Handmade gift ideas

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    Ribbon belts

    Ribbon belts are the perfect fit for fashion lovers of every age. Roll up a belt for a cute stocking stuffer. Or group multiple belts in complementary colors and prints in a boxed set.

    Supplies
    Grosgrain ribbon
    Pair of D-rings, slightly wider than the ribbon's width
    Sewing machine or needle and thread

    Instructions

    1. Measure your waist or hips, depending on where you want the belt to sit. Then add 10 inches to that measurement.
    2. Cut the ribbon to twice the total measured length. Fold it in half with the right face of the ribbon showing on both sides and pin together.
    3. Starting at the folded edge, stitch around the perimeter of the ribbon, staying close to the edge.
    4. Thread the cut end of the ribbon through both D-rings. Fold the cut edge under ¼ inch, then fold it down again to cover the D-rings, about ¾ - inch, securing them snugly but not tightly.
    5. Stitch across the cut end of the ribbon, enclosing the D-rings.
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    Paper-covered notebooks

    Make an everyday notebook elegant, fun or quirky. Personalize by gluing a paper tag to the inside cover: "Made especially for (insert name)."

    Supplies
    Perfect-bound or saddle-stitched composition notebook
    Scrapbooking paper
    Scissors or craft knife
    Spray adhesive

    Instructions

    1. Cut the paper to the size of the notebook cover (leaving the spine border exposed).
    2. Spray the paper with adhesive in a well-ventilated area.
    3. Position the paper directly on to the notebook, pressing gently to adhere.
    4. Trim any excess paper with scissors.
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    Paper-covered boxes

    Paper-covered boxes make a beautiful and functional keepsake. For an extra surprise, make a series of boxes that nest inside one another, or fill a single box with little treats such as candies or barrettes.

    Supplies
    Plain paper boxes with lids
    Measuring tape and ruler
    Paper, preferably scrapbooking paper for its durability
    Craft knife
    Foam brush
    Glue/sealant, such as Mod Podge

    Note: Cylindrical boxes are easier to wrap than square or rectangular ones.

    Instructions

    1. Measure the circumference (outside dimension) of the box, both around the box and from bottom to top, ending just below the lid.
    2. Cut the paper to fit around the box, ending just below the lid.
    3. Using the brush, apply an even coat of Mod Podge to the box.
    4. Slowly wrap the paper around the box. Start in one location and move around the box, ensuring there are no bubbles.
    5. Let dry.
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    Sports coasters

    Cheering for a favorite sports team can be thirsty work, which makes these fun paper-covered coasters a winner every time. Or go beyond sports and create unique coasters for anyone on your list by adapting the images to fit the person's style.

    Supplies
    Newspaper sports page, photocopied
    Cutting mat
    4 round cork coasters
    Craft knife
    Foam brush
    Glue/sealant, such as Mod Podge

    Instructions

    1. Place photocopied images on a cutting mat, printed side down.
    2. Using a coaster as a template, cut out circles of paper with the craft knife.
    3. Use the brush to apply glue/sealant to one side of the coaster, covering it completely.
    4. Adhere the back of the paper circle to the coaster, smoothing it out from the center to remove bubbles.
    5. Brush the top and sides of the coaster with a thin layer of glue/sealant and let it dry.
    6. Repeat process to make a set of four coasters.
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    No-sew lavender sachets

    These scent-sational no-sew sachets are easy and quick to make. Not just for clothes drawers, sachets add a wonderful scent to closets and desk drawers too. You can substitute other aromatics such as dried rose buds, mulling spices or rosemary.

    Supplies
    For three sachets:
    Cotton fabric
    Scissors
    Approx. 2/3 cup dried lavender flowers
    Small rubber bands
    Lavender buds or filling of your choice
    Ribbon

    Instructions

    1. Cut the fabric into 7-inch rounds (use pinking shears for a pretty border detail)
    2. Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of lavender in the center of each circle.
    3. Gather up the sides of the fabric to form a pouch and secure with a rubber band. Tie with a ribbon.

    Optional: Add a fabric flower or a loop of ribbon to the top, so the sachets can be added to a hanger.

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