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Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

For those folks on your list you want to give something homemade, here’s easy DIY gifts for friends.  Super quick and easy to make with your stash of designer papers.

And with lovely handmade touches they’re sure to appreciate as much as the love you put into the home grown goodness of your gift.  Let’s take a peek.

 

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends for the Holidays

 

Isn’t that a fab way to Pick It-Cut It-Use It Up!?  Plus save yourself a trip! No need to go buy holiday print fabric!  Bonus!

All the papers in the Festive Farmhouse are ideal for the rustic homespun look.  It was hard to decide which ones to use!

 

 

Thanks to Brian King who shared this idea I had to try.  I tweaked the to-do’s slightly and dressed up my tag differently to show how you can make these for any occasion, not just Christmas.

 

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends They Will LOVE

 

It was fun to write on my jar contents to frame the “from my Kitchen” sentiment.  To make sure it fit, I first laid my punched greeting on top of my 2 1/4” circle. Then I used the Journaling pens to write in an arc above and below it.

Cuttin’ It Up!

Jar Topper (for large mouth mason jars in the pics below)

  • designer series paper -5 1/2” x 5 1/2”  TIP: for small mouth mason jars, I cut my paper 4 3/4” x 4 3/4”
  • ribbon – about 17”  TIP: this size worked gor both but you could add 2″ to the large mouth just to give a bit more wiggle room

Tag

  • Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 2 1/2” x 2 1/2”
  • Designer Series Paper – 2 1/4” x 2 1/4”
  • Old Olive cardstock – scraps at least 2 1/2” square
  • Very Vanilla cardstock – scraps at least 2 1/2 x 2 1/2”
  • Linen thread – about 5”

 

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

 

Wanna make some easy DIY gifts for friends too?  Here’s a photo tutorial.

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

 

Remove jar screw top from mason jar.  Then start with a piece of DSP cut to 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”.  Optional: run it both ways through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder like I did with this card idea. TIP: This does soften the paper and gives it more flexibility and a cool linen feel, but you can leave it out if you’re pressed for time.

Spritz your paper with your Stampin’ Spritzer.  TIP: There’s a bit of trial and error to this.  Too much and your paper is too pliable and can tear when you put it on the jar.  Too little and it’s much harder to form around the top of the lid.  Aim for “damp”!

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

 

While still damp align the square over your jar and using both hands, press firmly but gently down the sides of the jar.  Hold in place with one hand while you “play” with the corners to make ruffly kinds of folds and edges (just like fabric).

The crazy great part to this?  When the paper dries, it stays in this shape!

 

Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

 

While still damp, carefully screw top back on.  TIP: If your paper is too wet, let it dry slightly so the tightening motion doesn’t tear it.  TIP:  You may need to use a little more of your Popeye strength to get it fully tightened but I was able to do this without too much trouble.  Place your ribbon around the jar top and tie in a bow.  TIP: It might help to lay the jar on its side to do this.

 

Make Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

 

Construct your tag by layering from the bottom up:

  • square cardstock
  • piece of square DSP
  • 2 1/4” circle you have written your jar contents
  • stamped and punched greeting with dimensional

Poke a hole in the top with your Paper Piercing tool and thread through some Linen thread. 

 

Everyone's Gonna LOVE Easy DIY Gifts for Friends

 

Tie your tag onto the ribbon around the jar. TIP:  Place it close to the bow and knot with a double knot.  Trim off excess.

A special wrapping for a special gift.

Now it’s time to shop your stash of designer papers!  What one’s going to look awesome on your hand made goodies? 

To make ones just like mine, feel free to click on any of the images below to take you to my 24-7 online store.  I so appreciate you shopping with me!

The Finish Line


Easy DIY Gifts for Friends for the Holidays

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  As you’re wrapping your gifts from the heart this year, consider dressing them up just like this. 

Make easy DIY gifts for friends to share your handmade preserves – after all isn’t that what the season is all about?

How To Hand Make A Christmas Gift Box at Home | Facebook Live Replay

Today in my Facebook Live replay,  I want to show you how to hand make a Christmas gift box at home.  And not just a run-of-the-mill ho-hum plain-Jane-white box but one with lots of pizzazz like this!

Want to Know How to Hand make a Christmas Gift Box at Home?

Now I’ll bet there’s someone special on your list who would absolutely love to receive their gift in this box!  Hey you could even wrap your OWN gift up in it, then eeeew and aaaaah on Christmas morning!😉

I love how this paper looks like a real Christmas wreath or a tree.  It’s from the All is Bright designer package in the Holiday Catalogue.  And what better way to Pick It – Cut It – Use It Up! than to wrap a gift in it?

those little gold baubles and berry clusters add lots of class.  And I thought it just begged for matching shiny gold accents.

