A Handmade Christmas – 15 Handmade Gift Ideas

For a DIYer, it’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas. There are so many cute ideas of how to have a handmade Christmas, not to mention it makes for a truly meaningful gift.  Take a look and these fabulous ideas!

A Handmade Christmas Series

 

 
Romantic Stamped Clay Pendant – Whistle and Ivy
Handmade Rustic Coaster – Making It To The Mountains
DIY Key Holder – Hawthorne and Main

 

DIY Tea Towels – Meet the B’s
Family Memory Card Game – Sum of Their Stories
Texture Infinity Scarf – Persia Lou

 

DIY Felt Stuffie – Feathers Flights
Bow Earwarmers – The Cwafty Blog
DIY Copper Pipe Tray – Upcycled Treasures

 

DIY Gold Accented Trinket Trays – For My Love Of
Burberry Bag – Delineate Your Dwelling
DIY Bracelet – Kraft and Mint

 

DIY Miniature Wall Hangings – The Gathered Home
Leather Accented Cutting Boards – Sisters, What!
Hand Painted Recipe Box – Anderson and Grant

Happy crafting!
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Romantic Stamped Clay Pendants

 I have been playing around with polymer clay a lot lately. I think it might be because of The Boy’s recent obsession with play dough.   He will play for hours! Since my two-year-old and I are basically on the same skill level, I can’t really make anything fancy. But these romantic stamped pendants turned out so cute; plus they are incredibly easy. 

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One fun thing about polymer clay is the color mixing. There are lots of brand with lots of colors, but if you want a specific color, you can easily create it. I made this color with a sparkly maroon, orange and white. 

To make these easy pendants, start with a small ball of clay. 

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Then squish it into a disc. 

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Keep flattening until your disc is smooth and uniform. The thinner the better here, because you will need to string it with a jumpring, and it gets problematic if your disc is too thick.  

 

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From here, you can stamp your pendant. I found this adorable mini rubber stamp set at Walmart in the dollar bin, which I use to make small tags and things. They worked perfect for this project. 

 

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Press the stamp lightly, but firmly into the clay. It took me one or two tries to get the pressure right without getting the outside square of the stamp. Bake your pendants according to the package directions for the brand you chose. Once they are baked and cooled, you can add a jumpring to each pendant, and string them on a chain. 

I liked the look of two colors, so I made two discs, one slightly larger for the back. 

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Although I monogrammed mine, feel free to add anything you want to your pendants! 

So easy and so cute. 

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Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa

Isn’t autumn glorious? One of my favorite things about the changing of the weather is the warm drinks. I don’t regularly drink hot beverages, so hot cocoa is very seasonal for me. I love sipping on herbal tea or cocoa before bedtime during the fall and winter months. I wanted to try and make a cup that had a Halloween twist: Orange Hot Cocoa. This recipe is creamy and refreshing. I tend to prefer creamy hot cocoa over rich, dark hot cocoa, and this recipe definitely fits the bill! Plus the orange flavor is just divine. 

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Creamy Orange Hot Cocoa
Serves 6
Delicious, creamy and orangey hot cocoa.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
17 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 C Milk
  2. 2 C Half and Half
  3. 1/2 C Sugar
  4. 3 1/2 T Cocoa
  5. 1 tsp Orange Zest
  6. 1 Drop Orange Oil
Instructions
  1. In a large saucepan, mix milk, half and half and sugar. Heat on medium low and gently allow the mixture to warm, stirring frequently. Once the mixture is warm, add cocoa and mix with the whisk (whisking rather aggressively will alleviate clumps in the cocoa). Continue to heat and stir. Don’t allow your cocoa to boil. Once your cocoa begins to get hot, add orange zest and oil. Whisk and heat for a couple more minutes. Take off the stove and enjoy hot!
Notes
  1. I prefer my cocoa creamy and less chocolatey, but feel free to make yours richer by adding more cocoa.
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Is is cool enough for hot cocoa where you are? 

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Swarm of Bats Wreath

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Halloween, of course. The weather gets a bit cooler and I have a socially acceptable reason to decorate with skulls and all things macabre. 

This simple wreath will be kicking off the few Halloween projects I will be sharing over the next couple weeks. 

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Plus,  here are 7 other fun things to make for Halloween! It’s not too early, I swear!

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