Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts...

I thought I would share a couple of quick but hand made Christmas gifts today. These are great with a Holiday theme, but could also be used and adapted for any holiday or occasion! The first thing I have is a post it note holder. My Mom and I are making almost 100 of these, for all the workers at Grandma's nursing home. We like to do something to show our appreciation, and because all the workers rotate areas, everyone in the home works with her some time throughout the year. We thought these post it note holders were cute, original, and useful at the same time! I used patterned cardstock, so it would hold up better than thinner patterned paper. I used the Glitter Stack from DCWV that you can get at Joann's and Michaels. The outside piece is 7.5 x 3.25 inches. The post it notes are 3 inch square. The cheapest place we found them was 5 dollars for a dozen at Walmart. I just wrapped the cardstock around the post it note pad, then removed the pad to add some double stick tape to the back. I then stuck it back down! I used a little tab of velcro as a closure, and added the circular punches for a little embellishment/opening tab. There you have it!


The second thing have to share are these marble magnets. These are an oldie, but a goodie! You can find these clear circular flat marbles at the Dollar Tree, and at Michael's, in the floral department. What I did was choose a stamp and stamped an image on white cardstock. I punched it out with my 1.25 inch SU! circle punch. The stones are not perfectly circular, but really close. I put the stamped image stamped side DOWN through my Xyron X so the surface would be sticky. I stuck it to the back of the stone, so the stamped image shows through the front. I then took a heavy duty magnet, which are found at Michael's, and at Walmart in the craft dept. and stuck it to the back with the heavy duty tacky tape with the red backing. My favorite way to present these, is to do a set of 4, and put them in a decorated altoid tin. These are THE BEST magnets-they hold really heavy things, they don't fall apart, and they are cute! You could use patterned paper for the circle, or even a photo!!



So there you have it! Two quick, easy, and adorable things to keep in mind as the Holidays get closer, and you realize you have forgotten a gift for someone! These are both very cost effective, too!
Have a great Wednesday!
**Keri**

10 comments:

JACKIE said...

These are so wonderful...you have such talent. Thank you for inspiring me.

Lesly said...

Great ideas! I have two bags of these glass stones and haven't done anything with them - yet...

Beedubya said...

Quick, easy and FANTASTIC! I for got all about those magnets! That post it note holder is great for my colleagues at work. Thanx!

Brandi

Lorraine said...

this is adorable. tfs

Loretta Rodger said...

Keri,

I agree, these are wonderful! I especially like the magnets! What a nifty idea!

michelle cook infantino said...

These are very nice little gifts. I like the magnets. I have a set Tracy made me ages ago and they do hold heavy things on your fridge. Love that.

I'm trying to get all my Xmas shopping done before Dec. 1 so I can sit back and do some fun projects. There's just never enough time!

kk127g said...

Great blog.
LOving the country life right?
KK

CREATE=FUN said...

great idea, im gonna try it ;)

Elizabeth said...

Great idea for magnets! They would make great little gifts!

Babsarella said...

Love both your gift ideas!! I use post-its all the time, and I bet others do as well. Perfect idea! Magnets are always cool to add a little festive touch to the fridge!! Thanks for sharing your projects, and I'm sure all the workers at your Grandma's nursing home will be most appreciative of your thoughtful gift.