A Handmade Craft

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.

Handmade Craft Ideas

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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Cross stitch is my favorite hobbies. Here I am making a Bible bookmark.
This is a craft and/or gardening apron that I sewed. It has both shallow and deep pockets.
I sewed this throw together with cotton print and pink flannel. It is perfect for those chilly evenings when you want to snuggle up and read a good book.
This is a small pumpkin bag I made for a small child to use for trick or treating or to carry small toys or crayons and papers in.
I made some burp cloths with cotton print and terry cloth. They are absorbent and pretty.
This photo shows some of my receiving blankets, bags, and crocheted afghans at an outdoor craft fair.
Some scarves I crocheted at an outdoor craft fair.
Polymer clay layer cakes with caulk frosting. The cakes are scented with vanilla oil.
Broken egg in shell polymer clay pendant. Eggshell and yolk are made with polymer clay. The egg white is made with liquid polymer clay.
Miniature polymer clay pumpkins I made for fall.
Miniature iced coffee drinks and popsicles that I made from polymer clay. These were made into fun necklaces for summer.
Earring display at a craft fair. The tablecloth I use at all craft fairs can be seen under the earrings.
Me at an outdoor craft fair in 2016.