I have been truly inspired this year by bloggers from all over to include more handmade items with the gifts I plan to give for Christmas. I have included some of my more ambitious items in this post along with a link to the post where I originally found my inspiration. I encourage you to check out these other blogs. They will have the tutorial that I used and you can see the original projects they created. It is well worth the time.
The first gift I made was a fairy tree house for Big Sis. Yes, I know she is 12 years old, but she still loves to play. When I saw this Pixie Hollow inspired fairy house from Pink and Green Mama I knew she would love it. I used wooden pieces from Hobby Lobby to construct the house, then hot glued filler from the floral department to give it that woodsy look. I constructed the furniture from pieces I gathered from a potpourri set. They had all kinds of cool organic shapes and they were perfect for making the little beds and swings and chairs.
this post by Rhythm of the Home. She made a painted wooden travel play set and I just fell in love with it. Last summer Birdy fell in love with the movie Tangled and so I decided to recreate the idea using the movie as inspiration. I first created the peg dolls to vaguely resemble each of the characters. Then I started to work in the play box. I painted the out side of the box to look like bricks from the tower.
On the inside of the box I painted scenes from the movie. I painted the tower and Rapunzel's valley on the lid of the box. In the bottom of the box I painted a water fall and a forest scene.
When you turn the box around and look a the wall (as if looking out from Rapunzel's tower) you see the castle with lanterns flying out over a lake. I am hoping this small world scene will be just the thing to inspire her imagination for play.
I am really enjoying this hands on approach to Christmas giving. I hope the kids like them as well. Have you ever tried making home made gifts for your kids? What kinds of gifts do you make? I would love seeing any projects you are working on for this holiday season. Leave me a link bellow so I can check it out.
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