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I would like help on ideas for x-mas gifts and a few December b'days as well. Anyone make home made gifts? if you guys do what are they? I don't have much money and have no ideas on what to make:c030a:

Here are some stuff I have made:

Scarfs

Head bands

Bath salts and Sea Salt Scrubs

crocheted toys
 I can not make hats:u055a: and have tride many patterns :c030a:

I haven't made much lately sadly need ideas this year for me money is tight and I am one of those people that finds away to make x-mas happen. Thanks for reading and for your helps as well.

 


 

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Money is tight for everyone these days. I make my own stuff too for that reason.

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This year it hit me a bit harder then last year. What do you make for gifts? I hope everyone can make Christmas happen with out breaking the bank.

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Give out custom made 'gift certificates redeemable with you for services.  For example if you have a friend that has a baby, give her a gift certificate for a night of babysitting.  Or an elderly person could get a gift certificate to have you mow their lawn or something.

You can make the gift certificates from templates and customize them for each person offering to do something for them.  You are only out the cost of ink and paper.

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Oh, yeah me and my sis did that once when we were younger. As a gift for mother's day I remember now since you suggested this. This is a good idea Abby thank you very much :)

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Abby1964 wrote: Give out custom made 'gift certificates redeemable with you for services.  For example if you have a friend that has a baby, give her a gift certificate for a night of babysitting.  Or an elderly person could get a gift certificate to have you mow their lawn or something.

You can make the gift certificates from templates and customize them for each person offering to do something for them.  You are only out the cost of ink and paper.
OOh great idea. Especially if you are running short of time on finishing a project. I crochet a lot of items (can't disclose all of them b4 Christmas) :P But I can give you a great recipe for bath salts.
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup sea salt
Soak in as hot a bath as is comfortable for at least 20 minutes.
Then sower in as cool a shower as is comfortable.
This leaves your skin nice and soft as well as releases toxins from your skin.  If you have sore muscles, add 1cut pf rubbing alcohol to the back. It really relaxes muscles and relieves soreness.

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Drools I would love the bath salt treatment got to get my salt making on again. Lol, would love to say goodbye to make sore aching muscles.

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I never know what to get people, so I usually just go with homemade desserts like pies, tarts, and whatnot. I don't like cooking much, but I'm pretty good at making sweet things. :c030a:

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I can look up some easy sweets to make. I have made truffles that was so easy. I can make some for those who like chocolate. I drools made myself want them lol. I guess i can male a package similar to the one i send out to my soldier. Cookies hot coco tea my truffles for my mom and dad be great!

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LastBrunnenGstanding wrote: I can look up some easy sweets to make. I have made truffles that was so easy. I can make some for those who like chocolate. I drools made myself want them lol. I guess i can male a package similar to the one i send out to my soldier. Cookies hot coco tea my truffles for my mom and dad be great!WOW  I always thought truffles would be challenging to make. You could be a Chocolatier.

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I'm trying to crochet some small bags or purses for my nieces which they'll probably will not like.

I've also crochet various differenct coasters for a small donation for my sister school fair. I recommend crochet items as it's much quicker and easier then knitting and there are loads of free patterns on line and youtube tutorials.

I also make all my gift boxes and origami gift bags. Gosh you can even make gift bags out of envolopes, even used one.

If your interested I'll link you to a youtube tutorial on that.

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Dragonflygurl,
wow that so cool gifts bags out of envolopes lol I have not seen one of those. Why you say they wouldn't like it? Don't put your gifts down you made it with love. If they did not like them maybe you can show them how to make one they would like. I agree crocheting is way easier lol I have made crocheted baby toys. Those toys helped me kinda learn to read patterns some.

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No, lol I wish I was watching the foodnet work they showed a simple way to make them and that's the only one I have made(so far because it cheap and take little time to do) have not had time to try other yet. I did not use the balsamic in it because I never have it at hand. Also I'am the only one who likes, also not manysalads at hand so it be a waist. But I loved this recipe and they come out amazing. The people on the site gave them 4 stars.

