Handmade Christmas Gifts
There are few things better than being able to say 'I made it myself' amidst looks of amazement on Christmas morning. Handmade gifts have a value beyond those that have been chosen from any old shelf - they show just how much you love them through the tender care and time spent to create something wonderful for another human being. No matter the results, they will love these hand crafted beauties come Christmas day.
The super easy yet gorgeously aesthetic gift that will keep them smiling through the coming months. Tailor it to each season with different flowers and foliage, or choose the recipient's favourite colours.
What you need:
- Scented Candle
- Candle wick
- Pretty flowers (I used rosemary and blue flowers)
- A small glass container (a clean jar will work perfectly!)
- Saucepan and glass bowl
- Oven glove
To dry the flowers:
- Take two microwavable plates and two sheets of kitchen roll.
- Lay your flowers flat on one piece of kitchen roll. When happy, place the other piece on top.
- Sandwich between the two plates and microwave for two minutes on high.
- Remove from the microwave and allow to cool.
To make the candle:
- Break up the remaining wax into small chunks and place them in the glass bowl
- Pour boiling water into the saucepan and bring to a low simmer. Place the glass bowl with the candle wax inside, ensuring no water spills into the bowl.
- Stir gently until fully melted, using an oven glove to hold the bowl securely in place
- Arrange your dried flowers around the outside of the jar
- Carefully pour the molten wax into the jar, ensuring the flowers remain in place with wooden skewers
- Allow to cool until fully set. Decorate with twine and wrap with brown paper
We have a huge range of gorgeously scented candles and wax melts in our Broadstone and Westbourne stores.
Moroccan Rose Bath salt decorations
These not only look gorgeous on the tree but serve as a useful container for some relaxing bath salts - a reusable gift that will bring them happiness throughout the year.
What you'll need:
- Moroccan Rose bath salt (sold in-store)
- An empty bauble decoration (found on amazon or in most craft stores)
- Dried rose petals (try the home baking section of your local supermarket)
- Make sure that your bauble is clean and completely dry before starting.
- Pour the bath salts and rose petals into a container, gently stirring until fully mixed.
- Using the funnel, pour the bath salt and rose petal mixture into the bauble and screw on the lid.
- Finish with twine and a homemade tag.
Hand wrapped pencils
Perfect for using up scraps of Christmas wrapping paper, these are ideal for topping up the stockings or laying in front of the place mats on the table.
What you'll need:
- Spare pencils
- Christmas paper or craft paper
- Pencil sharpener
- Cut strips of wrapping paper 3cm wide and as long as your pencil. Apply PVA glue all over the wrong side, making sure it goes right up to the edge
- Carefully line up so the paper is straight on your pencils and gently wrap the paper around them, ensuring all air bubbles and creases are pressed out as you go along
- Pay particular attention to the seam, ensuring it is fully stuck down
- Let dry, trim the edges and sharpen for a professional finish
- OPTIONAL: Finish the pencils with a sealing agent, such as Modge Podge or spray bottle acrylic for a longer lasting gift.