Handmade Christmas presents – sewing a cold tie

Cold ties are easy to make and pretty darn awesome to give as presents. Okay, so maybe they aren’t really suitable for the winter season, but they come in handy when someone has a fever or during the summer. And they’re easy to make in really pretty fabrics! So what are they? Cold ties are…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – Creating Kits

I like to put together kits to bring a few different items together. Create some cute packaging, and always make sure to include a note with instructions on how to use the items (do not use the pumice-y foot bar on your face!), ingredients in the items (respect for allergies and all that), and some…...

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Handmade Christmas presents — stencilling fabric!

You remember how to stencil, right? If not, here’s a quick reminder tutorial…(or click here or here for some illustrated tutorials). 1. Print out your picture on a piece of paper.2. Tape the stencil with masking tape to a piece of freezer paper (wax side down).3. Cut out the stencil with an X-acto knife (be…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – labelling

I love making labels! They are the proverbial icing on the cake of handmade Christmas presents. Not only are they good for people who might have allergies or are picky about what they put on or in their bodies, but they’re great fun to create and make. You don’t need much — a few printer…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – packaging

So you’ve got a whack of presents made, but how do we package them? You can go out and get some cute packaging and put your stuff into it — yeah, not so much hand made, but we’ll make it our own! — or you can print out packaging and customize it!BATH SALTS and CHOCOLATE…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – more chocolate and candy!

Yep, there’s even more you can do with chocolate once you’ve learned the basics of chocolate making… PAINTING WITH CHOCOLATEFor visual instruction, click here!You can paint in your molds to create chocolates with different colours. For instance, you can create a cute present chocolate (like the one in the link above) by painting the bow…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – chocolate!

Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like chocolate! And it’s the perfect gift for Christmas! It’s easy, it’s fun, and if you make a mistake, eat it! MELTING THE CHOCOLATEChoose the chocolate wafers from somewhere like Superstore or Price-Smart – get a lot, you’re going to need it. Do not use a regular chocolate…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – beeswax candles!

Beeswax candles are awesome, and seriously easy to make! You don’t need a ton of supplies — some wicking, an X-acto knife, a ruler, and sheets of beeswax — to make some beautiful, burnable gifts. (You can get beeswax at Chilliwack Honey in Greendale or Michael’s or Voyageur. The Michael’s stuff isn’t great — they…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – candles!

Nothing says Christmas like lighting a candle and filling your house with light and fragrance. I like making tea lights this time of year — you could make one large candle, but why not make a whack of them in various scents and colours and change them every day? Here are my instructions for making…...

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Handmade Christmas presents – sewing a flax bag

Yeah, I like sewing, but there are so many things you can do with a needle and thread! FLAX BAGSYou must know someone who is stressed out and needs to relax (perhaps that person is me? It has been a very long year!) So why not make them a hot and cold flax bag for…...

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