Artful Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

For the first time since I can remembermaybe everI have actually started my holiday art projects early, and have actually finished some of my handmade arts and crafts projects.

mixed media gift bags
Beverage gift bags by
Barbara Delaney.

I am still working on a few things, but I feel confident I’ll get it all done before Christmas and maybe even have time to make some of those last-minute gifts that always need doing.

In case you’re looking for some easy gifts to make, here are three of my favorite go-to projects. Each can be customized to the recipient and the holiday you celebrate. In fact, these gift-making ideas can be used year-round.

First, you can make any beverage gift special with quick and easy handmade fabric art gift bags designed by Barbara Delaney. A holiday motif is shown here, but you could also use the pattern and your imagination to personalize a birthday or anniversary gift.

screen printed patchwork dishtowel
My own screen-printed dishtowels.

Personally, I like to give mixed-media crafts that are useful, like screen-printed dishtowels. I had some of my husband’s drawings turned into Thermofax® screens and printed the designs onto fabric. Then I pieced fabric strips together and stitched them to purchased dishtowels. They make an easy and practical hostess gift.

easy fabric circle necklace
Ruby Wrigley models her fabric circle necklace.

Finally, here’s a handmade arts project that’s easy enough for a child to make. In fact, a child designed it! Young sewist Ruby Wrigley’s fabric necklaces make the perfect last-minute gift for someone special.

If you love creating mixed-media gifts for others at Christmas and are in need of some last-minute gift-making ideas, check out this helpful page in the Cloth Paper Scissors Shop.


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