I was reading something earlier today about the Kirstie Allsopp effect and that a third of us will receive hand-made gifts this Christmas. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this, and, if anything shows a little more thought and effort.
Handmade gifts are hard to make and take time and energy. I hope to make the children something each, but I am not sure what yet or even if I will have time. I keep thinking I should make them a Christmas stocking each, but as they don’t really understand the concept of Christmas yet I might leave this until next year.
I haven’t handmade any of the gifts this year for family, but we have made some Christmas cards and I plan to make some gift tags. I thought I would share two easy and quick Christmas crafts I’ve competed recently. I have used the Christmas Patterns from O’mara books to create some little bits and pieces I can cut out and make into tags. Daniel and I have been colouring these in as and when we get chance. I have made two into tags so far, I just need to get some bakers twine to affix them to the gifts with and pick up some green card to back them onto. These are quick and simple and are a little more personal than the standard tags you pick up in shops.
These would also look lovely coloured in in silver and gold, or perhaps coloured in using glitter and then cutting out and sprinkling along tables, especially if you have a buffet type thing planned. Unusual and a bit of a talking point and great to help younger children feel involved if they are helping to decorate the table.
The Christmas patterns book is full of pictures like this that could be used to make cards, tags or other decorations with.
I have also painted up one of these brilliant Penguin coin banks. John Lewis have ensured that penguins are the thing for 2014 and these are fab. I used pens on mine, I think acrylic paints would probably leave a nicer finish but for smaller hands the pens work fine. The penguins come in a pack of four and are just £4.96 which I think is amazing value. These are the sort of thing that would be brilliant for entertaining children and maybe even younger teenagers in the run up to Christmas – lots of different ways to decorate your penguin and gift to someone. Would also be a neat idea for entertaining children on a sleepover?
I’m not sure who will get this little penguin, I might even keep him for myself to store loose change in. That’s the problem with making handmade gifts. I end up wanting to keep them for myself!
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