Homemade Holiday Gifts

Homemade Holiday GiftsHomemadeThe true spirit of the holiday can be captured perfectly through giving someone you love a homemade holiday gift. Not only are they inexpensive but they also express the creative part of your self. This will enable the recipient to really know the real you and make them feel how much you really care for and love them.

Sew Up Squares

This is a great homemade holiday gift that your kids and their friends can enjoy with. Just sew some square beanbags by hand or in your sewing machine. Made two five-inch squares on a fabric and cut it out. Sew the three sides of the squares with the right sides of the fabric facing each other. Turn the bag right-side out then poke out the corners using a pencil. Pour in some dried beans or rice and sew by hand the last side of the square. Make a nice juggling set for the children by tying up together three beanbags with a ribbon. If you are giving this homemade holiday gift to some adults, then replace the beans with fragrant herbs like mint or chamomile.

Personalized Brooches

These brooches when worn by a family member will give them the excuse to talk about the person that their brooch represented. The materials needed for this homemade holiday gift are bottle caps, needle-nose pliers, pin backing, clear glaze or white glue, nail polish, glitters, and photo.

Bend out and flatten the bottle cap rim using the needle-nose pliers and glue a pin backing on it. Decorate the edge of the cap with nail polish and glue some glitters on it. Trace a quarter around the person’s face on the photo and cut it out. Glue the cut out picture in the center of the cap and coat it with white glue that dries clear or with a clear glaze.

Hand-Painted Mugs

Turning plain mugs into personalized ones is also a great idea for homemade holiday gifts. You will need a pencil and paper, Pebeo Porcelain 150 glaze, cotton swabs or watercolor brush, and ceramic mugs.

Practice drawing your personal design on a piece of paper before painting it on the mug. When you’re ready to do it, lay the mug on its side and put some glaze on it using the brush or cotton swab. Let it stand for about 24 hours for the painted mug to air dry. Bake the mug for about 35 minutes in a preheated 325 degree oven to set the glaze.

To have a special touch on this homemade holiday gift, put in the mug a package of hot chocolate mix or some assorted tea bags.

Personalized gifts for the holidays are great for giving out to our family members and friends. Homemade holiday gift shows how creative we can be and they are also inexpensive. Gifts that you made yourself show more of your love and care than purchased ones.
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