Now that Christmas is over and our gifts have been received, I thought I'd show you some of the things we made this year. The kids are getting older now, so they are able to help out more.
I made these journal covers using techniques learned by Roben-Marie Smith. Check out her online instructions available here.
I found this idea through Pinterest (original idea from here) and knew we had to make some for my MIL who quilts and my Mom who sews. So both Grandma's received these quilt magnets for their fridges. They were made using patterned scrapbook papers which were adhered to sticky-back magnet sheets found at the dollar store. The shapes were cut into 2" x 1" rectangles, 1" squares, 2" squares and two sizes of triangles. The pieces all fit together to create any number of quilt pattern designs.
Candy Cane Hot Chocolate Mix
The instructions for making a plain hot chocolate mix can be found here. We did it the easy way though and used a candy cane hot chocolate mix found at a bulk food store, mint chocolate chips and marshmallows.
I saw this idea at a local craft fair. They were selling them for $2 a piece. There are two marshmallows (or 3) on a lollipop stick which have been dipped into melted white chocolate. While the chocolate is still wet, it is then rolled in sprinkles. We brought a bunch of these to the kids' Christmas party.
These little guys are made with 3 little icing sugar covered donuts, pretzel arms, a licorice scarf, and a chocolate hat. See a bunch of sources for this idea shown here. We brought these to a play date.
The kids made these ornaments out of air dry clay (from the dollar store), and various rubber stamps. They gave them away to some of their friends.
The kids made some shadow boxes to give away as gifts. They were made using pretty paper covered boxes with lids and various little elements they had around.
This painting I gave away for a gift as well. It uses a lot of different scrapbook papers from Graphic 45 in the background.
I used Picaboo to make this photo book for each of the Grandparents. They turned out really well and I may do this again next year.
So, I think that's it! I hope you had a handmade Christmas too. What did you make for gifts?