homemade christmas gifts

It wouldn't be the same without them. 
Last Christmas I was making Dora shirts like they were going out of style. This year I didn't even pull my sewing machine out and had no intention of making any homemade gifts but then there was pinterest. Who am I kidding, I couldn't stay away from a cheesy homemade Christmas gift.
My friend Suni showed me these cute DIY drink coasters that she saw on pinterest and was making for her family. I decided to make a set of 4 for Bob's grandparents and then 20 coasters later everyone in the family was getting some. They really weren't hard to make, just took a little bit of time. I bought tiles at Home Depot and then printed my pictures on white tissue paper. My least favorite step was cutting out a piece of tissue paper the size of card stock and then taping it around the edges. 
Then you paint a layer of mod podge on the tile and lay on your piece of tissue paper. Let it dry and then paint over tissue paper with mod podge. Let dry, repeat. Let dry, repeat again. Then once the mod podge is dry you paint on 3 layers of a sealer, letting each one dry in between. Lots of wait time for drying with this project. If you do this in a room with a fan it spends it up much faster. I covered the back of each tile with black felt.
I wrapped the tiles up with ribbon and placed them in a six pack of drinks. I took two of the coke bottles out for the coasters to fit and covered the cardboard case in clear packing tape just to make it a little stronger. 
My dad was the lucky one who got the bud light with his coasters:)

One of the things on Ella's Christmas list this year was makeup. I love how girly she is! I wanted her to have a fun place to keep all her makeup so I bought her this caboodle from target. I used my silhouette to put her name on it.
I printed it out on black vinyl. Once it was already stuck on, it bugged me that it was off centered just a bit (sometimes I'm crazy) so using red vinyl I added a lip stick kiss in the corner. It's kinda hard to see but it turned out super cute. 

Then there is my sister's new boyfriend Tyler.
He is such a nice guy and one of the first times I met him I remember him saying how much he loved chewy candy. Music to my ears. Those words stuck in my head and I even remembered some of his favorites that he listed off, swedish fish being one of them. So of course he was getting a jar full of his favorite candy from me for Christmas. 
 One of my favorite things about Tyler is all his cool tattoos. His arms are covered in them and they all have a cool story behind them. Well, I just so happened to have some tattoo paper on hand and thought it would be fun to create some temporary tattoos for Tyler to think about. I had way too much fun with this and was cracking myself up! I wish I had actually gotten a good picture of them. Some were pics of him and Anna, Tyler and his doll head from school, swedish fish, scissors, and using the Paul Mitchell (Tyler goes to Paul Mitchell cosmology school with Anna) font I made one that said "Paul Mitchell is my hero." They are all mirrored so it's kinda hard to read.
He loved them and immediately put one one. He put the ANNA one on his wrist and later on that night his dad just about lost it thinking he had tattooed Anna's name on him. Haha! 

We hope everyone had such a wonderful Christmas!


jojo said...

It was such a wonderful Christmas and all your creativity and thoughtfulness made it so special. Love you!!

Mandie W said...

Allison! I am so glad you decided to do homemade gifts. They always have that extra special meaning. You are amazing! I wish I were that patient and creative.

BrookeD said...

I Love how your coasters turned out!! I'm going to have to try it! :)

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