DIY gift packaging is easy and not that expensive to make. If you are a crafter then you likely have every thing you need in your stash. I like to use my scraps from card making and scrapbooking to make the toppers on the plastic pouch. I get the plastic pouches from Oriental Trading Company. I happen to be a blogger for them so they are my go to resource for supplies.
I treat the plastic pouch just like I would a card front and add layers and dimension with twine and bling. Sometimes simple strips of paper can be the easiest and you can make multiples in one sitting. Figure out the dimensions for your package and add layers of pattern and solid paper that are separated by 1/4 or 1/2 inch increments.
A few small details like crystal stickers added in the corner give it additional volume and really make it look more expensive. I like to use the preprinted thank you pennants from Oriental Trading. They are perfect for gift packaging and cards.
Supplies needed to make the DIY Gift Packaging:
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Peppermint Jewelry is a fun DIY gift you can give. Peppermint says Winter jewelry to me. I love candy themed Christmas trees so candy themed jewelry is pretty cool too. This project is part of Craft Lightning and we love participating in the event because it always makes us design faster and more efficient. It took me 15 minutes to design and make both earrings. I also made a necklace too which I will share tomorrow. One of the things I love most about making my own jewelry is that when I buy the supplies to make a set for me I usually make an extra set to have in my gift closet. I am rarely without a hand-made gift. The peppermints would make great drink charms too. I am pretty frugal and do not like to let anything go to waste or just sit. I happen to order all my supplies from Oriental Trading Company since I am a blogger for them. They have really become my go to for supplies.
Supplies needed for Peppermint Jewelry:
How to make Peppermint Jewelry:
If you follow the pictorial above you will see that it is really simple to make the earrings.
- Start by sliding the beads on the head pin in the order you like.
- Bend the headpin wire over to a 90 degree angle.
- Form a loop around the pliers.
- Wrap the excess wire around the bottom of the loop.
- Open the earring wire by pushing one side of the loop down and one side up.
- Insert the beaded headpin with loop.
- Close the wire and repeat for other side.
- BAM! That easy to make your own earrings.
Make sure you visit all the other blogs and see their great and super quick ideas. You will be ready for gift giving in no time at all.
An easy sew DIY star ornament tutorial using stamps, scrap fabric and embellishments from your craft stash. Handmade ornaments are a great beginner project too. The charming striped material combines with a little bling to create a sweet ornament for your holiday tree. You can make a trio and give as a gift or make a bunch and use them as package toppers for your christmas gifts. They are also fun for an ornament swap.
Directions for a handmade easy sew DIY star ornament
Access pattern by selecting the info button near the main image, then select the pattern icon. Download and print pattern. Transfer two star shapes to wrong side of striped fabric; cut out.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse webbing to text and muslin scraps using iron. Draw 2-1/2” circle on paper side of fused text fabric; cut out. Draw 2”- circle on paper side of fused plain muslin fabric; cut out.
On firm surface, stamp “believe” on plain muslin circle; heat set with iron.
Peel paper backing from circles. Fuse text circle to center of right side of one star. Fuse stamped circle to center of text circle.
Couch Black braid to outer edges of both circles using black thread, overlapping braid ends 1/4”. (Note: Ends can be secured with tiny dot of fabric glue.)
Place right sides of star together. Using 1/4” seam allowance, machine-sew edges together, leaving 2-1/2” opening for turning. Turn right side out. Lightly stuff with fiberfill stuffing. Whipstitch opening closed using needle and white thread. Knot ends.
Trim holiday sprig to 3” length using wire cutters. Couch sprig to star using white thread. Knot ends.
Adhere gems to star using fabric glue. Let dry.
Loop jute twine; hand-sew to back of star using white thread to hang.
Parmesan Bacon Seasoned Crackers are easy to make. Give as a hostess gift or thank you gifts or enjoy snacking on for yourself. Mason jars and small embellishments from your crafting stash make this a budget friendly gift. If you don’t want to give them as gifts… make and enjoy immediately. They are good with soups and salads. I store mine in a mason jar for a couple of weeks. Well, not that they last that long but I would if I could. They are super tasty and you will find a great variety of flavors on this site. I make my own mix to avoid msg and other preservatives. You can use store bought if that works for you. You can also adjust the saltiness with your own recipe. My husband likes his with fresh ground pepper added.
HOMEMADE PARMESAN BACON RANCH DRESSING MIX:
2 Tbsp powdered buttermilk
2 Tbsp dried parsley
2 Tbsp grated parmesan
1 1/2 tsp dried dill
1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp lemon pepper
1/4 tsp bacon salt
1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
( 1/4 tsp salt optional)
5 cups oyster crackers ( a standard bag from the store)
(EQUAL TO ONE PACKET OF STORE-BOUGHT)
Add each of the dried spices to a bowl and mix carefully. I hand mix with a large fork. If you want to make the dressing mix in a double batch you can store the remainder in a canning jar or zip top bag. I often triple the mix amount and also use to season chicken or pork.
Directions for parmesan bacon ranch seasoned crackers:
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
- In a large bowl, combine the spices. Add oyster crackers and olive oil and toss to coat. I use large spatulas to mix them together. Spread evenly on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, stirring gently after 10 minutes. Remove from oven, and allow to cool before serving or eating.
