Handmade Gifts

My mother used to make pencil holders out of plastic tampon tubes glued inside empty vegetable cans. A little glue and spray-paint, and she thought they were unrecognizable from their original ingredients. I thought they looked like tampon tubes inside veggie cans.
Originally Posted by RedCatWaves
RCW, do you have any pictures of those? The mental imagery is cracking me up! And please tell me you never had to give those to teachers!
Originally Posted by jce


If I ever gave them to teachers, I somehow managed to block it from my memory...probably a protective coping mechanism.

Earlier, I googled and, unfortunately, couldn't locate any pics of tampon-tube-pencil-holders, but I did manage to waste an hour of my life that I'll never get back perusing the various other crafts people make out of tampons.
I often make stuff, last year it was complex scarves [moebius or laceknit] for a lot of people. This year my knitting stuff has been in storage I'm just going to retrieve it tonight so the late start means I'll only crank out one, maybe two scarves.

In the past I've also done drawings of people's children or pets, from photos.

I think that necklace looks like what it's made of and that's never a good sign in DIY, sorry to say.
Originally Posted by wild~hair

Oh, I'm making a moebius cowl now, and I'm so fascinated! So cool how it works up!

lol @ just how much everyone hates that necklace... I still like it. I plan to make it. I just might not actually give it to anyone. But I think I'd wear it.
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Oh, I'm making a moebius cowl now, and I'm so fascinated! So cool how it works up!
Originally Posted by CocoaCoily
I know, I love them, they're so cool. Only one edge and only one side!
That necklace is too funny.

In the past, I've made
snowman soup - mug, packet of hot chocolate, candy cane, chocolate kisses and some marshmellows. has a poem to print out

candy cane bath salts

cookies
quick breads
gifts in a jar- soup mix, candy mix, cake mix, brownie mix, beverage mix, etc


this site has a ton of cute ideas
Organized Christmas: Simplify Your Holidays and Celebrate The Season
I love making and giving handmade gifts..



A few years ago I made framed pet portraits in black and white paper cut out silhouettes, similar to the one in the picture, for my best friend.

I am thinking of making a few for this year to give away since they are relatively quick to make (cardstock, xacto, glue, frame) and don't cost much, yet look very nice when displayed. Of course you can choose any motif, but it worked out particularly well in my friend's case since she has a black and white shih-tzu and a black and white cat.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
I think this would be my favorite gift if an artistic friend made me one of my shih-tzu. Great idea!
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Note to Secret Curly: please do NOT make me one of those necklaces. What was Martha thinking?!

But I love other handmade gifts. I have crocheted scarves, made fudge, etc in the past for gifts.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
Always good to have a spare set?

I love making and giving handmade gifts..



A few years ago I made framed pet portraits in black and white paper cut out silhouettes, similar to the one in the picture, for my best friend.

I am thinking of making a few for this year to give away since they are relatively quick to make (cardstock, xacto, glue, frame) and don't cost much, yet look very nice when displayed. Of course you can choose any motif, but it worked out particularly well in my friend's case since she has a black and white shih-tzu and a black and white cat.
Originally Posted by BekkaPoo
I think this would be my favorite gift if an artistic friend made me one of my shih-tzu. Great idea!
Originally Posted by wavyblonde
I definitely need to figure this out and do one of my dachshund for myself. Me and sharp objects probably aren't a good mix though.




Byron,GA> Charleston, SC> Jacksonville, FL> Guilford, CT> Rohnert Park, CA! A southern drawl in sunny Cali! .
The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.

I typically like homemade gifts myself, but how do you all handle it when the gifter isn't very good at making things? A friend of ours makes bourbon balls, creme de menthe balls, and her version of fruit cake every year, and they are not very good at all. They don't even look appetizing, as she is a of a sloppy cook. She makes them for quite a few people and goes on and on about how much people like them. Last year I told her I didn't like fruit cake, which is true, but how do you get out of bourbon balls and creme de menthe, which should be good if done right?
Originally Posted by jce
Generally those are the ones I smile and nod at, then when they get home they go in the trash. I appreciate the effort that went into them, but really if I'm not gonna eat them away they go! Esp. if it's not worth pointing out that you don't like them. It then becomes a funny holiday anecdote.

I fell down on the homemade gift front this year. I usually make up some crocheted dish clothes and was hoping to make these adorable reindeer hats for my nephews. I still might. We'll see how busy I am this next week. I only have 3 to make. Shouldn't be too difficult. I am however compiling photos of my Dad and Step-Mom to make a slide show for their 20th anniversary party next weekend. I'm making it as a pretty DVD with music and everything. It'll be a great keepsake for them. With my Dad sick and all it's a big deal. They're also getting pictures of me and my SO to update their collection. Finally! I won't be the only single kid on the wall! We're also working on a CD of music that we associate with them, getting photos of the day done, family photos, and skyping my brother and SIL in from Cali (he just got home from Afghanistan). It's our christmas/anniversary gift to them from all the kids.
lol @ just how much everyone hates that necklace... I still like it. I plan to make it. I just might not actually give it to anyone. But I think I'd wear it.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I think it's kind of cute.
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I think this would be my favorite gift if an artistic friend made me one of my shih-tzu. Great idea!
Originally Posted by wavyblonde
I definitely need to figure this out and do one of my dachshund for myself. Me and sharp objects probably aren't a good mix though.
Originally Posted by spring1onu
Here's a few links with instructions:
12 Gorgeous Silhouette Designs {DIY Decor}

DIY “Real-ish” Handcut Silhouettes

Frugal with a Flourish: $5 Dollar Challenge: Silhouette Bird Plates

You don't have to use an Xacto knife, but I like to use them because it's like using a pen. You can use scissors to cut out your silhouettes too and they will look just as nice. You can also play with the colors.. you don't have to stick with black/white color theme either. You could do red/black, blue/white, yellow/green, etc..

