The Handmade Christmas Gift Round-Up!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Last year I made a lot of my Christmas Gifts- PJ's for Dan, a Portrait of Oliver for Mom & Dad, a brooch for the Mother-in-law, as well as custom made Tags for all of my gifts.

This year I'm hoping to do more, more, more!

Here is what is on this years Christmas "To-Do" List:

Felted "Porcelain" Bowls. I've never felted anything before, but after completing 3 socks, half a sweater, a scarf, half a hat and a dish cloth - I think I can handle this project.

Knitted Dish Clothes in pretty cotton yarns. Incredibly simple pattern that even I can memorize. Cast on 3 stitches, knit next row, knit 1, increase 1 into next stitch knit to end of row, repeat last step to 52 incnes, knit 2 knit 2 together to end. Knitted dish clothes are great scrubbers...

Eco-Friendly, reusable wool dryer balls! If you can wind a ball of wool, you can make these. Follow these simple instructions on

Canvas or Wood Block Portraits. I love this tutorial and hope to try it out, maybe with a wedding photo or two! I've seen this done on blocks of wood too... I had the idea to do a 4 sided wood cube, each side with a different photo or perhaps just a solid colour. Do 2 or 3 in different sizes... it would be a unique & modern way to display photos!
Cushion Covers made of vintage scarves from Design Sponge- such a great way to use a vintage piece!

Hand made soap... made easy with melt and pour kits. Here is a great "how to" from 100 Layer Cake. I am excited to come up with some creative ways to decorate the soaps I make..

Home Made Marshmallows & Other Candies (citrus zest lollipops, anyone?. I've been wanting to make marshmallows for so long... I've got an idea of making a hot chocolate mix with some home made marshmallows (Martha Stewart has Candy Cane Marshmallows, Vanilla, Chocolate Covered...)

What is on your Christmas list? I love this time of the year... such a great excuse to be a little extra creative!


  1. I keep telling myself each year that I'm going to do more crafts for gifts but I get busy and push those projects to the side until it's too late and I find myself scrambling last minute at a mall trying to find my gifts.
    But this year I told myself I want to make attempt making marshmallows too for a Christmas party. I do hope I follow through with this one!

  2. I made marshmallows last year to go w/ some organic hot chocolate mix and cookies for the secret santa game at school. Went over really well! I used a recipe from my Great Gran's collection, I can share it with you if you want it? Or I think Casey ( has done a post on homemade marshmallows as well. And I know she did one on making homemade vanilla! Super cool! Anyways, good luck with your list, keep us posted :)

  3. Oh I love all these ideas, thank you for sharing!
    I always have the intention to make Christmas gifts, but think of doing just that far too close to Christmas, and run out of time! Hopefully this year?!


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