Now, now, stop gasping and choking….it is NOT as early as you think! Check out this 12 week Holiday Timeline chart. I stumbled upon this yesterday only to find out that I am 4 weeks behind! AAAAHHH! No, not really, I think the first several weeks can be done in a few days. But, it is a good reference to keep your goals in mind & objectives on track.
Week #5 is Gift Making Week. I plan on making a few handmade/homemade items for gifts this year and here are my ideas thus far.
Crocheted hangers with scented drawer paper
I’ve made these crocheted hanger covers before and they are easy, but I am slow, so I will be doing well to make a set of three for someone.
Pattern for Crocheted Hanger Cover
1 plain plastic coat hanger + worsted weight yarn w/ G crochet hook
Chain 7 (HDC = Half Double Crochet)
Row 1: HDC in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain. Chain 1 to turn.
Row 2: HDC in back loop of stitch across. Chain 1 to turn.
Repeat Row 2 for pattern until 35 inches long. Fasten off. Sew/whip stitch lengthwise around sides and bottom of hanger.
Optional Tie: Make chain about 13-15″ long and tie around “neck” of hanger or tie with a pretty coordinating ribbon.
The scented drawer paper is made from inexpensive wallpaper and an essential oil of one’s choice. Lavender always appeals to me. Thank you Sylvia for this lovely gift idea & directions.
Another option is to crochet little sachet bags and attach to the hangers.
Homemade marshmallow cream & hot chocolate mix – inspired by my recent homemade marshmallows. Two marshmallow creams I am considering: chocolate marshmallow cream or homemade marshmallow cream I am looking for a rich hot chocolate mix without the non-dairy creamer. Anyone? Anyone?
Handmade sticky note holders
This idea came to me from the Titus 2 Christian HomeKeeper message board and I think it will make a lovely gift for my boys’ Sunday school teachers. I googled it for awhile and found some exciting examples and here is a tutorial. I don’t stamp, but I can find some scrapbooking paper, dig into my card stock, purchase a nice bible verse card, add some ribbon and a post-it note…ta-da!
So, what do you think? Do you have plans for a homemade Christmas? I wish I could say that our Christmas will be entirely homemade, but not so. I haven’t figured out how to make a Mario that obeys your every fingertip command.