Home Made Gifts
It’s gift giving time again and the girls and I are trying to come up with some fun, unique, eco and economical ideas. I like trying to give gifts that will be used and enjoyed. I hate receiving gifts that I don’t need or can’t use and thus either end up in the garbage or re-gifted to salvation army (though I do love purging and giving the goods to charity).
For the girl’s teachers this year we will be giving these funky pencils which I like to call Elf Pencils. I figure teachers need pencils and these are so fun who wouldn’t want to do their work with them. I’m hoping that once the pencil gets too small for the decoration that it will be taken off and placed onto a new one.
This gift was a little hard for my 5 year old and so I helped her with the pencil wrapping part, she did the beading herself. For this gift you will need some colorful plastic thread/gimp, beads, pencils/pens and a glue gun. We cut about 36″ for each pencil and started by tying off around 4″ from the bottom of the pencil (you can leave a small chunk of gimp to be woven under the wrap to make the knot more secure). Next put some hot glue onto the knot so it doesn’t unwrap, now wrap the thread all the way up to the top. For a different look (not shown) you can stop every so often and add a bead as you wrap to the top. Once at the top tie the thread to the pencil and hot glue the knot (try not to glue the knot to the pencil-this way the wrap will be reusable). If there is a tail left you can bead it as shown above and then knot and glue it as before.
Bird seed ornaments are another fun gift to give, they are beautiful enough to hang on your Christmas tree or outdoors as a bird feeder. I first saw them at MamaPapaBubba. We tried them last year and will be making them again this year.
Last year we made peppermint foot scrub for the teachers and it was received very well, who doesn’t enjoy a little pampering now and then. Check out the post here.
Stay tuned for more fun home made gift ideas!