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How to Make Handmade Gifts

It is never too early to begin thinking about the gifts that you will be giving during the holidays. Most people enjoy receiving a hand crafted gift made especially for them. However, in the hustle and bustle of the season there is often very little time to do the creating. Starting early on your handmade gifts is a wonderful idea!

There are many hand crafted gifts that you can create for those special people on your gift list:

Altered Clock

A personalized clock can be a timeless gift that is practical and meaningful. You can create the clock with the recipients decor in mind or create a theme for it. You will need to purchase a flat faced clock from a discount store. Remove the clock hardware. Trace the clock face on scrap paper to use as a template. Select a patterned paper to adhere to the clock. Use the template to trace and cut the pattern paper. Using a foam make-up applicator, apply a thin layer of decoupage or clear-drying liquid adhesive to the clock front. Lay the patterned paper pieces in place and apply another thin layer of adhesive on top. Once the clock has dried add embellishments, and sticker or diecut numbers. Once all of the embellishments have been added be sure to seal the project with another thin layer of the adhesive.

Note Card Set

Make a grab bag of creative cards that the gift recipient can use instead of purchasing cards from the store! One of the best things about making cards is that you can even use up some of your scraps! I love making cards out of my scraps! You can create a gift bag to hold the cards as well. To make the base of the cards you will need 6 1/2 x 10 sheets. You can decorate these with stamps, punch art or any way that you prefer! Make sure to include some envelopes!

Mini Album

A mini album is a fun gift for someone. You can create an album from an event you both attended or for anything really. A mini album is always a cherished gift no matter the topic! You can find albums in many different sizes. Decide how many pictures you have and let that help you choose the size of album to purchase.

There will be more handmade gift ideas coming soon!

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