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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


  • 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?

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”?

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!

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Make your own tags for Christmas this year and save a bundle!  Save money?  I’ll bet you’re up for that! 

Let me tell you all about it.  But first, I’m super excited to share my Product of the Week.  The Christmas Traditions Punch Box! 

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Did you miss it in the holiday catalogue? Go grab your catalogue.  You’ll find it on the inside of the front page right under Shelli’s message.

Or maybe you didn’t realize what a great deal it is.  6 stamps, 2 seasonal coloured inks, a clear acrylic block, the Christmas Traditions punch all packaged in a beautifully coordinated metal tin you can re-gift with some yummy homemade Christmas goodies.

Here’s what’s included.

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

The images are a mix of fun, elegant and rustic designs.  Snowflakes, bells, evergreens and wonderful fonts and sayings.  They’ll appeal to just about anyone!

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

Plus you just might want to join and check out my Facebook Group for my Steal of a Deal available all this week until midnight December 9th.  Just in case you need a teensy bit more encouragement🤗 . 

Now let me show you how sweet you can make your own tags for Christmas.


Make Your Own Tags for Christmas


SAVE MONEY and make your own tags for Christmas!

Isn’t it so pretty?  Lovely Real Red mixed with shiny silver and bright Whisper White. 

I pulled out my Garden Green for the greeting but the included Call Me Clover would be wonderful too.

Jo’s Design Details

  • an offset silver stitched circle with just a tiny sliver cut off the edge to align with the tag
  • two pretty vellum sprigs (another punch!) peeking out from behind your silvery circle
  • the Softly Falling embossed Real Red tag you make from a 2 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ piece of cardstock
  • sparkly metallic edged ribbon and silver and whisper white baker’s twine
  • matted punch border in Garden Green

So I mentioned something about saving money right? 

Well first of all, this tag is so pretty it can double as your holiday card.  No envelope required!  It takes only minutes to make and can be attached to any gift with Tear & Tape or dimensionals like I did here.


Make Your Own Tags for Christmas Gifts

So here’s the saving money part. Our  tag-card duo comes in at LESS THAN 50 cents.  Yes!  Even with all the sparkly personalized details! 

Here’s the supplies list so you can get busy making – and saving – too 😀.

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

If you’re a punch fanatic like me, you might also like this traditional red and green holly berry Christmas greeting.  (Did you know you can pick up the Holly Berry punch right now on the Clearance Rack at 40% off?)    

And if you want more tag ideas, how about these elegant beauties

I’ve been having so much fun playing with the Christmas Traditions Punch Box.  Check back here Thursday when I’ll share another super idea.  Or if you can’t wait, come visit my Facebook Live on Wednesday.  Jump on over there at 4:30 to join in the fun! 

Make Your Own Tags for Christmas

You won’t believe the versatility of this punch box.  From tags to cards to gift items, you’ll use it for years.  Plus make your own tags for Christmas – and save money at the same time – count me in!

Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card

Ready for a simple two step stamping Christmas card?  One notecard, one stamp set, three colours. 

And if you want to really be fancy, add three rhinestones. 😄

Elegant & OH SO Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

My 2018 Christmas set of the year has got to be Stylish Christmas.  For quick and gorgeous stamping, it can’t be beat.  I especially  loved it on this embossed vellum design.  Not only are the poinsettia and leaves pretty, the greetings can take centre stage like on this plaid card.  

You know it’s Keep It Simple Sunday right?  So that means super duper easy!  YOU can do this!  In about 5 minutes.  Or less!  (I’m really not pulling your leg!) 


A Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Card


Cuttin’ It Up

  • Whisper White notecard – 1 including the envelope

That’s IT!!  WOW! 

Let’s Make It

Why Not Try Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

  1. Stamp poinsettia in Fresh Fig ink on right hand side of the notecard.  TIP: Leave notecard lying flat to stamp.  TIP: Don’t go off the edge.  Leave a little space around the flower.
  2. Next stamp leaves two or three times to the right of poinsettia in Pear Pizzazz ink.
  3. Then stamp swirl to left of flower in Smoky Slate ink.  TIP: It’s OK if you get some swirl on the poinsettia!
  4. Lastly, stamp the words on the bottom right in Smoky Slate ink.

TIP:  I stamped the swirl again on the left side of the envelope to dress it up a tad too.

Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

Now if you want to jazz this same card up just a tad, take a look at this version.

What's not to LOVE about Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards?

Same colours, same stamp.  Can you spot the differences?

  • a swirl the same colour as my poinsettia
  • larger piece of Whisper White cardstock
  • coloured layers  (three of ‘em)
  • three Sheer Fig ribbons wrapped side-by-side on the left
  • a fancy Petal Pink rhinestone gem

Grab your supplies now!  There’s still time to have the little UPS truck zip to your house with a fun delivery so you can make these for the holidays.

Are you a minimalist or do you like something a bit fussier?  Leave me a comment.  Which of these two cards appeals to you more?

QUICK & SIMPLE Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards

I LOVE Simple Two Step Stamping Christmas Cards!

If you prefer simple styles, you might like these other designs.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Make sure to check back as I post easily duplicatable designs every Sunday.  Ones that don’t look simple at all. 

So you can WOW your friends with a simple two step stamping Christmas card they will marvel at and still have time for eggnog and fruitcake this holiday!

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