November 30, 2012

Handmade Holiday & A Giveaway

Welcome to week 2 of Handmade Holiday!  The winner of last week's giveaway is:
Congrats Ashley!  Check your email.

This post sponsored by:

Downtown Tape  is a new site that sells wonderful washi tape for under $2 a roll. 

 You will go crazy over this stuff.  It's awesome!
With over 100 different patterns of washi tape to choose from, this versatile paper tape can be used forcrafting, scrapbooking, card making, and can basically fancy up any drab item in your home.
This is the next big craze!

Go check it out for yourself,  And when you sign up for their newsletter, you receive free downloadable tags ($10 value) so everyone is a winner!

 Onto the handmade goodness:

Every single one of these items can be accomplished in under an hour, so if you are last minute Sally, I have you covered!
I have given custom bowls and mugs in the past, but I have always used ceramic paint.
Well Whipperberry blows the need to travel to the craft store by sharing a tutorial for Custom Mugs using just a Sharpie on Infarrantly Creative! (Although I recently have heard that these are not dishwasher safe.  Sharpie DOES make markers specifically for this purpose though, you can get that at Amazon among other places).
I know a little boy who would LOVE to find this under the tree this year.

I don't know about you, but peppermint just screams Christmas to me.  Give Peppermint Scrub as a festive little gift this year, tutorial at Yesterday at Tuesday.

Turn a simple Fudge gift into the most talked about gift this season by upcycling a strawberry basket into a gorgeous and festive gift basket!  Find out how with homework!  
Who doesn't like receiving fudge... or any other sugary goodness, really?

These Fabric Coasters from Handmade by Hilani are pretty simple to create, but can create a big statement with the right fabric choice!  Whip up a set for a neighbor or friend and maybe include in a cheese and cracker basket!

Crazy Little Projects shares how to make these darling little washi tape notebooks with matching pens - perfect stocking stuffers!

 If you have a wine connoisseur on your to buy for list, how about personalizing the gift with a simple wine bag?  Found out how to create these 30 minute ones with 30 Minute Crafts.

Sometimes there are those people that no matter how hard you try, you really can't think of what to get them.  Maybe they have everything, or they don't want anything.  For me, my younger siblings usually just want cash to DO THINGS, so every once in a while I oblige, but of course I can't just put cash in an envelope.  Last year I made this Money Bouquet for my 14 year old sister.  It was quite the hit!

The wrapping can be just as important as the gift sometimes!  For a unique presentation, consider making some custom photo packing tape with Lil Blue Boo.  My daughter and I tried this and came out amazing.  I can think of so many ways to use this!

Downtown Tape is offering up 10 rolls of their favorite washi tape and 25 gift tags to a lucky seven thirty three reader.  Enter using the form below:

If you are interested in sponsoring a Handmade Holiday post, please email me at
Other Handmade Holiday posts:
Week 1
Week 3 
Week 4


  1. I tried to go to the page for Lil Blue Boo custom photo packing tape and received a message saying I could not access the page... any ideas why? Thanks!

    1. Thanks for letting me know Peggy! It is all fixed now.

    2. Kim,
      Thank you for sharing these tips, craft, and gift ideas! They are so cool!! I do believe they are just what I needed to finish off the last of my Christmas shopping/gift giving! Once again thank you!

    3. You are so welcome and I'm glad they are helpful. Have a wonderful Christmas!

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