describe my life perfectly! And I definitely survive on caffeine!


Chaos x 4 fills my day!


And mommin' ain't easy.


But I wouldn't change a single thing! 


Making DIY Christmas gifts is so easy and fun thanks to Follow Your Arrow Clothing's vinyl decals! The possibilities are endless!



I am giving away one vinyl decal (your choice) to one of my readers! 

To enter, simply visit Follow Your Arrow Clothing and browse the decals, then come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me which decal you would choose. Giveaway will run until November 9th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified the following day.  Good luck!

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  1. Love this idea for Christmas gifts. So easy and inexpensive, but doesn't look or seem cheap. Thanks for sharing. I love the "I Can't Adult Today" decal. Ha ha!

  2. That is SO easy and SO clever! I need the Oh Christmas Tree one pronto!

  3. Oh my gosh, I love this so much!! What a great gift idea! I love the Thankful and blessed one, but they are all great!

  4. Very cute. I like the I just want to sleep one!

  5. Oh these are great! I will definitely be ordering some of these.

  6. These are so stinking cute! And SO easy! I love it!

  7. Such a cool concept! And it's so hard to choose, but I think I like the Mommin' Aint Easy decal! Although the Iowa home decal is a close second. ;)

  8. LOVE these ideas! I was just thinking yesterday while shopping that mugs and hot beverages would be great gifts for my kiddos teachers! thanks for sharing! I'd definitely pick the mommin' aing easy one!!!

  9. Such a cute idea!!!
    And the Iowa/Home decal is totally me (Iowa really is home)!

  10. I NEED the "I can't adult today."

  11. What a cool, inexpensive idea. The "oh christmas tree" one is my favorite!

  12. I love the pictures of you with the kiddos. :) Also, that tea tree is SO adorable and such an original idea! I love the thoughtfulness of these gifts!


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