Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Gifts: DIY Tile Coasters, Bookmarks, DIY Initial Jewelry, Magnets, Picture Frames & Alphabet Photography

Why buy gifts when you can make them??? Of course money definitely goes into crafts, but they're so much more meaningful (in my opinion) when they're handmade. Here are some crafts that I gave as Christmas gifts!

First, homemade coasters!! I got this idea on Pinterest, of course. The link, for some reason, isn't working right now, but here's how I did it.
You'll need plain tiles (found these for 13 cents each at The Home Depot), Mod Podge, clear spray coat, scrapbook paper, felt, and E-6000 glue.

First, cut out the paper to fit the tiles and mod podge them to the surface of each tile. Let it dry and repeat 3-4 times.

After the last coat of Mod Podge is added, cut out a square pieces of felt and glue each one to the bottom of the tiles with E-6000 glue. Let it dry.

Lastly, once everything is dry, spray a thin coat of the clear spray coating on top of the mod podged surface to protect it from water damage.

Voila!! Wrap it up with a cute bow and you're finished and you have a cute handmade gift!

Next, I made these bookmarks. These were...wait for it...FREE!! Here's the link to where I found it, but mine are a little different:
Here's a little picture tutorial, although it's kind of self explanatory.

These were nice stocking suffers.
Next, I made these initial neclaces. Here's the link:

I looked at Michaels, Home Depot, and Hobby Lobby for the clear tiles and coudn't find them to save my life. Then, when I looked back at the link above I saw that you can order them. THEY'RE SO CHEAP!! I ordered 20 of the squares and 20 of the rectangles and I think my total order was $13 (including shipping). I added scrapbook sticker letters as initials before I glued the paper to the tiles. I got the little doodads that you glue to the titles to hang it from the ribbon at Michaels in the jewelry aisle.  Here are a few pics of the final product. They're also good stocking stuffers.

Lastly, using the same method I made little magnets. I used little clear glass pebbles that I found at Michaels. After I glued the paper to the back, I glued magnets to the back with E-6000 glue. I got the magnets at Hobby Lobby. I made a lot of different kinds, but this is the best picture.

Here are some other things that I made to give to people as their main gift from us! Check out my website ( or find me on Facebook if you're interested in purchasing something :)

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