Handmade Gift Basket Idea


Lately, I’ve been in to making handmade gifts for friends.  It’s so much fun to put together, plus it gives me a chance to attend to the packaging aesthetics.  This was a gift I put together for Christmas, but it could be for any day of the year.  This package has a homemade sugar scrub, green tea facial mask, and a bar of soap.  Click here for the homemade sugar scrub tutorial, and the green tea facial mask tutorial.  I love how both feel and the effect it has on my skin.  It always feels more clear and bright after these treatments.

To both recipes, I added vitamin E oil for more moisturizing value, as well as skin damage renewal.

In the photo, I got the basket and jars from Daiso.  I got the filler from the dollar store.  The packaging consists of simple stamps, tissue paper, and card stock.  And the actual products inside were basic household products.  This is the other great aspect of homemade gifts — you can make a lot for all your friends without going over your budget.  It’s the effort and love that you put in rather than the cost!

Journal Transformation

I’ve had this pink journal that was purchased on clearance from borders for quite some time.  I’ve never had the urge to use it because it was so plain.  Hence, my decision to dress it up.  With some wash tapes and paper, I’ve transformed this plain pink journal!  Am excited to use this now.  See how much aesthetics affect me?

Before: Empty Journal getting ready to be decorated with rilakkuma stickers & washi tapes!

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During: Bunny decided to join in on the crafting!

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After: Finished Product! I ended up not using the rilakkuma stickers because it didn’t seem to fit.  But I plan to decorate the back cover accordingly.

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DIY origami paper projects

 

I love origami papers.  I bought a few stacks from Daiso so that I could make some decorative items for the house.  The first is this origami paper lantern lights project.  I got the idea from my martha stewart craft book that a good friend of mine got me for my birthday.  Basically, you create the ‘water balloon’ out of the origami paper and then attach them to the bulbs of some christmas lights to create little lanterns. They’re so pretty and colorful. I had a fun time making them.  Check out this youtube video for a tutorial on how to make the water balloon origami:

 

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The next project are these DIY candle holders.  I got the idea from my pinterest because a lot of people were posting projects of candle holders where they used random papers like pages from a book or a map to cover a mason jar.  Check it out here.

For mine, I used origami paper and punched cherry blossom shapes through the paper so that it would cast some light through the shape.  Very pretty effect:

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