“For your Mistle-toes” Christmas gifts

Last Christmas I came across this great DIY gift – a pedicure kit with a seasonal play on words – ‘For your mistle toes!’ I thought it would be great to give to friends, so I set about designing my own.

DIY Mistle-toe gifts | Shelley Makes

You will need:

  • Pedicure kit e.g. nail varnish / mini foot cream / nail file
  • Small cellophane bags
  • Gold or silver metallic card
  • Printer
  • Rota-trim or scissors
  • Stapler

Instructions: 

I designed my labels in InkScape, using free fonts from DaFont.com, and ended up with two different designs. On one side it read ‘For your mistle toes’, and on the other ‘To Natalia’, or whoever.

The main thing to remember if you design your own is to flip the font on one half so it’s upside down. You also need to check that the printed result is the same width as your cellophane bag.

Once designed, I printed my bag toppers onto silver and gold metallic card (I had to feed this into my printer rather than leave it in the tray, as it’s quite a bit thicker than normal card stock).

Becky Mistle-toes | Shelley Makes

Once printed, I cut out each gift topper using a rota-trim, and then used the rota-trim again with a perforated blade to help me fold the tags in half, but you could just fold carefully as normal.

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DIY Happy Birthday Banner Box

My lovely friend Fran is in the navy, and today she celebrated her birthday at sea! To make sure she celebrated in style and wasn’t too homesick, I made her a DIY ‘Happy Birthday’ Banner Box.

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I first saw this DIY idea on Oh Happy Day and thought it would be great for Fran as the box is small enough to post, and yet will be a big surprise. Plus, Fran can hang the banner on her bunk-bed!

I followed Oh Happy Day’s method, using natural twine instead of string, and made a bespoke message for the lid. Rather than using a circle punch, I used a flower punch for the outer ‘circles’.

Banner Box

As I didnt have a mini hole-punch, I cut out small strips of card and stuck them to the back of each letter to make a loop for the thread to go through, allowing the letters to rotate if the twine twists!

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I used colourful tape to secure the string to the underside of the lid and base of the box. It’s an awesome little box; it feels satisfying to open the lid and pull out a great long birthday banner!

You can make this for any occasion – Easter, anniversaries, you name it! All you need is the following materials – coloured card, some printed letters, scissors / shape cutters, a box, glue, and string!

Materials

Let me know if you give it a go! Wishing you a Happy Birthday, Fran!

Inspiration: Clay Craft DIY Projects

Beware. I’ve gone and got myself a pack of DAS air dry clay. I’ve never crafted with clay before, so this could either go really well, or really, really badly. As with all of my craft projects, I wouldn’t dream of getting started without a scout around for inspiration, and boy did I find some!

Clay Craft Projects

Check out the tutorials here:

1. DIY Handmade ‘New Home’ Clay Pots, Say Yes | 2. DIY Clay Nursery MobileCreature Comforts | 3. DIY Clay Garden Marker, Wit & Whistle | 4. Imprinted Clay Bowls, Camille Styles

Not all of these projects use air dry clay – the plant pot for example is oven-baked clay, but all have easy to follow DIY how-to guides with plentiful pictures. Let me know if you give them a try!

I think they’d make great pressies, from ‘New Home’ plant pots, to Mother’s Day herb markers, to ‘New Baby’ nursery mobiles – you’re basically covered for any clay eventuality.