Make your own gifts

8 Brilliant Ways To Make Your Own Gifts

Be creative and make personalised presents for family and friends.

1. Jewellery Cabinet
Make a pretty jewellery cabinet by using an old wooden tea box as a cabinet re-painted in Pearl White. Once it’s dry you can decorate it with a line drawing using a permanent marker. Add brass cup hooks on which to hang jewellery and mount the cabinet to the wall.


Tip Refurbish an old bathroom cabinet or buy an old wooden one from a fleamarket or second-hand shop.

2. Vintage Tea Cup Candles

  1. Melt down old candles over a pot of simmering water. Remember to remove the wicks with tongs.
  2. Cut a wick about twice the height of a cup. Coat it in melted wax and stick one end to the bottom of the cup. Twirl the other end of the wick around the middle of a bamboo skewer and rest the skewer on the cup so the wick is vertical.
  3. Pour in wax to fill three-quarters of the cup and leave it to set for about an hour. It will harden with a well in the middle. To even out the well prick it with a skewer and pour in more wax to fill the cup. Leave to harden then trim the wick.
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Tip For fragrance add essential oils such as lavender or rose. Use citronella oil for bug-repellent candles. Scout secondhand or antique stores for attractive vintage tea cups.

3. Sweet Treat for Kids
Buy inexpensive clear containers or tins and fill them with the children’s favourite treats and sweets. Decorate each container with the child’s initial, name or birth month in bright alphabet stickers.

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4. Cookies with love
Who can resist a batch of homemade cookies? It’s a gift that will be appreciated with every bite. Package them in a tin or paper boxes. Print or write out the recipe and place it in an accompanying envelope.


5. Knitted Napkin Rings
Create an heirloom gift by knitting a set of napkin rings with the following pattern. You will need: size 3,5 mm knitting needles, a cable-stitch holder, 1 ball Stretch yarn in Stone.


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= knit; 
= purl; 
cn = cable needle
C6B = slip 4 st onto cn and hold in back, K2, K4 from cn; 
C6F = slip 2 st to cn and hold in front, K4, K2 from cn

Cast on 14 st.
1st row: K4, C6B, K4. 
2nd row: K2, P10, K2. 
3rd row: K4, C6F, K4. 
4th row: K2, P10, K2. 
Repeat rows 1 to 4 until work measures 10 cm or desired length. Cast off. 
To make up, join the cast-on and cast-off edges.


TIP The elasticised wool will ensure the knitted ring grips the napkin.

6. Family Calendar
Download a calendar from the Internet or design your own and decorate it with family photos or scanned kids’ paintings. Include notes on special days and birthday reminders. Print it out and attach it to a piece of cardboard with brass paper-fasteners in fun shapes (stars or hearts for example).

Glue the cardboard-backed calendar to a board. Add magnetic strips to the back so it can be stuck on the fridge.

7. Punchy Place Mats
Create an elegant set of place mats and coasters with felt or foam sheets. One sheet will make a place mat or six coasters. Punch patterns into the sheet with a craft flower punch.


8. Message in a Bottle
Write 365 inspirational messages – one for every day of the year – on small pieces of paper. Fold them and place them in an attractive jar or canister so your recipient has a message to open each day in the coming year.

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