Hi Everyone. Annie, Mary Ann, and I are joined by a very talented group of DIY bloggers today. We are sharing Stylish Handmade Gifts and Gift Tags Your Friends Will Love. I have to admit my DIY skills have waned over the years but I came up with a couple you might enjoy.
STYLISH HANDMADE GIFTS AND GIFT TAGS YOUR FRIENDS WILL LOVE
I am not a baker but I made this last year and it turned out great. I am repeating it this year. You can find the recipe for Sunset Magazine’s Salted Pecan Toffee here. We make it with almonds. It would be delicious with whatever nut you choose. I took pictures of the chocolate and the stirring etc. I don’t think you want to look at that. I know the food bloggers do it. If I know you guys you just want to see the finished product. You can read a recipe.
For the presentation, I just wrapped the toffee in a cellophane bag. All I had were big ones and no one had smaller ones. I know shocker. You can also just use cellophane wrap, just as easy. I will link all supplies at the bottom of the post. I added sari ribbon and bells from Etsy.
I made the gift tags on Canva, and added a few faux greens. I made a group for you without our name if you would like to copy them. Here is the link to the PDF for the reindeer tags. You can use a paper punch to place a hole if you would like to tie them.
My second simple handmade gift is paperwhites in a bucket The bulbs are available almost everywhere at about $1 apiece. They are simple to grow. They don’t even need soil. They can be grown in water or in gravel as I did here.
I grabbed a galvanized bucket from Michaels for about $6, added black and white grosgrain ribbon and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary. I used the same card but printed it on white cardstock instead of kraft paper. The entire cost is about $10-$12 dollars.
If you have grown paperwhites before you know they have a tendency to fall over after a while and aren’t very pretty. This article, The Secret to Well Behaved paperwhites has the solution (alcohol). It stunts their growth and keeps them from falling over.
GIFT WRAP AND TAGS
Many of you asked that I share this year’s wrapping paper theme. I don’t have many packages wrapped yet, but the plan is in place. Since this post is pretty brief (my DIY talents are not what they once were) Every year I design our gift tags on Canva. This year I am using old photos of each of us (except for Summer I want her to be able to find her packages) Here is the one I designed for Summer’s gifts. I think I was channeling the very gifted Lynne from French Bread and Family. She is one of the most talented people on earth.
The papers this year are brown kraft paper, white, and some patterned craft paper that I found on Amazon. All will be linked at the bottom of the post. Here I used simple brown paper bags, green tissue paper, and black cotton twill tape. The bags are a whiz to wrap and can be reused. I save all my ribbon from year to year (drives my family crazy), but it is worth it to me.
I am also using a polka dot sari ribbon from Etsy and a green velvet ribbon from Amazon.
This year I wanted the wrap to echo the neutral earthy tones of the pillows and throws in the living room so I kept the color scheme simple. I love using simple white or brown boxes. All you need is a pretty ribbon!
SHOP THE POST
That’s it for me. I hope you enjoyed Stylish Handmade Gifts and Gift TagsYour Friends will Love. You might also enjoy Gift Wrap Ideas Toffee and More. Now you will want to pop over and visit the other creative bloggers joining us today. I know you will not be disappointed. Click on the links below the graphic to read.
Most Lovely Things (Annie)
Classic Casual Home(Mary Ann)
Cindy Hattersley Design (Cindy)
Sheri Silver (Sheri)
My Sweet Savannah (Melaine)
The Yellow Table (Anna)