Sunday, December 20, 2009
photo credit: family fun
Each year I try and find gifts that come from the heart. Those that I know myself, my husband and family members will treasure for years, they are those that are made by my kids.
Here are a few idea's that perhaps you can use to share with your family members too! I promise they will cherish them more than anything you can buy!
1. Framed Museum pieces
a. first look for your children's most colorful artwork that they have done either at home or school and take it to Kinko's and have it reduced and color copied to either 4" x 6", 5" x 7" or 8" x 10".
photo credit: pottery barn
b. look at your local craft stores for matted frames or another great place to look is pottery barn.
c. open the frame, take your child's artwork center it and glue it to the back cardboard, place the glass on top and secure. This makes a wonderful gift for years to come!
photo credit: Martha Stewart Living
2. Button Wreaths
Being the avid scrapbooker that I am I have tons of stock in buttons and my daughter used to spend hours playing with the buttons and one year she came up with a button wreath.
These directions come from our friends at Martha Stewart:
Tools and Materials
Needle-nose pliers or wire cutters
16-gauge copper wire, or 22-gauge green floral wire, cut to 9-inch lengths
72 buttons for each wreath
Satin ribbon, 1/8 inch wide and 6 inches long
Seam binding for decorative bow
Button Wreath Ornament How-To
a. Using pliers, make a small loop at one end of the wire.
b. Thread buttons onto the wire until you have enough to form the size of the wreath you want. Our wreaths are 2 1/2 inches in diameter.
c. Using pliers, bend the plain end of the wire around the looped end. This will form the wreath.
d. Use the satin ribbon to make a loop for hanging the wreath; tie the ribbon in a knot about 3 inches above the wreath.
e. Tie a bow of seam binding to decorate the wreath.
16-gauge copper wire
22-gauge silver-plate wire
Available at local craft and hardware-supply stores
22-gauge green floral wire
Available at local floral-supply stores
photo credit: the container store
3. The gifts for the tummy!
My kids always love "playing" around in the kitchen and a few years we came up with this delicious recipe they made up which makes up nice batches to share with loved ones.
4 bags of white chocolate
3 cups crispy rice cereal squares
3 cups crispy golden graham cereal
2 cups of craisins
2 cups thin pretzel sticks
2 cups cashews
a. place the white chocolate and heat it in a double boiler.
b. place all of the rest of the ingredients in a bowl
c. when the white chocolate has all melted mix it with the ingredients in the bowl
d. spread out on a cookie sheet with parchment and put in refrigerator.
e. break apart and put in a cool storage bag or sealed container.
No matter what you make this holiday season, I hope it is a happy and healthy one shared with your loved ones; even the smallest of children whose gifts can be the best and most cherished for years to come!