This year my husband and I decided to make a lot of our christmas gifts, here are a few fun projects that made great gifts this year.
1. Handmade printed watercolor tea towels.
This project was my favorite! I had created a watercolor of one of my favorite recipes, a mayo free potato salad, here is where I got the recipe from: Potato Salad Recipe
I scanned my watercolor and formatted it for a fat quarter then had it printed with 4 images to a yard through Spoonflower (spoonflower.com). I found the watercolor printed very well!
I then cut the fat quarter pieces out and hemmed the sides to create the tea towels.
I loved how they turned out! If you aren't much of an artist you could also scan a handwritten recipe or a photo and have that printed.
2. Hand painted constellation
For this I did several variations, I hand painted a circle with blue watercolor and then painted the constellations of the astrological signs of my friends and family. I also painted some more detailed pieces that feature a tent or beach scene and then had them scanned and printed and added the gold constellation over the print.
3. Family Birthday Board
My grandmother is always worrying about forgetting birthdays so I decided to make a birthday board that included all of the dates of our families birthdays. I started with a plank board that I bought from Michael's already stained and everything (the same one I used for the menu board in a previous post). I then painted on the words using the transfer method for "Family" and did the "birthday" and months by hand. I had some small screw in hooks that I attached along the bottom of the board.
Next, I bought a bunch of small wooded tokens from Michaels and screwed two holes in them to attach them to the board. I used twine to attach the tokens and wrote the names of family members and the numbers of their birthdays. I then tied them to the board.
My gifts went over pretty well and I had a great time working on them.