The Awkward Mom Guide to Holiday Gifting

 The Art of the Gift Closet + Wrapping Like a Pro

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‘Tis the season for awkward social encounters…lots of them. In my world, a casual meet up with a friend or acquaintance can turn into a days-long internal debate about whether to bring a gift.  What if they bring one? What if I bring one, but they don’t?  In the past, you could just write me off as a hot mess, socially impaired mom during the whole month of December. However, this year I’m prepared. I got this.

My secret? The gift closet.

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Non-Guided Halloween Craft Activity

My girls love to craft. One of my favorite things to do is to get out the craft caddy and put it on the table for them to create to their hearts’ desire. However, sometimes I’ll give them a little more direction and put them to work.

This week, I set out some pretty paper of various sizes and pre-cut shapes (i.e. scrapbook paper I’ll never, ever use for scrapbooking), fun scissors, pom poms, monster google eyes and glue sticks and told them to create monsters.

Non-guided Halloween Monster Craft | Five Marigolds

I love their creativity!Nonguided Halloween Monster Craft | Five Marigolds Non-guided Halloween Monster Craft | Five Marigolds


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Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

Looking for custom decorations for your child’s room or nursery? It’s super cheap and easy to design a custom silhouette in Adobe PhotoShop, and today I’m showing you how.

My daughters share their bedroom, so I wanted to create silhouettes that would match the room but would be a bit unique. I created a digital background using colors from their toile bedding accents:

Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

Here is my result, but you don’t have to create your own custom background to make this work. You can find lots of super cute digital scrapbook paper on Etsy that would be perfect for this project.

floral background toile floral background toile match 11x17

Next, I took profile pictures of each of the girls. This does not have to be a high quality photo;  in fact, my camera phone  snaps leave very little to be desired! All you need is to be able to see the profile of their face – the nose, lips and eyes.


Next, I opened it in PhotoShop, clicked on my selection tool, and got to work outlining her head, neck and shoulders.


Once I was happy with what I selected, I hit Command + J to duplicate just that selected area.

Next, I wanted to fill it with a color that matched the background. I hit Edit + Fill and chose a color from the background.cover overlay

Then, I simply dragged this image onto my original file with the custom background. You’ll notice a lot of bumps and jagged edges on her silhouette, so I used a hard eraser to smooth out the edges.

duplicate layer

Finally, I added their names using Jellyka Delicious Cake font. I had it printed by a professional photography lab, but you can also have it printed at Shutterfly for $7.99Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

To finish this project, I framed it in a very inexpensive wood cutout that I found at Michael’s for $3.99 on sale (or just $4.79 after using a 40% off coupon). I spray painted it in a high reflective shine metallic gold spray paint by Rust-Oleum.

Creating a Custom Silhouette in PhotoShop

I used Command Picture Hanging Strips for a non-committal way of affixing them to the wall. I love these!

Here’s the final hanging in the girls’ tiny shared room:

Shared Girl Room Custom Silhouette Five Marigolds

Shared Girl Room Custom Silhouette Five Marigolds

There you have it – a custom framed print for less than $13. Have you created a custom silhouette before? Tell us about it in the comments below, and feel free to link to your project.

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