Perfect Handmade Holiday Gifts On A Budget
Is there anything better than creating the perfect holiday gift for someone you love? There are so many ways to add charm and beauty to your holiday with Graphic 45 papers and Staples. Today we're going to share some fun and easy ideas for handmade holiday home decor and gifts! Get ready to be wowed by a gorgeous handmade hope box by Rhea Freitag the features our collection 12 Days of Christmas. Then Olga Struk will share a beautiful and inexpensive holiday calendar mug and tutorial! Both of today's crafts are perfect for crafting on a budget. They also prove that you can create breathtaking works of art without spending top dollar! We're going to have a lot of fun today!
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And now it's time for some crafts! We begin with a happy hello to all of our friends on the Graphic 45 Facebook page! If you want the latest news on Graphic 45 products, daily inspiration and a way to connect with your fellow G45ers and upload your Graphic 45 creations, then check out the Graphic 45 Facebook page! Here is an enchanting gift box that was recently uploaded to our Facebook page by Lainie Michel. This breathtaking creation features our collection Nutcracker Sweet. Dazzling fussy cut elements spring to life in this amazing holiday creation! It definitely gets us in the Christmas spirit! We encourage you all to check out the Graphic 45 Facbeook page for fun and fabulous inspiration!
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Here we have a gorgeous idea for turning an old box into a joyful holiday treasure. Behold, Rhea's amazing upcycled hope box featuring 12 Days of Christmas! This would make an amazing gift or a lovely piece of holiday home decor! You can see how Rhea used the 12 Days of Christmas cardstock flowers to create festive beauty and dimension on the top of this box. It's so pretty! Get inspired to create your own hope box for a happy holiday season. It's just amazing what you can create with a few inexpensive objects and some pretty Graphic 45 papers and Staples! Here is what Rhea had to say about this pretty work of art!
"My love of upcycling continues with this old cigar box that has been transformed into an adorable keepsake gift box. I can imagine using it to create a cute artsy inspiration kit inside for the receiver, complete with a selection of vintage craft supplies or premium spices in great jars along with heirloom recipes or perhaps a fun selection of vintage holiday ephemera. It could also be transformed into a Christmas Junk box. Use it to store Christmas lists, sales flyers, menus, receipts, Christmas cards, prep lists and all the transitional papers you find through the season. No matter what you stick inside, it is sure to capture a holiday memory or two! Cheers!"
12x12 12 Days of Christmas Paper
12 Days of Christmas Flowers
Tim Holtz Foundations Feet
Gilders Paste Gold
Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Next we're going to share Olga's wonderful tutorial for creating this sweet calendar mug. This fabulous creation is so easy to create! It features our Place in Time collection and some clever ideas for working with Graphic 45 Cling Stamps! This marvelous creation would look wonderful in a kitchen or office. This is also a fabulous idea for both a holiday gift and a New Years gift! With so many occasions to celebrate, we encourage you all to have a lot of fun making your own calendar cup for someone you love this holiday season! It's fun, easy and inexpensive to create! Take it away, Olga!
Today I will tell you how you can quickly, easily and economically make a small calendar for a gift. Place in Time collection by Graphic 45 is perfect for calendars with different levels of difficulty. This tutorial is good for beginners.
You will need:
- Place in Time- Calendar Foundation
- Place in Time Stickers and Place in Time Stickers Alphabet
- a mug
Do stamping on a mug. You can use any stamps. I used StazOn ink pads which are perfect for all non-porous and semi-porous surfaces, including transparencies, vellum, glass, glazed metal, ceramic tile, acrylic plastic and much, much more!
Cut each month out of Calendar Foundation sheet.
Here you are! Put the months and clothespins inside the mug. You may always add embellishments of your choice.
You’ve got a new year’s gift! I believe it will match the interior of the kitchen.
- Calendar Foundation
- Place in Time Stickers
- Place in Time Stickers Alphabet
- Ornate Metal Keys
- Snowflake Shape Set-Manufactured by Gina’sDesigns (http://www.ginasdesigns.net/Store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=17)
Spellbinders - Layered Poinsettia (http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/products/p-365-layered-poinsettia.aspx)
That's all for today, G45ers. We hope you enjoyed all of today's fun an inexpensive gift ideas! We want to thank Rhea and Olga for their beautiful and imaginative crafts today. We also want to thank all of you G45ers for joining us. We've got some very special blogs planed for you this week. We hope you'll come back and see us. Don't forget to leave us a blog or Facebook comment for your chance to win that dazzling Sweet Sentiments prize pack! Have a wonderful day, G45ers!
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