So as most of you know when you have a lot of people that you are trying to give a gift to, it is REALLY hard to find something affordable! I really like to make stuff to give away to co-workers and to my church family. Once I ran across these beautiful handmade ornaments (tutorial can be found HERE) and realized how VERY affordable they were I jumped right on it. Of course Stampin’ Up no longer sells the kit that is mentioned in the tutorial, so I had to improvise.
3” eye pins (found in jewelry section)
Clear Earring Backings
1/16” hole puncher
For all the materials listed above (excluding the hole puncher, which I already had) I spent less than $25.00; the paper was on sale for 40% off and I used one 40% off coupon for the rest of the stuff! I can make at least 100 of these ornaments with this stuff! The 3” eye pins come in packages of 50, I bought 2. I found a package of 750 pearls and a package of 175 crystal gems. The earring backs contained 325. I am going to have plenty of supplies to make even more than 100, I would just need to buy more eye pins.
I decided to change mine up a bit; some are double balls, some single, some have pearls and gems at the top and the bottom. I don’t want them all to be exactly alike. I will be switching up the papers too; the Christmas package I has so many cute pages and it looks like I should be able to make about 5-6 ornaments for every two sheets of cardstock.
I am going to the Cricut Circle event in Greenville SC this weekend. From what I hear you really don’t get any work done at these events, it is more about learning, socializing/meeting your fellow circle sisters than actually cropping. However, I think I will take the stuff with me to make these ornaments…not a lot to pack and something I can start and stop if need be!! Hoping to get a head start on making these :o}!!
I just love this time of the year! Things start to get busy for me though. I have several birthdays in my family in Nov and Dec, Husby and I go to Myrtle Beach in Nov every year (he attends a convention for work), then holidays with cooking and baking and shopping and wrapping and lots of activities at church…you all know what I am talking about!! Love it, love it, love it!! Some of my friends think I am a freak LOL!
What is your favorite thrifty handmade Christmas gift? Have you already started making or planning stuff for Christmas? I am always looking for ideas, so please share!!