Total Time: 3 hr 35 min.
Prep25 min.
Inactive3 hr 0 min.
Cook10 min.
Yield:36 truffles .
Level:Easy.

Ingredients
8 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (recommended: Valrhona)
1/4 cup cream
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Directions
Melt the chocolate and cream in a double boiler over hot but not simmering water. Place melted chocolate in a small bowl. Stir in the balsamic vinegar. Cool the chocolate in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Remove from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, until firm but moldable.

Use a teaspoon to scoop out chocolate. Use your fingertips to shape into balls about the size of a cherry. Set the chocolate balls on a parchment-lined tray.

Place the cocoa powder in a small shallow dish. Place 6 truffles at a time in the cocoa powder and roll the truffles around to coat, and return the coated truffles to the baking sheet. Continue with the remaining truffles. Place the truffles in a serving dish or airtight package.

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LBGstanding,
Thanks for the recipe. I'll give it a try.

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Making gift bags out of envelopes sounds cool. You do a great job on your boxes.

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Your very welcome CheshireKat let me how you liked them I am sure you'll like them and like I said I haven't made the balsamic but I will sometime lol.

DFG, I saw your post on how crafty are you, I agree with Cheshirekat. Your boxes awesome so was your bead earings and the blankets. Cheshirekat the blankets you post were so pretty as well. I didn't see the whole post. A lot of pictures were no longer up so idk the crafts displayed I am sure they were lovely. Also your nieces will like the hand bags you had made for them. That is for sure I would :D

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Do any of you have an simple pattern chrocheting wise for a cap orhatfor a man? I have faild endlessly on hat making they do not come out.....I want to make a hat for my love.I can't do hatI have tride all kinds but I will not give up. Any help is welcomed and youtube is not working out on search wise :p

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I've done some really basic hat & scarf sets. Just single crochet around and around in a circle increasing the number of stitches in the row so the hat makes a bowl shape. Then continue to single crochet around the edge of the bowl without increasing the number of stitches to lengthen the rim of the hat. Then I roll up the last 2 or 3 inches so there will be double layers over the ears. I usually decrease a few stitches at that point so the edge of the hat will stay folded up and the hat will keep it's shape. (sorry I don't have a real pattern, I just do it in my head)

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That makes more sense to me then a pattern instructions. They are so beautiful Cheshirekat omg the pattern in the scarf is amazing! Ok I will try it if I succeed sucky or not I shall post it. Lol, maybe it will break my bad streak when it comes to hats.

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LastBrunnenGstanding wrote: Do any of you have an simple pattern chrocheting wise for a cap orhatfor a man? I have faild endlessly on hat making they do not come out.....I want to make a hat for my love.I can't do hatI have tride all kinds but I will not give up. Any help is welcomed and youtube is not working out on search wise :pIf you try these links below I'm sure you'll find something.  I use them all the time these sites ok.

http://www.crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/men.php

This is a video tutorial, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KobDydvvmmU  4ply yarn in the us I'm told is Double Knitting or 8 ply in the UK/Europe/Australia. Update I have found out since that 4ply yarn is not the same as UK DK and AU 8ply, it is in fact chunky yarn.  Oops.

And this is the pattern for the same hat in the video. 
http://crochet-mania.blogspot.com/2009/03/mens-large-crochet-beanie-cap.html

Hope this will be helpful.





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Here's two video tutorials that I learnt how to make the gift bag from envelope.  I have even recyled my b'day and xmas card envelopes.  The young lady is doing hallooween gifts bags but you can make anything with yours.  You don't need any special stuff to make them with.  I mean if you don't have rubber stamps for example you can just cut shapes out or if your good at drawing, draw stuff on it.  I've even made rainbows with coloring pencils on my ones.  You can do any size as well.  I had a gift last year that would of taken me loads of wrapping paper to wrap it and I don't have the patience I used to, so got a large envelope and covered it in wrapping paper and enclosed my gift.  I use a comibination of double sided tape and glue dots.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BlubEsJ_0Q&list=PL4BE9B20C6E8A4DE0&index=57&feature=plpp_video

