Thrifty Under Fifty — Team Kris Reporting!

If you are new to the blog, then let me give you a quick run-down on what you’ll find.  We are in the middle of a “Thrifty Under Fifty” challenge where has challenged 50 people to MAKE their Christmas gifts for under $50! That’s right! We wanted to see what could be done, how many could be made, and the creative spirit that exists when putting your mind to a challenge.  49 women and 1 man have worked for 2 weeks in making their lists, checking them twice, trying to figure out how to  create not just gifts…but BEAUTIFUL gifts that they knew their families and friends would cherish.

Each day a “Team Leader” (I’m one of five!) has reported in on their team’s weekly progress. The results are pretty amazing!  You’ll also find step-by-step instructions and patterns used in many of these projects at our site:   

If you are looking for some unique DIY ideas for your Teen or Tween, we’ve got some fun ones here on the blog.  Learn how to make clocks from old CD’s, magnet boards, frames and more. You can find them beginning here: 

So…now it’s time for the Team Kris report! Here’s some highlights of what was accomplished this week!

Here’s what you’re looking at!
1 – Tradition rules! Christmas PJ’s are always a hit! Kris made these with the “Easy-Fit” Pants and a Mouse embroidery design.

2 – Picture frames for the entire fam! Courtney was inspired by the tween ideas found here.

3 – Boys ties made in their favorite fabrics! Now what little boy wouldn’t want a Sponge Bob tie?!? Way to go, Melissa!

4 – Tis the season for baking goodies! Heather loved using her grandmother’s 30 year old mixer and having her children by her side engaged in the process. These are memories that will last for a long time.

5 – Rachel made “Duet” aprons made for mother and daughter. Won’t they have fun together in the kitchen?

6 – Who will love this set more? The grandmother who loves to play pretend with her grandchildren, or the grandkids who love to play pretend with grandma?  Kris made 2 “Duet” aprons, 3 chef hats (made from the free pattern at, cinnamon roll “felt food”, and in-the-works is a child-written, personalized cookbook.

7 – Crystal made this great crayon-roll using 2 placemats — very cool! And what a breeze to clean up, too!

8 – Dawn has been busy putting together felt boards and felt stories for her family. The possibilities are endless with this kind of idea.

9 – Inspired by the A-line Dress, Alison created this darling Christmas outfit for her sweetheart.

10 – Gorgeous! Keri put together these personalized tiles using 6×6 tiles, her favorite photos, Mod Podge, and a Dremel tool. This unique look is sure to impress!

11 – Heather was also inspired by the Tween gift ideas and made this clipboard for her daughter to clip all of her drawings to and to use as a writing board in the car. Great idea Heather!

12 – Courtney knew just what her sewing-sister could use — an apron to hold all of her sewing tools! Talk about handy!

13 – Nikki created a word collage using words that were important to her and the person who would soon be receiving the gift.

With less than 24 hours to go before our self-created deadline, we’re still working to keep as many gifts as we can to under $50. It has been a thrill to be a part of this process!



Filed under Thrifty Under $50! DIY Challenge

12 responses to “Thrifty Under Fifty — Team Kris Reporting!

  1. There’s going to be a void in my day when this is over – I’ve been looking forward to the updates and love the continuous creativeness. Great update Kris

  2. I will have a void as well! These have been an AMAZING couple of weeks!

  3. Dawn

    Yeah for Team Kris!! These gifts are awesome and so creative. There are going to be some very lucky people receiving gifts for the holidays!

  4. holly

    i’m just so inspired…..

  5. You all did a wonderful job! Your projects are beautiful!

  6. YAY TEAM KRIS! We are doing so well, I love all of these ideas! 🙂 I am having the BEST time making my gifts this year! I will be posting a TON of them on my “secret blog” tomorrow,

  7. Jeannette

    What great ideas. This has been so wonderful to follow. I am very curious about how the dremel was used~

  8. Oh these are wonderful! Now if I could just StEp AwAy from the computer to actually do some of these projects instead of reading about them I would be happy! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Shelli

    Paula, I sympathize! I love dreaming and thinking about all the wonderful things going on in this challenge, and all that I want to do. I’m not getting very far sitting here either! Fabulous work, everyone—thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Amanda

    Is there a tutorial on how to do the photo tile? That is the answer to the all too familiar
    “Honey, what are you getting my parents for Christmas?”

  11. val

    These are all great ideas, and I think the gift recipients are going to be really happy with all the hard work you guys have put in.

    I can’t put my gifts on my blog, because my kids would peek!

    Great job!

  12. alishasays

    I really have to make some of those felt boards!

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