Handmade Gift Wrapping

Handmade Gift Wrapping

One way to turn a ho-hum gift into something special is to make your own wrapping paper.  Taking the time to create your own wrapping paper shows the love and care you put into the gift.  Plus, making your own gift wrapping helps you try out new craft techniques, use up left-over supplies, or recycle stuff from around the house.

DIY Gift Wrapping Paper

Handmade Gift Wrapping

Image courtesy of erika g via Flickr CC 2.0

I love this gift wrapping.  You can create pretty flower and leaf motifs using a number of techniques.  Here are a few ideas for how to make your own gift wrapping.

  • Stencil designs onto paper.  You can even use brown paper bags from the grocery store for Eco-friendly gift wrap.
  • Decoupage pictures and words onto paper.  You can create some really fun and creative wrapping paper with decoupage.  Cut out some words or phrases from a newspaper or magazine to write what you want on the gift.
  • A fun craft idea for the kids is to make fruit and vegetable stamps.  You can use apples, potatoes, or whatever item you’d like to cut out a design.  Kids love using these homemade stamps to dip into paint and stamp away.
  • Cut out strips of paper and roll them up into tight circles.  This technique, called quilling, lets you create fun designs with paper.  Simply glue these paper curls onto large pieces of paper to create wrapping paper.

The beauty about making your own wrapping paper is that anything goes.  Any style, any supply and any technique works.  Just have fun with it and see where your imagination takes you.

Here are some inspiring gift wrapping ideas:

 

Wrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping IdeasWrap It Up: 100s of Fast, Fun, and Festive Gift Wrapping Ideas

Simple, Creative Ideas for Imaginative Gift WrappingSimple, Creative Ideas for Imaginative Gift Wrapping

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Easy Glue Gun Earrings

Glue Gun Earrings

One of the things that I love about arts and crafts is that there is no limit to the products that can be used to make beautiful crafts.  Some of the most beautiful things cost next to nothing and are super easy to make.  These glue gun earrings are the perfect example.

Glue Gun Earrings

Four Front Doors has a great tutorial for how to make these pretty earrings.  Can you believe that they are made by painting glue blobs?  Who would have thought that glue could be so beautiful.

On top of being easy to make, I also like this project because it doesn’t cost much to make these earrings.  A glue gun, paints, earring jump rings and E-6000 glue.  The only thing you may not have on hand is a non-stick silicone mat, but I think that you could probably use waxed paper just as easily.

I hope you have fun creating your own glue gun earrings.  Make a pair for yourself and as a gift for someone special.

Some of my favorite jewelry making books:

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry MakingTeach Yourself VISUALLY Jewelry Making

Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry Making Handcrafted Wire and Beaded Jewelry

Making Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn: Fab Fabric AccessoriesMaking Jewelry with T-Shirt Yarn: Fab Fabric Accessories

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DIY Crystal Necklace Straight From the Runway

How to Make a Crystal Necklace

Fashion magazines and runway shows are a great way to get ideas for creating jewelry.  You get to see the latest trends and colors and then use those images as the foundation for making a design that is all your own.

Like this beautiful purple crystal necklace from Because I’m Addicted.  She pulled her inspiration from the Chanel fashion show and some stunning pieces that were probably worth thousands.  But with that vision in mind, she set off to recreate the necklace…the DIY way of course.

How to Make a Raw Crystal Necklace

How to Make a Crystal Necklace

Be sure to drop by for the complete tutorial and to check out some of her other DIY projects.  You won’t be disappointed!

Raw Crystals

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Shrinky Dink Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Shrinky Dink Fathers Day Gifts

I loved making crafts with shrinky dink when I was a kid.  There’s something magical about putting it into the oven and watching it shrink into this tiny creation.  So it was only fitting to have a shrinky dink craft that goes perfectly with the Hand Painted Ties that I highlighted as a fun DIY gift idea for kids to make for Father’s Day.  Add a tie tack and Dad has a cool tie and accessory from the kids.

Shrinky Dink Gift Ideas

Shrinky Dink Fathers Day Gifts

These photo gifts for dad are so cute.  If he isn’t the type who wears a suit and tie, then you can easily turn it into a key chain fob.  The tutorial from Oh Happy Day will make it a happy day indeed when Dad opens up one of these cute DIY gifts from the kids.

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Painted Tie Gifts the Kids Can Make for Dad

Handpainted Ties for Dad

Neck ties get a bum wrap for being unoriginal gifts, but I think that these hand painted ties prove that theory wrong.  What dad wouldn’t like a custom neck tie, hand painted by his kids?  It’s the perfect DIY craft for Father’s Day, Christmas, or his birthday.

How to Make a Hand Painted Tie

I love these ties from Living Well Spending Less.  Kids will have a blast creating their own designs, including a tie with a tracing of their hand print, or a stenciled pattern made with painter’s tape.

Handpainted Ties for DadThese crafts for kids are more than just special gift ideas.  They are beautiful keepsakes that you’ll enjoy putting in the kids’ memorabilia boxes for when they get older.  It’s the type of gift that builds happy memories for the child who makes it, as well as for the Father, or Grandfather, who receives it.

I hope you enjoy making this DIY gift with your kids.

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DIY Gift Idea for Making a Mosaic Monogram

Mosaic Monogram

Father’s Day is right around the corner and you may be searching for the perfect DIY gift idea.  Today I came across this post for how to make your own mosaic monogram. This is a creative DIY gift that dad will proudly enjoy putting on display at home, or the office.

