Throwback Post: Christmas DIY

In the spirit of throwback Thursday, i decided to write a post which would be a throwback to the holidays.

During the holidays, or maybe even a few months before then, I got this idea in my mind that this Christmas was going to be different; I was going to be this  Martha Stewart, picture-perfect crafter and our holidays were going to be postcard worthy.  Let me tell you, that was the farthest thing from reality lol.  I will save the holiday story for another post, but as part of that idea in my mind was crafting the perfect presents for everyone that was tailor-made for them to let them know how much they mean to us during the holidays.  I had started buying ornaments at Michaels when the coupons were available, and started searching for the perfect way to decorate them.

Before I knew it, Remembrance Day came and went.  The last of the stat holidays passed before it was socially acceptable to say out loud how much i wanted to decorate for Christmas, finally!  The days that I thought i had so much time to craft was suddenly in the rear view and without warning, I had to get my butt in gear and start crafting.  I am the first to adhere to that meme of ‘expectation vs. reality’ when it came to crafting and so when I started crafting, there were a few hits and misses.  I finally got into the groove of crafting the ornaments the way that I had wanted, then realized that I had to ‘gift wrap’ them.  Another light bulb came into my head of crafting them as well!

The boxes were sort of easy; I bought some poster boards for the gable boxes which i thought would be great to pack these ornaments in.  I was somewhat restricted to the dimensions that Cricut had for cutting mats, but it still worked out.  Unfortunately the poster boards weren’t the best thickness for boxes, but it still worked.  I was able to make enough gable boxes for all the ornaments.  The ‘christmas’ graphic on the box was also through cricut and was done using vinyl and a free graphic.

Lastly, I needed cards to go with these gifts and I ended up crafting those too! lol.  I had this idea in my head that instead of ordering our family christmas prints at Costco or superstore, that i’d use my fuji instax to craft some retro christmas cards.  I thought that i’d attach a Polaroid pic using my SP-2 printer, which came in handy, to a card.  It turned out pretty great in my opinion, and allowed to me to use some extra paper I had bought the prior christmas but never used.

I was exhauasted when all was said and done, but I was so happy with how everything turned out.  I was able to add my personal touch to something we gifted to others which they can display in their trees year after year.  It gave me inspiration to craft gifts again next year!


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