Ok, first let me say that the family members who have already received their gifts have loved the personal touches and have said that they prefer homemade to an impersonal storebaught gift any day. However, I will not be doing this again, at least not on this scale! It was a lot of work and I just finished up last night, which stresses me out
Here we go:
About halfway through...I made all of the gift tags.
Making silly faces in the mirror I fixed up for my sister. I bought this at a thrift store and it was really gaudy gold, dirty nasty mirror. After some spray paint and an etched "P" in the middle (her name is Paige), it's good as new!
Before picture of letters for my BIL and his girlfriend.
And here's the after. They're for decoration and look much cooler in person. They each also get an etched beer stein.
Etching doesn't photograph very well, but it looks amazing in person. I etched pyrex dishes for my grandmothers, mom, and MIL (great for potlucks!), a few beer steins, and a couple of vases. The vase says "home sweet home." The tall vase says my stepmother's name.
I made this sign for my dad to put in his office at work. He works for Pepsi, thus the Mtn Dew logo. He adores homemade stuff- and even though this turned out a little sloppy, he loved it.
I made this for my stepbrother. how did I make a Spanish/English Dictionary you may ask....
I didn't! But I did hollow out the inside as a secret hideaway! DH says I'm crazy for creating a stash book for a 13 year old. He loved it
Here's another gift for my mom. It's made from a candlestick and an old plate found at the thrift store. Spraypaint and doily added- looks so dainty.
This was DH's idea to make for his dad who's a big fisherman. The letters are made from fishing lures. I hope he likes it...would look neat in their garage next to the lil fishing boat.
And you guys have seen this already...an ornament wreath made from Christmas ball ornaments and a wire hanger. I made two- one for each set of Brad's grandparents.
I also made a few Christmas decorations for the house:
Snowflakes to deck the halls. Made from popsicle sticks painted red. Also, the garland hanging around the doorways in the distance is homemade.
Christmas tree made from book pages. Shoutout to the cowboy Santa. Ho Ho Ho- HOWDY!
Thanks everyone for letting me brag. I'm worn out from all of the DIY, but it's so fun!