I really do love homemade gifts the most – especially from my children. I have every gift they ever gave me and now I understand why my mom kept that macaroni necklace I made for her (thanks, Mom). I also love the messiness of Mod Podge and the only reason there isn’t more of it in my house is because I tend to go on sprees…yes, there have been Mod Podge sprees. One weekend my oldest and I reclaimed a table (then proceeded to Mod Podge the inside of an old medicine cabinet). No, I am not suggesting you do a table for a gift. Just showing that you can. We used a calendar with gorgeous prints that I picked up in the Anthropologie sale bin last year. This year’s version is shown below from Paper Source (love this store, too!). Don’t be silly, I spent under $10 not $20. Paper Source also has a great sale section, too.
Gather any paper you that like – wrapping or old books or cards. Tip: I like to put them in a folder in the basement so my very tidy spouse doesn’t mistakenly throw them away (invariably I forget where I put them, though so it’s the same as if they had been thrown out). So on to the craft! Here is a site I have mentioned before, Mod Podge Rocks. It has tons of great projects and this is one is particularly easy and fun!
Just using an old Altoids tin or small box you can make a gift card holder – make the gift cards, too! Plain cards and stickers are sweet. The finished project shown is from Mod Podge Rocks.
Here are the raw materials that I pulled out of the craft drawer (oh-so-different than the present drawer!). You can also put a handle on the tin and style it as an adorable mini-purse.
If you aren’t excited about this project, here is an easy Mod Podge Pencil Holder from Family Eduction – you can fill it with baked goods, Lindt truffles, candy canes or candy kisses for a teacher or hostess gift. All you really need is an empty can, Mod Podge and some paper. Now don’t get all Martha and perfect about it. Break out the Mod Podge and go. Plain glass vases, cans, bottles, jars …everything is fair game. You can decorate the container with your children then fill with flowers (made out of the sweet paper or real) or baked goods that you make together.
I personally like to see tree shaped styrofoam either painted or Mod Podged or plain with Hershey candy kisses all over, probably because my mom has them every year. Education.com makes it a counting activity for little ones and uses a glue gun to make their tree. Wow, was that what my mother was doing, too? No, I am pretty sure we just randomly stuck most of the kisses on the tree (which is all good, too). Speaking of education moms – head on over to Pragmatic Mom – her craft is adorable and super easy and not messy at all – Clove Fruit which I like to do even after the children become tired of it. Put down some paper (newspaper is fine) and when they are finished wrap them in tissue (this is a good gift to start now).