There is nothing better than a quality handmade craft to give as a gift. Right now, high quality items made by hand are popular. Everyone wants original, one of a kind homemade things.
At Handmade By Juanita, I know how to make quite a few crafts and I am still
learning how to make many others. Each item I sell is handcrafted and one of a kind. I
love to give things I make as gifts.
I say this because I love to receive handmade crafts as gifts. I really like it when someone who loves me shows their love by giving of themselves, don't you?
When I was a child, both of my grandmothers made me clothes, special baked goods, play rugs, toys, and other accessories. Those items were usually much nicer than what we could buy at the local department store. They were custom-made in favorite colors and materials and were a lot of fun to receive and wear or use.
My paternal grandmother, Elvina Yorgensen, sewed most of my clothes. She was a seamstress who sewed for a lot of clients so she knew what she was doing with a sewing machine. She had five sewing machines set up in different rooms of her home. Each one did a certain thing, such as putting in a zipper or making buttonholes. She also crocheted, embroidered, and made beautiful doll clothes, stuffed animals, and accessories.
My maternal grandmother, Mildred Pitcher, knitted and crocheted a lot and made me vests, mittens, and a lot of gorgeous afghans. Her specialty was multicolored granny square afghans. She would make one huge granny square out of many different colored yarns.
So what are some good homemade craft ideas to give away as gifts? My favorite things to make and give away are afghans and cross stitch pictures and bookmarks. I make a lot of earrings and give those away to friends for birthdays and holidays.
How about a photo block? Take a wooden or cardboard block and glue photos of the recipient and his/her family and pets on it. Decoupage all sides of the block with photos. Give it several coats of decoupage and you have a gift any mother or father would enjoy in their office or living room.
Why not take a wedding invitation and decorate with ribbons, beads, shells, sequins, glitter, or lace in the wedding colors and frame it? I did just this several years ago when one of our nieces got married. She loved it. I am sorry to say I did not take a photo of it.
I also enjoy making scented candles and soaps in various colors and sizes. People enjoy receiving these gifts because it makes them feel pampered and special.
What homemade gifts do you enjoy receiving or giving? Let us know below.
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