Saturday, December 29, 2012

My Handmade Christmas Gifts for 2012

Hi all!! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are looking to bring on the New Year!! I just wanted to share the handmade gifts that I created for everyone this year. I was definitely busy and creating some of these last minute!!

I have been teaching myself to crochet and my first project I decided to tackle was to make infinity scarves just using the single crochet stitch. These were made for all my hubby's siblings and his two cousins(all in elementary). The four on the left are his siblings'...they all had different colors they like. The black and yellow was for my hubby's cousin and she likes the Steelers. The navy blue and orange scarf is for the other cousin and her favorite team is the Bears. The kids liked them a lot and wore them the entire time they opened gifts.
 I packaged them in these super cute felt bags that I got at Hobby Lobby which were half off at the time!!
 My parents got a gift card to Olive Garden and this is the handmade gift card holder made using the Artiste cartridge and the spaghetti image is from the Fast Food cartridge.
 It pops up when you open up the gift card.
 Here are all the gift cards I made. All pop up. The presents ones are generic gift cards and then the two book gift cards are for Barnes and Noble gift cards and the book is made from Sugar and Spice cartridge.
 My hubby's family has many generations of scouters and this was at the 100th celebration of scouting at the Capitol. You can see the original post HERE. I wanted this to be a gift for my FIL and this was quite the work not only for the scrapbook layout but the framing of it. It is not in the frame as I wanted them to be able to open it on the wall to view the photos underneath. The hubby helped me with the framing part. He measured the flaps when they are closed and cut a slit down the front of the page protectors and when he slides the page in he opens the flap straight up and it goes down the strip and this way the inside photos are protected. Then we cut another page protector in half to slip over the flap that opens and to make it secure and snug, my hubby ironed the top of the protector to melt it shut and then when it cools slipped it over the flap. Then I added the navy blue paper to fill in the spaces above and below the layout and it looks like the Cub Scout uniforms my hubby's triplet brothers are wearing in the photos.

Then before putting the layout on frame, I glued page protectors over the navy blue parts to protect them as well and then glued on the layout on top.
 My FIL loved it and is going to put it in his office. This is what it looks like when you open it. The hubby's Grandpa and Uncle are also both scouters and loved it also.
 Then for all the tea drinker ladies in the hubby's family I made these tea dispenser boxes(all paper and a chipboard base) from this tutorial HERE. I cut the Tea canister from Love You a Latte cartridge and instead of cutting the letters for it out, just stamped "tea time" on the canister.
 They are packaged with Celestial Seasonings(my favorite tea brand) Holiday Teas: Nutcracker Sweet, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride, Gingerbread Spice, Sugar Plum Spice, and Candy Cane Lane. Because I gave them two of each flavor and was going to mix them(they are not individually packaged), I also made my own tea envelopes from the Artiste cartridge and made labels for them using Return Address labels. I made 50 of these envelopes!!! They turned out super cute and need to make one for myself now!

Phew!! And there is my handmade gifts for 2012 Christmas. Now I'll need to be on the lookout to find new ideas for next year. Thanks for visiting all!!


  1. You are so sweet to make all of these gifts for your family! I love the spaghetti!! Perfect for Olive Garden! And teaching yourself to crochet-very cool! :) Happy New Year!

  2. Amazing job on all the handmade goodies! They turned out so good!