Make a gingerbread man spa gift set to give as a budget friendly handmade gift. Recycled jars and paper scraps make this great a great stash buster too. You can use traditional colors or modern.
Materials for Gingerbread man spa gift set
Recycled baby food jars
Patterned paper scraps
Cardstock scraps: cream; white; brown
Wooden knobs with holes, 1”, three
Gold eyelets, three
Tools for Gingerbread man spa gift set:
Rubber stamps: Pinecone (Hero Arts); Candy Cane (Paper Salon); Tiny Alphabet Stamps; Gingerbread Man (Denami Designs)
Ink pads: black pigment; Brown Fluid Chalk Ink (Clearsnap)
Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Alizarin Crimson; Evergreen; Milk Chocolate; Light Mocha
Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
Red permanent marker
Zip Dry Paper Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
Marvy Clever Lever paper punches (Uchida): Scallop Circle, 1-1/2”; Circles: 1”, 2”
Hole punch, 1/16”
Drill with 1/16” bit
Small screws, three
Directions for Gingerbread man spa gift set:
1. Remove labels from jars. Wash and dry jars. Paint: gingerbread jar top and knob Milk Chocolate; Christmas Tree jar top and knob Evergreen; Candy Cane jar top and knob Alizarin Crimson. When dry, dry brush all tops and knobs with Light Mocha. Apply three coats varnish.
2. Drill holes in jar tops underneath in center. Center knobs on top of jars and secure with screws so screw is placed in knob holes.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp gingerbread man and pinecone on brown cardstock. Cut out gingerbread man. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere gingerbread man to center. Punch scalloped circle around pinecone. Use red marker and glitter marker to color bow. Punch 2” circle from a patterned paper scrap and adhere pinecone to center. Stamp candy cane on white cardstock. Color with red and glitter marker and cut out with scissors. Punch 1” circle from cream cardstock and scalloped circle from patterned paper scrap. Layer pieces together and adhere.
4. Use paper adhesives to glue circles to center of jars. Secure with rubber bands while drying.
5. Use alphabet stamps to stamp jar labels on cream cardstock. Tear labels from cardstock; ink edges Brown. Punch hole in each label; attach eyelet. Thread hemp through hole and tie around knob. Fill jars with body scrubs and salts.
PDF FOR gingerbread spa gift set list
by Melony Bradley
Faux Wicker Clay Technique is one of my favorite ways to use polymer clay. You can give it as many looks as real wicker. I also happen to love the look of sunflowers. They lend themselves fall decorating. Personally I like flowers any time of the year and you will find a lot of my projects are flowers or have flowers in or on them. So get our your clay and have fun making flowers to decorate your faux wicker project.
Materials for Faux Wicker technique:
- Polyform Premo! Sculpey Clay: Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow Hue
- aluminum foil
- recycled paper towel tube
- paper towels
Tools for Faux Wicker Technique:
- Polyform Sculpey Basic Shapes Mini Metal Cutters
- Polyform Sculpey Tools: Clay Extruder, 5 in 1 Tool Kit, Clay Conditioning Machine
- Polyform Sculpey Bake & Bond
- DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Honey Brown, Spicy Mustard, Bright Orange, Cadmium Red, Light Cinnamon
- Parchment-lined baking sheet and oven
Directions for Faux Wicker Technique:
1. Condition Burnt Umber clay and run through clay conditioning machine several times. Roll clay into tube and load into clay extruder. Extrude entire load of clay. Fold strand in half; twist clay around itself to 1/8″ width. Continue twisting until clay looks like rope.
2. Wrap aluminum foil around recycled paper tube; dust lightly with cornstarch. Wrap rope strand around foil tube four times, pressing pieces together lightly. Apply tiny dots of Bake & Bond; press together. Use chisel tip on tool to blend ends into rope. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven for 10 minutes. Let cool.
3. While faux wicker pieces are baking and cooling, condition Cadmium Yellow Hue clay. On last pass through clay conditioning machine, set thickness to third thickest on machine. Place clay flat on work surface. Use leaf shape cutter to cut eight petals for each napkin ring. See Photo 1. Cut out center circle for each napkin ring.
4. Pinch petal ends into points to shape. Squeeze ring of Bake & Bond on circle; press eight petals evenly spaced around circle. See Photo 2 and Photo 3.
5. Cut Burnt Umber circle for flower center. Use detail tool to add random seed dots and create texture. Press flower center on center of each flower; spot glue with Bake & Bond if needed.
6. Apply Bake & Bond on top of cooled faux wicker napkin ring. Press flower on to napkin ring; return to oven and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
7. On covered work surface, lightly paint wicker Honey Brown; wipe off excess paint. See Photo 5 and Photo 6. Lightly paint petals Spicy Mustard; wipe off excess paint. Dry brush Bright Orange on center of petals and Cadmium Red on area close to flower center. Use tip of chisel tool dipped in Light Cinnamon to add tiny dots on petals. Paint flower center Light Cinnamon; wipe off excess with paper towel. Let dry. Remove napkin ring from paper tube.
1. The softer the clay, the easier it is to extrude, so run clay several times through clay conditioning machine before beginning.