Have Yourself a Very Crafty Christmas - A DIY Gift Guide
By Jennifer Perkins on November 05, 2011
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I took an informal poll on my Facebook page about what crafters would like to find under the tree this year. There were the obvious stocking stuffers like sharp scissors, glitter, Tacky Glue, decoupage medium and paper. Crafting is such a broad spectrum that it really depends on what craft someone is passionate about before you can buy them the perfect gift. I myself am all over the place on what crafts I like. One day I am embroidering, the next day I am casting resin. I tried to put together a list of craft supplies that someone who likes a little bit of everything, like me, would enjoy.
I may be a day late and a dollar short on this, but washi tape seemed to be the hot craft of 2011. A type of Japanese masking tape, crafters have been using it to adorn vases, decorate Easter eggs, make banners and more. If it will sit still long enough, some crafter will put washi tape on it. I can see countless home décor, scrap booking and jewelry possibilities with this fun, decorative tape. Washi comes in a million different colors and patterns - something for everyone on your list. Oh and while you're at it, grab an extra roll to use when wrapping presents. Washi tapes looks great as gift wrapping too.
I’m no knitter and not so hot at crochet, but that does not stop me from loving yarn. All those yarn wrapped wreaths, letters, trees – what’s not to love? Vickie Howell has a new line of yarn out called Sheep(ish) which I happen to have a stockpile of just waiting to be whipped up into a blanket for my son. I’ve already used some to make an antler mobile and Halloween tins. Finding yarn in rich deep colors that will not break the holiday bank can be tricky. You can afford to knit everyone you know a pair of socks at these prices.
Although I would love a heaping pile of scrapbooking goodies for the holidays, I am currently a digiscrapping kind of girl. Everything is virtual so it takes up room on my hard drive and not in my craft studio. The digital scrapbooker in your life would love a gift certificate to Jessica Sprague. The website offers classes, carries my favorite line of digital scrapbooking elements - Kitschy Digitals - and also has an array of printable goods like calendars.
If you are a crafter who also happens to blog, a nice DSLR camera might be just what you have been missing. Nothing can make or break a good how-to blog post like the pictures. With the right DSLR camera, even just having it set to manual, you can shoot beautiful photos for your blog readers to gaze at longingly. Already have a new DSLR camera and want to learn more? Again a gift certificate to Jessica Sprague might be just the ticket. Not only does she offer classes in scrapbooking you can also enroll to learn photography and Photoshop.
While you're buying gift certificates, pick up one to Superbuzzy too. Superbuzzy is one of the cutest and kitschiest stores online. If you are looking for fabric covered in polka dotted garden gnomes, Japanese craft books or purse handles so adorable you will want to replace all the ones you own, you should be shopping here. A gift certificate here would be better suited for someone in your life that sews since the majority of the website is dedicated to fabric and notions.
Baker’s twine is good for a lot more than just wrapping up baked goods. As the holidays approach, I keep seeing striped string wrapped gifts and adorning handmade cards. I recently used some to hang a small bunting between two cake pop stands for a party. If you like your craft supplies multi-functional, I suggest adding bakers twine to your holiday shopping list.
Hambly Screenprints make some of the cutest paper goods on which I have ever laid my crafty eyes. The obvious use is for scrapbooking but I have used their overlays to make shrines and their rub-ons to make jewelry. Hambly always has their finger right on the pulse of what is hip with the craft community.
I recently sold my industrial laminating machine and suddenly I have the wild urge to incase everything between sheets of plastic. A laminating machine from Xyon or Provo Craft would round out my crafty Christmas list nicely.
Husband, mom, sister – if you're reading this, I hope this gives you a few ideas. I also hope that it gives you, dear reader, a few ideas about what to get the crafter in your life. To all you crafters out there, what’s on the top of your list?