Friday, December 7, 2012

Crafty Christmas Inexpensive Gifts

I was going to say cheap gifts... but hopefully the receiver of the gift doesn't think so, so inexpensive to me just means that the person giving would rather spend time on thought rather than money, right? So here are just a few of the things I have been up to lately... Still have a few more ideas to finish but I am getting close and with only 18 days left, it's about time!

Iron on transfers. I love them. They are so fun! And I love personalizing things. So my previous experiences haven't been 100% great with transfers but hey I'm not selling my stuff to the public so I think it's ok. I used them to make two tote bags (luckily the receiver of the aunt bag below is not my sister Jackie... so don't get your hopes up!) a super hero cape and a baby gift. If you search printable transfers or iron-ons there are tons of cute ideas everywhere. Next time I buy transfer paper I am getting clear though because the white didn't work as great as I had hoped but still ok. Out of two pieces of paper I was able to squeeze enough things for four gifts. 

Because every little boy needs a cape made out of his moms' old tube top. Yes I actually have wore a tube top in my pre-nursing/kids day. I haven't hemmed up the edges or anything so if he actually ends up using this after Christmas I will clean it up a little. Plus it took me like 20 minutes total to make including typing the template, cutting said shirt and ironing on. I did throw it in the laundry room because Dylan walked in the door, but it still worked out great. 
And finally a little something for myself. I saw this great idea for grapevine wreaths and knew I had seen some at the Dollar Tree recently. So I went and picked some (maybe I made some as gifts, you will never know!) and a spool of ribbon, of course for $1. I followed the tutorial on the website using an old t-shirt that no longer covers the mom pooch and a pair of Christmas socks to make the fabric blooms and ta-da, what a cute, and cheap way to liven up our door way. Plus since I didn't spray pain the wreath silvery and glittery like I was thinking about, it can last a few seasons, or all year long!




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