Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!
We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and beautiful handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! You should have come from Natasha Naranjo Aguirre's blog! If you would like to start at the beginning, visit The Twinery's blog for a full list of participants!
For my handmade holiday gift idea, I created a set of four Christmas tree ornaments that also double as gift tags. I'll share how I did this in a tutorial below, but first off here is what they look like.
Here's three of the four tags hanging on the tree.
For this tag, I used the beautiful Seaweed Twine for the branches, Cappuccino Twine for the tree stump & Buttercream Twine for the little star on top of the tree (which I made by tying a French Knot). I used Maraschino Twine to hang the ornament tag. I'll show you an easy way to create a similar tag below.
I took a little different approach for the next two tags. I stamped on the canvas, attached the snowflakes, that were punched with fabulous Fiskars punches, with Tombow adhesive. (For the two tags that I stamped on, I purchased pre-cut & pre-sewn canvas tags at Hobby Lobby.
On both tags I added a glittered border that was punched with Fiskars Lacy Doubles border punch. It is such a pretty punch design!
Now I want to show you an easy way to stitch designs for your tags/ornaments!
For this design, I took a piece of canvas that I cut to approximately 2 3/4 x 3 1/2. I put a die that I wanted to use as a template in my sandwich like I was going to emboss with it and then ran it through my die cutting machine. So for the Big Shot my sandwich was:
After it went through the machine, it left an impression of the star on my canvas. I like doing this as opposed to using a pencil to draw lines because you won't be able to see these lines when I'm done, but it is hard to erase pencil lines on canvas.
I then threaded my twine through a large eyed needle and began to sew the star following the pattern I had created.
Then, I stamped a sentiment on the bottom.
Next, I took another piece of canvas that I had cut to the same size and sewed the pieces together. This is to hide the stitches on the backside of the tag.
I then punched a few of the Fiskars snowflakes out of yellow glitter paper to add to the tag with the Tombow adhesive.
The next step was to distress the edges of the tag using ink.
I then added an eyelet with my Crop-a-dile and tied the Maraschino Twine through the hole.
This is what the finished tag looks like on the tree.
And, since you've sewn the two pieces of canvas together, this is what the back side looks like...nice and clean!
I hope you enjoyed this project & tutorial! It truly is an easy gift to make & give!
Now, to sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a prize! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! And, you can use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day: http://clearsnap.blogspot.com/
The Twinery is offering 3 spools of the winners choice $48 value!
Visit The Twinery for a complete list of blogs and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by and create from!
Your next stop on the hop is to Laura Denison's blog!
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!