Christmas! My favorite time of the year. Not because of the gifts I get but because of the many gifts I can give, to show those around me how much I love and care for them. One thing I’ve been doing since I was a wee girl was making handmade gifts, and I must say in these economical challenging times having the skill of arts and crafts comes in handy. 🙂 So if you’re on a budget, short on time or just don’t know what to get that certain someone, below are easy to make gifts that will be sure to please.
This is one of my favorite gifts. It’s so versatile, this is one that is sure to please.
For Him: This set can be for the bachelor you know. Use a cork board, cut out a circle and decorate it with his initial or the logo of his favorite sports team.
For Her: Girls night- in wouldn’t be complete without a cute of set of coasters to go along with the evening.
- Glitter Mod Podge
- Ceramic Tiles (purchased at Home Depot; around $0.12 per tile)
- Scrapbook paper
- Small cushion stickers (for the bottoms)
1. Trace or cut the size of the tile out of scrapbook paper. (I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut them with ease. You can also just simply trace the size onto the back of the paper and cut out the squares.)
2. Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of the tiles then press the paper on top of it to dry.
3. When the paper is completely dry, sand the ends of the paper to smooth them down onto the tile. You can sand further into the edges of the tiles also to create a more rustic/weathered look as well.
4. Paint a thin (yet complete) coating of Mod Podge over the paper again, being sure to secure the ends down with the Mod Podge.
5. Allow them to dry completely, then re-sand or re-coat if needed. The glitter Mod Podge can be substituted for a matte or a gloss Mod Podge if you prefer, but I loved the glittery look it gave the coasters for the Holidays!
(Coasters and directions courtesy of cheeriosandlattes.com)
For the Officemate: A gift anyone can enjoy but one that is especially good for co-workers. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this mug.
This mug is designed with a pen called a “Porcelain Painter” which is specifically made for drawing on ceramics. However, a sharpie and a stencil will do the trick too. Just pick out a stencil of your liking and color over the stencil with a sharpie of your choice and “viola” you’ve got a nicely decorated mug for your officemate. I must say poppies are my favorite. 🙂
Another one of my favorite handmade office gift is a nicely done mousepad. Just like the coasters, you can make it feminine or masculine for that certain someone.
Trace and cut the desired shape from a piece of cork. My mouse pad is an 8” circle.
Using the piece of cork as a template, trace the shape onto the paper backed side of double-sided fusible web. You can use Heat ‘n’ Bond Ultra.
With fabric right side facing down and fusible web paper side up, fuse the web to the fabric following the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Cut the shape from the fused fabric.
Remove the paper backing and position the fabric right side up on the cork.
Fuse the fabric to the cork according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Place the finished piece under a stack of books for a few minutes as the glue cools to prevent curling and ensure a good bond.
Get to clicking. You now have a custom mouse pad.(courtesy of funkyanddelightful.blogspot.com)
Ok guys, these are my handmade gifts for now. It’s just a few days before Christmas so be on the lookout for some more handmade gifts.
From Me to You With Love,
- DIY Coasters (mypostgradliving.wordpress.com)
- DIY: Polaroid Coasters (madeofmoonbeams.com)
- DIY Reversible Instagram Coasters (freepeople.com)
- DIY Tile coasters (alittlebitjessica.wordpress.com)
- Holiday Gift Idea: Make Your Own Instagram Coasters (kicksend.com)