Handmade Gifting

As we step into this frenzied season of gift-giving it is refreshing to find unique homemade gifts (and wrapping) tucked under the tree for someone special.

Decorative items made of reclaimed wood are particularly popular these days. It’s amazing to see something old made new again…suddenly the scratches, cracks, and imperfections become something beautifully unique.

Take a look at how these salvaged pieces of weathered beadboard become cute, personalized ‘doorknobbers’ to be hung on doors, walls, or pieces of furniture.

Photos courtesy of The Farmhouse

Stenciling a word or favorite quote onto old barn board or painted plywood is a simple, but personalized gift.

Even discarded tree branches can be transformed into rustic candle holders. The top of dogwood and maple branches are hollowed out to fit tea lights creating a lovely look for any table setting.
Photo courtesy of Home Spun Style

And if wood working is too much you can do a lot with a single letter purchased at your local craft store. Using an aged painting technique you can completely transform a plain wooden letter.

Find a simple step-by-step tutorial at Brassy Apple.

If you can get your hands on the wood, all of these items are fun and simple to create. If you would rather someone else do the work for you, there are plenty of local and online crafters who create a variety of unique handmade items for everyone on your gift list.

Do you have any creative gift ideas for someone on your list this year?


1 comment (Add your own)

1. elizabeth wrote:
i am definitely trying out the aged painting technique!

Mon, December 10, 2012 @ 8:01 PM

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