creative projects for life's celebrations


DIY Christmas Gifts for Her

Welcome to the second post of a four-part DIY Christmas Gifts Series. Previously I wrote about DIY Gifts for Him, today it’s all about DIY Gifts for Her, and next it will be about DIY Gifts for Coworkers, and then DIY Gifts for Grandparents.

For Moms:

  • For the Bird Lover

For the Bird Lover You know the Portlandia sketch “Put a bird on it“? I love it. As much as it’s funny to laugh at, my mom and I are totally all about birds so it was logical to put a bird on everything I made for her. She’s also a big fan of copper so merging her love for birds with cute copper canisters was just meant to be! I etched a bird design on to both canisters and then used the same design on some green napkins to go with the birdie napkin ring holders I got her last Christmas! :)

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DIY Christmas Gifts for Him

Congrats y’all. We made it through another holiday season! As you can see from the February post date it’s taken me awhile to recuperate. My dear family had to endure yet another year of me proclaiming “let’s have a handmade Christmas!”. While they might have thought that going handmade was all a thing of the past, our new grad school budget necessitated a bit of frugal creativity with gift-giving this year.

Here’s the first of a four-part series on how I made the most out of this year’s handmade Christmas. Stay tuned for DIY Christmas Gifts for Her (Updated with link!), DIY Christmas Gifts for Coworkers, and DIY Christmas Gifts for Grandparents.

There’s always a challenge with handmade gifts. After all, there’s a reason that the gift card industry is so stinkin’ successful. The last thing you want is your giftee wishing you’d gone for the traditional Target/Best Buy/iTunes giftcard instead of a hodgepodge homemade monstrosity. But, if you take a moment to think about the things your recipient loves, it’s likely you’ll be able to come up with something they just might like.

For the Dads:

  • The new boater (or insert other hobby here).

Boat Master

The newest thing in my Dad’s life last year was a boat. A cute lil’ Carolina Skiff. This gift actually took me the longest to come up with but, after a little brainstorming with my husband, I decided to make a shirt for his boating expeditions.

  1. I searched on Google for an image that wasn’t too intricate so that it would make an easy stencil for a man driving a boat.
  2. I uploaded the image into the Silhouette Studio software and traced it to use as a stencil. Stay tuned for a step-by-step tutorial on how to replicate this with another design of your choice!

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