Christmas Gift Ideas
- Small wooden box (available at craft stores)
- Acrylic paint (or stain) and brush
- Tacky glue
- Assorted decorating supplies (stamps, magazine pictures, photos, labels, stickers, wrapping paper, wooden or plastic toys)
- Nontoxic acrylic sealer
- First, apply a light coat of paint or colored stain to the box.
- While it's drying, pick a theme for the box, such as jungle animals, golf, travel, classical music, cars or ballet dancing, and choose a bunch of fitting decorations.
- Glue the decorating supplies onto the box.
- When finished, brush on a coat of acrylic sealer or Mod-Podge.
- Lastly, glue a three-dimensional object -- a golf ball, a plastic toy or a wooden figurine -- to the top of the box.
- One 9-by-12-inch sheet of colored craft foam
- Flexible pocket magnet frame (we used Original Soft Pocket Magnetic Photo Frames by Lytle, available in 3 1/2 by 5 inches, 4 by 6 inches, and 5 by 7 inches)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Assorted accessories such as beads, buttons, fake jewels, glitter, googly eyes, or prepackaged foam cutouts
- Cut a shape slightly smaller than the magnetic photo frame from the center of the foam sheet.
- Be sure the inside edge of the foam frame overlaps the magnetic frame by at least 1/4 inch.
- Next, apply a thin line of hot glue to one edge of the magnetic frame's clear front and firmly press the foam frame in place.
- Repeat with the remaining edges, one at a time, being careful not to glue over the pocket's opening.
- You can also glue on decorative accessories, then slip a favorite photo into the pocket.
- Bottle or Jar
- Epsom Salts
- Food Coloring
- Perfume or Essential Oil
- Combine the desired amount of Epsom salts (enough to fit in the bottle or jar) with food coloring.
- Mix well so color is even.
- Add perfume or essential oil and mix again.
- Spread the mixture out on a sheet of wax paper to dry for a couple of hours and then put it in the bottle or jar.
- While the salts can be used right away, the perfume or essential oil will blend better with the salt if it is allowed to set in the jar for a few weeks.
- Silk or Plastic Flower with Stem
- Green Floral Tape
- Hold the flower next to the pen and clip the flower stem so it is about 2-inches up from the tip of the pen.
- The flower should sit on the end of the pen.
- While holding the flower stem tightly against the pen, wrap the entire length of the pen with floral tape.
- This will secure the pen and flower together.
- With the floral tape you do not need tape or glue!
- Fabric scraps in a variety of colors
- Metal hanger
- Duct tape
- Wire cutters
- Dig through your fabric stash, and round up all of your fabric scraps – the more colors and patterns the better.
- Then, tear the scraps into pieces that are approximately 12-inches long and 1-inch wide.
- Use a pair of wire cutters to clip the hook off of the top of the hanger.
- Then, shape the remaining wire into a circle, and tape the two ends together with duct tape.
- This will serve as the form for your wreath.
- Place the first piece of fabric over the wire form, to have an equal length of fabric on either side of the wire.
- Then, tie the fabric in place.
- Repeat step 5 until the entire wire is covered in fabric.
- Hang, and enjoy.