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I don’t know about you, but I’m more into doing homemade, from the heart gifts for friends, family, and other loved ones for various holidays. In the spirit of this, I’ve created some free printables and posted a few other quick and fairly simple ideas that you can use in conjunction with or by themselves for cherished people in your life.
Quick, Simple, Easy Homemade Candles.
These can be made without a heat source, if you use granules, either a tin, or glass container, a wick, some stickers or other embellishments.
1. Gather your supplies. Wax granules like these or these. Some wicks like these or these. Don’t forget your container (tin or glass, not plastic). And some embellishments. If you’re making these for kids or just as decorations around the house, stickers like these, these, or these work well. You could use stamps or other embellishments from the jewelry and/or scrapbooking areas, instead. The stamps and other nice embellishments would be great as gifts to older children, co-workers, or even your sweetie!
2. Add embellishments of your choice onto the container. If you’re using a stamp, allow it to air dry for a few minutes first.
3. Take a wick and place it in the container of your choice.
4. Pour your wax granules into the container. Be sure to keep from covering up the entire wick, so your gift recipient will have a way to burn the candle.
There you have it! Your very own, handmade, inexpensive, and easy candle for anyone.
P.S. I intended to have a picture of some I’ve made in the past, but they seem to be missing….
Use Your Creativity to Make A Low-Tech Card or Poster
1. Pick out some colored construction paper, textured paper, and grab some craft scissors.
2. Cut out some designs on the paper. You can draw, free cut, or use stencils.
3. Glue all the pieces onto a background piece.
4. Add your own saying, poem, or letter. You can print these words and paste them, write them on a paper and paste them, or even write it on the background.
This is what Monkey Boy and I did one year.
Years Past Picture Book
1. Gather pictures of you and your mate and have them printed.
2. Pick out a nice photo album.
3. Insert the pictures into the album. If you’d like to add descriptions (kind of like a scrapbook), go for it!
Wa-la! There’s another great easy gift.
Practical Gifts Booklet
A few notes: I kept the colors to a minimum to save on ink if you’re printing at home. I also included a line where you can write/sign your name. If you’d like the pages not to include your name, send me a quick email and I’ll clear that out for you. You can print as many copies of the pages you’d like so your special someone can have more opportunities to redeem their practical coupons. (Print the entire book pages here.)
*By the way, I’m not affiliated with either Jo Ann or Hobby Lobby, I just wanted to show that they can easily be purchased at your local crafts store.*