Monday, 4 December 2017

Simple Homemade Christmas Gifts

Yes. It's true! Less than three weeks until Christmas and I cannot wait! Even though I am a huge fan of Christmas, I always have issues trying to think of what I want to buy for family and friends as I usually resort to the same types of presents; knitwear, makeup, fragrances. So last year, I decided to do something a little more meaningful and make some of the presents myself.

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The first gift I made was a 'Happy Jar'. I created this for a close family member who had been going through a tough time and I knew would cherish something a little more personal than your usual Christmas gift. This gift was quite simple to make and at the same time was quite the special gift!

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To create this gift, the first item you will need is a Mason's jar, which you can pick up at any craft shop or in the kitchen section of most homeware stores. I picked up mine at Ikea for just £1.75, however, if there isn't an Ikea store near you there are tons of other shops to choose from!

Secondly, you will need some colourful post-it notes to write your messages on. I chose yellow ones to match the yellow theme I was going for (I seem to associate the colour yellow with happiness!), but feel free to choose any colour or shape post-it notes you prefer. On the post-it notes, I wrote short messages which I knew would make that person smile when they read them. For example, a memory from our childhood together, or a simple reminder that I loved them! Obviously it is your decision what messages you write and also depends on who the jar is for as well as your reason for making it.

Thirdly, you will need some items to decorate the jar with. This part is optional, but I definitely think it adds an extra personal touch to your gift. I chose two different types of ribbon and a decorative glitter bottle, whilst still sticking to the 'yellow' theme. I then created a label and placed this inside the jar before filling it with the messages. And that's all it takes! Simple, yet effective and meaningful.

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The second gift I made was a personalised frame and I loved these so much that I decided to make two! To create one, you will need a box frame and then some items to fit inside. I chose items which were suited to each couple and also included photographs to add a more personal touch. It took me a while to figure out how small I wanted the photographs and also how to place them inside the frame. I then had trouble finding somewhere who would print the photos at such a small size. Eventually I found a great company called OddPrints who let you upload the photos and sizes you need onto their website and then post them out to you when ready. It was super easy to use and the photos were great quality.

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For the first frame, I chose to make a mosaic of miniature photographs and then spell the couple's names using old Scrabble (yes, the boardgame!) pieces. I also picked up some craft pieces, for example, buttons and wooden hearts to decorate with. I found a small slate heart and chose to write the Christmas message on there to add something a little different. I finished the look by including a touch of sparkle to the bottom with some clear rhinestones, which added to the 3D dimension of the frame.

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For the second frame, I went for more of a London and vintage vibe. I decided to make the well-known Christmas quote the focus piece and decorated above it with photos. I then bought a toy car and decorated it to mimic the couple's real life truck. I added some miniature snowy trees and an old style street lamp which I found at a garden centre. I also glued a bottle of glitter above the lamp and positioned it to look like the glitter was falling out onto the ground to give it a 'magical' feel. To create the tiny presents, I bought some small dice and wrapped them carefully. This part was quite tricky, but I enjoyed the challenge!

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Overall, I was really pleased with my homemade gifts and I hope my family and friends enjoyed receiving them. There's so many variations you could do for both gift ideas and there are tons more ideas on Pinterest if you get stuck!

What do you think? Will you be making gifts for your family and friends this year?

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