Make It Cheap/Make it Easy/Make It Special

By Latest Reply 2008-12-26 05:32:05 -0600
Started 2008-12-08 07:35:00 -0600

I have a mind for crafts of all times; and would be able to answer any questions; I studied interior desion, special arts and crafts for volunteer services. and have found some of the cheapest ways to make homemade gifts from the heart and they are so simple you could make a quantity of 12 or more at once for a minimal amount.

My favorite first choice was what I taught the kids to make and give away as tree ornaments;
Reindeer Candie canes
Box of 12 or 18 candy canes
3yrds thin red and green ribbon
you can buy on a roll for a dollar each
package of bells suitable size for candy cane, about 1/2 in, with the button whole top to draw ribbon thru
packages of mixed colored, red,green an white pipe cleaners
package of 50 small glue on eyes
and a small pack of red small pompoms for noses
craft glue I use solo glue; it holds and dries great.
I leave candy canes in box and glue on eyes about an inch and a half above end, and a red nose at tip. While you are letting them dry; take a pipe cleaner and cut in half; take first half and twist at the top of curve. cut the other piece in half again and twist on each side of one that is attached. Shape into horns, then take 12 inches or so of ribbon, draw through bell and tie around the neck area, about 2-3 inches from to curve. All will need a dab of glue, but they are simple and adorable for kids to give friends, to decorate trees, and even presents.
Tomorrow I will tell you how to make candy can candle holders; hang on to large cans; like tomato puree cans, and even vegetable cans.Of course you have to let me know if you want me to keep adding craft and gift ideas.

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2008-12-16 05:25:48 -0600 Report

For 2 candy cane candles;
2 boxes of 8-12 candy canes; 8 small cans, 12 for larger
1 jar of country craft paints; red or green or white non flammable
2-3 yards of curling ribbon
2 candles, 2' or larger, to fit and come above your can.
Craft glue; I use SOBO or glue gun, also very cheap and glue sticks are inexpensive, one bag will do dozens of projects.
Candy canes are not always for eating? They are great for decorating uses, too.
Use some of the cans, coffee, vegetable, dog food, whatever; well rinsed and dried. Paint with an inexpensive craft paint, about 2 bottles, or 1.20 will Paint the outsides of cans; let dry
carefully remove wrappers from candy canes and glue evenly around can, at the backside of the cane, with the curl facing you; hold until stable, then continue until you have the can covered finish about two; (remembering to place the bottom of cane even with the bottom of can) Let dry well, then tie a ribbon around candy canes, carefully, just in case they did not adhere well. you can reglue. and put a nice colored candle inside. And there it is, a great gift made by you; inexpensively.

2008-12-16 05:34:24 -0600 Report

Candy Cane Candles; When I was real energetic and had a little more to spends; I would buy (felt squares;5, of one or two colors; one different for the bottom if I wanted 2 colors)and ribbon and embroidery floss.
Using the squares; sew two together using the blanket stitch, or simple sewing stitch, when you have all 4 connected, place bottom in and sew, then sew up the side seam; take a small knife and put six slits in each side, weave ribbon through, and then draw in and tie in a bow, and then you have your gift bag. And then, when I really got into it, I made my own customed gift bags as gifts, with extra felt, ribbons, buttons, anything around the house, and decorated them. Cutting out snowmen out of felt, or santas, reindeer, holy and berries(very simple) angels; whatever you like just let your mind wander and visualize. If you need help with these. just ask. Claudia

2008-12-16 07:35:14 -0600 Report

I want to bring this forward for all to review new projects that are interested. thanks again, Claudia

2008-12-17 05:28:08 -0600 Report

Well yesterday I completed a project that has been sitting in front of me for about a week now. I have an angel/w'/ fibreoptic lights, and she is over 3 feet tall. Her clothes all got ruined last year and mildewed during storage. So I filled up my wheelchair with all the supplies, leaning on it and rolling through to my work space, with cane in hand; I made the most beautiful angel to take the place of the old one. She just seemed to come together and glow right before my eyes; Her wings were the only things that were not damaged. It was magical

Anonymous 2008-12-17 10:37:20 -0600 Report

Me too, Debe. I hate to sew and I have a real nice sewing machine. Could not figure it out. I was going to make curtains and pillows but no. It is in the back of my closet. LOL

