Hey you procrastinators! (I’m also looking in the mirror when I say that because I JUST finished my gifting… and I still need to wrap) Just because you only have a few days left doesn’t mean you can’t craft a personalized gift! So here’s a few of the crafts I made this year, some are more time consuming than others so you can decide what you have time for :)
I found this gorgeous DIY decor piece from Delightfully Noted, great blog full of adorable decor tutorials! I thought this project would be a breeze but I ran into a few, frustrated, speed bumps. Lucky for you, I’ve just made all the possible mistakes so I can tell you what NOT to do and how to do it RIGHT! Don’t let that scare you away from doing this project though, I think the end result is well worth it!
I started by going to Hobby Lobby to buy the “W” initial and a black frame that was bigger than or the same size as the width of the letter. Then I found backsplash tiles at a local hardware store but you can find these at Lowes or Home Depot also. I had to get 2 sheets to fill my 12×18 frame. I used black spray paint for the letter and a dark brown for the smaller letters/numbers. I’m not sure if it’s just my location… but it took me FOREVER to find those smaller wooden letters. –I feel like every craft store’s small letters are so childish looking :/– Anyways… I found them at Michael’s so go there and avoid searching store to store like me :).
Here is my MOST IMPORTANT TIP: After you take the glass out of the frame, measure a piece of white card stock or cardboard and cut to fit in the frame. (Use white so it blends in with the tile netting) Put it back together with the cardboard and frame backing, that way you can adhere the tiles from the front. Does that make sense? I tried to place the tiles into the frame after I attached them to the cardboard (like you would place a photo) and it was extremely difficult to get them in place and attach the backing. How you adhere the tiles is your call… Jennifer from Delightfully Noted said she used hot glue but I thought my tiles were too heavy for hot glue to hold. I used a ceramic bond but it wasn’t clear so I wasn’t too happy with how that looked. In hindsight I think I should’ve used liquid nails or something.
Finishing is the easy part, hot glue your spray painted letters to the tiles and to add a little extra embellishment I added a little flower. I’m happy with the way it turned out and I’m so excited to give my sister-in-law this gift!
Looking for a faster gift?
Love Map –
Always a favorite to give to parents, grandparents, or married friends and so quick and easy! I bought a map at Wal Mart and used a stencil to cut out the hearts. I found the frame at Hobby Lobby and used some extra matte I had from past projects. For the words I just printed them from Word, adhere and wa-la! Personal, thoughtful, one of a kind decor for your giftee!
Frame – $10, Map – $6
Twine Wrapped Letter –
Joann’s has great letters of all sizes to choose from and you can find twine at any craft store or Wal Mart. The actual wrapping part does take awhile but it’s something you can easily do while watching a Christmas movie :) I secured my twine every few wraps with hot glue. To add extra embellishment at the end, I just tied a ribbon bow and used that for the hangar as well! Boom! Another gift, done!
Letter – $3, Twine – $4, Ribbon – $3
Neutral Wreath –
A wreath is always a safe gift (for a woman) because she can always use it. I decided to make a season neutral wreath so she can use it off and on throughout the year. This is a one stop shop-gift. I bought the wreath, ribbon and flowers all at Hobby Lobby. All it takes is a little hot glue and ribbon tying and you got a great gift! The options are endless when it comes to ribbons, flowers, or other decorative garland!
Wreath – $4, Flowers – $12, Ribbon – $3
Alright procrastinators, I hope this helped! Good luck with your last minute gifting and let me know what you put together!
XO – Chelsea @chelsrose