Friday, December 6, 2013

Homemade Gift Guide

Well, guys, it's official. I've gone completely nuts. I've decided to make all of my Christmas presents this year.

Yep. I'll be working overtime all month, posting here 4-5 days a week, and yet have somehow decided I can totally find time to make all of my presents. Well, while it may be a little over-ambitious, I really love the idea of giving my friends and family handmade gifts and love knowing that I'll put extra love into each and every one.


Today, I'm sharing some of my favorite, gift-worthy projects that I've put together on Ladyface Blog! Hopefully some of these ideas will inspire you to do some homemade and handmade gifting this year!

First on the list, are these pretty color-blocked Painted Cork Coasters

These cute coasters are super simple to make, and can be easily customized to feature the recipient's favorite colors. How cute would these look stacked up and wrapped with a little bow?
Next up, is one of my favorite projects I've ever done: String Art Portrait Plaques.

These are super fun, and relatively simple to put together. The ones I created are portraits of my cats, Buddy and Hank, and myself. Using side-view silhouette portraits, you could make one for anyone you know! You could also take the idea and run with it to create a set of initials, a home state, or the image of your choosing. String art is super fun!

Both these Crocheted Bow Hair Pins and these Fabric Bow Hair Pins would make great stocking stuffers! It only takes a few minutes to make each one, so you could make up a whole slew of these to give to  all of the adorable ladies in your life!
If you're still on the hunt for great hair accessories for gifting, this Wire Headband would be a great choice! You can whip them up in no time in all sorts of different colors and patterns, and they look great!
An Embroidered Pendant Necklace would also make a lovely little stocking stuffer. This is actually the first project I ever did on Ladyface Blog and remains one of my favorites. The tutorial shows how to make a gingham embroidered pendant, but I've also whipped them up with a chevron pattern, a honeycomb pattern, or initials. If you've got a knack for embroidery, the possibilities are endless!
You could also whip up a Wire Word Necklace! If you know a lady who can rock a good statement piece, this would make  perfect gift. It's also totally customizable and could easily be made as another word or as the name of the recipient!
And hey! If you're looking for a less time-consuming jewelry option, these Clip-On Earring Pendant Necklaces come together in no time. Since clip-on earrings come in sets of two (duh), it would be darling to give these as a pair of friendship necklaces!
Last, but certainly not least, these Printable Canning Jar Labels are the perfect way to get your home-canned goods ready for gift giving! Print them out on pretty paper, cut them out, add them to your jars and you're ready to go! You could even tie a pretty ribbon around the jar ring to make them really special.

Well, I hope these projects have helped inspire you to do some homemade gift giving this year!


I'm certainly excited to get my homemade gifts together! Wish me luck!


Til next time!


-Becca

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50 comments:

  1. There is nothing better than getting a homemade gift ^_^ It's so special and thoughtful, a real joy to receive something that someone has made just for you! I'm not sure I could make all of my Christmas gifts, that seems a bit daunting but good luck! I'm sure you'll totally rock it!

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    1. I totally agree, Kate! Thanks for the well-wishing! I could totally use the luck! Haha

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  2. Homemade gifts are the best! These are such cute projects- I really love the embroidered necklace!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! I'm glad you like it!

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  3. Ooooh love those string portraits! so cute!

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    1. Thank you! They're definitely one of my favorite projects I've done.

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  4. I used to make all my Christmas gifts by hand but I chickened out last year, I should rise to the challenge again this year!

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    1. It's hard work, for sure! I hope you can do it this year!

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  5. I really love those bows and the jar labels. Great inspiration for homemade gifts. Good luck on yours!
    Have a lovely weekend, Becca!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

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    1. Thank you so much, Sofie! I hope you had a lovely weekend, too!

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  6. Ohhhh! I love the colors you chose on the coasters! And the wall striingy thing is rad!
    Nice work!
    Xx

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    1. Thank you so much. I love those coasters!

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  8. So pretty! I especially love the coaster set, would love that in my place.

    xo

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    1. Thank you! You should whip some up! They're super super easy.

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  9. OMG I love the string portrait idea!!! You are very brave making all of your presents lol!

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    1. Thanks, Brittney. Brave and possibly foolish! Haha

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  10. These are awesome ideas! I'm planning to make some cork coasters with polka dots! I always say I'm going to make everyone's gifts each year, and then my family comes up with non-handmade items on their list...I'll just have to impress them with my crafting skills!

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    1. Oooh those sound adorable! I hope they love your homemade gifts!

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  11. Girl you are crazy! I'm sure you can pull it off though--and then have a good long rest in January. :) Love seeing reminders of all your pretty projects here! I'm not making any gifts but I AM gifting some of the projects I've made for my blog--that's allowed right?

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    1. I knowwwwwwww! What am I getting myself into? Gifting blog projects sounds like a great idea! If I get caught in a bind I may have to take a page from your book...

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  12. i love the colors of those coasters!

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  13. I used to make all of my presents each Christmas, but after a marathon crafting last year, I had to give myself a little break. But all of these encourage me to make at least one little gift for everyone. Thanks for the ideas! Perfect stocking stuffers!

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    1. Glad to hear you'll get a bit of break! I think one little thing for everyone sounds like a good plan. I'm glad you liked my projects!

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  14. Ooh, these are all good ideas! I almost always make all the gifts, it's just nicer :)

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    1. Thanks, Sonya! I agree. It's definitely nice to do.

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  15. OMG the string art is so cool! I would love to do that one day!
    ~Sara
    Sincerely, Sara

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    1. Thanks, Sara! I hope you try it out soon!

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  16. so, hi! 1. you're adorable. 2. this list is rocking my world right now. i might attempt a few of them....attempt.

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    1. Well gollllly! Your comment totally made my day. Thank you so much!

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  17. The coasters are brilliant. I've done the string art before but never as silhouette portraits. I'm definitely going to make presents for my co-workers but stop there. It's too hard to make handmade for every single person. Best of luck to you!

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    1. Thank you! I agree it can be a lot. I hope your coworkers like their gifts!

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  18. I love all of these! Nothing quite like a homemade gift! I really want to try the crocheted bow clip, how cute is that!
    -Cam
    sincerelycam.com

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    1. Thanks, Cam! You should definitely give it a try. They're super easy to make.

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  19. What a creative and fun idea to make all your Christmas gifts! Ambitious but rewarding nonetheless. Let us know how those turn out for you!

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    1. Thanks, Annie! Ambitious and probably slightly crazy! I'll be sure to report back!

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  20. Homemade gifts for the win! I saw this cool recipe for hand salve in the current issue of Bust magazine that I thought would be neat to try!
    I also like how you've revamped your blog. It looks great. ^-^

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    1. Oooh, that sounds lovely. I'm glad you like the new blog design!

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  21. oohh you have some really cool ideas here. Makes me want to craft!

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad these inspired you!

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  22. I "adore" that Adore necklace! Thanks for sharing these ideas. I shared a "handmade holiday" guide last week ... it was actually "handmade gift ideas that don't suck" lol ... and I wish that I had a couple of these on the list too - good finds! xo

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    1. Thank you! I'll have to check out your guide for some extra inspiration. I'm glad you liked mine!

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  23. Those string art portraits are amazing. I really want to make a bunch of cats now!

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    1. Thank you! You totally should. It's a ton of fun!

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  24. love the coaster idea - great gifts for all my friend's apartments - practical and cute!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren! Oh I hope they'll love them!

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  25. those are some pretty spiffy ideas! you seem very creative! that wire word necklace is something i would never have thought of! tre cool!

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    1. You are too sweet! Thank you so much!

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