T minus one day to Turkey Day! Is everybody ready? I still have a ton to do, and my family comes into town today….I am so excited! Today, I am actually not going to talk about Thanksgiving. As promised, today I have more handmade holiday gift ideas. I will show you a couple of different ways to jazz up ordinary things with monograms or initials.
A couple of weeks ago, I went to a girl’s weekend in
( I think I mentioned that before). We had the best time, as always. We were celebrating my BFF’s birthday. We stayed in a fancy hotel, and ate great food. I brought some party favors for the birthday girl, and the rest of us, to enjoy. And yes, I am freakishly tan….. Sonoma
I brought each girl a bag, a wineglass, and a candle. I got all of this at the Dollar Store and Wal-Mart. I know what you are thinking….no, I don’t work for either of those stores, but yeah, I am there a lot. Although the wineglass is a bit cheesy with the feathers, these items would be great holiday gifts. And, of course, this was so easy! Today, I will show you how to make the items above, plus a couple more.
I am a firm believer that everything looks better once you slap an initial or a monogram on it. I jazzed up these plain ornaments with initial stickers and ribbon. The stickers are great because they are very thin, so they don’t look as if you just put a sticker on. They look like they were painted on. Just look for good quality stickers in the craft section of Wal-Mart, or at your craft store. These ornaments would be the perfect topper for a wrapped gift.
Here is another look…..
These bags are also super easy to make. Not as easy as putting a sticker on, but easy just the same. I bought tote bags, in a set of three, from Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart also carries “fabric pens”. I got mine in a set of 4 with black, blue, red and yellow. I started by printing out the initial I wanted to use on cardstock. Then, I cut it out and placed it on the bag, where I wanted to trace.
Uh-oh, sausage fingers!! I tapes mine down to make it easier to trace. Once I had it traced onto the bag, I colored it in with the fabric pen. So simple, but so cute!
The next gift that I made is a tray for my mom. (Act surprised when you open it, mom) I painted it white, but many times you can buy trays that are white. I got the tray from the craft store, in the unfinished wood section.
Again, I printed out the monogram on cardstock, cut it out, and traced it onto the tray. Then, I used craft paint to fill in the monogram. My tray came with a clear overlay, so it is completely food safe.
The final thing I made is another ornament, or a package topper. I bought a plain cardboard initial, painted it with glue, and then sprinkled glitter all over it. I think it turned out really cute, plus, I love anything that is glittered.
I think that everything I showed you above would be a great gift, gift topper, or even super fun to make for yourself. Like I said, it couldn’t be easier to make this stuff! I know the girls at my girl’s weekend were very excited to receive their bags, and I am sure your friends and family would be happy too!
I hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I will see you all back on Friday afternoon with a great “left-overs” recipe!