If you exchange homemade gifts with your extended family or group of friends, it can be sometimes hard to come up with something thoughtful and original, yet simple and cost-effective. This year we have been very blessed to be part of a wonderful small group at our church called the Homebuilders, and I wanted to make a little something for each family as a thank you for enriching our lives this year.
I wasn’t sure what to do until I spotted a whole aisle of mini ceramic pots on clearance ($2.22 for 3!) and had an AHA! moment. I originally wanted to do Amaryllis bulbs, but they were a little too pricey for my budget, not to mention too big to fit in the pots. I settled on Paperwhites, which I love, & ordered them from a company called EasytoGrowBulbs.com. They arrived in just a few days.
The potting soil, moss, plastic bags (treat bags from the party aisle) & silver ribbon was purchased from Walmart, and the other supplies I had in my craft cupboard already. My total cost for 12 gifts was around $36, or $3 each.
The first thing I did was mark the year and group name on the bottom with a permanent marker. I was lucky that my brother was visiting for a few days and he helped a lot with this project!
Once the pots were filled, we carefully surrounded the shoot with a layer of moss, then wiped down the pots and tied a silver ribbon around each one. I though about using a ceramic marker to decorate the pot, but I decided simple was better.
For the tags, I printed our message and care instructions on card stock, then cut into squares and stamped snowflakes on the other side. I then embellished each snowflake stamp with a little glitter. (Similar to the hand-stamped cards I did last year.) Once they were dry, I punched a hole in the corner, placed the pot inside the treat bag, and tied with a ribbon.
Are you making any gifts this year? I’d love to see them! If you’ve got a blog, leave your link in the comments below so we can take a look. Otherwise you can post them on the LWSL Facebook page!
P.S. Happy, happy birthday to the hottest, funniest, smartest, best daddy & all around most wonderful husband on the planet. I hope you’re having a good day. We’ve got a few surprises waiting for you at home Love ya baby.Pin It
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