Christmas Gifts to Make at Home

Christmas Gifts to Make at Home
To me, a thoughtful handmade gift has more value than one bought from the market. Because of this I spend a great deal of time making gifts at home. Here are some Christmas gifts that you can make at home too.
When I was putting together various Christmas gifts ideas for you, I suddenly remembered a Christmas song that I had heard. The song is based on the innocence of a child, who has simple desires like being able to say "Merry Christmas" and whistle properly. So on the Christmas Eve the only gift he asks for are his two front teeth.

Do you remember the song I am referring to? Think... try to recollect that song you must have heard so many times during childhood. Remember? No, I won't let that out so soon. While you try to recollect, go through these homemade gift ideas for Christmas.

Craft Stick Trinket Box

Materials
  • Glue
  • Some craft sticks
  • Trinkets or seasonal decorations to personalize the box with
This is how you make the craft stick trinket box
  • First take 2 craft sticks and set them about 3 inches apart. Then glue 10 sticks across them.
  • Now flip over the base and begin gluing on craft sticks for the walls, alternating between the sides. Continue this till the walls are as high as you like.
  • To make the removable lid, set 2 sticks alongside the last 2 wall sticks and add a line of glue along each one.
  • Now lay 10 craft sticks across them.
  • To personalize it, glue a small toy, a seasonal decoration or a trinket to top.
Emoticon Magnets

Materials
  • A computer and a printer
  • Different colored markers
  • A pair of scissors
  • Clear and flat decorative gems
  • Some glue
  • A few small, round self-adhesive magnets
This is how you make the emoticon magnets
  • Create a variety of emoticons slightly smaller than the gems using a computer.
  • After taking a printout of the emoticons, use colored markers to decorate and color the faces.
  • Now cut out the faces, trimming them neatly into circles or ovals slightly smaller than the gems.
  • Glue each cutout to the back of the pebble glass and then fix a magnet to it.
  • Wrap up the gifts only after the glue dries completely.
Printed Memo Blocks

Materials
  • Some colored duct tape
  • A pair of scissors
  • A memo pad, memo filler sheets or scrap paper that has been cut into small squares
  • Foamies craft foam or ink stamps
  • Double-sided tape and plastic bottle caps
  • An inkpad
This is how you make the printed memo blocks
  • First cut a strip of duct tape measuring 2 inches longer that the height of the stack of papers you plan to use.
  • Then lay the tape sticky side up on the table.
  • Now grasp the stack and tap the sides against a flat surface. Then hold on its end and press one edge down onto the center of the tape.
  • Neatly wrap the tape ends over the top and the bottom of the stack, all the while pressing firmly down to bind the paper. If required, use more tape.
  • Once that is done, lift the top sheet of paper and cut the tape just above the second sheet so that the binding is in level with the top of the pad.
  • Use an ink stamp or a fun shape cutout of foamies craft foam to print a design on the three untapped sides of the block. Use double tape to stick the craft foam to a bottle cap.
CD Coasters

Materials
  • A few CDs (preferably plain gold or silver in color)
  • Some white cotton lace
  • Some glue
This is how you make CD coasters
  • Take the CD and spread some glue all along its periphery.
  • Next take one end of the lace and start sticking it onto the edge, making pleats all the while.
  • When you have finished doing that, cut the lace and your CD coaster is ready! (you can use any other material you like to personalize the coaster too)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Handprint

Materials
  • A pencil
  • Brown craft foam or card stock
  • A black marker
  • Red glitter glue
  • Some gold sequins
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • A red pompom
  • A brown pipe cleaner
  • A few paper clips or clothespins
This is how you make a Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer handprint
  • First use a pencil to trace your child's hand onto a piece of brown craft foam or card stock.
  • Then cut out the shape and add black marker hooves to the fingertips.
  • Now add red glitter glue collar using gold sequins for the bells. That done, glue on the googly eye and a red pompom for the nose. For the tail, use one cutout from brown craft foam or card stock.
  • Cut a brown pipe cleaner in half for the reindeer antlers. Curl the ends and bend each pipe cleaner in two. Glue the pipe cleaners together, holding them in place with a clothespin or a paper clip until the glue dries.
  • Using glue put the antlers in place on the reindeer.
These were some Christmas gifts you can make at home. Try these and enliven those childhood days when making gifts was more fun than buying readymade ones. With passing time innocence dies away. All that is expensive and glittering starts looking attractive. You start losing the interest you had as a child, remember how you used to make gifts and crafts for Christmas, and not buy them. That was the time when your world different; all you wished for was, two front teeth! Well for those who hadn't figured which song I was referring to, it was All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth by Donald Gardner.
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