We went out of town for Christmas week and just returned this evening. (More about our awesome week later.) I've just opened the remaining 7 gifts from my online group's 12 Days of Christmas swap - such fun to return to some handmade gifts!
|Darling ornament by Liane C.|
|How cute is this vintage-looking snowman by Joan W.|
|Beautiful and useful notebook by Jeri A.|
|Lovely altered Altoid tin by Gwynn (love that the snow is|
a piece of styrofoam packing material!)
|Gorgeous tag and embellished chain from Nancy|
|Adorable double-sided ornament|
|Clever lipstick pouch with "Chicken Poop Lip Junk";|
love the cute reindeer packaging
These were the gifts I made for everyone. I started with a mousetrap and originally planned to use it as a note holder using the "trap" to hold a notepad. But when I primed them for paint and stood them all up with the "traps" opened, they looked like little freestanding frames, so I changed course and created standing vintage Santas. I had planned to search the Internet for printable Santa images, but found the perfect Santa in the perfect size on pocket-size Christmas tissues in the $1 bin at Michael's. They even had 8 Santas per tissue!
I decoupaged the tissue images on the back side of the mousetraps, painted the "fronts" of the traps which were now the backs of my project, stamped a sentiment on the front, edged with gold Krylon pen and tied a gold bow to the top. You would never know they were lowly (and inexpensive) mousetraps!