Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you find time to really focus and be thankful for all of your blessings. Image above: Consider making one or two of Centsational Girl’s wood cutting boards for the foodies in your family. However, because we enjoy giving handmade gifts for Christmas and we also enjoy having a stress free December we have found that our handmade gifts have to be made all year long. The fine gents at Bison Made gave us step-by-step instructions last week on how to make a handsome and incredibly durable wallet.
A WoodSnap is a unique wooden canvas that presents your most memorable photos engrained in wood. Plus, in a still-struggling economy, many homemade gifts can be made on the cheap and help you cross numerous people off your list without going into debt. Welcome to week four of our nine weeks of getting ready to have a handmade Christmas. I’m Laura, owner and creator of Make Life Lovely, a creative blog filled with creative craft tutorials, DIY projects, party tips, holiday ideas, home decor, and so much more! Make sure to include your email address so we can get your address and ship you lots of awesome Scotch Expressions washi tape.
My gang loves to give each other gifts, and instead of buying things for them to give each other, we encourage them to make the gifts they give. An oversize wooden snowflake like this would look great hanging on a front porch, or as a feature on an interior wall. Staple the ribbon on the back of the wooden letter by lining the staple gun up with to the top center of the letter. Help your little one learn to spell his name with this simple homemade name stamp by Mama Papa Bubba.
Gifts for your green fingered friends are really difficult to find, here we have collected 10 ideas that are inspired by the garden that any gardener will be pleased to receive. The activities include a vintage wood U.S. map puzzle, a chalkboard and chalk, a mini magnetic checkers board, and a magnetic board for play. DIY Wood Crayon Holder – all you’ll need is some 1×3 scraps to mkae this beautiful wood crayon holder!
Make your friends some throw pillows for a gift with this simple step-by-step from Brit + Co With permanent markers in various colors, draw designs onto cotton pillows. Make personalized mugs for a homemade wedding present with this easy craft from A Beautiful Mess Pick up two porcelain mugs (or, gift eight for a full set) and a permanent marker, design, then pop in the oven. This type of wood is harder, stronger and denser, with a more delicate, flawless grain. For this one I used the edge of a cracker box as a stamp to make lines going in each direction.
If you live with someone who loves to cook and prep, treat them to a personalised wooden spoon It’ll make their dishes taste even better! Our skillfully handcrafted wooden rings are not only for Christmas but are genuine wooden keepsakes, which with care, will last a life time. And with the materials you buy for that $15, you can make multiple swords and cross off multiple kids on your list. Image above: With this easy tutorial, you can make a few zippered cases for stocking stuffers and gifts in no time.
As items are individually hand-crafted to order, we can customise the writing to make an individual gift of your choice for a special person. One more tip for folks unfamiliar with using a wood burning tool – once the design is burned in, chances are great that it won’t come out again. Take a blank wooden plaque – for example blank wooden star plaques start at little over £1 – and give it a light wash with a little thinned down emulsion paint in a pale or neutral colour. Gifts of appreciated securities can be attractive to you because no capital gain is recognized on the transfer.
Well, it’s true, and this DIY for wood veneer confetti and gift tags is seriously the easiest thing you can make. Now you’re sorted for your fifth anniversary with a lovely wooden gift, why not browse our guide to wedding anniversaries to prepare for your next one. You always select the type of wood, the color of wood, and trim (when applicable) of your unique wood gift.
To decorate them you can select from: some left over paint or sample pots in neutral colours; an assortment of Sharpie pens; Stencils if required (it is easy to make your own from free designs on the internet); any odd buttons, bows, sequins or crafty items you might have around; a hot glue gun; scraps of wrapping paper/napkins/ paper suitable for decoupage; PVA glue.
I started with oak and hard wood linked wooden initials and oak kitchen chopping boards engraved with names and dates and carved initials for wedding, anniversaries and christenings, we now specialise in all manner of oak house gifts from Oak cheese boards to extra large serving platter boards, wooden phone holders to carved French Oak mantle pieces and privately commissioned wood work.
