Anyhow, I have been up to my eyes in craft projects recently (Christmas is right around the corner). I mentioned in a previous post that I really wanted to give it a go with a whole "Handmade Christmas" thing. Well, I've got a few projects under my belt so far, but sooooooo many more to go.
Keeping with the same homemade spirit, I thought I would dedicate my TOP 10 this month to Handmade / Homemade Gifts. As money seems to be elusive to us(and most of our friends), I thought I would make this list Handmade Gifts Under $5/£5
1. Jackie at Teal and Lime has an awesomely amazing tutorial for Hot Chocolate on a Stick!! Complete with Goodwill mug and candy cane. You need this in your life.....go and give her some love!
2. Danielle @ 2 Little Super Heroes has posted about her experience with Lego Minifigure molds. I've also posted about how amazing these molds can be.Well worth the investment and will make tonnes of presents.
4. Carmen @ Woodside Kitchen shared her incredibly easy clay recipe for handmade decorations. If you read the post, this clay can also be used for hand / footprints as well. The possibilities are endless. And, best of all, super cheap!
5. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue gave me a wonderful idea with her post about Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies. She presented them in a decorated jam jar! Think of the cookies! Great for neighbour gifts, teachers, co-workers, etc. Also....for those who don't want to bake them.....check out Mel @ Mel's Kitchen Cafe for her post on Cookie Dough Gifts. I think this is super thoughful.
6. Anna @ The Imagination Tree blew my mind with this gorgeous Christmas Eve Box. You need to do this for your kids (or any kid in your life) I think its the perfect Christmas Eve present to open. The fact that you can totally personalize it for your child makes it even more special. *cue new family tradition in our house*
7. Wilma @ By Wilma makes super cute fabric covered notebooks in this tutorial. I've made a few of these recently and they are so well received. The notebooks can be found in any Dollar Store / Pound Shop and fabric scraps are always in abundance, right?? Give this a go this season, I promise it'll be a hit!
8. Krista @ Lazy Saturday has a great tutorial for upcycling 1 sweater into 3 different winter accessories. You have gotta give this a try. Who wouldn't love a 3 piece gift set???
9. DIY Family Photos. I don't know about you, but for years I've given the latest family photo of our family as a present. Portrait sessions can cost an arm and a leg and sometime, really not that worth it, right?? Recently, we went for a walk in the park and took some shots (just for the sake of it, no real reason). Some of them came out so well and will be making their way into frames for Nanny, Uncles and Aunties. When I had gone through some of the old shots I'd taken, I decided to play around with them in PicMonkey. If you've never seen PicMonkey....GO NOW!!!!!!!! Its awesome. I totally missed PicNic but this is filling the gap nicely. Anyhow, this is what I came up with:
|Highlights from January this year|
|Highlights from February this year|
|I think Nanny's gonna love this one|
|Pretty decent family pic :-)|
10. Sarah @ Fairy Face Designs makes such beautiful quilts and crafts. You need to check out her tutorial for a little phone case. I think I need to make a few of these for my friends.....oh, the amount of broken Iphone screens I've seen!
What will you make this holiday season??
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