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the handmades of Christmas 2012

Every year I think, “There’s nothing new we can make for Christmas gifts we’ve done it all.” Then we find really cool ideas all over the place.

Some of the things we made were repeats and some were new…all were enjoyed.

Phoebe and Benjamin worked together to make a set of double six dominoes for each family in our extended family. They used a really thin oak board that was about 4″ wide and cut them in 2″ sections. Then Benjamin used a drill press to burn in the dots. Carl helped by using a pencil to mark where the dots go. Then they sanded them and stained them. Phoebe made stamped drawstring bags to keep them in. I will say that this project too a little longer than any of us thought it would so if you decide to do this start early.

Gabriel gave all the adults honey and made these marshmallows guns for the cousins and his younger siblings. These are really fun blow guns and really easy to make. You just need a 1/2″ pvc pipe a couple of elbows, T’s and end caps. He painted each one a little differently so that there would be no sharing.

Josiah made a set of pick up sticks for each family. He took a very small wooden dowel and cut it into 10″ lengths. He used a pencil sharpener to make the ends pointy and then stained them. He painted on in each set blue for the “special” stick. He also sacrificed and drank some Frapaccinos in order to have a cool looking jar to etch for storage.

I made all the younger cousins matching  pajamas. The boys were red (no photo – it dissappeared) and the girls were purple. My older boys are the only older cousins and they don’t appreciate matching pj’s anymore so I didn’t make them any. My sister’s children liked these so much last year that they requested them again, that made me pretty happy.

Carl and I made name signs for each family. I got the idea from Jamie’s “joy” sign. I found some rectangle photo frames that I spray painted to match each family’s home. Then I bought paper at Hobby Lobby and printed out each family’s name. I took the name to Office Depot and had them blow it up. I you have a good quality printer you can probably not to that but ours doesn’t print very dark. Josiah was kind enough to cut me some thin wood the size of the glass. I decopauged the paper onto the wood and then added the letters.

Carl cut out all the letters …something about not wanting me to use the xacto knife. I can take the mockery….I got out of cutting 50 letters.

We don’t only give handmade gifts each year. But in the midst of toys, clothes, movies and gift cards there is always a place for handmade gifts.

What handmades did you make or receive this year?

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jen keith

Wednesday 23rd of January 2013

love, love, love! definitely gonna use these ideas for next year. muchas gracias

Carla Belyea

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

I made blankets, skirts, and zippered pouches for Christmas this year. Love the dominoes idea. I cam over from "The Grant Life".


Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Thanks for visiting, Carla. I love the pouch on your blog.

Betsy @ Romance on a dime

Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Wow - I'm very impressed. All these handmade gifts look like great gifts. I would like to make handmade gifts, but you do have to start early. Thanks for sharing this at Romance on a dime!!


Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Thanks, Bestsy. It's always good to start early...we never start early enough.


Monday 14th of January 2013

Oh my goodness! I love the marshmallow gun - my hubby would be in love!!!Thanks for linking up at the Humble Brag!


Tuesday 15th of January 2013

They are great fun, even for the adults. We did have to make a rule that only marshmallows could be shot...acorns hurt.

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds

Sunday 13th of January 2013

Great ideas! Your family has such talent :). Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.


Tuesday 15th of January 2013

Thanks, Carrie