Several people have asked me about why I’m doing this series in October instead of close to Christmas. You will probably want to give the wooden gift tags a light sanding and then you are ready to give each one a design. Because we make our gifts, it’s always fun to get my husband & kids involved, and work on projects together. Wood prints are the newest wave of art that involves the intricate science of printing photos on wood with complete precision, vibrancy and durability. Our Oak Linked Letters and Hardwood Linked Letters merge the couples initials in wood and are finished with an ampersand &” symbol and a date.
Celebrating Christmas comes once a year (although we should celebrate the birth of our Savior all year long), and I love to try to make it so absolutely special for my family. Image above: A set of embroidered note cards on recycled cardboard paper would make a lovely, low-cost, eco-friendly gift. When we had children he made wooden toys for them, then for friends and neighbours, then after the second redundancy he started attending small craft fairs. Make a set of DIY wooden yard dice for a fraction of the cost of store bought sets of lawn dice. You’ll get serious Cool Uncle” points if you make this for your nephew or niece.
This is one of those easy gifts for friends that requires only a couple of supplies and knowledge of their favorite colors and flowers. The printed image fuses with the natural grain of the wood and fashions an inimitable wood print that is 100% unique and original. Instead of forking over $9 for a bar of artisan man-soap, make a big batch of your own for less than $.75 a bar.
Handmade of cherry, maple and multi-wood blends, they make attractive cheese-tasting and other food presentations. The most exciting thing about WoodSnap’s wall art is that each piece has its own fingerprint, as no two wood grain patterns are alike! Make Life Lovely is dedicated to making everyday life more lovely, and I hope to inspire you and show you how!
Image above: Make a couple of Halligan’s faceted gem planter pots for a garden enthusiast on your holiday gift list. Simple and elegant, the abstraction of streets normally recognizable to New Yorkers invites people to take a second look, and creates a private bond between gift-giver and recipient. So whether you’re looking for wedding gifts or a present for a godchild and everything imbetween, we suggest you head to Make Me Something Special. We know the quality of the wood makes a difference to the durability and beauty of a wooden bowl. Make a latch board like Domesticesq did with random bits and bobs from the work shop or hardware store.
Let’s be honest, we all want gifts that not only make a lasting impression but will also last for years to come. For our 2 year anniversary I got my girlfriend a woodcut map of the spot where we first met, and she loved it. The contrasting shapes of wood veneer made Chelsea, NYC look like a piece of art. There was one in the Magic Cabin catalog that we loved, but of course it was big $, and I knew we could make something similar. With these wooden jigsaw piece keyrings you’ll each have something to keep on your keys that connects you to each other.
I have an Etsy shop selling wood burned items, and this is spoken from my own experience 😉 So try to have at least a basic idea of what you want before you start burning! Repeat 2 more times, but make sure that each triangle is slightly smaller than the one before it. Layer each piece vertically, starting with the largest at the bottom. The Bay Area’s interesting geography is well captured by the subtle wood tones. Follow our Holiday Crafts, Ideas and Inspirat ion board on Pinterest for more Christmas craft ideas. Check out this recipe from Tim Ferriss on how to make the best beef jerky in the world.
For those of you who like to sew, Cakies shows you how to make a simple A-frame tent for the kids to use indoors or out. Today I though I’d share some amazing gifts that you can make quickly, and most are out of scrap wood – so no need to even go pick up new materials or spend tons of money! The types of wooden products I make vary from handcrafted pens, to kitchen accessories such as pepper mills, salt mills, cutlery sets, cutting boards, ice-cream scoops, and coffee grinders, to candleholders, desk sets, and other unique wood gifts.
Some of these are larger and will take longer to make, but most are very simple as I have a very short creative attention span (I like to make things very quickly or else I never finish them!) Some of these gifts are smaller and would make great stocking stuffers or take home gifts for parties. Give the master chef in your life a personalised wooden chopping board so they can be reminded of the happy times you’ve shared as they cook your dinner. These include a boats & seaside range which consist of hand drawn wooden beach huts, lighthouses, peg rails, nautical bunting and a wide variety of boats.