My brother-in-law Scott’s birthday was last month. He’s a proud Creighton University alumnus, so Nick and I sandblasted the Creighton logo along with his initials onto a 30 oz Rtic tumbler for his gift. I cut a vinyl stencil of the logo and monogram, and we masked off the rest of the cup with painter’s tape. Nick did the etching in his blasting cabinet. I hope he likes it!
Guys, the craft room is coming together! I’ve still got a little organizing to do, but I’m getting there. So anyway, I wanted to show you some of the handmade gifts I’ve made and given over the last few months. Fair warning, a lot of these are quick cell phone pictures I grabbed on my way out the door rather than pretty staged shots, but I’m going on the theory that done is better than perfect.
Let’s start with a few things I made for Christmas gifts.
I made paracord fishing flies for the dads and brothers in my life, and I really liked the way they turned out. They were quick and easy, and you can find the tutorial I followed here. I wrapped mine with fishing line instead of an interior filament of the paracord and sealed it with super glue, and I was really pleased with the way they looked. I made some from bright colors and some from muted shades, which made them good for different applications.
I also made several of these paracord lanyards that hang from the straps of waders and hold the tools used in fly fishing.
I made this shirt for my cousin. You can buy a similar one here if you don’t want to DIY your own. (Not an affiliate link)
I made Taylor and her best friend Lexye each a Taco Bell Is Life pillow from hand dyed drop cloth.
These were various bracelets I made for moms, aunts, and sisters.
This was the shirt I made for Levi, which matched the one I made for Sawyer, although Sawyer’s said Heartbreaker.
They also got matching Plex shirts.They’re both big Yo Gabba Gabba fans.
The cards are blank inside and were hand embroidered. I made them using this Amy Tangerine Stitched set I found at Tuesday Morning. They were actually pretty time consuming to make, but also kind of a soothing activity, and I hope she likes them.
I love giving handmade gifts. And I’ve got oh, 47,000 ideas pinned and planned for gifts for the moms, daughters, sisters, and girlfriends in my life. But it’s become pretty dang hard to come up with handmade gifts for the guys in my life. That’s why I was so excited to come up with the idea for these handsome and useful cord keepers!
Nick listens to audio books all the time, and he spends all day with a set of headphones in his ears. But when he does take them off, they tend to get tangled up or caught on one thing or another, so this was the perfect gift for him. I also wanted something to round out the gift we sent my brother-in-law Scott, who does a lot of traveling, and I though these would work well for corralling various phone and Ipad chargers. These are the ones I sent him.
These are crazy simple to make, and you just need a scrap of leather, a ball hitch fastener (or a snap), and a 1/8 and 1/4 hole punch (or a snap setter).
I’ve had this gorgeous, worn leather for ages, and I loved it, but it was too small for most projects. So I was thrilled to be able to turn it into something both lovely and functional.
First cut your leather to 1 by 4 inches. You can round your corners if you like. Then add your fastener. If you use a ball hitch fastener, you can find instructions on my Embossed Leather Cuff tutorial here. If you use a snap, follow the instructions on your snap package.
And you’re done! Easiest tutorial ever! I love them, and I hope the guys loved them too. I have a shameful assortment of leather remnants, and I can’t wait to make up some more. I think I will be adding a few to my shop as soon as I have the chance.