Friday, December 10, 2010

Inkling: gift card holder

One of the most popular gift items is a gift card. They’re everywhere. Even the grocery store has a rack with every card imaginable. Which is actually pretty convenient. They also sell cute gift card holders but why spend the extra money when you can make one yourself.

To make these gift card holders you will need:

Glue stick
Xacto knife

I took pictures while I was making these but they mysteriously disappeared off my camera. Here are the text instructions.
  • Cut a piece of cardstock a little wider and three times the height of a gift card. Approximately 4” wide by 6.5” high.
  • Score and fold at 2.5” and 5”.
  • Score and fold the sides in by ¼ inch. Glue these side edges down. Let dry.
  • Fold the bottom up and glue the edges. Let dry. Here is the only surviving photo of the process.
  • Trim the envelope flap edge with decorative scissors, a corner rounder or regular scissors. Add an embellishment.

For these card holders, I used regular white cardstock and printed them with images I found online. The cherries are a vintage fabric. The black scroll is scrapbook paper and the pretty blue design is from Lovely Design.

Make a stash of these and keep them on hand for that last minute giftcard you get at the market.


This project is also linked at:

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Show and Tell: reindeer and gingerbread men and polar bears…oh my

I love these ornaments that Marilyn has submitted for show and tell.  Perfect to adorn a package or hang on a tree.

Here’s how she made them:

The polar bears and reindeer are made of leftover cotton batting and ribbon. I used a zigzag stitch all around the edge.

I used a cookie cutter, which made a nice pattern, to outline the gingerbread man.
I put an elastic cord on them so that they can be attached to the wrappings on gifts for my grandkids. They can take the decorations off the packages and hang them on the Christmas tree.

Thanks Marilyn. These are so cute. I’m going to have to dust off my sewing machine and try to make some fabric ornaments.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Inkling: it’s a wrap – take 3

Here’s another inexpensive gift wrap idea. Create a snowy mountain complete with trees.

I used kraft wrapping paper with snowflakes but you can use plain kraft paper or any color wrapping paper and stamp snowflakes with metallic ink. The snowy mountains are made out of white corrugated paper and the trees are made out of twigs and green cardstock.

I plan on making a lot of these little trees to use on gift tags and gift bags. The trees can be used year-round. Just switch from a snowy mountain to a stream or meadow using pretty colored paper.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Upcycling: sequin candles

I’m not much of a glitter, sequin person. But there’s something about the holidays that brings out the sparkle in all of us.

For the red sequin candle, the sequins are stuck into the candle with sewing pins. Cut the pins using a wire cutter to a desired length and push the pin through the sequin hole. The green and gold sequins are glued onto the candle.


As with any embellished candle, use caution when burning them. These sequin candles are going to be used as decorative pieces and not burned.

What a transformation - from plain white candles to dressed up tapers.

This project has been linked to the following:

 giveaways  Fox Hollow Cottage

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sew and Tell: pom pom snowman ornament

I had so much fun making pom pom flowers last month that I couldn’t resist making a pom pom snowman.

If you missed the tutorial on how to make a pom pom, you can find it here. To make a snowman, just make two pom poms, one slightly smaller than the other. I made the hat and eyes out of black cardstock and the nose out of orange cardstock rolled into a tiny cone. The buttons are black sequins.

You can use your pom pom snowman as an ornament or tie it onto a package to make someone’s gift extra special.

I’m going to leave my snowman is his little snow flurry since he seems so content.

This project is linked at the following:

 12 giveaways  Texas Monkey    giveaways   A Little Knick Knack

This project has been submitted to the handmade holiday challenge at:


Friday, December 3, 2010

Etceteras: moss and twig wreath

I love wreaths. Evergreen, berries, flowers… there’s always room for another wreath and I love finding the perfect spot to display them. You can hang them from the door or wall or even prop them up on a mantle.

For this wreath, I wanted something natural looking with a touch of metallic. I used a styrofoam wreath and wrapped Spanish moss around it. To secure the moss, I used a hot glue gun and then wrapped thread around the moss. I embellished the wreath with twigs, gold berries and strips of ripped gold organza.
Now to find just the right spot for this moss and twig wreath.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sew and Tell: pomander or kissing ball

I wasn’t sure if I should call this a pomander ball or kissing ball. A pomander ball typically is made of fragrant materials such as; flowers, oranges or spices and was originally carried as an aromatic scent. A kissing ball is made of holly, greens or mistletoe. Kissing balls originated in Victorian times to encourage modest ladies to give or receive a kiss or embrace.

My holiday ball is made of fabric flowers and gold berries. I’m leaning more toward the kissing ball since it will be hung for holiday d├ęcor.

To make this kissing ball, I started with a small styrofoam ball and glued on fabric flowers. The flowers are made out of white quilt batting and I used the same method to make the flowers that I used on my paper flower wreath and tacks. I was going to use white felt but I liked the fluffiness of the batting. I added a string and gold berries.

This kissing ball is ready to stand under.

This project is linked at:

handmade projects

This project is entered in the Holiday Home Tour at:


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Upcycling: holiday gift tags

I love to keep the holiday cards that I receive but it usually gets to the point where I have to make some tough decisions on which ones to save. Rather than throw them away, I upcycle them and make gift tags.

These are so easy to make. Just cut up holiday cards using decorative edging scissors or shape cutters. Punch a small hole in the corner and add ribbon or string and you have gift tags ready for the next year.

Holiday cards are usually printed on nice stock, have beautiful imagery and can be used on a variety of crafts.

What do you do with the holiday cards you receive? Leave me a comment or send me an email with photos. I’d love to feature your holiday card upcycling idea.