I love crafting, if I am away from my workstation for a few days I start to get a bit twitchy and end up doing things like trying to make origami out of leaves on a hiking holiday, or rummaging through host’s drawers for a sewing kit. I need to make myself a tiny mobile craft kit to soothe these craft cravings. (*DRAGON’S DEN ALERT*) One of the massive bonuses of an insatiable crafting urge is that it saves us a stack of money.
With the start of 2013 many of us will have vowed to be a little thriftier. One happy way of hanging on to pennies but living generously is by crafting gifts for every occasion. Here I present to you my top twenty handmade gifts of 2012- the things I have most enjoyed making, and giving.
As Christmas looms- what dear friend WOULDN’T want a little collection of blingtastical dino figures? These are fun to make and would adorn any festive table or even beauty cabinet. (Imagine a dino holding out your stick of mascara every morning? Bloody brill.)
Here are a few of my favourite gift ideas from the beauty section of my other blog, Wonderthrift…
I whipped up an amazing homemade calendula balm that can be given in a beautifully tagged jar. It can be used for almost every skin ailment but is the perfect gift for the gardener in your life….
Once you have the ingredients for that balm - particularly the beeswax- you will find this lip soother an absolute breeze. Just two ingredients but it will restore lips to luscious Betty Boop style loveliness.
This body scrub is quick to make, costs very little and is the perfect emergency (AH, CRAP IT IS MUM”S BIRTHDAY TODAY) gift. Make a bit extra to keep on your own shelf as it is beeeeeyootiful.
And finally, in a cheeky gesture my 10th idea is not just one but, well, TEN. You see, I went to choose one of these teacups ideas and couldn’t choose. They would all be a delightful gift. So go right ahead and give one of these crafty ways to upcycle teacups a crack…
What have you enjoyed making this year? What was your favourite handmade gift to receive? And are you vowing to be thrifty in 2013?
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