Showing posts with label Easy to Make and Cheap Presents. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Easy to Make and Cheap Presents. Show all posts

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Pretty Tulle 'Nanna' Coat Hangers


I'm still on holidays (bliss for me, I know) and while I did pack a fair bit of sewing to do I have found it really hard to pick up anything.

So this week I have another great SUPER easy project that you can make for under $3!!!

There is a little story to go with these coat hangers first. My grandmother, on my father's side, was blind. She only lost her sight later in her life, but my memory of her is of her having no vision.

Like many women of her time, she was amazing at embroidery, could crochet and knit like no tomorrow and loved to bake.

When she lost her sight I think she struggled for a long time until my granddad organised her to make these simple hangers. Needless to say every time we went to visit I could come home with some more coat hangers.

I still have a couple at home now - amazing purples, greens and pinks. 

They really are so simple to make I will keep the instructions basic.

What you will need:
  • wire coat hangers
  • tulle (0.6m per hanger)
  • ribbon, flower or something to decorate
  • scissors

1. Cut up all the tulle into strips of approx 2cm wide and 11cm or 4.5 inches long (if you don't have a ruler that's ok - just use the length of your iPhone like I did!!).

2. Start tying the tulle in simple single knots around the wire hanger until you have filled the hanger.

3. Attach ribbon or pretty flowers to the base of the hook and admire!

This is a great project for the kids to do (obviously you may need to cut up the tulle for them!). They are also really cheap to make. This is a breakdown of the costs to give you an idea:
  • 0.6m tulle per hanger = $2.1 ($3.50/m at Spotlight)
  • Wire hangers = 35c each ($3.50 for pack of 10 at Kmart) 
  • 50cm Ribbon for bows = 17.5c (35c meter at Spotlight)
Happy crafting!

Caity x

Monday, 30 April 2012

A Simple “Collection in a Jar” Gift for Children to Make for Mother’s Day

Creative Ideas:

This is another idea for a nice homemade Mother’s Day gift that doesn’t require any special equipment, is quick and easy to make, and doesn’t cost much at all (if anything!). This present is also very easy for children to do themselves.

I thought it would be lovely to have a little collection of things that your child has put together for you, and to keep it all neatly together in a jar. The collections could be made out of anything really… anything that your children like and things that they associate with you. They can decide what they’d like to put in there. This gift idea would probably work even better with older children.

So, with this in mind, I gave my 4 year old daughter Poppy an empty jar, and I asked her to fill it with “nice things for mummy” when she was next in the garden or playing outside.

And these are the things she came up with!

Some branches with lichen, rocks, leaves, other bits of wood, seedlings from trees, a shell… and even a little painted picture of her and me. She told me about each of the things in the jar (actually, it would be a good idea to write down what your child says about the things in the jar too), and arranged the items in the jar herself. 

I finished off the present for myself by putting a white tissue paper decorative top on, tied it with some string, and attached a little gift tag.

It looks very nice sitting next to my computer screen in the office, and it’s lovely to look at and have.

I think it would make a charming, simple present for Mother’s Day. Even fathers could organise it!

Happy making!


Don't forget to look at our other projects for Mother’s Day gift ideas: