Making gift baskets is SO much fun especially when you can tailor it to a specific family. It's great when you know what they like. I try to pay attention to what the person or family is interested in during the months before Christmas.
This super awesome gift "basket" for gardeners is made from a garden hose. Dreaming in DIY has
all the particulars. Don't you just love it?
Craft Gift Basket for the crafty people on your list.. fill with paints, scissors, fabrics, etc.
A gift basket for a family with young children can be a movie night theme with a special movie for kids (maybe a recent release so that they don't already own it). Popcorn, hot cocoa, special kid cups with fun straws, mason jar cups with straws, glow necklaces, fun place mats for the food, maybe some popcorn bowls. A fire stick would go well also. Well, you get the idea, anything that would enhance a movie night at home.
I'm doing a series of diy gifts to give for the holidays and this is one of them. I think this makes a huge statement.
Here is another great gift idea and easy to put together. I'd love to get one of these birdhouses, wouldn't you? We have lots of nature lovers in our family. Having a birdhouse/bird feeder tree in the front yard I am always thrilled to see the little birds flying in to munch at one of our bird feeders or nest in one of our birdhouses. It's the small things....
I bought the birdhouse at Michael's Crafts but all the craft stores have wooden birdhouses, some even cuter than this one. I painted the birdhouse white. At first, I wanted a shabby chic look but then it just went to cute. I'm okay with that, too. I wanted to buy an old table leg for the wooden pole but settled for this stair baluster.
I bought a colorful bowl to sit the birdhouse on. There were lots of pretty bowls but I thought this one said "Autumn" pretty well.
I like to use Fabri-Tac which is a very good, water proof glue that dries clear. It's great for fabric, too, of course.
The kids can help with this gift and wouldn't they be proud to gift this to a grandmother or special aunt? It's a really cute and useful gift, easy to make and makes a big impression, don't you think?
Are you going to make some of your gifts this year? Maybe just for special people?
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Over the next few months I'm going to be posting some great diy ideas for gifting for Christmas. Here is one little bag that is very doable if you sew. It's a standard bag with one handle. It goes together very quickly once everything is cut out.
Directions: Cut 1 piece of fabric 8 1/2 inch by 20 inches (that's the bottom part of the bag). The top part is 4 inches by 20 inches. I used contrasting fabrics for this bag and a neutral gray for the handle. I ironed on some stiff lining onto each piece of fabric. The lining is only 8 1/2 inches by 20 inches
as the top lip of the bag folds over to make a 2 inch border at the top on the outside and the inside of the bag. Sew the 8 1/2 inch x 20 inch fabric to the 4 inch x 20 inch front fabric. On the other side of the 4 inch fabric sew the liner. Now you have one large piece of fabric with a 4 inch contrasting fabric in the middle. Fold this over vertically and sew all the way down to make a long tube. Fold over so that the 4 inch fabric is folded in half with 2 inches showing in the front and 2 inches on the inside of the bag. Turn inside out. Sew the bottom closed. To make the gusset, follow the directions for the wine gift bag I made. Then turn inside out and sew the liner closed by machine or by hand.
I added a piece of thick cotton lace to delineate the top from the bottom of the bag.
I had a battenburg doily that I turned into this flower. It's really easy to make flowers. You need an oblong piece of lace or fabric and then just turn it around and around, gluing with the hot glue gun at the base of the flower. I show how to make flowers here. A flower dresses up everything, don't you think?
I tucked some pretty little towels into the bag but you could put whatever you like, soaps, creams, etc. Do you know anyone who would like a nice gift like this?