Gifts to Make
Father’s Day is a few weeks away and we put together few sampler boxes of stuff you could give your dad. This actually came from a project that I gave Paul last year. You’ll need to find a few wooden boxes to fill with goodies (Michael’s has some great options.) Then, pick up a few sampler items. We went around town and got our favorite chocolate chip cookies for one, and for the others picked up our favorite charcuterie and a ton of different kinds of fruit – but anything that doesn’t need to be refrigerated will work. Then, just print out a few labels explaining what everything is, attach them to the boxes, and voila! The perfect surprise for your awesome dad. ps: My Super Hero Box from a few years ago.
Every spring I love growing pots of wheatgrass to give as gifts and just to have around the house for springtime. My sister Design Mom actually taught me this trick a long time ago. (read instructions on how to grow the grass here.) But it is still one of my favorite things to do in the Springtime. I paint a few pots with designs or quotes about springtime and take them to friends. It’s perfect for the time when it is almost-Spring-but-still-cold. And, since wheatgrass only needs a few days to grow – ours will be ready in time for Easter!
I’ve been busy making lots of wreaths and garlands for my family and friends so I thought I would put up a little wreath 101 post. Here are three types of easy wreaths you can make at home. I am not a trained florist but simple wreaths are something anyone can do. The materials I bought from the flower market in San Francisco but if you don’t live near a flower market (or don’t grow your own) you can order greens like this through the internet or through a local florist. There are so many types of wreaths to make but these are some basic skills and supplies you need to make any type you want.
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This project is as easy as it gets. The materials and process are very simple and the whole thing can be done in less than an hour. It is one piece of leather bound together on both sides by simple brass rivets. If you’ve never worked with leather before then definitely practice making holes and attaching the rivets before you start on the real one. If you go to a leather supplier you’ll have more options for interesting colors like this bit of scrap leather we found in the perfect blue. See full instructions below.
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This coatrack is inspired by Heath Nash’s coatracks. They don’t make them anymore so I thought it would be fun to make a simple version ourselves so we could make it say what ever we wanted. We made one that said “hello hello” but you could customize it to spell a name or whatever you wanted. This would make a great gift and the supplies to make it are very inexpensive. It does take about a day of crafting but if you spread that out over a few days it would just take a few evenings. (See some other Gifts to Make right here.)