Here is another do it yourself crafty idea from Gifts A GoGo. Everyone remembers those cute construction paper cards you did as a kid, I have box full of those precious cards my child made me. Here is an updated version you can do with some photos, stock cards, and a few glue dots. Greeting cards can get expensive, you can buy a package of cards with envelopes from you local craft store for less than ten dollars for a bulk pack of fifty. Everyone has photos around the house and glue dots are just a couple dollars. That would bring each card to well under a dollar. Each one takes just a few minutes to make. You could spend an hour and have enough cards to last the whole year. No more running to the store at the last minute. What I really like is the personal touch each one brings. Mothers Day is coming up on May 13th, just think how thrilled Mom would be to get a photo card with you or the grandkids. Have some scenic vacation pictures? Pick your favorites and use those for note cards. The possibilities are endless. Add your own personal message inside and you will certainly brighten anyone’s day.
Here is another great do it yourself gift idea from Gifts A GoGo. Make the birds sing with these tasty treats. I have been enjoying all the new feathered friends that have been coming to the backyard for a snack. These also make nice shower favors, simply place the ornament into a cello bag and tie a ribbon around the top or place a few in a basket and you have yourself an inexpensive gift that anyone would enjoy. This also makes a great rainy day craft idea to keep the kids busy, its super simple to make and lots of fun!
Here is what you need:
- One packet of Knox Gelatin
- 1 Cup Bird Seed
- 1/2 Cup Water
- Ribbon or Twine – used to hang ornament
- Cookie Cutters
In a small pan dissolve one packet of gelatin in water over low heat. Mix in bird seed, if it seems runny, pour a little more seed into the pan. Stuff your cookie cutter half full and place your twine or ribbon. Fill up cookie cutter the rest of the way and pat down. Place in the refrigerator for about two hours to set. Simply pop out and hang!
Depending on the size of your cookie cutters, this recipe makes about four ornaments.
The best gifts in life come from the heart!
Many years ago when my son was about to turn one, I was trying to think of something that would make his birthday extra special. The evening before his big day, I blew up about 50 balloons, tied some ribbons on the ends, and hung them from the ceiling in his bedroom. I did this very quietly while he was sleeping in his crib. The next morning, I heard a very loud scream and giggles coming from his bedroom. When I opened the door he was standing in his crib pointing to the ceiling and jumping up and down. I knew from that moment on, this would be our new birthday tradition. Over the years, I would get just as excited as he would about that special balloon party on the ceiling. I would love to hear the reactions and screams as he would run down the hall to find me. One birthday he came running to me and said “Mom, I can’t wait to do this for my kids”.
This little tradition continued until he was about 12 years old. As the years passed, I would still incorporate balloons in some way or another on this birthday either by placing them on his chair at the dinner table, or placing a few in his room while he was at school.
Today, he turns nineteen, no longer the little boy who ran screaming down the hall in excitement each birthday morning. He is a young man now, and this morning his room was empty. He’s busy doing what a young man does; work, college, and spending time with friends. I knew he would be coming home later, so I went in his room and placed the special balloon. This time it was at his desk, next to a few dirty dishes, some books and an empty bottle of hot sauce.
Here is another great do it yourself gift idea from Gifts A GoGo. These Tea Cup planters are easy to make, inexpensive and look fantastic. They make the perfect gift for Mothers Day, Get Well, Birthday’s, Shower Favors or just about any occasion. You could also add them to the table at your next dinner party for a beautiful accent to each guest place setting. I put a few on my windowsill and they bring a bit of springtime to the kitchen. If you don’t have any extra tea or coffee cups around the house, you can find some really unique inexpensive ones at your local thrift stores.
You can find these tiny plants at your local nursery; I used Kalanchoe and a Button Fern. The mini rose plants also look very nice. I don’t recommend using potting soil and planting them directly into the cup because of lack of drainage. Simply add a bit of water and it will drain directly into the cup or remove moss and run plant under water.
- What you will need:
- Tea Cup or Coffee Cup
- Spanish Moss
- Small Plant
- Glue Dots – (this helps to keep the saucer in place and is easily removed)
Instructions – If your tea or coffee cup has a saucer, place glue dots on the bottom of cup and set on saucer. It’s a good idea to wet your moss, this will keep the mess down and give you a lot more control on how you want to position the moss. Place plant inside the cup and add some moss around it to keep secure. Place more moss on top and drape down over side of the rim to get the look you want. (See Illustrations below).
Gifts A GoGo is excited to introduce our new Make Your Own Gift Basket Series. We will be bringing you fun, easy and inexpensive gift ideas you can make right in your own home. We will feature delicious recipes and crafts with easy to follow instructions. Our recipes have been tried and tested in our own personal kitchens. These gifts are perfect for those last minute invites, when you want to add your own personal touch. Our first of many more to come.
The Scone Biscuit Gift Basket
These Bacon Cheddar Scones were so wonderful; we barely had enough left for the photo shoot! Very easy to make and would make a wonderful housewarming gift or simply just because. Of course, you can always keep them for yourself and enjoy with a cup of morning coffee.
Bacon Cheddar Scones Recipe
- 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
- 4 tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 3/4 Cup Heavy Cream
- 1 Stick Unsalted Butter Cold
- 1 Egg
- 1/2 Cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1/4 Cup Finally Chopped Bacon – About three pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Prepare bacon either in microwave or frying, chop fine. Be sure to pat away excess grease and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the dry ingredients; flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl mix together egg and heavy cream. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the dry ingredients, blend together with a fork until you get a granular consistency. Add egg and heavy cream mixture to the dry ingredients along with cheddar cheese and bacon. Mix together. Place dough on floured surface and blend well by folding several times. (See illustrations below). Mold into a rectangular shape about 1/4 inch thick. Cut rectangle into three strips and then cut each strip into triangular shapes. Place scones on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden. Makes two dozen.
Place in a basket with either a cloth or paper napkin; add a jar of honey for an extra special touch!