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DIY Handmade Gift Crafting for the Holidays

Aeryn Lynne

When you think handmade, what first comes to mind?  Despite my knowing better, I still think of things like macaroni enhanced scrapbook pages, and cookies.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure lots of people love to receive cookies as a gift.  Heck, I would!  But one would hope there is more to DIY handmade gift crafting, and the quick answer is yes, yes there is!

Essentially anything you could think of could be a DIY gift; even a computer if you have a family member that is so inclined to put all the parts together.

If you don’t already have a crafting hobby, I can guarantee that at least one group shopping site (like Groupon, FabFind, DealFind, etc.) has a hobby that you could try, and give the result to someone for a holiday treat.  I remember there was a silk-screening DIY workshop held sometime over the summer months, and just recently a pottery class… here, give me a sec, and I’ll find something going on right now.

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Woot!  Okay how about making some wine and gifting to your friends through Groupon?  They will LOVE you for this! 😀 (Found this DIY in under five minutes, yo!)

Were you thinking about giving a friend or loved one a sweet piece of jewelry? How about going to Michael’s Craft Store and picking up the right pieces to make that statement piece yourself!  Crazy looking bracelets are in, and just so easy to create, you’ll have fun making it and I can tell you from personal experience how much it warms your heart when your sister or grandmother wears an item that you made.

Not sure what kind of bracelet to make?  How about trying to make your own Shamballa Style Bracelet? (YouTube tutorial vid from link.)  You can find gorgeous round beads and thread at most craft stores or specialty beading stores!

I actually managed to get most of my holiday shopping done this year already.  And yes, some DIY was involved in the gift procuring process this year!  I love making jewelry and my own greeting cards, and I find that the winter season is a great time to play!

Here are a couple pendant necklaces that I’m gifting this year (though I won’t tell you to whom! :p)

Holiday Squirrel

Holiday Pendant Squirrel

Holiday Flare

Holiday Pendant Floral

These were really easy to make with a couple fender washers, decorative rubber stamps, some Stazon black ink, glitter/craft ink (for colouring), and a resin type glue to top it all off!

I’ll just hope that the recipients will enjoy wearing these as much as I had fun making them!

Do you have some DIY crafting planned for the holidays?  What fun stuff do you have planned?? 🙂

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Aeryn Lynne

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Living in Superman's Metropolis (aka Toronto, Canada), Aeryn Lynne found a way to entirely over-share everything she loves, and make a career out of it! Ultimately a geek, she waxes poetically over technology, fights for fashion-equality, squees over comic art, and literally sparkles, thanks to her makeup addiction.
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11 Comments on “DIY Handmade Gift Crafting for the Holidays

Blair M
November 30, 2012 at 11:43 pm

What stamp did you use for the second one??? Love it!!

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Aeryn Lynne
November 30, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Oh gosh, I’ve got that stamp set here somewhere… it was definitely one from last year-ish… Let me figure out where I’ve placed it!
And thanks hun! 😀 Not sure if its noticeable, but I had added some glitter to some of the dots for flare. 😉

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Aeryn Lynne
November 30, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Ha! Found it! 😀 It’s “Bright Hopes” #122692 from last year’s SU! holiday. 🙂

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Ashley Krista
December 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm

The squirrel is super cute!

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Carol Oddy
February 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

like the results…just using washer and painting them!

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Jeannie
February 10, 2013 at 5:03 am

Love it. I love homemade/handmade items. Love it even more when it’s made from something you recycled. beautiful!

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Dawn K
February 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

Awesome. I am going to make some of these. 🙂

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stacey h
February 11, 2013 at 7:58 pm

i really like the squirel – i think i would do a bunny though

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Susan Wilson
February 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm

You should do some more DIY crafts 🙂

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Carol Oddy
February 13, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Very interesting, love to make crafts, diy is best!

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Debbie Bashford
May 22, 2013 at 10:41 am

Love trying new crafts!

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