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Make Beautiful Gifts at Home

Make Beautiful Gifts at Home

If you love making gifts instead of buying them, here are some simple ideas that won’t cost a lot—but will mean a lot to those who receive them.

One of the keys to handmade presents is thinking about what you already have on hand. For instance, do you have some mason jars tucked away in a cabinet? You could whip together a homemade cookie mix and make a sticker with instructions for the jar. In the article Handmade Gifts From the Heart, you’ll find a few cookie mix recipes, plus fabulous other ideas for handmade gifts, such as homemade bird treats and a beautiful wooden cheese board.

If those ideas aren’t up your alley, maybe something a little quirkier is the thing you’re looking for. Duct tape is something a lot of us have around the house, and one arts-and-crafts craze is making cool items out of the classic tape. For instance, follow the instructions in Make a Duct Tape Bag and you can create a flashy, fun duct tape purse.

Let’s say you don’t have anything around the house that’s inspiring you. Perhaps it’s time to look outside! A handmade wreath is not only an enjoyable project to work on, but in most cases you can find the materials to make the gift absolutely free. For ideas on materials to look for and how to put the wreath together, read Easy, Elegant Homemade Wreaths.

Happy holidays—and enjoy your gift-making adventures!

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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8:34AM PDT on May 15, 2013

Great ideas! TY

10:35PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Lots of good ideas! Thank You

5:49AM PDT on Apr 28, 2013


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7:33PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

I'll have to go make a wreath now :)

2:06AM PDT on Apr 22, 2013


6:48PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thank you :)

12:40PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Thanks for the tips sent off to some friends. When I can find the time I so love to make gifts for friends!

6:54AM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Fun post, thank you.

4:38AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Thanks love the wreaths,

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