This post can also be found here on Click On Detroit, my local NBC affiliate's website. Black Friday has come and gone, but there is still time to make these crafts!
Black Friday is one of my most favorite days of the year . . . but not for shopping. Actually, the thought of going into a store with a competitive, crazed crowd that will stop at nothing to get their prized bargained goods is a major trigger for my anxiety.
I much rather cozy up to my Thanksgiving leftovers and start decorating for Christmas. I also start my homemade gifts that weekend, too. I know that DIY crafts can be a polarizing topic, but I like to dabble in crafts because using my creativity to make something from start to finish makes me incredibly happy. Having said that, I do not look for perfection and the crafts must be easy.
This year, I am really stepping out of my comfort zone. I have started a passionate love affair with chalkboard paint that began with a Thanksgiving craft. It is so easy to use! This pin really inspired me to create these different chalkboard crafts.
First I took the glass out of a picture frame and painted it with two coats of chalkboard spray paint. I did the same to the wooden frame with a jute string that I bought at craft store. I made sure that I covered the jute with tape so the paint would not get on it.
With the wood frame, I wrote on part of the frame and then erased it with a napkin to give it a chalkboard look. I then wrote on the frame really hard to make sure the letters were clear and blew away the extra dust.
Then, I added some snowflakes (the only thing I kind of know how to draw).
When I was done, I sealed it with a matte spray sealant. Be sure to hold it far away from your craft so it goes on evenly and doesn’t blow the chalk away.
|I love this antique-y feeling of this frame. The real chalk gives it character.|
I practiced on the glass with some regular chalk, but I didn’t like how it looked. It didn’t give that same worn look like on the wood frame. So I tried a chalkboard marker. Because I had more control with a fine tipped maker, I think it looks crisp and clean.
Another bonus to using a chalkboard marker: no sealant needed. It dried instantly and does not smudge.
For past Christmases, I have made sugar scrub. I prefer using sugar instead of salt because salt will sting if you have any cuts on your hands (which is usually my case in the winter time, thank you very much, OCD).
I added more sugar until it became the consistency of applesauce, about 1 cup.
Then I added essential oils: 15 drops of lavender, 15 drops of eucalypts, and 7 drops of spearmint. I used Aura Cacia and Whole Foods 365 brand, but Young Living oils are excellent.
I then scooped some of the mixture into a plastic container. I love the look of a mason jar, but I don’t like to bring glass containers into the shower.
Then I made a tag with some card stock. I matted a plain white piece of cardstock to a piece of cute Christmas themed paper and tied it to the container with jute. This way, it is easy to remove and won’t get soggy in the shower.
I really wanted to try something new with essential oils, and I found this recipe on Pinterest for shower tabs. I have used store-bought ones and love them! They make the shower smell like a steam sauna! So I had to try to make these myself.
First I took 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup of Epson salt.
The directions said to use 2 teaspoons of water to get it to the consistency of wet
sand, but not feel wet. I ended up using 3 teaspoons of water.
Then I added essential oils: 20 drops of lavender, 20 drops of eucalyptus, and 15 drops of spearmint. Young Living has a great reputation for being a high quality product, but if you are mass-producing these gifts, Aura Cacia and Whole Foods 365 are fine, too.
I scooped the mixture into greased muffin tins and pressed them into the pan. They need to sit for at least 24 hours. Trust me on this one. I tried to take them out after a few hours and they crumbled.
Now that you have these super cute DIY Christmas gifts, what better way to wrap them but in homemade wrapping paper?! There was a time where I would not understand why anyone in the world would make wrapping paper, but after seeing homemade wrapping paper in Have Yourself a Very Vintage Christmas, I had to try!
I make it really simple by using brown craft paper, rubber stamps, and ink.
I wrap the box and use the stamps to decorate the paper.
Then, I take a soft red ribbon and make a bow.
To make the tag, I take a piece of cardstock and fold it in half. Inside, I tape a piece of white cardstock and write on it.
Next, I put sticker on it. I L O V E these Anna Griffin Twinkle Bright 3-D Stickers! It breaks my heart that they are no longer in stock anywhere.
Then, I punch a hole in the corner and use a little piece of red glitter pipe cleaner to wrap it around the ribbon.
And here is the finished product.
For total transparency, I do NOT wrap each present like this. But for me, doing a little art project like this is like therapy.
How do you like to spend Black Friday? Do you like to do DIY Christmas crafts?