I hope each and every one of you enjoyed your Christmas holiday immensely by eating too much and making some great memories all the while remembering the reason for the season! I know we did just that ourselves, and had a great time doing it.
Now it’s time to clean up things a bit and think about the New Year to come! Wow, I really can’t believe it’s already almost 2014! This year went fast, but it was a great year filled with many memories.
This year for Christmas there were many handmade/homemade gifts given that I wanted to share with you. Not only are they sometimes a more frugal option to store bought gifts, but they can also be personalized for the receiver for a very special memory.
Next year I plan on getting started earlier so that I can include more handmade/homemade gifts and the girls can too!
My sister put together these adorable snowmen from the presents she got for the girls. They were so cute and loved by all.
I made each of my girls one of these flowered headbands after seeing these in an Etsy store for $16 each. I knew by looking at them that I could make the same thing (pretty much) for much less.
I also have the materials to make them each one more in a different color combination. I just didn’t get them all done in time.
They turned out so very pretty.
Tomorrow I will be posting the directions to make your very own! It’s not only easy to make, but very frugal. I bought the headbands at JoAnns for $1.00 each, paid $.25 for each sheet of felt (need at least 2 different colors) and used embroidery thred I already had. That’s a total of $3.50 for 3 headbands!
My oldest (Big Girl) painted a canvas for each of her sisters’ rooms. They are so pretty and will definetly add color to their rooms! The best part of the pictures is the personalization of each and how they really represent who each girl is!
Big Girl also made some really pretty scarves for her aunt and sisters. They are so cute and soft! You can learn how to make them by watching the video here. They literally only take a few minutes to make and the only thing you need is the yarn (Red Heart Swerve) that she purchased at Walmart and your hands.
Grandma made each of the little girls a backpack for carrying things on their trips. The neat thing about these is that she made them to match purses (that fit their Kindles) she had made them for their birthdays. The bonus was that they also got a doll outfit for their American Girl dolls made from the same matching fabric.
K also made her sisters gifts this year. She purchased these plain wooden frames from Hobby Lobby (using coupon of course) for about $5.39 each.
I helped her paint them with spray paint we had on hand (the yellow is what I used on my door and rocking chair).
We then went through pictures so that she could pick out pictures of her with each sister to make collages. We made these online (Walgreens) for less than $4 total (yep, had a coupon code) and picked them up when we were out.
She then added the writing with a paint pen she also purchased at Hobby Lobby with a coupon.
They turned out so pretty and even made some people cry! Not naming any names or anything.
The best thing is that she thought up the idea all by herself as well as bought it all with her own money.
The Last Princess chose to purchase gifts for her sisters with her allowance money. She did a great job on picking out the best small gifts! She bought earrings for Big Girl from Target because she loves earrings and a “water” Barbie for K because she says she always plays with hers when they take a bath!
The girls and I made cinnamon rolls and cookies for some friends. We also included jars of blueberry jam that we made this past summer.
I froze some of the cinnamon rolls (before rising and baking) to cook Christmas morning for a delicous sweet treat.
They were awesomely delicious and I cannot wait to share the recipe.
We had a great time planning, making and receiving these handmade and homemade gifts as well as the other great gifts we received.
It was a great time to be with and share with family and friends.
Hope you had a great holiday as well.
What did you make for others this year? Have a favorite gift you gave or received?
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