Easy Homemade Holiday Gifts

Instead of buying gifts this year, think about making easy homemade holiday gifts for family and friends.

| Capper’s Farmer Holiday Special, Winter 2012

  • Homemade Christmas Card
    Bring your cards to life by adding ribbon, pattern paper, stickers, rub-on letters, cardstock stickers, glitter stickers and other embellishments.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Homemade Gift Tag
    For a simple tag, cut a square of paper, making it however large you want it. Punch a hole in the upper right corner. Run ribbon through the hole and tie it in a knot. With a marker, write “To:” and “From:” somewhere on the square.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Photo Tile
    If you’ve never worked with decoupage — an all-in-one glue, sealer and finish — photo tiles are perfect for a first project.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Layered Gift Tag
    If you want to be more creative, try a layered gift tag.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Homemade Gift Box
    Dress up the edges of a lid by gluing ribbon to them, and add a sticker or button to the top of the gift box for a little pizzazz.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Homemade Gift Bag
    Gift bags are even easier to make than boxes. For variety, I buy both plain paper bags and colored bags.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Poem Photo Tile
    They can be made with photos, poems, quotes, a birth announcement, an invitation, even an old love letter.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Dog Photo Tile
    Using decoupage on photo tiles seals the printout or scrapbook papers tightly, ensuring that the gift will last for years.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Siblings LP
    The “Siblings” 33 1/3 LP was scrapbooked digitally.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • CD Wall Hanging
    The CD wall hanging of the dogs was created by hand.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Homemade Picture Frame
    Scrapbooking photo frames is a simple and enjoyable project, and best of all, the finished product is sure to be a treasured, personal gift.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Homemade Recipe Box
    Cooks on your gift list will enjoy a unique recipe box designed to hold all of their favorite recipes.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Horse Scrapbook Page
    I made a scrapbook using photos of my dad’s animals, tractors, land, crops and ponds, and gave it to him one year for Christmas. He loved it!
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Ring Bound Recipe Book
    Cooks on your gift list are sure to welcome a ring-bound recipe book made with recipes chosen just for them.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey
  • Cowboy Scrapbook Page
    If there’s someone on your gift list who has everything, a scrapbook makes the perfect gift.
    Photo By Amanda Mackey

  • Homemade Christmas Card
  • Homemade Gift Tag
  • Photo Tile
  • Layered Gift Tag
  • Homemade Gift Box
  • Homemade Gift Bag
  • Poem Photo Tile
  • Dog Photo Tile
  • Siblings LP
  • CD Wall Hanging
  • Homemade Picture Frame
  • Homemade Recipe Box
  • Horse Scrapbook Page
  • Ring Bound Recipe Book
  • Cowboy Scrapbook Page

As the holidays approach, stress levels often rise, and it’s no wonder. Decorating, shopping, religious observances, food preparation, party planning, family gatherings, and everything else associated with the holidays can leave us feeling overwhelmed. It doesn’t have to be like that, though. Scrapbooking is a creative outlet that is relaxing and rewarding. Best of all, it can provide homemade holiday gifts for friends and family.

Rather than purchasing expensive individual greeting cards, most of us opt for the more affordable box of cards with two or three designs. This year, forget buying greeting cards. Instead, create your own. You also can make your own gift boxes, bags and tags. They’re simple and fun to make, and you’ll be amazed at how great you’ll feel when you’re finished. For more holiday spirit, invite a few friends over to join in the fun.

Once you’ve discovered the joy of scrapbooking through making cards and gift boxes, bags and tags, you’ll ask yourself, “Why stop there?” So, forget fighting the crowds at department stores, gather up those same friends for a day of making homemade keepsakes — something practical and functional — for everyone on your list.

Here are a few holiday crafts that will put smiles on the faces of your loved ones.



Homemade Greeting Cards

Once you make greeting cards, you’ll never go back to buying them.

Before you start, you’ll need envelopes to determine card size. Measure the envelope. Take those numbers (length and width) and subtract 1/4 inch from each. Multiply the smaller measurement by two; this gives you the dimensions for a folded card.






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