One of my readers, Mrs. Taft, had some lovely pictures of the craft project they had been doing–homemade gift bows made from magazines.
And while I realize from a strictly money-saving standpoint, most people would not wager that the work is worth the savings, if you combine the recyle factor with the thrifty factor and add in an especially important activity-for-the-children factor, I think it’s a winner 😉 Plus, it’s mostly just about fostering the habit of finding new uses for old things. (If all that’s not enough, just imagine how all your relatives will marvel at your creativity 😉 )
Gotta love it! Make your own gift bow from a magazine page!
My girls have so many dolls, but just like women can’t have enough jewelry (or shoes, or …), I suppose little girls need more babies. (Interesting how they’re born that way and we have ’em only wanting 2 by the time they’re grown? Geesh, I can’t even post about crafts without interjecting something thought-provoking 😉 )
Anyway, it seems so pointless to spend money on yet another doll, just like all their others, yet I want to get them a special one that they’ll enjoy.
This homemade doll resonates with the answer! I love it, I think my oldest daughter and I will enjoy making them (she’ll basically tell me how to do it and show me as well-OK, it’ll be more of HER making it and me watching…I don’t *get* the sewing thing so much.)
I also thought, if we have time, we’d make several extra outfits for them since little girl’s love dressing dolls more than anything! Instruction for a Folk Rag Doll. Let me know if you decide to make one!
How to make a wine bottle feeder:
(You’ll need approximately 6 feet of tubing or wire.)
We made these one year and they were a big hit! If you’re not interested in cutting copper decorations, considering using artificial flowers.
1. Wrap the copper wire/tubing around the neck of the bottle several times, and continue wrapping the wire until you reach the base, so that you have made a spiral, wire cage around the entire bottle.
2. Take the last 3 ft. of wire and form it into a hanger for the bottle.
3. Add 1 part sugar to 4 parts boiling water, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil another 2 minutes. Allow to cool then fill the wine bottle.
4. Insert the all-in-one bottle stopper, available at a bird supply store, and you’re done! Add decorative copper cuttings if you wish.
There are 10 more homemade gift ideas in the Easy Homemade Gifts ebook. Since I’m really interested in helping you save money, for the next 3 days, I’m offering this book for $5.00 off the regular price!! Instead of $9.97 it is now $4.97! Just enter the coupon code “makeit” at checkout!
***I had another idea:
Nothing is cheaper than FREE gifts, so I am wondering if any of you crafty ladies would like to offer a give away? If so, email me and tell me what you are offering (with a picture, preferably), and I’ll post it in a few days. Offering giveaways is a great way to get some exposure on your blog, by the way 😉 I’m open to posting several give aways at a time!