Sadfy the original gift box tutorial has gone by Becky, so this one will have to do. This is an origami gift bag that can be made with almost any material.  I'd advise you to make your first few with recyled paper, meaning old magazines or even new ones, just to get the feel.  I my self do use free flower magazines to make them.  You just need to make sure you have a square, that all sides are the same.  Again you can make them as big or small as you like.  I find my homemade bead earrings go quite nice in them.  You can add handles or just close them at the top with invisible tape.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBQR5DJJ8h4


And this is the coolest origami box ever.  Again you can use almost any material and seal them up with ribbon.  I made two lots of wedding git boxes with scrapebook paper and card and my friends daughter was amazed they were hand made.  I'll try and post a photo of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rcx84PStSF0


I'd just like to add there are so many craft tutorials on youtube and most of them do have blogs and patterns to go with them.  I can't learn from patterns most times, I have to been shown.  If you have firefox web browser you can uplug them to your hard drive so you can watch them without been on the internet. 




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This is the origami gift bag that I made for a wedding.

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Two of those boxes are from the coolest box post above link. The other one is different box which is the same as the little xmas ones I posted in the How craft are you thread. I brought the tags and the sticky letters.

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This is one of the boxes close up and the blue round thing is a crochet knob handle for a saucepan that was one of the gifts I made them that went in the boxes, along with the coaster I made them and shop brought candles.

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Those are the most adorable gift boxes ever DFG I am going to check the links. CK, I am failing at the hat it came out a bit lumpy but it looks like a hat not bad for a practice run lol. I will look into the crocheting links you shared with me DFG :D

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:cat01:Here what about this.  A lovely crochet gift and quick to make and you don't have to use the same yarn.  By the way this is the man that thought me how to crochet.  I belong to his fan page on Facebook.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugunlwe3XtA&feature=feedu

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A little clutch pursue would be ver practical it's like a wallet almost. Have you guys made a duct tape wallet? Haha mine didn't come out to get the pockets were hard to do. DFG have you made soap or candles? That would very cool for a future project I would save up for. I think I'd go with the candles I got mason jars I could use for the containers.

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Quite a few members of my family and me are unable to use soap. I and my sister has to use special stuff from the chemist which costs an arm and leg.

I've made candles in the past but was not very good at it, however one of my nieces makes really nice candles and puts them in a teacup. She never made me one as I don't like that sort thing. I'm quite fuzzy actually.

No I've never tried to make duct tape purses but I have a friend that does it. I don't think I'd have the patience to do it. I use my duct tape for repairs at home and most times it ends up been sticking to me, lol.

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Here's something really interesting.  How about recycling your magazines or newspapers.  All you need is paper and clear tape and a bit of spare time and a lot patience.  This woman also does wonderful crochet tutorials too.  You can make handbags or I should say purses, is what you US folks call them.  Bags, all sorts of things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1x7Qm7C67K4

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Attention all crocheters, if you would like a quick non expensive project for xmas, here's your project.  It's so cute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CszEU22I7NE&feature=feedu

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I loved the little mini stockings! they are a darling i know granny square so i can make this lol. i made this little baby blankets out of granny squares. i got the cutest little 3ft white x-mas tree :3 this little stocking would be perfect on my tree.

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When you make it, do you think you could take a photo of it and post it either here or in the How Crafty are you thread?

I love to see other pps creative makes.

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I am sry about the soap trouble coasting you guys and arm n a legs. Candles and soap material cost about the same. Yeah,the tape got stuck all over my clothing and table some in my hair ouch. But I will try it sometime again once I have time.

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Dragonflygurl wrote: When you make it, do you think you could take a photo of it and post it either here or in the How Crafty are you thread?

I love to see other pps creative makes.

I I i got the colors too lol :D

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LBS I just checked my youtube account and Michael Sellick has put up a new crochet video tutorial.  It's all part of his lovely projects called Twevle Crochet gifts for Christmas.  This is gift #9.  A lovely beanie hat.  I love making these as they are so easy.

