Handmade Gift Series: For Your Best Friend
This is part 1 of a 4 part-er series - handmade gifts for everyone in your life. Actually, it’s not everyone. Today it’s your BFF, Wednesday it’s your lover, and Friday it’s your mother. Oh, and the most special one of all…next Monday is for the cat lover.
I’m a huge fan of the handmade present, and every year about 90% of my presents are something I made at home. Some are better than others (turns out, people are not excited to receive homemade deodorant as a gift). This first set of gifts are for your best friend SLASH sister SLASH person-in-your-life-that-likes-nice-things.
1. The clutch. I REALLY want to make this one for myself. Look how perfect that simple little bag is. The geometric fabric, the warm brown leather. A Beautiful Mess shows you how to make this little beauty. You should go ahead and buy supplies for 2 so you can keep one yourself.
Skills Needed: Sewing
2. The rock curio. For those of you who don’t want to actually learn a DIY skill - this present’s for you. You pretty much open the dainty glass door and arrange rocks artfully. Or, put something else in there that your BFF will love. (jewelry, gold-leafed cats, plastic dinosaurs)
Skills Needed: Possess at least 1 thumb, and are breathing
3. The knit bowtie necklace. This one is cute, quick and will make a pretty unique gift. The only downside is that you have to know how to knit (or learn fast). The good news is that if you want to learn to knit, this is probably your best project to start on. Super simple and easy.
Skills Needed: Knitting
4. Embroidered heart sleeves. If you want to add a personal touch to a store-bought item, this is idea is perfect. All it takes is a little bit of yarn, and you can add whatever pattern your heart desires. I personally love the heart on the elbow.
Skills Needed: Very simple embroidery
5. Heishi necklace. This one is a step up from your basic necklace, but is so worth it. It doesn’t require a ton of tools and is bright and pretty. Make it in your BFF’s favorite color.
Skills Needed: Bead stringing, Knot Tying, Pliers Wielding
6. Homemade soy candle. I’ve had this one on my to-do list for a while now. And, now that I’ve researched it a bit, it’s totally doable!
Skills Needed: Pouring hot things