Monday, July 4, 2011

Christmas in July

I know, I know, but I’m making most of my gifts this year and I want to get started to make sure I have enough time.  I hate scrambling at the last minute and I plan on being fully ready and prepared this year.  This one is a neat and inexpensive project that I found over at Tales from an OC Cottage.   You can see them in their unfinished state to the right.


You start out with these card holders {or picture holders, which is what I’m giving it as} with a holly carving in the base on all four sides.



I spray painted them with Heirloom White and then picked out some scrapbook paper, which will cover the holly.  I decided to use the three designs I recently purchased ~ two of them are script papers and one is a music sheet paper.


I used Mod Podge to attach four pieces of scrapbook paper to each one, that I had cut to size to fit the base.  Here they are all dry and ready to go!





The music paper sheet was double sided and I used both sides on this one to make it a little more interesting.  I’ll be giving this one to my son’s girlfriend.  She’s the drummer in their band! {How cool is that!}.

Now it’s time to decorate them and add some personalization ~ tags, charms and pictures!  I added these things just for the pictures.  {I also added the shop vac hose in the background for atmosphere}.



Tags and those little packages of charms, even jewelry charms, would work great.  If you have a picture of the gift’s recipient that would make for a nice touch.



These make for a great gift for under $10.00.

Linking up with Under $10.00 under 1 hour at 320 Sycamore.

Handmade Gift Ideas at Tatertots & Jello



GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Good morning!

I love this project! Your choice of images and color are perfect. I have a couple of daughters that would really like these. Christmas you say... I know. It will be here before I know it. Maybe I can be as forward thinking as you and copy your sweet idea :)

So nice stopping by to visit with you!
Kindly, Lorraine

Karena said...

Kathy these are really beautiful. I love the papers you chose and the design on the holders! Great gifts!

Art by Karena

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Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

This is a very smart idea. I love the scrapbook paper you used.


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I love the addition of the pretty paper to the base of the candlesticks....very nice. Great project and looks easy enough for me!

Love the tags too.


Crystal @ Ordinary Days said...

Such a nice gift Kathy!! I've been wanting to get some Christmas gifts made as well. Everyone I know that didn't get coasters from me last year will get them from me this year! LOL I am planning on working on mine this month too!

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, they're so cute! I use to make all my gifts. I don't do much gift-giving any more. Kids are grown. I give the little grandkids money. Then Mom is responsible and not me!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Kathy! These are wonderful gifts and I love the script paper you used. Have a great week.

Pamela said...

These are super cute Kathy! I really need to start on the gifts for teachers. It would be soo nice to already have them done before the school year even starts!:)

Emreen said...

Very beautiful.. Love the addition of music notes and scrapbook paper... !!! Adding a photo would be a brilliant idea... !!

Becca Bertotti said...

LOVE these, Kathy !! So creative and "thinking outside of the box" !! The papers you chose, too, are perfect. I am very envious that you're ahead of the game !! Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Oh how I wish I were as organized as you are! It would feel great to have some Christmas presents all ready and set aside! These are great! I am sure the recipients will be thrilled!
Best Wishes and Blessings,

KimMalk said...

Ok, Kathy, where did you get these? I looked at OC Cottage and didn't see where she got them either. I simply must have my own! Hey, I almost didn't recognize your new photo :), it's nice!

Maria Killam said...

You are so creative! And that is organized! Christmas presents already, you are an example to us all!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

These are adorable Kathy. There is nothing wrong with getting a head start. Thanks so much for visiting my blog.

KimMalk said...

I wanted to let you know that I mentioned this post in my current post this a.m. :0).

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Kathy, these are adorable!! Where did you find them in their unfinished state? I really love these and they would make such great gifts! I say every year I am going to get started early....and every year I don't. Hopefully, this year I will persevere!

Lou Cinda

Melissa said...

Kathy~these are so cute! I love how you freshened them up~they *would* be such great gifts. Thank you for partying with us today!! :)

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