Now I am, by no means, the Kirstie Allsopp of crafting but I do enjoy the look on people’s faces when they receive a gift that has meaning- a personal element – and something I’ve put some thought into making.
It’s become a sort of tradition at Christmas, stemming back a few years, that I will bring something home-made for family members.
Maybe deep down they’re thinking, “just give us a flipping voucher already”, but they do at least seem to fake a thankful expression when they open it, and maybe they just have the sense to never look a gift horse in the mouth.
So this year was no different and, despite leaving things to the very last minute to get my craft game on, I was adamant to give something new a try.
I’d like to share with you some of the Christmas gifts that I have crafted over the years. And actually some non Christmas-specific gifts, that could be special for any occasion.
We decided last year, instead of cards, to donate some money to a charity close to our hearts. And unfortunately this year, we just blatantly ran out of time.
However, 2 years ago, I made these little, festive cards and had all kinds of fun with buttons and glue. Super easy.
The Merry Christmas stamp and ink pad I bought from eBay. However, if you are blessed with neat handwriting then you could scribe your own festive message.
The little blank cards and buttons were both purchased from Hobby Craft.
And speaking of buttons…
For the birth of my gorgeous niece, Lily, I decided to make a little keepsake frame. I sketched a quick picture of two little, baby feet leaving a border for glueing the buttons. The frame was from Ikea and I went for the box frame which gave additional space. I used some ribbon and glued on a small border underneath. I then carefully selected a mix of pink buttons to glue on to the feet and printed a cute message for underneath.
My idea for Christmas was to give my hubby one with mistletoe buttons. So maybe that will be next year’s gift.
The Christmas hamper.
I was feeling generous and a little ambitious a few year’s back and decided to make all my Christmas presents for the family. I went for a Christmas hamper which included:
A cookie jar. Basically take all ingredients to make your fave cookies. Layer the quantities along the jar and adding a little tag which says “Add to me 1 egg and 1 cup of butter”
Here’s the link to the recipe I used from Alison at Celebrating sweets blog … https://celebratingsweets.com/mm-cookie-mix-in-a-jar/
Peppermint foot scrub.
Again, jar-fillable and super-easy to make. Ingredients consisted of…
1 cup granulated sugar
Coconut oil (around 2 tablespoons)
Peppermint essential oil (few drops)
I also added blue food colouring to give it some colour!
Hot Choc- Another jar I layered with hot chocolate powder, marshmallows and some Milky Way stars because, well, why not? It’s Christmas after all. The more indulgent the better. I know this is super-easy, but it’s actually very effective as a gift at Christmas time because it just gives you the warm and fuzzies, right?
Knowing my family, I decided to booze up the hot choc by throwing in a couple of miniature baileys bottles to the hamper to add into the hot choc. And for the sweeter tooth, made a vanilla syrup.
This was also super-easy and far cheaper than store bought syrups and I have OBVIOUSLY kept some for beside my own Nespresso machine –
So- 3 simple ingredients consisting of :
2 cups water, 2 cups sugar and 2 table spoons vanilla extract. Stir them all up in a pan and of course the longer on the heat, the thicker the consistency of syrup, so try as you go.
Bottles were purchased from, again, Ikea. And I tied some ribbon around the bottle to make it look pretty!
Here’s the hamper. Styled out with some little decorations 💁🏻♀️
This year, with the added excitement of all the babies, I wanted to do something for the Grand parents which would be both useful and meaningful, and that would involve photos of the next gen.
So here I discovered Photo Coaster Tiles. I bought a pack of 51 white tile coasters from Homebase, which were reduced to… wait for it…£1! Bargain of the year.
Modge Podge (regular) and Modge Podge (dimensional magic), some foam brushes – all ordered on Amazon next day delivery (I told you I was last minute)
I printed and cut some photos to size- just under 4×4 tile size to allow for a white border around the photo.
And then I went nuts with Modge Podge. Well – firstly I used the regular Modge Podge and foam brush, evenly spreading it across the tiles. Then I placed a photo on top and pressed out any air bubbles. I let it dry for about 15 mins. * If you have a guillotine, it’ll make nice precise cutting. I unfortunately had to make do with my slightly shaky hand. I went for a rounded edge to try make them look more authentic.
I then added a second layer of Modge Podge to seal in the photo over the top of the tile, smoothing lines horizontally and vertically. Another 15 mins drying time. Then the last layer was added (Modge Podge Magic) to ensure the tiles were water proof. Lastly, I added some stick on furniture felt as coaster feet, also purchased from Homebase.
See photo below for how the tiles came out. I’m pretty impressed, if I say so myself, for a first attempt. Will be a fab idea for a moving in present for someone too, I had thought.
So there you have it guys. I had so much fun making all of these gifts!
****Would love for you to share any fun things you have created?****