Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Let's Get Frugal: Homemade Gift Idea

You don't have to be super crafty to complete this inexpensive gift idea. It's perfect for friends, teachers, neighbors.

Simply pick up an unfinished wood item at your favorite craft store or from a woodworking catalog. (In this case, a clock*; but you can also do the same treatment to other unfinished products and make them look gift-worthy.) "Marbelize" the item using foam brushes and two colors of paint or white paint and a grease pencil. There are plenty of faux marbelizing techniques to be found on google. Put on a sealant, and voila:

Even my son was fooled by the rich marble look. Buy the wood items in bulk and decorate them all at once. You can personalize the gifts with monograms. Store extras in a closet for those last minute emergency gifts....

*this item is a bit more complex because the clock face was ordered separately and inserted in the wood, but you get the idea.


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