Quick Gift Projects

Create holiday cheer with these little gift projects that promise big delight.


What You Need:

+ enlarge image Identification tags add a personal touch to your holiday party.
  • Bottle of wine
  • 222 inches (18 feet, 6 inches) of 3-inch-wide silk ribbon (or other desired ribbon)
  • Hot-glue gun and glue
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Lay 16 feet of ribbon on flat surface. Stand wine bottle upright on top and in the middle of the ribbon.

2. Bring several inches of ribbon up flat along both sides of the bottle, and secure to neck of bottle with a bead of hot glue. Keeping ribbon flat to the bottle, wrap one side of ribbon around the bottle, starting at the top, moving down the bottle with a few loose wraps then back up again with tighter, overlapping wraps and finishing near top of bottle.

3. Repeat with ribbon from other side, making sure to completely cover the bottle.

4. Tie both ends of ribbon in a knot at top of bottle. Use a 30-inch strip of ribbon to tie a bow at top of bottle.

Wine Tags

What You Need:

  • Prepunched, round silver-cased tags (found at office supply stores)
  • Art markers
  • Fine-point permanent marker
  • Thin wire
  • Assorted beads
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Color the front of each tag using art markers, then use a fine-point permanent marker to write a name, wine variety, or festive message on each tag.

2. On an 8-inch piece of wire, string a variety of color-coordinating beads. For the wineglass placeholders, string the tag at the end of the beaded wire.

3. With tag at top, twist beaded wire around the stem of a glass, starting at the bottom and moving up. For the wine bottle tag, secure the tag in the middle of the beaded wire, place around the neck of a wine bottle, and secure at back of bottle by twisting ends of wire.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Include a favorite picture to make this gift even more memorable.
  • Wooden photo frame
  • Interior latex paint (2 complementing colors)
  • Rhinestones
  • Epoxy
  • Pencil

Instructions:

1. Paint a wood frame using interior latex paint; let dry.

2. Dip the end of a pencil eraser in a second latex paint color, and dot the frame with random polka dots; let dry.

3. Using a toothpick, apply epoxy to the back of rhinestones, then stick each in the middle of a polka dot.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Illuminate your holiday feast with a simple strand of lights.

Instructions:

1. Tinsel your table with a string of holiday lights folded inside a sheer table runner or strip of fabric.

2. Plug lights into a nearby outlet, and voila -- pure radiance!

3. When adding accessories and tableware, take care to maneuver around the lights so items sit flat.

4. For safety's sake, be sure the electrical cord is tucked safely out of the way, and unplug the lights when the table is not attended.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image Tins can be used as tidy treat containers, gracious gifts, and even delightful decorations.
  • Round white tin for snowman tin (ours is 6-1/2 inches in diameter and 5 inches tall)
  • Black buttons
  • Hot-glue gun and glue
  • Red paint pen
  • 17 inches of 2-inch-wide orange felt
  • 36 inches of 2-inch-wide baby blue felt
  • Scissors

Instructions:

1. Hot-glue black buttons to the top of the lid to create the eyes and mouth.

2. Cut a carrot shape from orange felt, and add detail using a red paint pen; glue to tin as the nose. Wrap baby blue felt and tie in a knot around the front of the tin as a scarf.

3. For stripes, cut fifteen 1/2-inch orange strips from orange felt. Hot-glue orange strips 1 inch apart onto the tied scarf. For scarf ends, cut two 2-1/2-inch lengths of orange felt. Hot-glue one piece to each end of scarf, then cut 2-inch splices every 1/4 inch to create a fringed look.

4. For the rectangular tin, use a pencil to draw a grid of 1-inch to 1-1/2-inch squares on the surface. Paint squares using a checkerboard design and your choice of glossy latex paints. When dry, add stars using a white paint pen.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image These once boring boxes are perfect for housing hostess gifts or other holiday goodies.
  • Round white sticker labels in 1-inch and 1/2-inch sizes
  • Round white reinforcement stickers (used to reinforce punched paper holes)
  • Snowflake stickers (available at crafts stores)
  • Art markers
  • Spray glue
  • White glitter
  • White Chinese food carton (available at crafts stores)
  • Square frosted box (available at crafts stores)
  • Coordinating tissue paper

Instructions:

1. Use art markers to color white polka-dot stickers. For snowflake stickers, spray the sheet of stickers with spray glue, and sprinkle on glitter.

2. Randomly apply either circle stickers, reinforcement stickers, or snowflake stickers to a Chinese food carton or a frosted plastic box. Tuck coordinating tissue paper and a seasonal treasure inside.

What You Need:

+ enlarge image A little spray paint gives a plain grass mat plenty of seasonal spirit.
  • Brown grass mat
  • Painter's tape
  • Crafts knife
  • Green latex spray paint
  • Blue latex spray paint
  • White latex paint
  • 1/2-inch rod dowel

Instructions:

1. Cover entire mat with painter's tape, leaving a 2-inch border. Using a crafts knife, carefully cut and remove triangles from the tape to create treetop shapes. Spray mat with three coats of green paint, letting mat dry between coats. When last coat is dry, remove tape.

2. Tape over green border and treetops, then add a strip of tape where the tree trunks will be. Spray mat with three coats of blue paint, letting mat dry between coats. When last coat is dry, remove tape.

3. Dip a 1/2-inch dowel into white latex paint to apply random dots to the mat as snowflakes.

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