Sunday, December 18, 2016

Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop

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     There is always so much to do this time of year and I'm always looking for quick, easy and inexpensive ornament/decor items to give or keep.  Especially when a last minute invitation comes up and you need a hostess gift asap!

Welcome to the Last Minute Gift Ideas Blog Hop and please visit all these talented designers (see end of post) for more ideas.  And a chance to win a $100 gift card too!  The winner will be announced on Sunday, December 25th on einatkessler.com




YOUR TURN

     One of the easiest ornament ideas utilizes clear ornaments that open in half for easy filling of some many ideas.  Here are just a few but I'm sure you can come up with so many ideas of your own.  Look for sales/coupons at retailers and your local dollar store is another great resource.


BEADS:  I tend to have a lot of beads left over from various jewelry projects and I store them by color in an organizer meant for nails,screws, etc.  (Yes I re-allocated from my husband's stash!)  Just simply fill an ornament and it makes a pretty and quick ornament.


PINECONES:  I found bags of glittery pinecones at my local dollar store and I love the way it captures the sun.

POM POMS:  From the discount bin at my local big box retailer, I loved these pom poms and what a cute filling they make.  And with matching tassel hangars, they make a great ornament and you can also use it as a package topper.





FLORAL ITEMS:  In the floral department of my craft store, I found balls used for vase fillers as well as some floral picks that were marked down.  Again, just a simple fill and you are ready to go.




MINI SNOWMEN:  In my stash I also had some miniature snowmen beads -- I'm not sure I remember why I had them, but with a little glue they make a nice ornament.  Using a heavy duty glue (I like E600), glue the beads to the bottom of one half of the ornament.  I also found a pretty star in the scrapbook department, all ready with a string.  Once the glue has dried, add some fake snow.  Then thread the star through the hanging part of the ornament.  








     I have always loved bottle trees and there are many deals to be found this time of year (and I'm also the person that shops the day after Christmas for next year's supplies!).  They remind me of my Grandmother.  You can find multi packs of the trees and here are some ideas on how to use them as last minute gifts:

ORNAMENT:  Again, just by using some heavy duty glue and fake snow, you can quickly make an old fashioned ornament to keep or give!  Apply a small amount of glue to the bottom of the tree and once dry add in some snow.  It gives you the illusion of a snow globe but without any liquid -- this works out well for me because I have friends/family all over and this makes it easier to ship them a gift.  



BRINGING HOME THE TREE:  All you need are little trucks and bottle trees and you can replicate "bringing home the tree" which is a motif I have always loved.  These examples use various sizes and these were easy to find at my local drug store and the dollar store.  The large blue truck actually works as a wind up toy so it can serve double duty!!!  Simply rest the tree where you think you want it on the truck and glue.  On some of the examples I used raffia to act as twine to imitate the look of bringing home the tree.  





CHRISTMAS VIGNETTE:  I found small mirrors in the mosiac department of my local craft store as well as fake spray snow.  My goal was to create a little vignette that would work well on its own in addition to adding to someone's existing village display.  Simply spray the snow as desired on the mirror.  I used the package as a template as I only wanted 1/2 of the mirror covered -- I wanted it to look like a small town pond.  Using bits from Christmas pieces, simply glue on to the mirror and that is it!  Many of these items come in multi packs so you can usually get 1 - 4 completed projects out of each pack.




   I have many items salvaged from my Grandmother's house.  She had a bunch of glass doorknobs and I added the bottle trees to the flat top and I think they make a wonderful vignette.  If the metal part that goes through the door is still connected, use a saw or power tool to remove it so the top is flat -- again thanks to the hubby!  

   I discovered these shabby chic hanging frames and magnetic birds while strolling through my local craft store.  I simply cut out some holiday themed paper, glued to the open part of the frame and added the bird.  Since it is magnetic, the bird can live anywhere on the piece and this literally took 3 minutes to complete.  And if you have any leftovers after the Holidays, just change out the paper and you can use for Easter, birthdays, housewarmings, etc.


Please head over to each of these other blogs for more fun and creative inspiration for last minute gift ideas! Click to see each designer:
Ola Khomenok
Kathy Clement
Alexandra Morein
Sandy Trefger
Gloria Stengel
Pam Bray
Einat Alagem


40 comments :

  1. Oh my! Such fun creations! I really love the little truck vignettes! So cute and great for the men in our lives! TFS!

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    1. Forgot to add: I can’t live without my glitter and watercolors! Both are necessary for me to breathe and create!

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  2. Love the Santa's Workshop setting! Very nostalgic. I cannot live without my Big Shot. And it's gotten quite the workout this holiday season! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  3. Beautiful creation!
    Can't live without texture paste.

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  4. its so had to pick but to me beautiful papers are an inspiration and a must, my Misti, Big shot, Dies are all meaningless with out gorgeous paper. Love the antique car with the tree on it!!!

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  5. Great ideas, thank you. I love the village scene using the mirror and truck. My favourite crafty needs are peals, ribbons and butterflies

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  6. You are so creative and clever. Great ideas.

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  7. Great ideas.. Thank you for sharing this with us 馃槍

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  8. Oh Patti, such AWESOME ideas! I think my fav is the "bringing home the tree" idea. I love the old dinky cars and trucks with the tree on them. My young grandsons would LOVE these!

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  9. I love ornaments - especially love those trucks and the doorknobs!

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  10. Fantastic ideas Patti! They are turned out fabulous!

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  11. so many cool ideas. beautiful paper is a mast to me as well. that is where it start.

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  12. so many cool ideas. beautiful paper is a mast to me as well. that is where it start.

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  13. a very different idea, clever. well done.

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  14. such cute ornaments!! great idea!!

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  16. Wow, these are great ideas. I can't live without gesso and matte medium.

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  17. ABsolutely amazing!! I have some of those fillable ornaments for my "beachy" tree as I am getting friends to bring me sand from beaches they go to! :)
    The truck with the tree is awesome! I may have on on my mantle next year1 Thanks so much for sharing these great ways to craft our Christmases!

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  18. Such an awesome share of the ideas, Patty! Love the cards with the Christmas tree on top!

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  19. These are so much fun! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  20. Lots of fun ideas! Love the 3 little snowmen ornament. And the truck bringing home the Christmas tree! So easy peasey!

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  21. So many fun and cute ornaments, love all the ideas!

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  22. Thanks for all these great ideas. I really like the tree and the truck.

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  23. LOL... loved the trees strapped to the cars! Awesome!

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  24. i dont celebrate the cristmas, but there are some great decoration ideas here! thank you!

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  25. Great ideas. Loved the snowmen one and the vintage cars :)

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  26. I adore those mini snowmen and the tree is so cute! I can't live without my paper trimmer by WRMK - it's certainly been busy this winter!

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  27. So many clever projects for last minute gifts. Something for everyone. I usually work with my favorite supply--all types of craft paper--so these ideas are an invitation to try something new. Thanks.

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  28. I love the bringing home the tree idea!

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  29. The vintage cars and trees are so cute. My can't do without supply is gorgeous papers.

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  30. Love those ornaments and your vintage cars!

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  31. Loving the tree ornaments. Brings back memories of Christmases past. I cannot live without my Sizzix Tool in One.

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  32. So many cool idea's. I love the snowmen. They are so cute. I couldn't live without My cuttlebug, and my many embellishments. Thanks for sharing
    julie

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