Tuesday, December 18, 2012

green handmade holiday round-up

Incorporating handmade into your home and gifts always adds more meaning to the holidays, and the benefits are vast. It ensures that there's less rushing about. And if you create with friends and family, traditions are formed and memories made. There's still time...

handmade holiday round-up

So let's revisit some projects and roundups from past winters to serve as visual reminders for you (and me!). A good idea is a wonderful thing to recycle. Below are some of my favorites from the last two years... all are simple and don't take much time! 

log tray 2
diy yule log candle tray here
herb gift toppers
herb gift toppers found here
christmas wrapping
wrapping suggestions here

spicy chocolate bark
recipe found here
simple gifts: diy wristies (loose option)
tutorial found here

oat floats
oat floats: how to found here
diy: frilled pencils
diy frilled pencils (great stocking stuffers!)
And here are a plethora of good ones from deeper in the archives!

Above are some well-loved decoration ideas. Links are from left to right.
Row 1: burlap forestsnow covered pine conescranberry wreath
Row 2: rag wreathnewspaper snowflake garlandbatting scrap wreath ornament

The following are links for simple gifts that whip up quickly. Once again from left to right.
Row 1:  elf slipperscard holdersmilk carton cookie houses
Row 2:  napkin rings and other security paper ideasgift bag/boxes, leather leaf cuff
Row 3:  wrapping ideaschild's travel pillowpaper whites
Row 4:  love letter pillow, travel felt boardenvelope purses
Row 5: quick personalized stationerymemory gamelast minute treat bags

Happy Making!
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  1. I always love all the lovely earth friendly ideas you come up with. My favorite is still that spicy chocolate bark!!

  2. I love you for doing this! (And if you get a chance, I have some images of projects inspired by you over on my blog) Happy crafting! It really is my meditation moment ... stitching love into my gifts which is all I feel I can do in these bittersweet days. xo

  3. Ooh! I made your spicy chocolate a couple of years ago and it was a hit! thanks for the reminder!

  4. I love all of your ideas maya!~ I can see some MORE fun happening over here this week! Thank you! I can't wait to go peek at Lis's blog to see what she's made...too.

  5. Flowers happen to be the most admirable gift option specially that have been brought to us by the courtesy of nature. Thus we always prefer to go for the flowers for any special day or occasion. The link www.giftbasketsmexico.com.mx has wonderful flower collections that are for Mexico.

  6. Lovely round-up, thank you ever so much... now I just have to find the time to actually make something - the rag wreath is first on the list, since the little one in the family has been requesting one to hang on our door, just like the neighbours... :)