DIY Holiday Gifts
The holiday’s are almost here which means holiday shopping is in full swing. Every year I tell myself I will shop early (do we all do this?), yet here I am on December 16th with one gift purchased. In past years I have taken a weekend to make DIY gifts. They are personal, cute, and so fun to do. Here are the top four that I have done personally (so no #pinterestfails) and everybody loved!
- Coffee/Tea Cups. I actually did these for my wedding gifts. I personalized each mug with a note and gave them to the bride & groom parents and those that helped in preparation. The directions are SO easy and it is an affordable gift. All you need is a blank mug, permanent marker, and an oven. Just as the image says; write your note or your drawing and stick it in the oven for 30 minutes and you are done. Just be sure to tell the recipient they are not dishwasher safe, or that message will be gone forever.
- “A Love Deck“. I did this for my boyfriend (now husband) a few years ago and I still find it in his drawer – he loves it. You can either do what THIS blog did: “I created a template using Adobe Illustrator, measured the size of the card and filled in the type within. Once printed on card stock, I cut out each square by hand. I glued them to the cards using a thin layer of basic mod-podge, but you could also use rubber cement for a faster drying time.” Or I personalized it more and bought mailing labels and wrote on each one. Trust me, it really isn’t that hard to come up with 52 things, think simple.
- Silhouette Painting. I am not the most artistic person, I am an artist wanna-be. So if I can do this one, so can you. Many years ago we lost our childhood dog Dasher (yes, we got him for Christmas). My brother was very close to this dog so I decided to do something special a few years after. I dug up some old pictures and found one of him sitting with Dasher, you can see this image to the left of the canvas. I made a copy of the picture (you can enlarge it if it is too small), cut out the image from the parent sheet, and used double sided tape to place it on the canvas. I then painted all around it. Once it was slightly dry, not completely or it will peel, I removed the paper and I was left with a very cool silhouette painting. I am sorry, apparently I never took a complete picture, but it turned out great.
- Be Creative! Just pour some paint, grab a brush, and just put it to the canvas. Mod-podge some sheet music, advertisements, or pictures and use it as a background. Use stencils to get you going and color in the lines. Abstract art can never be wrong! 🙂
So blast the holiday music, grab some egg nog or a glass of wine, and start painting! It is so much fun – after writing this, I think this will be my plan for the evening. I’m feeling inspired and I hope you are to. Happy DIY holidays!