January 3, 2012

DIY Christmas Gifts

Okay, I'm a little late posting these pictures, but I wanted to share them with you!

Here is the grandkids picture holder I made for both of our Grandparents:
Here is the first page of the brag book I made my mom to carry in her purse.  I laminated each page so that the pages will not get damaged.
Next are the items that I made for our family exchange.  The candy cake was quite simple to make.  I started with two Christmas tins and a Styrofoam circle from Hobby Lobby.  We put 15 full-size candy bars around the bottom layer with double sided tape and smaller candy around the middle layer.  I stuck suckers and candy canes in the Styrofoam and added ribbon to make it even more beautiful.  This was my first attempt at a candy cake and I really enjoyed making it.  In total, I spent around $35 for the whole thing!  I also recreated a clever way to gift $money$ (I found the idea on Pinterest, of course)!  I rolled up $20 in $1 bills and put them in a zip bag.  Then, I typed up the poem and printed it out.  Really simple gift and a great way to give a special person money!

I'm really proud of myself for making all of our presents this year!  I was unsure about whether I could do it or not, and it really turned out well.  Next year, I'm planning on getting even more crafty!  :)

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