Show your crafty side in time for the holidays!

December brings cold, snow, hot chocolate, and many opportunities for gift giving to family and friends! If your budget is feeling stretched (or non-existent), or you love surprising people with things of your own making, here are some ideas for homemade gifts that are easy, fun, and fun to give!

Duct Tape Roses – Give a “forever bouquet” to someone! The roses are a bit labor intensive, so be ready to commit a bit of time to this. 3 – 4 roses, and a nice glass vase, and you have a great gift! Here’s a great site to learn how: http://ducttape.pbworks.com/w/page/18372577/Rose

Handmade soap – melt and pour soaps are fun to make. This one is a little bit costly, but once you buy the molds, fragrance, soap base and color, you can use them several times. Here’s a site to explain the steps: http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/meltandpoursoapmaking/a/meltpourbasics.htm

Earrings – Make some dangling sparklers to brighten up anyone’s holiday! With all the variety of beads and stones available, you can make some really exciting pieces. Here’s a place to start: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Hanging-Earrings

Mug cake – package this up with a pretty microwave safe mug, and it’s two gifts in one! http://www.budget101.com/recipes/id195.htm

Duct Tape iPhone cover – You can really personalize this, and duct tape comes in so many cool colors and patterns. I especially like the flame pattern for this one. http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Duct-Tape-iPhone-Case/#step1

Keychain – Make it as colorful or crazy as you like! Everyone has keys to something!
http://crafts.lovetoknow.com/wiki/How_to_Make_Key_Chains_with_Beads

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