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.
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.
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
- 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.
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”!
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!
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.
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.
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?
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Easy DIY Gifts for Friends