Sunday, December 20, 2009

Another Handmade Gift

If you don't want to give a Christmas-themed gift as a present, here is another idea that is inexpensive, yet looks great! The basics are to buy a few matching picture frames from Goodwill, or any thrift shop for that matter, pick out some scrapbook papers to frame, then paint the frames in a coordinating color. The recipient of the pictures I made has a black and white damask theme to her bedroom, so I found some damask paper at Michael's which I backed with black paper to make it pop, then I used hounds tooth paper for the background. And of course I painted the frames black! I attached picture hangers on the back and also attached black and white ribbon so she can decide which method to use. And here is the end result:

Countdown to Christmas!

What is the best present for a Christmas enthusiast, you ask? How about a handmade advent calendar? Or if you are strapped for time, like me, you can make a semi-handmade advent calendar =). My advent calendar started with the Karen Foster Design countdown calendar , which is so simple to decorate! Just get 5 or 6 coordinating scrapbook papers and some other embellishments. Cut the papers down so they are a little bit bigger than the boxes then move them around until you have an arrangement you like. I suggest taking a picture just in case the dog hits it with his tail or the kids decide to 'help you out' =) :

Now you are ready to embellish away! I found that the best way to really make the paper stick is to use spray adhesive (non-adjustable), then use an X-Acto knife to trim away the excess. There are endless possibilities to what you can create, but this is how mine turned out:

I sure hope my friend likes it as much as I do!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

That's A Wrap!

With Christmas being less than 2 weeks away, most people have all (or most) of their shopping done, leaving them with a pile of presents begging to be wrapped. If you are like some men I know, you just pop the present in a garbage bag and proudly stick a bow on top, but half the fun of opening presents is seeing the pretty packaging and knowing there must be something good in there. And if you are anything like me, you want your presents to look fun and enticing, but don't want to blow your budget doing so. One of my favorites ways to wrap presents is with brown postal wrapping paper because it is so versatile, so here are 3 different ideas I have starting with the same basic paper:
Basic and Natural
Citrus Punch
Traditional Red, Green & Gold

The best part about the wrapping is it can be done for super cheap! The brown paper was purchased at the Dollar Tree store. It's 30in.x15ft. and pretty sturdy. The snowflakes were also bought there - 6 for $1. The ribbon is from Michael's, which has great sales on ribbon this time of year. And to add to the festiveness, I just placed some branches from our tree trimmings in a picnic basket.
For those odd shaped presents that are impossible to wrap with wrapping paper, just use fabric remnants. Here is a stick horse I wrapped with plaid fabric and finished with an inexpensive iron star and name label:

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