2008-12-19 06:50:57 -0600 Report

Yes, my grandmother taught me to sew, knit, crochet, cook, everything about the time I learned to walk. Not kidding either, I sewed a handkerchief and made a tart at age 2. But, anyone can sew. Before my grandparents gave me my very own sewing machine that they had inherited when a friend died, I loved sewing, so I would buy material, needle, thread, zipper, buttons,etc. and make my own patterns, and sit down and sew everything by hand, tiny, tiny little hand made stitches. Just have to be careful not to pull stitches too tight, so you don't get puckered spots. Usually there are like stuffed animal patterns or Christmas ornaments stuffed patterns, stockings etc. you can cut out and try to make yourself. without a sewing machinel just a little felt, or material, stuffing or batting, needle and thread. Try one of them, they are really not hard. I have 2 new sewing machines and one old, I teach in my home, if anyone wants a lesson, lol; luv:->)Claudia

2008-12-26 05:32:05 -0600 Report

Activity you can do throughout the year; buy inexpensive balsam wood boxes or containers. Paint them anyway you like to give cookies in or any other gifts in, or alone. They can be given as three different sizes.

2008-12-16 05:04:43 -0600 Report

If you have grand children; or little children; you can make letter alphabets, or cookie cutter decorations, with felt and stick on magnet which makes them firm. You can buy all kinds of felt squares, any color you want, and they are about .15-.20cents, depending on where you go, and I roll of stick on magnet that you cut with scizzors and stick to back of letter or cookie cutter design. You can decorate the project with ribbons, plastic eyes, buttons, even zippers; you can use them for fun activities, like learning how to pull up a zipper, button a button, fasten a hook or snap. There are all kinds of things you can create with felt and things around the home if you have a little vision. Popsycle sticks you can buy by the box and craft glue so that you can give the children something safe to use to make their own project. If you can draw; take pictures from the past and drawer silhouettes, or Black paper on white make your own silhouttes; maybe have them put their hands in childrens paints to sign or hand print white paper first. These are off the top of my head at 5am but I will look up some directions for me childrens projects.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-12-16 05:21:15 -0600 Report

I do appreciate everything you are sharing on this discussion. This is a very tough year for us. We have been sitting as a family and getting really involved into project making. You ideas are fantasti and the mood for me was at one time a little low, knowing money was a bit more tighter this years than the last.My nieces are really enjoying all the stuff we've been doing. It is so nice to just sit aroung the table and just laugh and talk, while making stuff. Thanks again for sharing great ideas…Debe

2008-12-16 05:36:46 -0600 Report

Well, Debe, you and some others' who posted this morning have prompted me to add a few more ideas, so I have. Thankyou; if you have any questions about the projects. Let me know luv:lilmarm:->?

Headsup 2008-12-16 01:07:33 -0600 Report

Remember!! they have sugar free candy canes now. Give us another idea Marm…I have 8 grand kids and love the crafts that don't take days to make with them…Rhonda

Avera 2008-12-16 00:24:52 -0600 Report

Got this just in time!! I am going to a party at my local hospital this Saturday and am responsible for bringing some small Christmas favors. These will be just perfect.

This post is very much related to diabetes. It seems that all week long we have discussed stress and not being able to pay for medical care due to disabiltiy or other reasons. Being without money is stressful this time of year. Showing people how to save money helps get rid of stress.

BUT, most of all, just working on some type of craft is a proven stress reliever. Go do the research if you want to know all the pros.

When stress levels go down, so do high blood glucose levels. This is a wonderful idea to add to a discussion.

It is a helpful thing that someone took the time to type it here.

I am going to take some extra boxes to the hospital and the stuff to make them with and copies of these instructions for the nurses to pass out to anyone who wants to make them. If this had NOT been posted here I would not have done this and WOW this will be so easy for patients lying down to make.

OK I talk too much. lol lol But I love the idea!


2008-12-15 06:40:53 -0600 Report

I am really surprised that some people find this discussion so repulsive and unnecessary, but I too have studied for volunteer services for mental health ; and was able to teach and help many people through their recovery using crafts of all types, I f anyone is interested in learning a new one, I will post another reasonable and easy way to make gifts. for instance covering coffee cans or bottles with fabric, even vases, and fill with seasonal scented potpourri. You can make little hand made bags; use colorful Christmas tins boxes or even old glasses and decorate or personalise. You can buy enough to do a bout a dozen projects for around 6.00. You can use things around the home to fill and personalise.
Or handmade gift bags, that take little money and can be personalised and used again and again. Or, buy one plate to pass on from one person to the next; I buy a plate for birthdays, give it to the next person who is having a birthday, with a cake, and we pass it on and on that way through the year, and eventually the dish comes back to you and start over again. You can do the same thing for holidays, cheese and crackers; nuts and nut crackers, fruit cake, cany canes, what ever you want to put on plate, and it is a good way to start family traditions.

