The holidays are a fun time of year where you get to think about others and celebrate life together. They can also be tough financially especially if you’re a teenager or young adult. If you don’t have a ton of money to spend on Christmas presents this year, here are some great, creative and low cost ideas:
Pictures, pendants and collages
Pictures are worth a thousand words. They capture memories like nothing else can. A custom made photo collage is a great way to show your love to your family and friends at a low price.
We have created this particular photo collage with the following items: Canvas, photo collage poster and modge podge
How to do:
- Use adobe photoshop or Microsoft paint, to size your photo collage for your canvas then on picture paper print the black and white images or take them to office max to be printed.
- Cover your canvas with modge podge then carefully lay they collage ontop, securing with a layer of modge podge over the collage. Let dry for 15-20 min between quotes.
For jewelry lovers, this inexpensive glass tile pendant transforms your precious photo into a treasured pendant for less than $2.00.
What you need: a glass tile, a bail (that’s the hook that goes on the back), paper or fabric design, diamond glaze and a small paintbrush, superglue and a chain to hang it on. I purchased my material from Candy Tiles.
- Take your tile and trace it onto your paper. Then cut it out slightly inside the lines with an exacto knife check (the size agains the tile – you don’t want any paper sticking out behind the edge)
- Place a dab of diamond glaze on the back of the tile and Use a small paintbrush to spread it out – enough to coat the back of the tile but not so much that it’s going to ooze.
- Then while the diamond glaze is still wet set your paper face-down onto it. Rub the paper to get a really good seal. That will prevent bubbles being seen through the glass.
- Let dry for 5-10 minutes or longer. Then place another dab of glaze on the back of the paper and spread it out with a paintbrush to sealeverything in. Let dry several hours. Then using superglue, glue your bails to the back. (Don’t use Gorilla Glue – it foams a little so it won’t look as clean around your bail)
Sugar & Sea Salt Scrub
Scrubs are a great exfoliate especially this time of year. For those of you that have bought sugar scrubs in a retail store you know they can cost between $15.00-$20.00 for a 6 oz container.
Here we have created a homemade scrub for a fraction of the cost. All you need is: Dawn Dish Soup, Sugar or Sea Salt, Olive Oil, Essential Oil and mason jars.
- Fill the jars ¾ up with your sugar or salt.
- Top the jar off with the dish soap then coat the top layer with olive oil and essential oil
- Mix the ingredients together adding more sugar/salt, soap or oils until you have reached your desired texture and scent preference.
I’m a big believer in personalized gifts and who wouldn’t want to sip a warm beverage this holiday season out of these fun mugs. This a creative, easy project that even the kiddos can take part in.
What you’ll need:2 white coffee mugs (Target $3)
Sharpies (whichever colors you prefer) An oven
How to do it:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and then teach yourself how to draw both your state and their state. After you’ve practiced drawing both of your states ON PAPER, you’ll want to use eyeliner to draw the states on the actual mugs. Draw a thin Outline with your marker over your eyeliner. Allow your marker to dry and using a wet rag or sponge, wipe away the eyeliner so that you just have the thin stencil of the state in marker. Go over the lines to make them as thick as you’d like.
Add whatever final touches you wish and stick those n the oven to bake for 45 minutes to seal the marker!
Gifts for him: Etched Glass
Flea Market Finds and Dollar store specials can be transformed with Monograms, stripes, you name it.
All you need is: etching cream (available at craft stores) Masking tape, or stencil, A steady hand and a glass
How to: When using etching cream, wear plastic gloves and an old shirt with long sleeves, and be sure to work in a well-ventilated area. Start by deciding upon your design. We used a stencil to create the D design. Make sure the stencil is as fat against the surface as you can get it. When applying your design, always clean and dry the glass first; press the design onto the glass, and rub hard. Using a paintbrush, apply a thick layer of etching cream to the glass. (Avoid spills, since cream will leave permanent marks.) Wait 5 minutes, then rinse off the cream with warm water, and remove the stencil. Practice on a jar until you’re comfortable with the process; the cream is simple to use, but for best results, the design must be applied carefully and smoothly.