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    • pinknfluffy28
    • By pinknfluffy28 26th Oct 12, 8:13 PM
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    LOW COST homemade christmas gifts
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:13 PM
    LOW COST homemade christmas gifts 26th Oct 12 at 8:13 PM
    When I first started reading on here I found lots of fantastic ideas for low-cost homemade gifts, but they are dotted everywhere, so I wanted to start a thread where we can all post our ideas, a little explanation of how to make, approx cost, and maybe some nice photos of finished products? I hope everyone will join in, and come december 2013 we can all be putting Kirsty Allsop to shame.
    Everyone loves to recieve homemade, personal gifts, and I know how much fun they can be to make & give.
    Lets get creative...

    MSE Insert:

    This is a fab discussion. You might have noticed it was started a few years ago. As Christmas comes round at least once a year (!) it's the gift that keeps on giving and never tires

    If you're looking for the 'PINT OF SOCKS' you can find them here;
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4254281#20
    Last edited by MSE Matt; 06-12-2016 at 6:33 PM.
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    • Dollypop
    • By Dollypop 26th Oct 12, 8:24 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:24 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:24 PM
    Ohhhhhhh good thread

    I'll contribute a tissue holder. Very easy to make, I've made them loads of times for family and friends!

    http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/09/24/handmade-tissue-holder/
    • pinknfluffy28
    • By pinknfluffy28 26th Oct 12, 8:24 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:24 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:24 PM
    To start: CANDY BOQUETS. I have been making these for a few months now, in all different themes for all different occassions. They can range from £2 ish upto as much as you like to make. The smallest ones I made were as an alternative to goody bags for dd 5th birthday party. We had 40 kids so I needed to make something that looked good, but didnt cost the earth! I used little gold favour boxes (£6.99 for 50 from amazon), some florists foam (I always have stacks of this laying around, but you can use polystyrene, clay, or just little pebbles instead). Wrapped the foam in tissue paper, I then stuck pre-wrapped sweets and chocs onto wooden lolly sticks (for adults or older children its cheaper and safe to use wooden skewers), I used little squares of tissue pushed onto stick under the sweet and scrunched to look like petals! Then push the sticks into the foam, and voila! These cost approx £2 each to make, and had a choc lolly, a freddo, and about 10 little moams or similar chew type sweets. For larger boquets I use bigger boxes, or glass jars/vases which can be re-used by the recipitent, and i will use pretty cupcake cases instead of tissue paper for the petals. I also wrap the whole thing in cellophane and decorate with ribbon / themed die-cuts. The largest, best I have made so far was for my mum on mothers day, all the chocs / sweets were a pink and yellow theme (took some sourcing!), It had half a dozen large choc bars as well as approx 20 little sweets, choc shapes ate, it was arranged in a large glass fish bowl shape vase, and the finished product came in at under £12!
    Once I figure out how to take photos on my new phone i will try and upload/post!
    • pinknfluffy28
    • By pinknfluffy28 26th Oct 12, 8:25 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:25 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:25 PM
    Ohhhhhhh good thread

    I'll contribute a tissue holder. Very easy to make, I've made them loads of times for family and friends!

    http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/09/24/handmade-tissue-holder/
    Originally posted by Dollypop
    see, already there is another new one! gonna have to give these a go to include in some pamper hampers, thankyou!
  • English in Egypt
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:26 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:26 PM
    I was just looking to see what people were making for Christmas, I need some items for children and things to post abroad so very light and not bulky if anyone has any ideas?
    • pinknfluffy28
    • By pinknfluffy28 26th Oct 12, 8:40 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:40 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 8:40 PM
    I was just looking to see what people were making for Christmas, I need some items for children and things to post abroad so very light and not bulky if anyone has any ideas?
    Originally posted by English in Egypt

    what about flannel cupcakes? Theyre pretty cheap to make and dont weigh much. For younger children you could make the rudolphs or bunnies! Hope this link works for you:
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=622943
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 26th Oct 12, 9:03 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 9:03 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 9:03 PM
    Rudolph candy canes

    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 26th Oct 12, 9:07 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 9:07 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 9:07 PM
    Flannel cupcakes



    Very easy to follow instructions

    http://www.pompomemporium.com/content/how-make-a-cupcake-a-washclothfaceclothflannel
    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 26th Oct 12, 9:08 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 9:08 PM
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    • 26th Oct 12, 9:08 PM
    Snowman cupcakes



