Do you ever have people tell you, “Gee. I’d love to make some Christmas gifts, but I’m not very crafty and I wouldn’t know where to start.”? I get that a lot. Probably because I’m kind of seen as a miniature Martha Stewart around the blogosphere. But nice homemade gifts do not have to be difficult or expensive. Thus, my Easy Handmade Christmas Gifts Series. I’m not sure how many crafts I’ll put up or how often, but you can rest assured that there will be at least 2. Probably more as I root around in my scrap room closet for the supplies for all those projects that I’d “get to later”. I’m sure I’m the only one who has a closet full of that stuff. Right? Not! (Sorry, I regressed to the ’90’s there. Forgive me, I can’t help myself.)
Anyway, on to today’s project. This will be perfect for the reader in your life. Couple this handmade bookmark with a gift certificate to her favorite bookstore and a box of tea bags and you will be the hit of the Christmas party!
I got these rectangular pieces of acrylic at a rubber stamp convention. (Shut up! You know you want to go to a rubber stamp convention!) They measure 1 1/2″ x 5″. But I have heard that you don’t have to get them at a fancy rubber stamp convention. Supposedly, your local hardware store will probably carry acrylic and will probably cut it for you. But that’s hearsay, so don’t tell them I sent you or anything.
I mod-podged a piece of patterned paper onto the back of the bookmark (the pattern goes against the acrylic so it’s like you are looking at it through a window) then I inked the edges with pink pigment ink. While the ink was still wet, I sprinkled sparkly pink embossing powder on it and set it with my heat gun. I punched the hole in the top with my Crop-A-Dile. One note here, when I used my Crop-A-Dile on my practice piece, the acrylic cracked sometimes and sometimes it didn’t. Therefore, I would recommend backing the bookmark with a piece of tape before punching your hole and then removing the tape.
I finished off by stringing a piece of ribbon through the hole and adding a little snowflake embellishment. The embellishment is from my stash, so I can’t remember who made it. It was probably either from Spare Parts or Making Memories.
There you go. An easy handmade Christmas gift that won’t break the bank and that is entirely useful and un-tacky.