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.
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.
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…
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.
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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.
- Dixie Belle Paint – Get here
- Flour Sack Towels
- Stencil Brushes -Love these- Cutting Edge Stencils
- Stencils came from Studio R12, Live Creatively Goods and Old Sign Stencils
- Painters tape and paint board
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!
- Place towel on flat surface.
- Place the flower sack on top of towel.
- Attach stencil to fabric using painters’ tape.
- Lightly dot fabric with stencil brush and transfer your design.
- Then let air dry and it’s done!
It’s that simple, can you believe it?
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…