Post # 1
For those who love to DIY, do you have ideas on what you plan to make for family and friends for Christmas? Whether it’s edible or not, what things have gone over the best in the past and which are most fun to make?
Yes it’s slightly early but craftsy folks everywhere tend to start early for Christmas, whether just gathering ideas or starting on the projects.
Post # 3
crafty things i’ve made are quilts and photos… i’ve also seen cute recipes for pies in a jar. i’ll keep thinking 🙂
Post # 4
I like to knit or crochet things for people if I can find the time/resources. 🙂 I crocheted my mom a blanket a few years ago. It was from her (deceased) mother’s pattern book, and was really special to her. I’ve also made homemade butter for people. It’s really easy and fun, and you can customize it by adding different ingredients, ie: make three different kinds with herbs, or honey, or salt, etc.
Post # 5
When I was younger I did the recipe in the jar for cookies. Last year I did etched glass for all of my family. I etched wine glasses, pie pans, or a casserole dish with their last name or something else special to them. I just LOVE to do etched glass though. This year I am thinking about making a photo block or aprons for the ladies. I am already starting to think about what I should do because it takes so long to do all the gifts and plan a wedding. My invites are suppose to be going out around Christmas time too and of course I am DIYing them.
Post # 6
As a starving grad students, I often did not have much money for gifts. The most popular was jars of homemade salsa that I placed baskets from the dollar store, along with a cloth napkin or two (usually bandanas) and a bag of chips. Now that I work full-time, I haven’t made salsa in several years but every holiday season I get asked “so where’s the salsa?”
Post # 7
We are making home vanilla for our family this year. Both sides of our family have decided to only make gifts this year and only buy for the kids. I have seen the homemade vanilla several times and I just love the idea.
Post # 8
it’s not too early to ask! i usually start thinking of ideas around this time so i can plan out what to make and how to package it. i do a gift basket of baked goodies of some sort for my friends every year. they’re pretty popular and my friends usually start asking questions about the contents around now. i never tell them though. lol. i like to keep things a secret. just in case i change my mind. ha!
the past few years i’ve made: my awesome fudge and gingerbread cookies, an assortment of chocolate-dipped pretzels and whoopie pies, mexican wedding cookies and hot cocoa mix, and last year i made chocolate truffles. i’m not sure what i’m going to make this year but i’m thinking about maybe trying my hand at petit fours.
these were all really easy to make, especially the preztels and truffles, though the hot cocoa mix took a while to perfect but still really easy.
Post # 9
I’ve done lots of DIY x-mas gifts, but the one that went over the best was a jewelry board. It was pretty easy and looked like it took way more effort than it did, and was super practical! (I’m all about practicality) I would start with a small framed cork board (~12 x 15 or so) and spray paint it the color that I wanted the frame (black/gold/etc). Get decorative paper and spray mount/rubber cement/hot glue it to the cork part. Get the small tiny decorative screw hooks and screw them in to the cork board in pairs throughout the top and middle for earrings and single hooks at the bottom for necklaces. Using thick wrapping wire, attach small vases to a few of the lowest hooks (or screw into the frame for stability). They sell these at Michaels and Wal-mart for $1 and are generally about 3 inches tall and kinda hourglass shaped so they can be supported by a wire loop at the top. I would pick out a few small silk flowers (generally one bunch provides multiple flowers for multiple gifts) and place one in each little vase. If you want to you can buy a pair of dangly earrings and put through a couple of the hooks so the recipient will know the purpose. Because most corkboards already have wall mounts they can easily hang it up on the wall and I have found that ladies LOVE to display their fun earrings! They can also put real flowers into the vases, but gorgeous fake flowers are just as good… my girls loved these! I don’t have photos, but hopefully you can get an idea from my description.
Of course, these work best for women, but when it comes to guys, they just love food : )
Post # 10
I’ve done shadow boxes of memorabilia…diff varieties of gift baskets…my favorite tho is framed portraits that i hand draw myself from photos…drawing it, i think, makes it so much more special….and its affordable for me cuz all i have to do is buy the frame! yup, i think this xmas will def be a portrait xmas…lol 🙂