Our first Handmade Holidays post is up and running. Share your thrifted or crafted gift or decorating ideas on Mr. Linky below:>)
I have a couple quick and easy (and best of all cheap!) ideas for some really great gifts this Christmas. With so many feeling the bite of the tanking economy, it is only smart to give our friends and relatives a little bit of our time and ingenuity and some really memorable gifts from our hearts and hands! My first idea is a thrifted find straight from the greatest source of treasure there is, that's right, good old ebay. I found a mixed lot of silverplate (38 pieces!) for the paltry sum of $10. That's a lot of gift potential for very little money! How about some wonderful home made jam wrapped up with a silverplated spreader? A pretty gift that can be used lots of different ways. Gae at Cherished Hearts at Home asked if I had any ideas for gifts that boys could make, well what about a rustic tray like the one shown here? You can find the wood plank at Michael's and with a coupon it is very affordable. The handles are beautiful twisty lilac wood that has been cut and screwed on from the bottom. I am sure that you could find some great twisted wood of other kinds too, just make sure it isn't poison ivy! The screw holes are covered with self adhesive cork dots. Imagine this presented with a loaf of home made bread or an assortment of cheeses. Cute!
These sweet dangles are made from vintage screw back earrings. I will be posting a tutorial for these later this week. Find the vintage earrings at garage sales and flea markets, or maybe grandmother's jewelry box! The sterling hooks can be found at any good craft store and they cost a little over $1 each. You can do this without any special jewelry making equipment, just a pair of needle nose pliers. My daughters are 19 and 21 and they love the repurposed vintage earrings I have made for them. They wear them all the time and have received lots of compliments so this is something that would be a great gift for any age and they are one of a kind!
Now it's your turn! Share your handmade gift and holiday decorating ideas with Mr. Linky below. Please link only to the post that shows your thrifted or handmade gift or decorating idea , and please don't link up until you have finished the post :>) Lets all have fun with Handmade Holidays!