Friday, 9 December 2016

Preparing + Packaging Homemade Gifts

This Friday there are not one, not two, but THREE video tutorials available on my channel. I'm releasing this series of videos in the hopes of inspiring you to make some of the gifts that you give this Christmas. I love making gifts, mainly because I like to put the time in and give my loved ones something that feels really special, but beyond that, I also feel like I can give things of true quality when the items are made by hand. I can afford to use real wool to make warm hats. I use good leather to make beautiful wallets and passport covers, and I can use natural products like beeswax and coconut oil when making my homemade body products.

So here's the rundown of the tutorials. The first two videos cover two super simple body products that you can make in an afternoon and give as lovely gifts. There's an all natural lip balm and a scented sugar body scrub.

The lip balm comes together with 2 tbsp beeswax, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tsp almond oil and a few drops of essential oil (watch the tutorial for more info). I used a grapefruit oil to scent mine and it smells just like Christmas!

Choose a cute tin or box to add personality and make this lip balm an extra special gift.

The sugar scrub is even easier to make than the lip balm (which is super easy!). There are three ingredients: sugar, coconut oil and essential oil. That's it! Stir it all up and package in a mason jar. 

I used a spoonful of wintergreen oil to scent my scrub and the combination of wintergreen and coconut was so, so good. I wish you could smell it through the screen!

In the third video I show how to take homemade gifts and make them look, well, not too home-madey. It's easy to elevate the gifts we produce with a little thoughtful packaging. Your gifts will look store-bought-sophisticated and have the quality and heart of homemade and handmade. 

Wander over to my YouTube channel to check out all three videos, and to get all the DIY details on natural lip balm, scented sugar scrub and pretty packaging for your handmade gifts. 

But before you go, download and print a page of these hand-printed wreath stamps! I designed and carved the stamp myself, and I'll be using it to adorn many a holiday package... But you don't need to go to all that trouble! Just click on the link, print the PDF, it's best to print tags on cardstock, cut out the tags and away you go, you stylish gift wrapper, you!

Printable Wreath Gift Tags

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