Remember when I lived in Kentucky and every month I’d go to Nashville and film a segment for Talk of the Town? It’s a midday news show on Channel 5.
When I moved back to Texas, I thought my Talk of the Town days were over.
I thought wrong.
Today, from my new studio upstairs, I’m going to be filming a new segment on the CUTEST buffalo check wreath with red and white ribbon and the cutest tag.
I’ll share the segment here once it goes live.
But the tag and the Christmas wreath got me thinking. It’s almost time to start working on handmade presents. If this is your first Christmas with me, our family makes handmade presents for each other every year. There was the year my sister made lampshades from slides and the year my brother carved bowls out of a tree that was struck by lightning and the year my sister made thistle artwork out of the words on my blog.
If you want to get lost down a rabbit hole of all our Christmas presents, you can see them here.
Handmade presents are the best.
And here are 9 ideas to get you started.
1. Handmade bottle stopper
Make your own bottle stopper out of an old doorknob and package it with a bottle of your favorite dish soap.
Such a simple, vintage project for the holidays.
2. Handmade wood Christmas tree
One of the best things to give at Christmas is—well—Christmas.
This handmade DIY Christmas tree is made out of pallet wood.
You can see all the instructions here.
3. Hand-stitched tray
This is one of my favorite DIY’s.
You simply find an old thrift store tray, paint it and embroider the wood.
4. handmade tags
Take an oversized wood tag (you can find these in the wood section of the craft store) and cut letters out of a map and glued them on.
I think I’ve seen map stickers that would work for this, too.
The cutest is that quotes match the paper.
5. Handstitched notebooks
You can find notebooks like this in the Target dollarspot.
Then make them extra-special by stitching a pattern onto the front and then make sure to write something extra special on the first page.
You can see the entire DIY here.
6. Felted wreath
Make a wreath (or a tree or an ornament) with felted wool.
It’s so easy to felt a thrift store sweater and then you just cut it out an hot glue.
7. Monogrammed pillow
This is a fun personalized gift for someone special.
You can sew the letters on, or just glue them with fabric glue.
The entire pillow DIY is here.
8. Stamped silver bracelet
Make your own bracelet out of a vintage silverplate spoon.
You could add famiily names or a scripture or an inspirational saying.
Here’s how to stamp silver and make your own.
9. Picture frame wreath
Here’s a fun idea for someone special.
Make your own picture frame wreath with pictures of the entire family.
I hope this inspires you to add a little handmade under your tree.
And just in case you needed some handmade wrapping ideas?
I got you.
You can find all the handmade wrapping ideas here.
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