Three Creative Homemade Gift Ideas

Homemade Christmas Gifts

As a kid, homemade giving was always my focus because I never had my own money for shopping.  Giving beyond a homemade card seemed out of reach and as I grew up it was normal to seek opportunities to earn my own funds.

So, my grandma and mom showed me the true meaning of Christmas by giving from the heart… We were always making things, baking or canning months prior. These projects were stored for later and given to family and friends over the holidays.

Each gift had its own story, one that was never told because it transpired during the creative process.  Just spending time together making homemade presents was a gift all by itself.

Fast forward, I’m still making homemade Christmas gifts and this year I’m investing time in stenciled dish towels to compliment some boxes.

Homemade Gifts

Friends Sharing Homemade Gift Ideas

Holiday giving and spending time with friends is something that warms my heart and since the beginning of my blog I’ve been blessed with amazing friends.  Some come and go and then there’s that few that stick around and have a huge impact in my life.

Some of us have similar likes and dislikes but the support we have for one another is completely genuine.  These ladies are true friends from far away but at times it feels like their right next door.

Which is really because they have this zest for life and bring a lot of joy into my world.

So, if you’re visiting from Hearth and Vine and CD’s Country Living I want to welcome you to Garden Up Green, I’m honored to have you here.

Today we’re combining our gift ideas with hopes of inspiring you to follow our journey and give from a place of homemade.


Patti at Hearth and Vine

Patti and I met a long time ago through visiting each other’s blog.  Our friendship began by leaving comments and overtime a sweet friendship blossomed.

I’m constantly inviting myself for dinner even though she’s hours away because everything she makes including food is superb.

Working with dried flowers is one of her favorite creative elements; enjoy these beautiful, floral and herb candle holders. They’re truly one of a kind and I can bet really fun to make.   Click here to read more…

Homemade Christmas morning basket

Christine at CD’s Country Living

Christine and I met a few years ago through another blog friend, we instantly hit it off and it’s been fun connecting.

She’s another talented friend who lives in a sweet farmhouse that holds a lot of charm.  Christine is upbeat and encouraging and her homemade project is a Christmas morning gift basket.  This is a tradition and you can learn more right here. 

Enjoy both of their projects, they’re great ideas and perfect for Christmas giving.

Now, I want to share a little something with you.

Handmade Hand Towels

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Carole’s Homemade Project

I’m placing my focus on these stenciled hand towels because they’re fun to make.  I’ve had a blast stenciling each hand towel and I know you will too.

The boxes are from previous projects; you can find them here.

The hand towels seem like a festive homemade gift idea which created some enthusiasm to share.  The supply list is pretty simple and it’s possible you may already have some of these materials.

Supply List

Getting Ready To Stencil Cloth

Prep to Stencil Fabric

First wash the towels and make sure they’re completely dry before applying paint.

Here’s the thing with Dixie Belle paint, it washes off your hands perfectly but you can forget about it washing off fabric so it makes the perfect product for fabric painting.

Best of all, it dries fast so you can make this project in an afternoon and be ready to give or ship the following day.  Pretty sweet!

  1. Place towel on flat surface.
  2. Place the flower sack on top of towel.
  3. Attach stencil to fabric using painters’ tape.
  4. Lightly dot fabric with stencil brush and transfer your design.
  5. Then let air dry and it’s done!

It’s that simple, can you believe it?

Finished Homemade Gifts

So, get your supplies and just have fun because now you can make your own towels not just for Christmas but for each season. Flour sack towels are the best ever, very old school and they last almost forever.

I hope you enjoyed our three creative homemade Christmas Gift ideas.  This was a real treat and a neat way to share our ideas with all of you.

Enjoy the holiday season and give from the heart…

Three fun and Creative Homemade gift ideas you will want to make. #Homemadegifts, #DIYGifts


  1. Patti says:

    Carole, I so love your boxes and tea towels. They look like something out of a super cute gift store.
    I have to admit that I love making things for people more than I enjoy receiving gifts. The chance to create anything just lifts my spirit. That’s why so much of my blog is about creating things that can be given to others. Thank you for thinking of this fun collaboration. I’m sure my readers will love to see what you and Christine have shared today.

    1. Carole says:

      I can see that in your creations, you put so much of yourself into it. The detail is always spot on and I love that. Giving is truly wonderful. When I was a kid my mom use to sit Christmas morning and watch us all open our presents while she drank her coffee. She waited until we were done before opening her gifts, she always had many because her friends and customers from her shop always remembered her. Anyways I think that time she spent watching us meant more to her than the pile of gifts that were waiting for her to open.

  2. Christine says:

    Thank you so much for your sweet words, Carole! You truly are a dear friend and I’m so glad to have you in my corner! It sounds like both your mom and grandma instilled some pretty wonderful traditions in you and we are all so blessed because of it! As for your project WOW! Why have I never thought to stencil towels? Yours turned out amazingly! I sure wish I had your stenciling ability. Anyone who receives them this holiday sure will be lucky! Thanks again for inviting me to join the hop! As always it was so much fun!

    1. Carole says:

      It just takes practice Christine, a few years ago I decided a creative hobby would be healthy for me and so I purchased a couple of Funky Junks Old Sign Stencils. My first projects were the pits but I kept trying and then one day I just did some practice stenciling until I figured it out and fell in love with it. For me it was a way to bring a creative finish to my building projects. Stenciling on fabric is even better so you really should try it. I thought it would be hardy but it’s actually better because the fabric soaks up the paint perfectly for a clean transfer. Give it a try and maybe add one to your baskets? Which by the way I love! Thanks for joining us it meant a lot… Hugs!

  3. Karen says:

    What a fun idea, and the hand towels complement your boxes beautifully! Both are wonderful gift ideas and your recipients are going to be so blessed – they’re perfectly unique and that makes them even more special!

    1. Carole says:

      Perfectly unique I think that describes me to a “T” Karen… Your Tealicious and floral stencils were the perfect touch on that towel to match the box. It’s already in the mail headed to another sweet friend. Hope your day is wonderful!

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