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Some Handmade Gifts

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.

Journal Covers

I made these journal covers using techniques learned by Roben-Marie Smith.  Check out her online instructions available here.

Quilt Magnets

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.

Snow Pops

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.

Doughnut Snowmen

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.

Shadow Boxes

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.

Angel Painting

This painting I gave away for a gift as well.  It uses a lot of different scrapbook papers from Graphic 45 in the background.

Photo Book

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? 

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  1. Penny Black
    December 26th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    What gorgeous gifts you and your family made. I am well impressed. I particualarly love the angel painting.

  2. Donna
    December 26th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    I love all of your ideas, thank you for sharing. Happy New Year to you!

  3. December 26th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Angie, I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas! The lucky recipients of these awesome handmade gifts must have been SO pleased! Your Angel and the journal covers were just gorgeous, BTW. 🙂

    Have a wonderful new year. Many thanks for the excellent resource that is Scrapscene! I use/read it EVERY day and love it. Keep up the great work!!
    ~ Ali in NS

  4. December 26th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    What sweet and special gifts! It’s wonderful to see the entire family pitch in and I bet whoever received them felt very blessed. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year to you and your family, Angie! =)

  5. Sylvia/Georgia
    December 26th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    All of your gifts were wonderful! I have put some of them on my list to make next year. As a grandparent, I have to tell you nothing will be more treasured than the photo books. They will love to get the same gift (with new pics) again next year!

  6. December 26th, 2011Posted | Permalink

    Some really fabulous projects. Love those snowmen tho. Really cute 😉 I have used Picaboo before and I like their work.

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