Handmade Gift Ideas

handmade gift ideas for kids and adults from lilblueboo.comPhoto by Olivia’s Ultimate.

Still searching for a handmade gift idea to give this holiday season? We have rounded up some Lil Blue Boo tutorials and free downloads along with several awesome products from our digital contributors that would make great gifts for kids and adults!

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Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar – Part 3 (A Tutorial)

My DIY Advent Calendar is finally finished! You can click here to see Part I (Days 1 through 6) and click here to see Part II (Days 7 through 15) .

I used the customizable advent shadowbox from Silhouette. The 25 compartment shadow box comes with 25 different box templates and 25 different drawer templates that the Silhouette will cut out onto any paper of your choice. You can use them to make a new advent calendar theme each year.

 

Doesn’t it look all pretty now that it’s finished! I can’t wait until tomorrow until Boo gets to start opening them up!

 

Here are the rest of the days I just finished up and what I filled them with:

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Recycled Paper DIY Advent Calendar – Part 1 (A Tutorial)

I love this customizable advent shadowbox from Silhouette! The 25 compartment shadow box comes with 25 different box templates and 25 different drawer templates that the Silhouette will cut out onto any paper of your choice. You can use them to make a new advent calendar theme each year. See the bottom of this post for a discount code good through November 11th.

 

 

I can’t keep up with my usual crafty pace right now but I was able to finish compartments 1 through 6 yesterday! I chose a palette of brown paper, white, gold and gilver (goldish-silver).

 

For the boxes I’ve used plain brown paper and paper shopping bags:

 

My new Silhouette machine can cut a 12″ piece of paper:

 

Here is one of the boxes cut straight out of the machine…..I used double sided tape to put it together:

A finished box:

 

I bought a bunch of small, inexpensive trinkets to fill the boxes with. Some are generic Christmas themed and others have to do with the Birth of Jesus:

 

I used a basic stencil and a champagne silver spray paint to add my numbers:

 

Box #1: I cut a tag and spray painted a stenciled number on it to embellish the box. I filled it with a Christmas light necklace.

 

Box #2: I added lobster claw clasps to some angels to turn them into charms. I embellished the box with a similar angel button strung onto elastic thread:

 

Box #3: I made Christmas-themed elastic hair ties.

Box #4: A small toy donkey to represent how Mary rode to Bethlehem. The #4 was stenciled in gold glitter spray paint.

 

Box #5: A gold and silver earth charm to represent “Peace on Earth”.

Box #6: I spray painted the top of the box with gold glitter. The box was filled with a “Grow a Santa” toy.

Now I’ll start working on the rest of the boxes today!

 

 

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