2008-12-15 20:52:02 -0600 Report

I will give this another 24 hours and then delete

daniel velazco
daniel velazco 2008-12-15 21:02:39 -0600 Report

ust because one person doesn't like what you posted is no reason to delet it. There are others on this site that may find this interesting. Who knows maybe
Anonymous may be related to scrooge.
Keep on posting.

Headsup 2008-12-16 00:47:02 -0600 Report

I'm excited about this Marm. I would love all info about crafts. You can use my personal email and send me more if you are going to delete this. Thanks…Rhonda

GabbyPA 2008-12-08 17:56:47 -0600 Report

I was watching the news today and one of the "experts" said that the kids don't care so much what they get for Christmas, just make it a memorable one for them. Hard times make our choices harder and the little ones will always need those special touches.

I like this idea, it is great to go with my homemade breads and cookies that I give out every year. This year I am looking for inexpensive things to do, and this one sounds like a winner. Thanks.

I will add that you can get a lot of these supplies at the Dollar store instead of the local craft store and save yourself even more.

Anonymous 2008-12-12 09:25:16 -0600 Report

Gabby, I love the Dollar store. I probably go once a week there. I have all kinds of the kitchen gadgets in my kitchen. Plus it is great for gift bags and wrapping paper.

2008-12-08 17:55:48 -0600 Report

This could be very helpful for the peoples posts that I read that were so upset about Christmas presents.

Anonymous 2008-12-08 14:39:47 -0600 Report

Sorry, but this is not the appropriate place for this type thing.

Sparrow - 16557
Sparrow - 16557 2008-12-11 22:54:45 -0600 Report

Sorry, but I disagree. I know I don't usually read anything by "Anonymous", but for some reason, this stuck out.

Anything that can help someone feel better (that's legal and moral), is good medicine. I was a Certified Recreation Therapist for over 15 years, I know how important a "hobby" or interest outside of the day-to-day routine can be.

You might want to try it. Couldn't hurt.

jaclyncrystal 2008-12-12 00:37:22 -0600 Report

I totally agree with you notes like crafts are just as important as sharing recipes, especially in these hard financial times, thank you for posting. jackie

Anonymous 2008-12-12 09:21:35 -0600 Report

I find if I do crafts, or read, or play on the computer. It distracts me from wanting to eat because I am bored. I was making ornaments a couple of weeks ago and started right after breakfast and I got so into it, I missed lunch and snacks and did not stop until 5 PM. the other night I could not sleep and I wanted something to eat but instead I started reading about 11pm and read 500 pages of a book and realized it was 4 AM. so for me it helps to keep busy with either my mind or hands. Anyone else like that. I think this is an appropriate topic because it helps with emotional eating which alot of us diabetics do. Especially those of us who do not work anymore. Sorry other anonymous I like this topic.

Headsup 2008-12-16 00:41:27 -0600 Report

I wish I knew which anonymous was which. I totaly agree that crafts are a great tool to help anyone that has ANY disease. It takes your mind off your problems and for us that is food! Thank you Marm for helping me…Rhonda

Headsup 2008-12-16 01:23:30 -0600 Report

Anonymous(2)… You are so right. Reading "takes you away" he he! I am one of those emotioal eaters. Wish I wasn't but it helps to have something to do to change my thinking…Rhonda

Headsup 2008-12-16 01:06:02 -0600 Report

Anonymous (1)…My mom has had mental problems all her life and the first thing they did for her when she was in the hospital was crafts. It seems crafts are used wide spread for occupying the mind and relieving stress. It seems that some studys even say that stress can cause some sickness. I personally believe that stress is the root of a lot of disease. Yesterday a family problem had me sobbing for about 6 hours off and on and my sugar went sky high, the blood pressure goes up and the Chrons is yelling at me. When I can handle stress I do so much better with all my illnesses. Please know I'm not fussing at you. I just think maybe you haven't had experience with severe stress…God Bless…Rhonda

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