Special Delivery for Mom

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Happy Sunday, all!

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day here in the U.S. and there is still time to find excellent items for that wonderful Mom in your life. During my usual romp through Etsy, I found some great ideas, starting with this cute mug for those that don’t live near Mom:

So she can think of you every morning!

Up next, I was never really a fan of those children/grandchildren necklaces with birthstones until I came across these “family tree” style ones that look like leaves:

A monogram leaf and a birthstone for each child/grandchild looks so elegant.

The thirdΒ idea I came across that really hit close to home for me was a custom printed recipe towel. My Mom, Grandmother, and I used to spend a lot of time in the kitchen together, making family recipes. This seems like just the thing to bring that nostalgia as well as preserve some of those treasured recipes:

Grandma’s Snickerdoodle recipe can be immortalized in towel form!

Finally, I won’t call this a cop-out gift but it IS kind of a default in our family…chocolate. We can bump up the special factor a bit by personalizing the message on the chocolate at least:

A tasty treat and a cute sentiment.

I love giving my Mom homemade gifts, even if they aren’t made in my home!

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Holiday DIY Gift Ideas on a Budget

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Yup, it’s that time of year where even though you know you don’t have to give someone a gift and that they’ll understand your shoestring budget, you really want to anyway. Well I’m hear to help you out fellow crafters with another list of gifts you can make for very little that can mean a awful lot. I’ve group them by skill this year (bath making, sewing, etc.) with a few options listed as links under each one so feel free to pursue the whole list or just skip on down to your preferred skill set. Hopefully it will provide some idea you hadn’t considered yet. πŸ™‚

Sewing

First up, are some DIY Key Fobs.Β  Inspired by the Kate Spade line, these can make a great custom gift for that hard to shop for family member. If you have a sewing machine and extra fabric/thread lying about you’re already most of the way there. Infinity scarves have become very popular in the past few years so why not make a custom one instead? You can make it their favorite color or even make several to match their favorite outfits. Got some old jeans or beach towels that are on their way out? Give them new life baking a Country Jean Apron or a Towel Beach Bag. Both are very inexpensive but easily customizable to fit any taste.

Dinnerware/Glasses

Coaster sets are always a great stand by gift that can be simple to make and look great in a home. These Terra Cotta ones are a nice twist with their raised edges. Know someone that enjoys some humor in the everyday dishes? Give these easy Mason Jar ‘I’m so Fancy’ tumblers a try.

Jewelry

Jewelry on the inexpensive side can be very hard to pull off, so I only recommend making these for people that you know that enjoy costume jewelry as part of their everyday wear. That said, these sequins bracelets hold a lot of creative possibilities. If you don’t know anyone that uses fashion jewelry, then make them a Personalized Jewelry Holder out of a simple ceramic dish and some adhesive vinyl that you print your design out on.

Towels & House Gifts

(Working with Dyes and Paints)

Kitchen towels can be a great gift for new families and singles alike and I’ve found a few variations that can appeal to various skill sets. My favorite are these Ombre Dyed ones as I love the chromatic design that’s easy to make. If working with Dye is not your thing then maybe give Stenciled Towels a try. You just need cheap acrylic paint, fabric medium to mix with, towels, foam brushes and a stencil. Speaking of paint, just pick up some wooden handle roasting sticks and custom paint the handles to make a great personalized gift for the outdoors/s’mores maker in your family.

Beauty Products

Soap is of course the simplest DIY gift as many recipes are simply heat, mix and pour. These Milk and Honey bars being a prime example. Just be sure you know the recipient’s allergies when making your beauty products. Perhaps your person is less of a bar soap and more a scrub person, make them some custom Lemon Sugar Scrub that will help exfoliate their skin. This one in particular is for your lips, but could be used all over if made in larger sizes. Not into showers and more into baths? Try your hand at making a jar of Fizzy Bath Salts. Just like bath bombs but you don’t have to get a mold to make them with. Can’t decide? make all of them and give them out as little treat yourself baskets to your various family members! Most of these recipes make 9-12 pieces/uses so the cost still remains low.


DIY Father’s Day Gifts

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Another month, another holiday and this month we get to honor the male role models in our life. πŸ™‚ Since not all of them want power tools (like the TV ads would have you believe) I’ve gathered up a collection of some great DIY gifts that range from customization to from scratch creation to help inspire any last minute gift ideas you might need.

Hanging Belt Rack

First we have a customization one that’s pretty simple. With just a wood hanger, a drill and some cup hooks; you can make a simple space saving belt hanger! Depending on how tool ready you are the only thing you may need to buy are the hooks themselves.

 

Personalized Neckties

Keeping with the clothing theme, here’s a simple one for all you sewers out there. Make that tie you get him a little more personal this year by embroidering his initial on it! Even if you don’t have an embroidery machine you can still create one with a simple stencil, a needle, thread, and an embroidery hoop. Might take some time if you pick a fancy font to do it in though so budget your time wisely the next few days.

 

 

Date with Dad

Okay, here’s one you need no instructions for that will work great if you have a close relationship with your Dad. Make a card asking to go on a ‘date’ with him and include the tickets/vouchers inside. Really simple and can mean a lot more as you’re setting aside time just to spend with him and create new memories. Can also work great for younger kids as well if the other parent helps set everything up.

 

Firewood Tote

While this could work for people other then you dad as well, this nifty little gift could certainly see a lot of use come winter time. I know I would love to stop piling the wood up in my arms when I try to carry it inside (All the while hoping nothing crawls out and decides to come say hi…. >.< ) Another very simple gift that won’t break the bank with the only required materials being some canvas, flannel and wooden dowel rods.

 

Wooden Beer Tote

This one is for all you wood workers out there! Put those skills to work and make your Dad a custom 6-pack tote this year. I love the addition of the bottle opener on the side, and you’ll likely score bonus points if you fill it with some of your Dad’s favorite drinks. πŸ˜‰

 

Modge Podge Coasters

Lastly, if you have a sibling looking to compliment you awesome Drink Tote, why not suggest they make Dad some custom coasters? This crafty creator found round electrical outlet covers at the hardware store to use that keep your coaster weighted without having to use stones/tiles. All you need are those, some glue, modge podge, and prints of whatever you’d like to place on them. πŸ™‚


Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

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There is less than a week until this card pushing holiday and instead of swamping the store and giving money to Hallmark -getting that adorable generic gift that was only $5.95 cause you bought 3 cards- I purpose you take a page from your childhood and make your mom something she will actually use and enjoy. ^_^

Got a mother who enjoys hot tea/coffee? Why not make her a custom monogram mug? All you need is a sharpie, an oven, a mug and some sticker letters.

My family? We love photos, and collages are some of fastest ways to great a beautiful showcase of your family. Why not put a modge podge twist on it though and make one of these custom monogram collages.

Instead of a flower bouquet, why not take a page out of Edible Arrangements book and make a custom food/drink bouquet? All you need is a bucket and your mother’s favorite candy/food/drinks!

Some may require moderation of course…

Jars are such a versatile medium. You can put pies, cookies, cakes….just about anything you can think of can be mixed in one of these glass containers. Why not go a step beyond though and make several mini gift baskets out of them for your mom?

Or perhaps you have a mother that likes to cook? Surprise her this Mother’s Day with some homemade extracts that she can use in her future recipes (which you will of course happily suffer through taste testing πŸ˜‰ ).

Mother still not converted her reading passion over to the digital age? Make her one of these stay put elastic bookmarks! They look cute and you don’t have to worry about her losing it. πŸ˜‰

All of these ideas are simple and easy to throw together in the next few days so hopefully these inspired you if nothing else. πŸ™‚

~Nicole