Put those one-off cups and saucers to good use by creating a candle to give for the holidays. Don't have any? You'll find them in abundance at thrift stores and garage sales. Then, pick up some candle wax, wicks, wooden skewers and follow the tutorial here. Resourceful and beautiful!
Sleeve of Wine
For this year's host with the most, a bottle of wine will be much appreciated. Dress it up by slipping it into the sleeve of an old sweater, stitching the bottom shut, and tying a festive bow around the neck.
Craft an Ornament
Snag your place on a loved one's Christmas tree with a handcrafted ornament. Great ideas are legion—paper stars, bell jar dioramas, acorn-studded decorations, clay feathers...possibilities are limited only by time and imagination. Whether you make an entire set for a new homeowner, or just craft a few for dinner party guests— they're sure to be a homemade hit.
Wood Cutting Boards
Cutting boards are among the most useful items in the kitchen, and they make fantastic gifts—but a fine handcrafted board can cost a pretty penny. With a jigsaw and sander, you can produce your own cutting board from salvaged wood and mineral oil, saving money and giving a gift that will last a lifetime.
Friends and family need not step their bare feet on cold morning floors any longer with this thoughtful gift. Follow the tutorial on A Beautiful Mess to make a basic braided rug by hand. Try different fabrics and lengths to create rugs for bathrooms, bedrooms, and even living rooms! Recipients will be impressed— and their chilly toes will thank you.
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Planter Box for Herbs
Foodies and home chefs will love this planter box, perfectly sized to let your herbs thrive in a most convenient location—the kitchen window. Find seed packets at your local nursery or buy young plants to fill out the box, and start your favorite chefs on their next culinary adventure.
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