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How to Make Handmade Gifts

Mukta Gaikwad
Handmade gifts have a distinguishing charm that cannot be matched by any other expensive gift. Knowing how to make handmade gifts will enable you to make things that your loved ones need and will be ecstatic to receive.
A gift holds a deeper meaning if it comes with a thought. The intent attached in making the gift doubles the joy for the sender and the receiver. These reasons make a handmade gifts much more worthy of being treasured, than a gift that has been picked up from a mall at a pretentious price.
The best part about handmade gifts is that they do not require any expensive material and can be made very easily in a matter of hours. Let's see a few examples of handmade gifts and how to make it.

Caterpillar Bookmark

The time taken to make this handmade gift is 10 minutes and it is a favorite one for every reader. If you are giving this gift to a child, it can be a great motivating tool to read.
Things You Will Need
  • Craft Paper
  • Chenille Stems or Pipe Cleaners
  • Wiggle Eyes
  • Ribbon
  • Fine-Tip Marker
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors
How To
For the body of the caterpillar, cut out as many circles as you like from the craft paper. However, the size of the circles have to go from biggest to the smallest. With some glue attach the circles so that they form a chain, going in the ascending order.
Shape the pipe cleaner into the caterpillar's spectacles and paste it on the biggest circle. Now paste the wiggle eyes inside those spectacles to get the effect for the eyes. With the fine-tip marker make a smiling mouth. For the tail, cut small strips of the ribbon and stick them together to the smallest circle, so that they make a bunch.

Mobile Glove

With a number of people using cell phones, a mobile glove is an ideal handmade gift. It will make perfect use of the things that you don't have the heart to throw away.
Things You Will Need
  • An old scarf or any other fabric
  • Matching needle and thread
  • Magnetic buttons
  • A ribbon
How To
Today cell phones have gotten bigger than your palms. So cut out the fabric depending on the size of the phone you intend to make this cover for. Sew the three sides to make it into a pouch. Towards the open end of the pouch, stitch the magnetic buttons. To make a handle stitch the ribbon at the corners of the pouch and your mobile glove is ready!

Potpourri Sachets

The sweet fragrance of handmade potpourri makes it the ideal gift for a housewarming party. This perfect present is a wonderful way of adding to the warmth of a home and distinct fragrance associated to it.
    Things You Will Need
    • 1 cup dried orange peel
    • 10 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
    • 1/3 cup star anise
How To
In a large bowl gently toss orange peel, cinnamon sticks, spices, pine cones, and all other ingredients so that they are well mixed together. Add a few drops, say 10 - 15 of essential oil.
Use vanilla if possible, as its fragrance has a tranquilizing effect on the senses. Toss the mix gently, and store it in an air tight jar to prevent the fragrance from escaping.

CD Holder

One can never have enough of CD holders. So, here's a handmade gift for your friend, who can use this to get a little more organized.
Things You Will Need
  • Craft Paper
  • 1/4-inch thick ribbon
  • Hook and loop tape
  • Craft foam letters
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
How To
Cut the craft into 6 1/2" x 12" and fold it into half. Slide in as many CD covers as you want and punch the closed side of the fold, so that it becomes a book. Stick the hook and loop on the holes which are seen on the cover.
Now, thread a ribbon through the congruent holes and tie and tie a bow on the top. With the craft glue, stick the craft foam letter that spell your friend's name.

Jewelry Box

Girls can't can never get enough of jewelry and this makes a handmade jewelry boxes the best gift for them. This gift can be given to an adult or a teenager.
Things You Will Need
  • Box with Lid
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Embroidery Floss and Needle
  • Craft Glue
  • Scissors
How To
Cover the box inside-out with the paper. Create a border for the box with the ribbon and with embroidery floss and needle sew the buttons onto the ribbon. If the buttons are falling off to a side, stick them with glue. Make a ribbon flower and stick it on top of the box to complete the look.
Most of the materials required to make these gifts can be easily found at home or in stationery shops. Make this activity of crafting handmade gifts your motivation to give your friends an incredible creative token of love.
Lastly, a handmade gift is the perfect way to show how much you care. So unleash your imagination and let it guide you to create some of the unforgettable gifts.