Now I may have to go home and see if I have any spare picture frames lying around..
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The amount of time from slipping on the peel and landing on the pavement is exactly one bananosecond.
I do have a secret yen for pink in unexpected places. ~ninja dog
I've decided that I'll never get down to my original weight, and I'm OK with that--After all, 8 pounds 2 oz. is just not realistic.
I love getting and giving homemade food items, whether already made or the mixes in jars as others have mentioned.
I also love getting and giving homemade soaps, lotions, salts, etc.

Love the pet silhouettes!
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Note to Secret Curly: please do NOT make me one of those necklaces. What was Martha thinking?!

But I love other handmade gifts. I have crocheted scarves, made fudge, etc in the past for gifts.
Originally Posted by CurliLocks
OT: But the dog in your avi, is he a pit or pit mix? My dog looks just like that floppy ears and all(he's a pit/lab mix, black brindle with two white patches on his chest)
Originally Posted by coilynapp
He is a shelter pup, so we aren't sure. But we know he has to have border collie, and we think either lab or pit. I personally think he is border/pit. I keep thinking I'll get him tested someday. But yes, those ears look pit. He reminds me of the RCA dog. Here's a link to more of his pics: Jasper album | Curlilocks | Fotki.com, photo and video sharing made easy.

PM me if you have pics of your pup too!

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I don't like that necklace. To each her own.

I've made
a hat for each of my 4 nieces/nephew.
Making an Asian-inspired coat for my son and possibly daughter
working on a hoodie for my youngest son
working on a dog sweater for my SIL
might make a hat for my brother
3 big apothecary jars for friends (but don't know which ones. Maybe I'll keep one for myself!)
Maybe a knit/crochet tie for my daughter
Maybe some baked goods for friends. I'm thinking either my grandmother's biscotti recipe, flavored with lemon extract, or Pioneer Woman's Muffins.
Originally Posted by Cynaminbear
OMG. Seriously, I want you to adopt me! That's really great that you can make all that
I watched Martha make snowglobes one year. I saved all these glass jars, picked up a lot of ceramic snowmen that would fit in the jars, got some glue that would stick the figurines to the jar lids, filled the jars with distilled water and glitter, sat the jars upside down on their lids, and walla had snowglobes. They were actually very cute. Made larger ones for the sisters and SILs and a few women at work and smaller ones for the nieces. It is the only Martha Stewart thing I ever made. I am not a crafty person and was actually quite proud of myself.
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I don't like that necklace. To each her own.

I've made
a hat for each of my 4 nieces/nephew.
Making an Asian-inspired coat for my son and possibly daughter
working on a hoodie for my youngest son
working on a dog sweater for my SIL
might make a hat for my brother
3 big apothecary jars for friends (but don't know which ones. Maybe I'll keep one for myself!)
Maybe a knit/crochet tie for my daughter
Maybe some baked goods for friends. I'm thinking either my grandmother's biscotti recipe, flavored with lemon extract, or Pioneer Woman's Muffins.
Originally Posted by Cynaminbear
OMG. Seriously, I want you to adopt me! That's really great that you can make all that
Originally Posted by melloweer
You are now my favorite Curly!

Next week has been declared the 'baking for gifts' week. My kids and I will be making those biscottis and fudge to give to our friends.

Since we're sharing links:
This is the tutorial I used for the apothecary jars. I know it's a dollar store blog, but I really like many of these crafts.
Pattern for slouchy hat made for Niece#1.
Pattern for crocheted fish hat I made for Niece#2.
Pattern for ladybug hat I made for Niece#3, but I changed the antennae to be more toddler appropriate.
Pattern for shark hat for Nephew#1.

I can't find the book where I got the coat pattern for my son and daughter. I'm making the hoodie from a sweater pattern, and will figure out the hood when it's time.

Dog sweater pattern but sadly, no picture.

And now I have to add another hat and a scarf to my list because my daughter reminded me my uncle and cousin will be at the family Christmas Eve. This set will be for my uncle. I don't know what to do for my cousin.
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lol @ just how much everyone hates that necklace... I still like it. I plan to make it. I just might not actually give it to anyone. But I think I'd wear it.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I think it's kind of cute.
Originally Posted by wonderdiana -shopaholic takes a nap
Looks like it's just you and me, kid.
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lol @ just how much everyone hates that necklace... I still like it. I plan to make it. I just might not actually give it to anyone. But I think I'd wear it.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
I think it's kind of cute.
Originally Posted by wonderdiana -shopaholic takes a nap
Looks like it's just you and me, kid.
Originally Posted by Phoenix
At least we're in good (if not plentiful) company!
2C/3A -- wurly!

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