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Well I posted this in the Arts and Crafts board and didn't get much response so I thought maybe you ladies could help me out. We're going to be VERY strapped for cash this year around Christmas and between my family and DF's family we have a lot of presents to come up with. I was wondering if any of you had any creative, tasteful ideas for homemade or inexpensive gifts for Christmas. Thanks!!
HA!!! I'm so glad you asked! I am in the EXACT same boat here! So here are some ideas I've decided:
1- Hand mold statue: mix water with molding powder (don't know exact ratio yet) in a container. Stick your hand in the mold paste and let sit for about a minute or two, gently take your hand out (should now feel almost like gelatin...it'll keep your hand shape. Then pour in mixed concrete and let sit for a few hours until dry...gently remove the mold. with sand paper, smoothe any rough surfaces and let sit for about 2-3 days. Spraypaint or paint or leave as is. This project shouldn't really cost you more than about $25...What you can do is even stick both hands in the mold and now you have two statues. Really nice for a parent or someone close to you.
2- Go buy a cheap vase or pot...buy some cheap ceramic tile (only a couple square feet) and break the tile in small pieces. Then do a tile mosaic on the vase or pot. You'll need mortar and grout.
3- Go find a really nice puzzle. Put puzzle together on a large carboard. Once complete, spread Podge (a type of glue that dries clear) on the puzzle with a paintbrush and let sit until dry. Frame puzzle...I found some really cheap ones at walmart. And just get a small puzzle...doesn't have to be huge.
Hmmmm...that's all I can think of for now...I'll post if I think of anything else.
I really like that puzzle idea!! I'm going to have to start writing these down lol. I was thinking for some of our family members that we aren't quite as close to that we're going to give them a family photo (of Randy, me, and Miranda) because we're getting pictures made around Christmas. I've been looking online but a lot of the stuff I find are like specifically for Christmas (like homemade ornaments, etc.). Thanks for your suggestions!!