So I didn’t want to be chintzy. I added five of them! 😊  Can you see them all?

FB Live Replay: How to Hand make a Christmas Gift Box at Home

  1. gold foil Merry
  2. sprigs of gold foil
  3. vanilla gold metallic edged ribbon
  4. gold faceted gems
  5. mini gold sequin trim peeking out behind the oval

Here’s everything I used so you can recreate it for under your tree.

 

How to Hand Make a Christmas Gift Box at Home

 

 

My box is a great size.  5” x 5” x 2 1/2” so you can fit ALL kinds of goodies inside. 

Here are your measurements.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Designer Series paper – 10” x 10”, scored at 2 1/2” and 7 1/2”
  • Real Red cardstock – 10” x 10”, scored at 2 1/2” and 7 1/2”, 1 piece 3” x 4”, scraps
  • Vellum – 3” x 4”
  • Gold foil sheet – 1 3/4” x 4”
  • Garden Green cardstock – scraps
  • Vanilla Metallic Edged Ribbon and Real Red 3/8” cotton ribbon – 12” each
  • Mini Gold sequin trim – about 3”

VIDEO Tutorial for How to Hand make a Christmas Gift Box at Home

Your packages of designer series paper are calling you! Better get busy! 

And if you need a reminder on the steps?  Easy peasy! Just click here insert video link again and I’ll show you how to hand make a Christmas gift box at home again!

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays? | VIDEO

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays? 

If not, how come?  They’re really not much different than cards, but sometimes we find them intimidating.  Let me turn them into something you’re going to want to make ALL the time.   I’ll show you how quick and fabulous they can be to make in my video. Let’s take a peek.

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

Whadda ya think? Heads and tails better than those measly little envelopes you get at the big box stores, right?

This version is made with the gorgeous Joyous Noel designer paper, the Winter Woods bundle and the Timeless Tidings stamp set.  In my video I use the Frosted Floral DSP for a different look and feel. 

There’s a cool belly band the tree and greeting are attached to that slides right off so you can open the card to peek inside.  Not to mention a lovely inside envelope to tuck your gift card into.

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

How about I show you everything we’ll be using in the video so you can get prepared too? 

OK, let’s dive right in!

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays?

 

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Merry Merlot cardstock – 4 1/2” x 8 1/4”, scored at 2 3/4” and 6 3/4”
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock – 1 1/4” x 8 1/2”
  • Whisper White thick cardstock – 1 piece 3” x 4 1/4”, 1 piece 2 1/2” x 8 1/2”
  • Designer Series Paper – 1 5 1/2” x 5 1/2”, 1 piece 2 1/2” x 4”
  • Glimmer paper – 1 piece 3” x 6”

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

So are you going to give one a try?  For another version complete with a bow on top, check out this easy gift card holder.  

Or maybe you’d like another video?  This one is for a right angle fold holder which also doubles as a card. 

I love the personal touches you can add to your own gift card holders.  Make them specific to whoever on your list.   Need a guy one?  Choose navy, browns or greys.  A sweet sixteen?  Pinks, glimmer and bling are da bomb!  Or for your farmer grandparents?  Something plaid and rustic will fit the bill.

Do You Make Gift Card Holders for the Holidays

Some designer paper, your envelope punch board and all my video how-to’s are all you need to answer YES if I were to ask you.  “Do you make gift card holders for the holidays”?

LAST Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

Today for the last in my Christmas Traditions punch box feature, I want to show you Christmas hand made cards ideas step by step.  And you know it’ll be simple – and fast.  ‘Cause it’s Keep it Simple Sunday!

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

Let’s see…

  • traditional red and green
  • some silver shine and shimmer
  • a pretty polka dot see-thru ribbon

Yessirreee, got all the bases covered!

The punch box makes this card a snap with its fun shape.  I’ve matted it by taking a second Real Red punch and cutting it in half width-wise and gluing it to the back of the sentiment.  In fact it’s exactly what I did with the greeting on this twist fold card video

Here’s another view.

So FUN to Make Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step

So let’s dive in!

