Jewelry and Body Scrub: The first of many Christmas posts

For Christmas this year, I decided to “DIY” as many presents as I could. With very little money to put towards gifts, I thought this would be a good way to give nice and thoughtful gifts without breaking the bank.

Now that the holiday season is complete, I am happy to say that all gifts were well received and people were shocked at the quality of gifts I was able to create. To be honest – so was I. I had no idea it would be so easy to make some of these things and the effort that I put into them made me feel great about the inexpensive gifts I was giving.

One of the first things I did was make a couple of small gifts for my girlfriends. After perusing Pinterest, I decided on homemade jewelry and gingerbread body scrub. The scrub was simple enough to make and ended up looking great with some felt and a homemade label! I used this tutorial and mine turned out as follows.

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The jewelry was a bit more complicated. With a wonderful sale on at Michael’s, I ventured up to find many of my crafting supplies necessary for the holiday. I was able to find great deals on chains, lobster claw clasps and a huge amount of faux pearls perfect for the Bird’s Nest necklace tutorial I had seen online.

I had never made jewelry before but worked with wire and beading a lot as a child, which helped. I used a thicker gauge wire than I was used to (24 gauge) and it was difficult to twist as I liked. As a result, the necklaces were all very unique – some were more tightly wound and some were looser. This presented  nice effect and I was able to choose which style each of my girlfriends would like best. I found it very difficult to use a pre-made wire circle (used as the other end of the lobster claw) to create a necklace loop, so stuck with manipulating the wire as I found it laid a little bit more straight.

Here are mine:

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I was thrilled with how they turned out and all of my girlfriends loved both gifts. In total, I was able to spend less than $5 for each gift in total and it was very worth the time! I’ve already had requests from people who have seen them and I have been happy to oblige in making them. Maybe I should start charging…

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