You wanted a hat for you partner so here it is.  He also has a written patterns if you look at the menu below the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EA6ZPo3cDCc&feature=feedu

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Ok, DGF I made the mini stocking o
In the car ride yesterday :D only the came out a bit bigger cause of the thick yarn but they are adorable all the same. Will post picture when I get home :3

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Cool. Be glad to view. Size don't matter much as long as you enjoyed making it and you like it:-) The xmas stocking I mean.

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I think the gift bags with the recycled magazines is cool.

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DGF, I made the "mini" stockings I got to thick of yarn so they came out bigger then the youtube ones. But they are awesome!!!! My mom-in-law loved them. she said they are going up on our x-mas tree.

CK, I think that be awesome I'll look into that :D BTW poor cat stuck in the x-mas tree lol.

 

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Super excited I am making a scarf for my mom in law. Sadly I am a bit slow on crocheting but I'd be advancing more. If I did not unravel the sections I feel aren't even, to loose, to tight, or just not "perfect" to my eyes. I can undo it 100 times till 101 is the perfect one. So I am hoping I will be done before Christmas so I am busting my chops. I am excited dirt real long project I've done in a while. Wish me luck that my perfectionist side can be kept at bay some to make advancements. Will post a picture when done :S

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Cool LBS and hope she likes it.

Here's something you could try for the new year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ko0VZU7Jn8A&feature=g-u

And this is a tutorial on how to make a bracelet with your paper beads.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5aB9itXLlk&feature=g-u

If you don't have crimp pliers, flat nosed pliers will do the same.

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DGF,
Paper beads be so much fun what's that thing she used to seal them? that's one thing i don't have but can get.

I am sure you have seen this but i thought it's super cool.

http://youtu.be/z18qr0XqWjw

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LastBrunnenGstanding wrote: DGF,
Paper beads be so much fun what's that thing she used to seal them? that's one thing i don't have but can get.

I am sure you have seen this but i thought it's super cool.

http://youtu.be/z18qr0XqWjw
No I've not seen that be before.  Not the sort of thing I'd wear but it is still very creative and good regarding recyling stuff. 

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I do not wear stuff like that either but it was really cool. If I find more ill post it up I am not crafty on sowing lol.

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It could be a great Xmas idea festive nails just change the colors with a dark red, green, white and gold marvel nails :D gorgeous you can mess around with the swirling patterns to liking. Make sure type is us around your fingers to make clean up easier. Short or long nails can be done super cute.

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=dtjQi1pHls4

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http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=xld3K1Sn4zw

Super cute!!!! Perfect eco friendly gift idea and then pen and pencil holder afterwards.

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this year I did something homemade..I save unique glass jars for their shapes and sizes..then I went to Stew Leonards and got a couple of bags of the most beautiful red peppers came home washed and then put them in a pan, cut up of course amd drizzled olive oil on them and put them in the broilers until they turned black. Put them in a bag and let them steam for a minute until cool enough to handle. The skin comes off easily and then tear them into strips and put them in the jars with whole cloves of garlic and coriander seeds, top off with olive oil and close tightly. I put the cutest labels on them and gave them out as gifts. They're quite delicious in salads and on sandwiches and were quite a hit!

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Ketana wrote: this year I did something homemade..I save unique glass jars for their shapes and sizes..then I went to Stew Leonards and got a couple of bags of the most beautiful red peppers came home washed and then put them in a pan, cut up of course amd drizzled olive oil on them and put them in the broilers until they turned black. Put them in a bag and let them steam for a minute until cool enough to handle. The skin comes off easily and then tear them into strips and put them in the jars with whole cloves of garlic and coriander seeds, top off with olive oil and close tightly. I put the cutest labels on them and gave them out as gifts. They're quite delicious in salads and on sandwiches and were quite a hit!OMG that sounds so yummy.  I hope the peeps you gave them to liked your home made gifts.



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