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Real Red cardstock 5 1.2” x 8 1/2”, scored at 4 1/4”, scraps
  • Whisper White cardstock – 4” x 5 1/4”, scrap
  • All is Bright DSP – 3 3/4” x 5”
  • Silver Foil sheet – 1 1/8” x 1 5/8”
  • Polka dot tulle ribbon – piece about 10”

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step for Quick Cards

Christmas Hand Made Cards Ideas Step by Step

  1. Stamp greeting in Call Me Clover ink and punch out.
  2. Punch out a Real Red shape and cut in half horizontally.  Glue to the back of the greeting so one frames the top and one frames the bottom of the sentiment.  See the TIP on my Facebook Group
  3. Glue to front of silver foil rectangle so the edges are aligned as shown.
  4. Adhere All is Bright paper to Whisper White panel.  Wrap ribbon along left hand side and tie in a knot near the bottom.  TIP: Don’t pull the knot too tight as it looks a bit more pleasing.  Glue panel to front of folded card.
  5. Affix matted greeting to left bottom of card with dimensionals.
  6. Add three clear epoxy shapes as desired.

Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step are FUN!

So I’m wondering. Which has been your favourite project with the Christmas Traditions Punch Box so far?  Leave me a comment please so I don’t need to wonder anymore!

  1. my Christmas bag and tag?  
  2. the elegant decorated clear tiny treat box
  3. my non-traditional coloured soft and classy greeting card
  4. or today’s traditional coloured quick and easy card?

PS.  I also did an exclusive FB Live project for my VIPeeps group yesterday.  Come join now and take a peek. 

No matter what you design with this punch, stamps and ink, your projects big and small are sure to please your friends and family.  How about making little gift tags for your presents?  Or a cellophane wrapped table favour?  Maybe a gift card holder?  I know your punch box will come in handy for years!

To recreate this project, here are all my supplies.  When you use host code NXX3MJV4 and place an order of $75, you’ll automatically get my bonus gift the following month!   Check out this month’s gift.  Thanks so much for supporting my business.

Let's See How SIMPLE Christmas Handmade Cards Ideas Step by Step Are!

Well, that about wraps up my Christmas cards for this year!  Yup, I figure you’ve got lots of ideas to keep you going if you need a last minute Christmas card crafting session.  You only need to take a peek at the last few weeks of Keep It Simple Sundays for some fast and fun inspiration.

But don’t worry.  I’ve still got lots of festive ideas for your last minute gifts and wrapping starting with Tuesday’s project.  Make sure you check back to see what it is! 

Besides, I think maybe you might like to get a few non-Christmas ideas too maybe?  From the Annual Catalogue?  Yeah that old dusty thing that’s chock full of creativity but hasn’t seen a lot of love lately? And I’m also going to start sneaking in a few peeks at items from the Occasions catalogue available in January.  Yippee!

So there’s all kinds of things coming to keep you inspired.  And if you do need another last minute card, make sure to come back to these Christmas hand made cards ideas step by step to some quick crafting.

Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas

Now that it’s 40% off, do you want more Christmas Traditions Punch Box ideas to play with your new inks and stamps?   You’ll see just how versatile and beautiful these little sentiments and punches are in today’s elegant Christmas card.   

Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas Make Beautiful Cards

Have you been really debating about getting the Christmas Traditions Punch Box? Then you might want to check out my complete over the top Steal of a Deal over on my Facebook Group to sweeten the pot just a bit. 

See my last project too.  A Christmas bag and tag also using this punch box shows off its timelessness.   

And here’s a few more ideas from Stampin’ Up! to get even more life from this lovely Christmas box.

Christmas Traditions Punch Box

Here's MORE Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas for the Holidays

My design today is one of my “favouritist” layouts.  One you can reproduce over and over again that will always look new and fresh.

Christmas Traditions Punch Box

What a simple layout you can change up any way you like.  And use over and over again!

Mine has the Swirls & Curls embossing folder for a central offset piece matted on some shiny champagne foil.  Tied with a easy-to-do knot from Pool Party shimmery ribbon, it’s a beautiful design. 

SIMPLE and Elegant Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas

Then my punched greeting takes centre stage matted on a 1 3/4” circle and framed with a scalloped 2” circle.

Simple.  Pretty.  Fast!

While I chose soft colours for Christmas this time, it’s be awesome in richer, bolder tones too.  Try it in Cherry Cobbler or Shaded Spruce. Or how about Night of Navy?  Which one will you try first?

Jo’s Design Tips:

  • make sure to use liquid glue or Tear & Tape to hold your embossed panel to it’s matting.  SNAIL is not strong enough to hold it in place.
  • add your rhinestones in odd numbers: 3-5-7 to add balance to your card
  • tie an overhand knot.  Left over right and through, then right over left and through will get a nice square knot.
  • don’t pull your knot too tight.  Less is more for a prettier know.

Here are all the supplies for this simple card.  Thanks so much for shopping with me. 

Oh SO PRETTY Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas

There’s no time like the present to get this fantastic punch box.  A 40% discount PLUS my Steal of a Deal!   Plus I’ve got a couple more Christmas Traditions Punch Box Ideas coming your way yet so stayed tuned!

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