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5 Stylish DIY Gift Ideas You Don’t Have To Wait Until The Last Minute

To make a paper ornament, you will need:

Step 1: Cut the pages into strips

Cut the book pages vertically into 1-inch strips, using the ruler as a guide. Story recommends layering a few pages to help get this step done faster.

Step 2: Create the snowflake arms

Layer the strips and roll them back onto themselves so that both ends are touching. This will be your main link. Repeat this process but make the next loop smaller. Continue like this to create another six smaller loops that will hug the main loop with three loops on each side, like a branch. Secure each snowflake arm with a small elastic band to hold it in place. Cut off the excess paper at the bottom. Repeat this step until you have created six arms of the snowflake.

Step 3: Create the center

Take a few layers of paper and roll them tightly into a cylinder to create the center circle of snow. Use a small rubber band to secure it in place.

Step 5: Attach the arms

Hot glue the arms of the snowflake onto the circle. One important point: hot glue can cut rubber bands. “I found that adding a little bit of glue and then letting it cool a bit before pressing it in the middle helped keep the bands intact,” says Storey.

Step 6: Add some sparkles

Spray the outer edges of the snow with spray adhesive and cover with glitter. Story recommends having a paperboard under your project to collect the extra sparkle. You can fold this board and transfer the surplus to the glossy bowl to reuse on another project.

woven coasters

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Sarahly Wilcox Hauz & Co.Inspired by her travels to Mexico and Arizona when she was hand-embroidered woolen coasters. “After looking for alternatives to looming, I came across a cardboard loom,” says the Phoenix-based designer. “From there, I knew I had all the materials at home.” I made a Woven coasters tutorial It pairs well with seasonal drinks – like a cup of hot cocoa or warm wine. Wilcox recommends natural fiber yarns such as cotton or wool. These can handle heat and are great insulators.

You will need:

Step 1: Create the loom

Cut a cardboard box to size: six by 11 inches.

Step 2: Create a directory

Mark a 1-inch border across all sides to help center the vessel and trim the loom holes.

Step 3: Trace the outline

Trace a four-by-five-inch rectangle in the center to form a coaster outline.

Step 4: Cut the slits

Now that you have the outline and outline of the ship, cut the holes for the loom half a centimeter wide. This will help you keep the coasters aligned so you don’t end up over-tightening the weave and possibly breaking the loom or warping the project.

Step 5: Weave the pattern

For the ship, follow this simple pattern: Use yarn to thread in a top and bottom pattern. Switch the pattern on the next row. “If you decide to make a pattern, always start in the middle and work your way down to the coaster outline,” Wilcox says. “This way you’ll know how to put a space between each line in your design and how many rows it takes.” Wilcox recommends using a dowel and a fork to speed up the process. “The fork will help you tighten or loosen your weave,” she says.

Screen printed holiday shirts

Find your own interior designer this holiday season.

Give the gift of artistic flair.

Isla Red

It doesn’t cost much to get started with screen printing, he says, and it’s a really great way to express your creativity. Isla Red, an innovator based in Liverpool, England, creates tutorials on screen printing, like the one below. “I have personally given countless gifts using screen printing.”


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