Easy Peasy Holiday Gift Ideas for 2004

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Now that the season is upon us… I’m collecting some of the best gift ideas that are quick and easy to make and will appeal to most anyone on your gift list. If you’ve got other suggestions, please comment on this entry and I’ll add them!

Melt and Pour Soap
All you need to do is go to a craft store and buy a big block of this totally uncolored (transparant or opaque), unscented soap. Cut it into pieces and melt it in the microwave. Stir in fragrance, coloring, herbs, coffee grounds, whatever you want. Then pour it into a soap mold and let it harden.

by neesypea

by LunaFate

by Nirah

by Second Star to the Right

Some other resources for melt and pour soap recipes:

Marble Magnets
Who doesn’t need more fridge magnets? Last year I made a bunch of the small ones with pretty flower designs that I cut out of a fabric catalog. I also made some sets of the largers ones — Annie Oakley themed for my cousin and a sets of the oh-so-cute niece and nephew for the parents and grandparents. For these I printed the images on matte photo quality inkjet paper.

by Simone

by SunCrush

The fancy French term that means “cut out some pictures and glue them all over something” is another great way to tailor a gift to the recipient because you choose the images that would appeal to them. You can recycle blank boxes, mirrors, frames to decorate that you find at thrift stores or buy new ones at Ikea or unfinished wood stores.

by bevrockin

by firehead

by chirel

by katiesays17

Etched Glass
Glass etching is really neat because it looks like it takes some fancy sandblasting equipment to do but it’s really very simple. And what you etch onto the bottle, glass, vase, etc. can be whatever you want it to be. Glass etching cream can be found in most craft stores.

by the craftster admin (leah) … me!

by stryofoamkitty

by Girlinsoop

by redqueen
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  1. Bertha says:

    I don’t have a suggestion at this time, I just wanted to let you know I saw you in the Boston Globe Magazine this weekend! Nice little plug!!

  2. aprilkiss says:

    etched glass is always cheap and easy, and quick. you can pick up lots of clean glass things at the salvation army. there are some pictures of some shot glasses i made on my blog. they also sell clear glass ornaments at michael’s that could be etched on with home made stencils.
    here’s my blog link:

  3. lisalou says:

    Oooh. Thanks for this awesome post. Just what I needed.

    Last year I made hand/backwarmers by making pillows out of flannel but filling them with whole flax seed. Then you can just microwave them for a couple minutes and they stay hot for a long time – or put one in the freezer. My northern-living family loved them!

    Here is a good link: http://www.quiltbus.com/microwave-bags.htm

  4. Tiffany says:

    I just found your website & love it! However, I am a novice to decoupage and marble magnets, so could you give or guide me to some instruction? Gracias.

  5. zelda says:

    What kind of glue did you use for those little fridge magnets?

  6. Jacktastic says:

    any tips on getting a nice straight edge on everything like pictures in the examples? I was working with clean glasses but couldn’t see to avoid either a) unintentional blank spots or b) unintentionally etched spots. I was suing Martha Stewart contact paper from Kmart . . .

  7. Nancy says:

    I tried etching some glasses for my daughter for Christmas and the etching liquid seeped under the stencil. also how thick do you have to put it on? Are several thin coats better than one thick coat? I am trying to try different types of crafts, but was so unsuccessful at this seemingly simple craft that I may give up and never craft again!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Nice! We truly liked this work .

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  11. Nathan says:

    The soapmaking idea is easy and the kids have a blast mixing their own. I found this great new line of flexible molds at Craftmoldsplus.com. They’re much easier to use and to clean and they are more durable than the standard plastic kind. Their collection is a little small right now, but it’s growing.

  12. JJ says:

    It’s a pleasure to visit your site.

  13. whoa!! great collection and thanks for sharing how to do it, by the way I’m really interested in etched glass, can you teach me more about it..

  14. beirener says:

    Наткнулся случайно на Ваш блог. Теперь стану постоянно просматривать. Надеюсь, не разочаруете и дальше

  15. duncEndumma says:

    Прочитал, конечно, далеко от моей темы. Но, все же, можно с вами сотрудничать. Как вы сами относитесь к доверительному управлению?

  16. natural soap says:

    Thanks for your nice tips about gift idea. Definitely your idea is fine. I also add natural soap or skin care products as gift which is really healthy for someone.

  17. gift paper says:

    This is a great idea especially for people.

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