You may have guessed by the crafts that I highlight that I love mosaics.  Why?  Well, for one reason I enjoy doing mosaics because it’s like working on a big puzzle.  Put a bunch of pieces together to create the perfect design.  I also like mosaics because the pattern and design can be old fashioned, or completely modern.  Your vision can create one of a kind pieces.

Mosaic Monogram

I love the depth of this monogram craft and I like it even more because it was made using cardboard.  No need to spend money on a wooden initial that you get from the store.  No, go DIY all the way and create your own unique letter to use as the base for your mosaic monogram project.  Check out the complete tutorial at Suzy’s Sitcom.  I think you’ll really enjoy working on this one.

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Eggshell Mosaic Bracelet & Pendant

Eggshell Mosaic Bracelet

Who would think that a little old egg could be the perfect resource for making mosaic jewelry?  But as it turns out, eggshells are a great choice for making all sorts of jewelry and crafts. The fragile shells are ideal for creating mosaic designs and when applied to a firm base and sealed for protection, these eggshells transform into beautiful showpieces.

How to Make an Eggshell Bracelet

In this video, Tiffany Windsor shows you how to create a mosaic bracelet using eggshells and alcohol ink for the color.  The trick to achieving the color variation is to sand the eggshells once the paint is dry.  This way you get less color in some areas and it adds depth and contrast to the design.

Video by Cool2Craft

Mosaic Eggshell Pendant Tutorial

Here’s another video showing you how to create an eggshell pendant.  This video uses transparent acrylic paint, so you can see the difference between working with paint vs alcohol ink like in the video above.  She also shows you a different technique, using a black ink pad, to achieve color contrast and blending.

Video by BeyondBracelets

Supplies Needed Include:

Alcohol Ink or Transparent Acrylic Paints

Resin Block, Wooden Pieces, or a base to attach the eggshells to

Sanding Block or Nail File

Glue**

Black Ink Pad

Gloss Sealer**

Triple Thick Glaze**

**Mod Podge Gloss Finish can be used as a glue, sealant and glaze if you want to keep things easy (and cheaper) for yourself.

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Adorable Knit Bear Pattern

Knit Bear Pattern

Knit Bear Pattern

Knitting Pattern for Huggable Bears

Take a look around my house and you will see that I love stuffed animals. My kids have inherited, or should I say taken over my collection, but I’m not embarrassed to say that many of the cuddly creatures in our house have been with me long before I had kids.

I know that my love for teddy bears is something that I share with my mother.  She has a huge collection of miniature teddy bears that adorn every nook and cranny of my parent’s home.  I love how each teddy bear has a different look and personality, just like people.  So as a knitter, this is a project that I really enjoy.

Have fun knitting one of these adorable, huggable teddy bears for yourself.  Or, give one as a gift for a baby shower, or to welcome a new baby.  I think that anyone who receives one of these lovable bears will smile with delight.

Pattern for these bears

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DIY Box Clutch Purse

DIY Box Purse

It’s always nice to have a little clutch to go with a special dress, but buying them can get expensive and I can never find the style I want.  You know how it is right?  You’re heading out to a wedding or party and you want the perfect shoes or bag to go with your dress, but you can never find what you want, when you want it.  So here’s the solution, make a clutch purse yourself.

This box clutch purse from LifeAnnStyle is a fun way to make your own clutch in whatever color you choose.  I think that this is a fun project for girls of all ages and it would even make a really cute gift to make for mum. A girl can never have enough purses after all!

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How to Make a Box Clutch Purse

What I like about this DIY idea is that you can recycle and upcycle things that you already have on hand.  Use a little gift box for the frame of the purse and use some old pieces of cosmetic jewelry that you have around the house.

Make sure you check the kids toys for things to upcycle too.  I know that my daughter has broken tiaras and play jewelry that we could use to make a cute purse.  And if you don’t want to use this as a clutch, you could skip the handle and just use it as a treasure box to keep on your bureau.

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DIY Mothers Day Gift Idea

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Make a painted cup or mug for Mother’s Day and every day your mum will enjoy this personalized gift.  One of the reasons why I love this gift idea is because a personalized mug can be made lots of ways.  You can use markers or paints to create a truly memorable gift.  Write a simple message on the mug to let her know how much you love her, or paint something special.  No matter what you do, she’ll love it.

Mothers Day Gift Idea

Personalized Painted Mug Tutorial

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Mothers Day Flower Mug Bouquet

Mothers Day Flower Mug

Make your mother a bouquet of flowers that she can reuse once Mother’s Day has passed.  With this mug bouquet, she’ll be able to use the mug and the artificial flowers all year long.

Although this video shows you how to make a flower mug bouquet, one of the things I like best about it is the technique for wrapping the gift with shrink wrap.  It’s a great tip that can be used for any present you may have, whether’s it’s for Mother’s Day, a birthday, or Christmas.

This tutorial uses a premade mug, but how about if you gave her a personalized mug?  Now that would be an extra special gift that mum will really love.  This gift idea is perfect for any special person in your life, so an Aunt, Grandmother, or teacher would also love this gift.

Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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DIY Mothers Day Gift Felt Craft Tutorial

Mothers Day Gift

Looking for a cute Mother’s Day gift idea?  This tutorial includes the template you need to create the felt cut-outs to make an “I Love My Mom” banner.  Add some magnets to the ends of the banner and you’ve got the perfect way to hang this banner.

Put the banner up so that it greets mum as she goes to open the refrigerator in the morning.  Or, hang it across the mirror in the bathroom so that it’s the first thing she sees when she wakes up on Mother’s Day.  Kids will love getting creative and decorating these felt cutouts to personalize this sign to show mom how much they love her.

Mothers Day Gift Tutorial

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