We have been getting our craft on for several days in preparation for Christmas! The kids and I really enjoy finding creative gift ideas that we can make and that are fun to receive. The goal is to put as much love into it as possible. And if you know how precious my time is to me then getting a gift from me that took a lot of time to make should prove my love! :)
A few lucky grandparents are getting a set of carolers. See previous posting for how-to.
The girls used scotch tape to secure each paper light to a ribbon. It was adorable until Julia used half a roll of ugly masking tape to hang the garland in the door frame! :)
In the background you can sort of see the paper chain hanging on the ceiling. A tradition in our house is to work together to make a long paper chain and hang it from our ceiling. This way even our youngest kids can participate in crafting!
Julia made me this cute paper plate wreath to hang above the window. Pretty obvious how-to: Cut a hole from the center of a paper plate. Glue green tissue paper squares around the outside (lay flat, scrunch up, color or paint instead, try using construction paper, anything goes). The holly berries are puzzle pieces I had spray painted red for a Valentine's art project last year. Oh, and she taped on a sign that says "To Mom."
These wooden spoons were so fun! I bought a set of bamboo spoons at Target and gave them as a set, but it could be fun to pick up a bunch at the Dollar Store and give one each to tons of people - neighbors, teachers, Sunday School Leaders...
The one with circles is simply that confetti I keep talking about that I love so much! I applied a layer of Mod Podge glue on the handle of the spoon and stuck several pieces of tissue paper confetti on the spoon. I applied several layers of decoupage glue on top - I used the Martha Stewart dishwasher safe kind.
The girls each made their spoons with nail polish. Taylor wanted help so I wrapped washi tape around the handle to keep her lines straight. She painted the black polish on and after it dried we pulled the tape off and the lines were (mostly) straight. Then I just added some red dots of nail polish.
I picked up a couple of ivory pillar candles when I was at Ikea last month, I think they were $2 each. The girls used a glue stick to cover the candles in tissue paper squares, making designs, writing in marker on white ones, etc.
I wrapped the candle in wax paper and heated it with a blow dryer. It did take awhile to get the wax to melt to secure the tissue paper into the candle and so the kids gave up and mom had to finish the task, but they turned out pretty cute.
My goddaughter is a teenager now and therefore harder to shop for, especially on a budget (since all teens really want is money). This dry erase board is one of the things I gave her this year, as we like to make gifts for each other (what she made me was AWESOME!). It was in the dollar spot at Target (actually I purchased it for 30 cents on clearance) earlier in the year.
I covered the frame in a fun duct tape and added a command hook to the back so it can hang easily. She actually really liked it and said it could hang in her locker. So that was simple and cheap! :)
For Grampa the girls covered this mug (from the DOLLAR STORE! Score!) in permanent markers. We didn't coat it with anything to protect it so I'm not certain how long it will last, but my dad said he always hand washes these type of mugs anyway.
These are dollar store frames that we added a photo to and the girls decorated with their tapes. We have duct tape, washi tape, Scotch Expressions masking -type tape, etc. Then they added some stickers and wrapped them up for all the grandparents.
I forgot to take photos but we also made:
Glass bulb ornaments - some had paint drops inside and we rolled it around to coat the inside, then wrote the year with Sharpies on the outside. Others we put broken bits of crayon inside and heated with a hair dryer - you can find tons of ideas on Pinterest.
I purchased plain clipboards from the dollar store (they were plenty sturdy, they were just plain and boring) and the girls covered them in duct tape. Taylor made one with only Despicable Me minion tape and a minion photo she colored (I covered the coloring page with clear packaging tape to protect it) while Julia made one with 10 different colors of tape! They both looked festive and fun, especially after adding a bow with a twist tie to the little loop at the top.
An ordinary $1 ceramic pot became a colorful holder for a manicure kit (nail polish, foot lotion, file and clippers, etc.) after decoupaging confetti on that as well.
Create a layout first, keeping in mind where a door hanger will be on the top and a bow on the bottom, then hot glue the decorations on and wrap the ribbons around.
I packaged mine in wreath storage boxes and included a door hanger for the wreaths (not for the garlands).