    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
  • spicyprawn
    I was just looking to see what people were making for Christmas, I need some items for children and things to post abroad so very light and not bulky if anyone has any ideas?
    Originally posted by English in Egypt
    Sock monkeys There is a thread here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=1078021&highlight=sock+monkey
    • funkydresser
    • By funkydresser 27th Oct 12, 1:31 AM
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    Hi all - I have bought some Victorian style plastic jars which I intend to fill with various Retro sweets, I many long hours searching through google to find some labels to download without any success, does anyone know of a site where I could find these, any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
    • Own My Own
    • By Own My Own 27th Oct 12, 2:00 AM
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    Own My Own
    Hi all - I have bought some Victorian style plastic jars which I intend to fill with various Retro sweets, I many long hours searching through google to find some labels to download without any success, does anyone know of a site where I could find these, any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Originally posted by funkydresser
    I have these -

    http://thelongthread.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/sweet-holiday-labels.pdf
    OMO I think we are going to have to rename you Miss Linky you are amazingly organised. Thank you
    Originally posted by Nanamia
  • islandgirl8
    Oh my, this is an amazing thread ALREADY! Thanks so much!
    • jezebel1
    • By jezebel1 27th Oct 12, 12:08 PM
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    little jars of sweets
    small spice jars from poundland filled with sweets cellophaned on top of each other add tags and puffy stickers tried to put pic up but not working
  • Highland_Lass
    Rudolph candy canes

    Originally posted by springdreams
    Came on this thread specifically to look for this and found them in seconds. Thanks for posting.
    If I had known then what I know now . . .
    Official Boots Tart (I seem to be retired just now though)
  • hollykate
    I'm in the middle of making my girls a patchwork quilt each - materials from lots of free fabric samples! Included in these i'm going to transfer photos of them onto plain fabric to include in the design.

    I've also made the crayon roll and knitted dolls from the babes in the wool books!
    Last year my girls and I made family members reindeer flannels and xmas sweets - everybody loved them!

    I think homemade gifts are so much nicer.
    Live well. Laugh often. Love more.
    Always look on the bright side of life.....
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 27th Oct 12, 7:14 PM
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    Jar of giggles
    Take an empty jar and paste this poem on it or on a tag attached to it:


    You say this jar is empty,
    Well take another look!
    This jar is filled with giggles,
    In every little nook.
    I put them there for you to save,
    For when your life seems low.
    So open up when times are sad,
    And let my giggles flow
    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 27th Oct 12, 7:16 PM
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    A jar of pennies would make a nice "good luck" gift before driving test, exams, new job, wedding etc. You could do 365 so they have good luck every day that year - and it only costs £3.65.
    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 27th Oct 12, 7:22 PM
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    Reindeer food
    Put rice crispies, muesli,and cheapy oats in a jar,covered with material and a ribbon, put on a label with this poem:


    Reindeer food

    Close you're eyes, no peeping,
    Santa comes to those who are sleeping
    He's got his sherry & his mince pie
    This is for those who fly in the sky
    Who pull him, guide & deliver the toys
    For the good girls & the good boys
    So leave this next to St Nick's cuppa
    So Rudolph & friends can have some supper
    Last edited by springdreams; 27-10-2012 at 7:30 PM.
    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
    • springdreams
    • By springdreams 27th Oct 12, 7:24 PM
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    Pint of socks



    Take a very thick pair of men's socks and roll them up, and put them in the bottom of a pint glass. Some people prefer to use 2 pairs of socks tightly rolled.

    Take a pair of white socks (I used boys socks), roll them up and and place on top of the black pair of socks. Some people use a white face cloth.

    Attach the pint of socks poem. I taped mine onto the pint glass with cellotape.

    Wrap the pint glass with cellophane.

    Here is the poem:

    Our lager,
    Which art in barrels,
    Hallowed be thy drink.
    I will be drunk,
    At home as in the tavern.
    Give us this day our foamy head,
    And forgive us our spillages,
    As we forgive those
    Who spill against us.
    And lead us not to incarceration,
    But deliver us from hangovers.
    For thine is the beer,
    The bitter and The lager.
    Forever and ever,
    Barman....
    Last edited by springdreams; 27-10-2012 at 7:29 PM.
    Smiles are as perfect a gift as hugs...
    ..one size fits all... and nobody minds if you give it back.
    Originally posted by squeaky
    ☆.。.:*・° Housework is so much easier without the clutter ☆.。.:*・°
    SPC No. 518
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