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We’ve all had that moment of panic when dashing out the door to a party, only to realize that we don’t have a hostess gift. Although it’s easy to pick up a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine on the way, it’s nice to give something more memorable that your hostess will enjoy long after clean-up.
With a few DIY tools and craft supplies from around the house, we put together a couple of creative gift options that you can make in less than an hour. Using craft pails, we created a holiday-themed container of biscotti and a spa-themed container of bath salts. These cute little kits can be personalized to the tastes and preferences of your party host.
- Medium or Large Clear Craft Pails
- Embellishments, such as felt, acrylic beads, garland, cutout shapes, ribbon
- Amazing GOOP Craft Adhesive
- Amazing QuickHOLD Contact Adhesive & Sealant
- Items to fill your bucket, such as biscotti, cookies, bath salts, kitchen goods, or other small gifts.
- Using Amazing GOOP craft adhesive, glue embellishments of your choice onto the clear surface of the craft pail.
- Start with the decoration that you’ll use as your focal point.
- Use Amazing QuickHOLD to adhere acrylic beads or rhinestones on the bucket. This glue will form a quick bond and keep the beads securely in place.
- Squeeze out a small amount of Amazing QuickHOLD around the lower perimeter of the craft pail. Cover the area in ribbon, pressing the ribbon onto the glue as you wrap the container.
- To insert the cookie-on-a-stick into the top of the biscotti container (as shown), use a hand-held drill gun to drill a small hole. Insert the cookie-on-a-stick into the hole once the tin if filled with biscotti. This will keep everything in place.
- To insert the mesh loofah into the top of the bath salt container (as shown), you can either drill a hole in the top and insert the string handle, or simply tie the loofah to the handle of the craft pail, using ribbon.
- Allow the items to dry for a few hours before filling the inside of the bucket with biscotti, bath salts, or other small gifts.
Voila! These personalized gifts are quick and easy to make, and they’re sure to be a hit with your hostess.
‘Tis the season for holiday cocktail parties. For a pretty little accent to dress up your outfit and start conversations wherever you go, sparkly bauble rings will do the trick.
This week, we’re excited to share a fun DIY project from the Martha Stewart Crafts blog. We came across this post because a reader commented that E-6000 is her favorite craft glue for making jewelry and hair accessories. We couldn’t agree more! And this easy-to-do project is made even easier with the right glue.
- Wooden Beads or Foam Balls
- Strung Sequins
- E-6000 Glue
- Cheap Jewelry Rings
Three easy steps:
- Create a lead end by pulling 1 or 2 sequins off the thread. Starting at the top of the bead (or foam ball), secure the lead with a dab of E-6000 glue.
- Apply glue one section at a time, adhering the sequin strand around the ball as you go. Cover the entire ball with sequins, spiraling it tightly and applying pressure as you affix the sequins.
- Apply E-6000 to the ring, secure the sequin bauble, and let sit until completely dry.
Sparkly bauble rings are fun to wear and make great stocking stuffers, too! And if you’d rather add sparkles to your Christmas tree, here are some other DIY projects to try:
Photo Credit: Martha Stewart Crafts Blog
This is the last in a series of last minute gift ideas from ’round the Web counting down to the 25th of December. All the projects can be done very quickly and require minimal supplies. Let us know if you do any of these projects. Enjoy!
The ultimate in last minute holiday gifts is the gift card. I have to tell you, I’m a fan of the gift card. I love getting them and I love giving them. You can be pretty creative – choosing the perfect locale for each recipient. From Hello, My Name is Heather, our final Last Minute Holiday Gift is a how-to to create a gift box for a gift card.
• 8.5” x 11“ or larger double-sided cardstock
• glue stick
• paper-scoring tool
• Xacto knife
• embellishments of your choice
For the glue, we recommend EcoGlue. It’s eco friendly and has a bit more grab than a glue stick. If you’re going to go to the trouble, might as well make the box last. Heather has a free pattern for these adorable boxes that can be as creative as you want to make them. She also has a beautiful collection of craft papers.
There you have it! Five great last minute gifts from around the internet. From a clever biz card holder, to fun and funky jewelry, to making the ultimate in last minute gifts personal, we hope this series has been helpful. If you do any of these projects, we’d love to see photos.
This is the fourth in a series of last minute gift ideas from ’round the Web counting down to the 25th of December. All the projects can be done very quickly and require minimal supplies. Let us know if you do any of these projects. Enjoy!
From DIYAlert.com, using empty tealight holders, this last minute gift could be specifically for the holidays, a bedroom, a patio or just for fun. And homemade means that you can customize based on decor, favorite colors or time of year. Could be a great project to do with your kiddos, just be careful because you are working with metal. As DIYAlert suggests, you might wear gloves to protect your hands.
- One string of mini-lights. White light is nice, because it allows you to see all the
colors in your finished collars.
- Metal cups from used-up tealights. You’ll need one for every light there is on your
- Sharpie marker.
- Scissors. These should not be your expensive scissors, by the way.
- Paper hole punch. You need one that makes a hole at least 3/8” diameter.
An old-fashioned paper punch will work better than a craft-punch for this project. And your punch should be pretty heavy-duty.
- Glue. Use a glue for non-porous surfaces, like E6000.
- Shiny things, such as glitter, flat-backed gems, beads, sequins, etc.
This is a great recycling project. You could also use EcoGlue in place of E6000. It’s eco-friendly. According to Dollar Store Crafts, JoAnn Fabrics has tea lights – 100 for $5. For all the instructions, visit DIYAlert.
This is the third in a series of last minute gift ideas from ’round the Web counting down to the 25th of December. All the projects can be done very quickly and require minimal supplies. Let us know if you do any of these projects. Enjoy!
From Swelldesigner (Alexa Westerfield), we bring you a how-to for costume jewelry on the cheap. Super colorful costume jewelry is fun for girls of all ages.
- Jewelry-making pliers
- Earring wires
- Ring blank
- Assorted buttons and other flashy stuff
- Glue (like E6000)
For more info, visit Swelldesigner’s post here.