Showing posts with label gifts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gifts. Show all posts

Thursday, November 26, 2015

ETCETERAS: 12 Girly-Girl Handmade Gift Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving to my U.S. friends. I hope you’re enjoying the day with food, family & friends. In the spirit of being thankful, I thought I’d share these 12 handmade gifts from my archives that could be given to a special friend to thank them for the gift of friendship. I chose 12 very girly-girl gifts that are some of my favorites.

I’m thankful to all of you who stop by and visit me here at my little corner of the creative world. Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BE MY GUEST: Diaper Babies by BeBetsy

Welcome today’s guest: BeBetsy, sharing these adorable diaper babies.

Diaper Babies make the cutest baby shower gift! We have a huge family with lots of babies, every first-time mom always gets a box of these cuties from Aubrie and me! They are easy to make and adorable.
They are also completely usable.

3 other BABIES Those pictured are for girls but we have made cute boy Diaper Babies as well. You can find mini argyle socks or plaid baby socks that just make you laugh out loud when you see them. You can still do ribbon or shoelaces or.... be creative!

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Dirt: a simple avocado seed gift

Avocado Seed 4-001The other day, I had the best avocado I’ve ever had. It was so perfect – ripe, creamy with none of those weird bruised parts. I love avocados. You can use them in sandwiches, make guacamole, add them to salads or top off traditional Mexican dishes with them. And what would a California Roll be without the avocado?

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Dirt: flower bulb gifts

Don’t you just love it when you see an idea and have all the supplies needed to complete the project? On one of my recent Inspiration Board link parties, The Feral Turtle linked up “The Gift of Green”. Such a sweet simple idea – flower bulbs in upcycled containers.

I had grape hyacinth bulbs leftover from last year and plenty of jars to choose from.

 To make these pretty gifts, wash your jar and add some clean gravel.

Insert your bulb into the gravel and add water up to the gravel line. This little bulb was neglected {left out on the patio table for months} and damaged but it’s sprouting two new bulbs. I’m amazed at how hardy these guys are. 

Wrap your jars in pretty paper, ribbon or fabric. I used a crochet doily for this jar and added a simple matching grosgrain ribbon.

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Parchment paper and baker’s twine add a simple touch to this plain jar.

A strip of an old tea towel wrapped with a piece of ribbon trim gives this old jar a clean homespun look.

Now the bulbs aren’t neglected anymore and will hopefully sprout beautiful grape hyacinths.

Add a pretty tag and these are all ready for gift giving.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Celebrations: handmade gift recap

What happened to November? I had big plans to get all my holiday shopping done, my Christmas cards made and handmade gifts completed. I’m 0-3.

I’ve pulled together a recap of some of my handmade gift ideas that will hopefully get me moving.

{Food and Beverage}
Gifts Food
1. Coffee Sampler – a nice gift for a coffee lover. I made mine masculine complete with a pinstripe suiting fabric box.
2. Graham Cracker Toffee & Chocolate Bars – the perfect holiday gift. This one is always a hit.
3. Snowman Soup Kit – great for kids {and grown ups}. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, chocolate morsels and candy cane stirrers all packaged up and ready for a chilly night.
4. Tea Bag Gift Box – make your own tea and tea bags out of muslin or cheesecloth for the tea lover.
5. Upcycled Strawberry Basket – make a cute gift box out of a green plastic strawberry basket. Add some homemade goodies for a sweet gift.

{Gift Card Holders}
Gift Holder
Gift cards have become a gifting staple. It’s nice to add a handmade gift card holder to personalize these gifts a little.
1. No-Sew Felt Gift Box – This little puffy box looks great and is much easier to make than it looks.
2. Paper Gift Card Holders – A great way to use of scraps of paper and embellishments.
3. Burlap Gift Card Holders – For those who share my love for burlap and twine.

Gift Recap Garden
1. Seed Strip Garland – Upcycle a bottle into a vase. Make some ready to plant seed strips and you’ve got the makings for a flower bed and the vase to hold the flowers.
2. Faux Wrought Iron Plant Sticks – Plant sticks made from wooden skewers and cardboard. A coat of metallic spray paint creates instant faux wrought iron. Add a nice note and an herb plant for a fun gift idea.
3. Moss Covered Gift Cans – Upcycle cans and cover them with moss to hold fun gardening themed gifts like seeds, bulbs and plant sticks.

Gifts Misc
1. Emergency Kit – This kit is a nice gift for newlyweds or new homeowners. In case the power goes out, they’ll be armed with emergency candles and matches.
2. Mini Photo Album – photos always make nice gifts and a handmade photo album filled with photos would be a treasured gift for grandparents.
3. Homemade Sugar Scrub – Make your own sugar scrub and package it in a pretty jar.
4. Pin Cushion – Wrap a box in fiber fill and fabric to make a pretty pin cushion. Include a few sewing notions for a crafty friend.

I hope you enjoyed this handmade gift recap. I really need to get moving on my to-do list.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Upcycling: strawberry basket to gift basket

The gift giving season is around the corner and now would be a good time to start preparing so you’re not racing around at the last minute. Planning ahead can also be a huge cost savings.

One item I like to give is homemade fudge. I wanted to come up with a fun and economical way to package my fudge this year.

Enter the plastic strawberry basket. My mother makes amazing homemade strawberry jam during the spring and summer. The jam goes quickly but strawberry baskets pile up. 

To make these baskets I wrapped twine around the top edge of the basket, inserting the twine through the holes and gluing the ends to the inside.

I cut out kraft paper and glued the pieces to each side and secured the corners with additional pieces of paper. I wrapped a piece of fringed muslin around the top edge to hide a little bit of the green plastic peeking through and added a “homemade fudge” tag. The fudge is wrapped in cellophane and a piece of fabric finishes off the gift basket.

This photo has nothing to do with making the gift basket but I love these measuring spoons I used in these photos. They say “dash”, “pinch” and “smidgen”.  Fun!

I’ll be making more of these baskets so I can have them ready to fill for the gift giving season. 


Hope to see you tomorrow at the Inspiration Board Link Party.

This project is linked at the parties listed here and 

Photobucket UndertheTableandDreaming  Childmade Tip Junkie handmade projects    Tickled Pink at 504 Main  

Friday, November 19, 2010

From the Archives: handmade gifts

If you want to make some handmade gifts for the upcoming holidays, now would be a good time to get started. Here are some of the projects that I’ve posted about that you may want to consider making.

1. Gift card storage box. A perfect way for someone to file and keep all their gift cards. Add a few gift cards to get them started.
2. Homemade tea bags. For an extra touch, add a tea cup or tea pot or both.
3. Paper flower wreath. Wrap up with scented soaps or potpourri for a pretty, feminine gift.
4. Handmade photo book. Leave blank or fill with photos. Perfect for grandparents or far away relatives. 

5.  Paper Bead Bracelets. Kick up the wow-factor and give several matching bracelets.
6.  A Zen Terrarium. Provide a little stress relief to someone special.
7.  Moss Covered Cans. Add bulbs, flower seed or herb seed packets because spring is just around the corner.
8.  Craft Block Shadow Box. Spotlight a special item in a handmade shadow box.