It’s a steamy day in Brisbane and the kids and I have just finished putting up the tree. It’s the kind that looked magnificent in the warehouse but just, just fits in our house. I used to have major Christmas tree OCD, but I have let that go this year. The end result being a tree full to the brim of decorations and no perceptible theme aside from unbridled joy. Now to place the hand-made Christmas presents under said tree.
This Christmas I am all about locally sourced and hand-made presents. Many of my incredibly talented online friends are thinking similarly, and I wanted to share with you some of their amazing ideas for hand-made presents.
- The ridiculously talented Sally of Steele My Style made the cutest pom pom sandals with her daughter. I think this would be such a fun gift for a teenager.
- Something for the littlies – reindeer dust. Clare at Cats Eat Dogs shares her secret recipe! How gorgeous would this be in a little mason jar, alongside some new pyjamas, gingerbread and a Christmas DVD as Christmas Eve hamper for your kids?
- Did you know that it’s relatively easy to make lip balm? No? Neither did I but Sarah from the Kitchen Apothecary is letting us in on how. Her daughters are making them for their friends and teachers.
- St Cardigan has a wonderful four part blog series detailing how to make gorgeous christmas table settings. You could make the lovely napkins and holly place settings for your own table or as a present. I can’t wait for the next two instalments.
- The very clever Sew Crafty Deb shows us how to make unique coasters from tiles and pretty paper.
- Then there’s the wrapping to consider. Deb has some wonderful ideas and if you are into wasabi tape (who isn’t?) there are some lovely ways to use it here.
- Claire from Pillar Box Blue has about a million terrific ideas for home-made presents on her blog, but I particularly love the marimekko shoes she created.
- If you are more of a green thumb, maybe try planting some succulents in different kinds of vessels. You could even try your hand at a concrete planter.
- If you are feeling a bit like crafting with felt, you might like to try the flower brooches I posted earlier in the month.
- Perhaps you aren’t feeling particularly crafty or arty yourself but would like to support a local artist. Shani from Rare Pear Studio has just opened her online store and seriously, grab a bargain people, this girl is going places. The lovely Dawn from Kangaroo Spotting has also recently started selling her beautiful work.
Do you have any cool crafty ideas for Christmas?
Selling your work? Let go of your Christmas tree OCD?
Please go ahead and add a link in the comments.