A lot of people feel silly about giving handmade gifts because they seem less valuable or less polished compared to store-bought gifts. On the contrary, handmade gifts are a thoughtful and personal way to show someone that you care about them. It’s quite possible that you’re underestimating how much the recipient will love what you make! Today, we’ll discuss five tips to embrace giving handmade gifts without fear. After we chat about those tips, I have a giveaway gift for you!
Once upon a time, I attended a summer orientation program in the weeks before I started university at KU. One thing I’ll never forget about that program is an activity we did after being together as a group for a couple of weeks. We sat in a circle, and focusing on one person at a time, we each expressed the qualities about that person that we most admired. I’ll never forget how special I felt when it was my turn. Even people that I didn’t think particularly liked me had something nice or insightful to say. We all left the classroom that day feeling uplifted and seen, and relationships were strengthened.
The other day, all was quiet in the house. My nine-month-old was napping with her dad while my four-year-old played in the sunroom where I like to create. As I sat down to doodle with the goal of making some pretty black and gold bookmarks, I decided to document the process with my camera. I hope that you’ll find inspiration in what I came up with — and that you get a kick out of the accompanying video! (Be sure to watch past the pretty tutorial part. You’ll get an earful starting at 1:50.)
I like to innovate and post new project tutorials regularly, but some projects are just so cool that I can’t resist making them again. This lettering map is an excellent example! Last year, I made a Brazil lettering map similar to this one. Today, I wanted to create a gift for an Ethiopian friend, and I knew that the lettering map concept would be perfect. In today’s article, I’ll show you how to make this Ethiopia lettering map. Feel free to modify the concept for any country, state, or city!
When I need a cool little gift for someone, I make an illuminated letter. Today’s project is a gorgeous, totally frame-worthy gift that doubles as a greeting card or a “just because” paper good. Believe it or not, this (modern) illuminated letter is pretty easy to make because I used one vital shortcut: a free printable alphabet PDF. I’ll share that PDF, plus my process, with you in this tutorial
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My brother’s birthday is coming up in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to make something meaningful for him. My solution? This personalized letter art! It’s just a little project — nothing too fancy; but I know he’ll love it! If you can see yourself making something like this, too, read on to learn about the process.