I know you have been on the edge of your seats since Christmas 2011 waiting for me to show you our 2012 DIY Family Gift Exchange.
I just know it.
As I’ve mentioned before, my extended family gets together each Christmas to eat, play games, and exchange gifts.
The kids have the normal “is it what I had on my Christmas list?” type of exchange, but the adults?
Not so much.
If you are over 20 in my family – now 18 due to Eryn’s rebel demands – you had better get your tools, glue and glitter out and get crackin’.
Because you must come up with a handmade creation to share with your beloved aunt, uncle, cousin, sibling, or invited guest.
“White Elephant” style without the “gag gift” concept.
These gifts are masterpieces and they certainly start with the moaning and groaning of some who do not consider themselves “crafty.”
But those same moaners and groaners always come up with some of the best ideas!
Today, I’ll share some of what was created and exchanged.
NOTE: My pictures are quick snapshots. They are not set up to be taken with the right light, the right backdrop, etc…. so don’t be critical
Wine Cork Wreath
Drilling holes at each end of the cork and stringing with small-gauge wire creates a beautiful wreath for any season!
Even more so for the wine enthusiast in your family.
My nephew-in-law even took the time to pattern the corks, using only a small number of the same cork and arranging them systematically.
He had to drink a lot of wine to pull that off.
He is a giver!
Did you know that you don’t have to have one of those “special pens” to set your ink on glass or porcelain?
Cassidy showed us how you can use a permanent Sharpie.
After you write on the surface, place on a cookie sheet at bake at 450° for 30 minutes -
- but you must put it in the oven before you preheat and let it heat up – and cool down – with the oven before you remove it!!
Your writing will be set and won’t smudge off. Hand-washing is still recommended though.
Scrabble Ornaments & Wine Tags
Somebody’s (maybe my nephew’s?) Scrabble game is going to be missing quite a few pieces!
You’ll need a drill, glue, ribbon and some Scrabble pieces.
Don’t forget to do spell-check. LOL.
Architectural Salvage Wood Caddy
You may recognize this since it is one of mine.
I provided a tutorial last summer and for this occasion, I filled it with shelled nuts and roasted nuts from our harvest last fall.
And of course, I had to throw in some Peanut M&M’s.
Homemade Pancake and Hot Chocolate Ingredients
How delicious does this look?
My niece spent some time in the kitchen for this one.
I know, I know. You want the recipe.
I will get it from her and share it in the near future!
Macrame Hanger – 2013 Style
My hand model was once again the chosen one to show how my sister went retro with this Macrame hanger.
Kind of like riding a bike. Once you learn how to do it, you never forget. (So she says.)
But this is not a plant hanger. That is sooo 70’s.
This is for an ice bucket and your favorite chillin’ drinks – to hang on your patio.
Why didn’t I think of that before?
Redneck Wine Glasses
Have you seen these before?
The Red Solo Cups are porcelain/ceramic, not plastic.
Bring your own to the next party!
Thedirections to make these would be similar to how I made my cupcake pedestals. You can find the tutorial for those here.
In case you are wondering how we do the exchange…
All gifts are wrapped, but not tagged.
They are piled high in the middle of the room.
We draw numbers.
The first number picks first.
After that, you can either select a wrapped gift, or steal from someone else.
It can get ugly. Real ugly.
Just kidding. It doesn’t. We are all very well behaved.
It is Christmas after all!
That’s it for today. To see the rest, you’ll have to check out Part Two!
Don’t miss it out on the fun – there is a lot of awesomeness still to come!!
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
From My Front Porch To Yours
The Brambleberry Cottage
No Minimalist Here – Open House Party
My Repurposed Life
beyond the picket fence
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage