DIY Christmas Gifts – Idea #7

DIY Bracelets | Sprightliest.comI can’t believe Christmas is only a week away. It sure came fast this year (I think I say that every year). These DIY Bracelets are another great DIY Christmas Gift Idea that are simple and inexpensive to make.
I came across these “Jubilee Bracelets” from Quiet Lion Creations and got inspired to make some myself. I even made a pair of matching earrings.

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DIY Bracelets

What you’ll need:
.5 mm Stretch Cord
2.5 mm Crimp Beads (2mm would work also but I couldn’t find this size)
4mm Crimp Closures
Chain
Beads
Flat-nosed Pliers (for squeezing crimping beads and closures)
Diagonal or Cutting Pliers (for cutting the chain)
Step 1- Measure your wrist and cut 2 pieces of chain 1/2 inch less than that measurement. If you are making these as gifts, the average woman’s wrist size is about 7 inches. If you are unsure you can make a longer bracelet and add a clasp closure so it becomes adjustable. There is a little give in these bracelets from the stretch cord but there’s a chance they will break if stretched too much.
Step 2- Cut a piece of stretch cord about 8 inches long. I found its better to have extra stretch cord to work with when you have to feed it back through the crimp bead. The excess can be cut off at the end.
Step 3- String a crimp bead and the end of each chain onto the stretch cord. Use your thumb to hold the two chains to the side while you string the end of the stretch cord back through the crimp bead. Pull the crimp bead flush to the end of the chains, making sure the ends of the stretch cord are even. Use flat-nosed pliers to squeeze the crimp bead flat onto the cord.
Step 4- Place a crimp cover over the flattened crimp bead and squeeze shut using the flat-nosed pliers.
Step 5- Thread your beads onto both strands of the stretch cord.
Step 6- String on another crimp bead and the other two ends of the chains. String both ends of the stretch cord back through the crimp bead pull tight and make sure it is flush against the last bead.
Step 7- Crimp down the bead and place a crimp cover over the bead. Trim the excess stretch cord.

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I made a matching pair of earrings using earring hooks, stretch cord, beads, crimp beads and crimp covers.

DIY Christmas Gifts – Idea #2

Reindeer Wine Bottle
My next DIY Christmas Gifts inspiration came from these Reindeer Rootbeers I found on Pinterest.

Paint a nice bottle of wine or sparkling cider for a non-alcoholic version and decorate it to look like a reindeer. Then attach one of these free printable tags to the bottle and you have a cute Christmas gift to give. There are two tag designs to choose from. The tag reads: “I don’t know if there’ll be snow, but have a cup of cheer…from this bottle of “wine-deer” or “ci-deer” depending on which version you choose.

Printable Wine/Cider Gift TagsClick Here to Print Gift Tags


Reindeer Bottle – Idea #2

What you’ll need:
Favorite bottle of wine or sparkling cider
Rubbing Alcohol (to clean the outside of the bottle)
Paint (craft or spray paint)
Pipe Cleaners (I used the pipe cleaners that have the “bumps”)
Pom Poms
Googly Eyes
Ribbon
Glue or Tape
Step 1- Clean the outside of the bottle with some rubbing alcohol and allow to dry.
Step 2- Paint the bottle using craft or spray paint. I used Anita’s Glossy Craft Paint in Chocolate and it worked well and dried pretty quick. I did 2 coats.
Step 3- Twist a pipe cleaner around the top of the bottle for each side of the antlers.
Step 4- Cut pipe cleaners in half to make the shorter antler pieces and attach.
Step 5- Glue or tape on the googly eyes.
Step 6- Glue or tape on the pom pom nose.
Step 7- Tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle and attach the printable gift tag.

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DIY Christmas Gifts – Idea #1 DIY Christmas Ornament

DIY Christmas Gifts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

DIY Christmas Gifts – Idea #1

Is it just me or does it seem like everyone is feeling extra Christmasy earlier than usual this year? Even a plaza around where I live had their Christmas decorations up before Halloween. Now that is early!
Maybe it’s because Thanksgiving falls at the very latest it can this year. It’s 6 days later than last year and that much closer to December.
I try and wait until after Thanksgiving to start decorating and listening to Christmas music and I plan to do so this year -BUT – I’m starting some crafting and baking a little early. I have some great ideas for fun and inexpensive DIY Christmas gifts that I will be posting in the next few weeks. I will also be sharing some of my favorite recipes for Christmas cookies and other goodies.
To kick things off here is a DIY Christmas ornament that would make a great gift.

DIY Christmas Ornament – Idea #1

DIY Christmas Gifts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

What you’ll need:
Wooden Letter
Paint (Any spray paint, craft or acrylic paint would work)
Foam Brush
Mod Podge
Sandpaper or File
Sharp blade knife
Scissors
Ribbon or Embellishments
Scrapbook Paper or Wrapping Paper
Pen/Pencil
Step 1- Paint the wooden letter and allow it to dry. I spray painted mine but any craft or acrylic paint would also work.
Step 2- Lay the letter on top of the wrapping paper or scrapbook paper and trace the outline of the letter with a pen or pencil.
Step 3- Using scissors, cut out the outline of the letter, leaving a little bit extra around the edges.
Step 4- Using the foam brush, apply Mod Podge on the front of the letter.
Step 5- Line up the paper you cut and place it down on top of the letter. Try to get it as straight and even as possible, as you won’t be able to move it once you set it down.
Step 6- Gently smooth out any bubbles or ridges and coat with another layer of Mod Podge. Allow to dry.
Step 7- Trim the excess off the edges using a sharp blade.
Step 8- Carefully file down the edges with a piece of sandpaper or a strong file for a clean look.
Step 9- Coat the entire letter again with Mod Podge and allow to dry.
Step 10- Glue some ribbon or add embellishments to your letter.
Step 11- Tie or glue a ribbon on for hanging.

DIY Christmas Gifts - DIY Christmas Ornaments

Finished Ornament