3 CHEAP DIY GIFTS (to make in an hour or less)

by - December 20, 2017

Assuming you own a hot glue gun and a pair of scissors, this post is chocked full of crafty Christmas gifts -- not so average, but adorable -- to gift to just about anyone. Have a low budget? Have no fear. These Christmas presents are anything but costly. Now you can deck the halls with true glee...worry free. 

Rudolph Keepsake Decoration with pinecones

What to get:

  • 2 pine cones (I like one big & one little)
  • 4 small sticks
  • piece of flannel/plaid for a scarf
  • Little twigs and what my family call 'flyers', i.e, pieces of brush for the tail & ears
  • hot glue + glue gun
  • red or black bead for the nose

Assembling this little fella is the easiest thing. It's a one-two-three craft, that'll make the Grinchiest-Grinch smile. What's cuter than pine cones, and Rudolph?

1. Hot glue the two pine cones together; one for the head the other the body. Hot glue the twigs so that they support the 'reindeer' from every side (stand 'em up at intervals to measure). 2. Add the antlers by gluing little twigs together, then to the head. 3. Glue the ears, tail, and nose, and finally tie a tiny scarf about his neck! Glue tight to the head if necessary. 

Shell Necklace with mod podge & twine

What you're DIYing with:

  • rope twine
  • one bead
  • scissors
  • hot glue
  • glue gun
  • mod podge
  • sea shell
  • other gems (such as pearls, etc)
  • jewelry pliers
  • jump ring

This being my current 'job' (I've sold over 20 necklaces locally since setting up shop a few months ago)  I learned a couple things about making homemade jewelry. One being the 'spiral' I came up with. 
First, I 1.wet twine thoroughly with mod podge, then taking the end of one side, 2. roll it into a circle and clamp it shut until firm & dry (Messy, yes); easy.

People love these not only for their look, but for the naturalness it gives to the whole necklace. It's also easy to work with for me; everything glues very easily to it and it holds firm as a backing. The pictures above show it dry. 3. Make sure to leave a little open loop for the jump ring!

This step is just like the picture. 4. Take twine (however long the necklace will hang, keeping in mind some extra) tie a stong knot on one end with a loop, and a bead on the other end. The bead is secured with a wee little knot on either side; It should fit through the loop and hold it.

By now you should have a blank-canvas necklace, by connecting the spiral and twine with a jump ring (the little siver circle). 5. Hot glue your desired shell onto the spiral twine and hold unto it cools. Add or paint with a sealing coat of mod podge to finish off! Beautiful.

Other items to glue onto your spiral could be sharks teeth, stones, large beads or anything that you know the your friend/family member would love. I used faux pearls, but the inspiration is limitless and anything could make this simple piece of shabby chic / beachy jewelry your own creation!

Handmade Cards with card stock

What you'll need:

  • card stock
  • art supplies of choice
  • envelope

It's safe to say that homemade Christmas cards are probably one of the most cherished pieces of paper. Not necessarily out of the ordinary, but a classic and heart-warming gift anybody will love. 
And, especially if you happen to be like me (who gets her hands into everything art-wise) then you'll enjoy making your own Holiday cards just as much as the person you give them to. 

These two wintry examples are for both of my dance teachers. Don't forget the Christmas verse -- that's what it's all about (For unto us a Child is born,Unto us a Son is given;And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace - Isaiah 9:6)

That's a wrap, lovelies! Don't forget to love one another...don't get so tangled in the tinsel you can't see the star. Merry Christmas, to everyone.
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  1. Wow these cards are AMAZING!!! You said you have an Etsy account, right? Do you sell those on there! So much talent!

    1. Thank you, Amanda! Well, really I sell my stuff two ways 1. locally I sell beach-jewelry from where I live & 2. I have a shop/site on Redbubble to sell my stuff (mostly digital so far) on clothes and things. Eventually I'd love to have watercolors on cards and such made to order =D
      Aww, thank you so much <3
      I love your magazine, btw. So creative!

  2. Very cute ideas, Michaila! Thanks again for taking part! :D

    1. Thank you, Faith <3 it was so much fun -- thank you for having me ;P

  3. Love your post dear ♥ Your blog is amazing !
    If you want you can check out my blog.I write about fashion,beauty and lifestyle.Maybe we can follow each other and be great blogger friends !


    1. Thank you so much <3
      You are so beautiful! Sometimes I like to do a few fashion posts...but I think most of my better hobbies are in art ;) I just love trying to catch a glimpse of what God created.
      Thank you for your beautiful words <3333


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