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A DIY Christmas Gift

Friday, December 13, 2013

Hi there! I accidentally took a little blogging break during the middle of this week! Oops. Being snowed in for 6 days kind of put me in a funk of forgetting that normal life is a real thing.

It was one of my November goals to finish my gift for the homemade Christmas gift exchange we are doing with the grandchildren on Ben's mom's side of the family. Last year, my home made gift was greatly influenced by the stress of a wedding coming just a few short days after Christmas, and it was made with a stressed out attitude, not a joyful one. Yikes! This year, I was determined to get it done early, so it could be a fun and encouraging process. Hence this being on my November goals.

I drew one of Ben's cousins. She has three precious girls who are just as fun and snuggly as could be. I had seen lots of great home tours include "silhouette art" of their children and I've always made a mental note to one day do that when we have children. There are a ton of tutorials out there on the internet for different ways to make this project happen. Just google "silhouette art" or even search on Pinterest.

The easiest way for me to complete this project was by using Photoshop, and the tutorial I used was found here. I took photos of the girls from the side and then followed these steps. Seriously, all you need is photos (I took mine on my phone) and this is super easy!


This is my finished product! I went back and forth a lot on if I wanted to do big frames, little frames, medium frames... did I want them to be mismatched or the same and how did I make them look good? I decided at some point that I wanted the frames to be attached... but struggled to find a set of three. Hobby Lobby was the answer and I snagged this little baby using a 40% off coupon. It was originally $12 or something like that! I was/am so pleased with how it turned out! For the first time EVER with a homemade gift, I'm truly excited to give it. As much as others would probably think of me as a "crafty, DIY" person... sometimes that isn't true at all. So I'm really proud of this gift. :) My biggest tip for a DIY gift is to research, research, research! Doing something last minute stole the joy from me... but looking around for something that I felt like I could create at a high quality level was so worth it and just made the whole experience more pleasant. :)

What DIY project successes have y'all had lately? Or.. any failures? Anyone stealing my idea as a last minute thing? :)

Happy Friday, Y'all!

7 comments:

  1. OH MY GOSH I LOVE THOSE CAMEOS. Like, LOVE. If only I had a kid... WAIT, would it be totally weird if I did one of Hazel?!?! Probably, but no shame in my game. :)

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  2. Okay, you're cute!! Totally love these. And your new little about me picture... TOO MUCH GORGEOUSNESS. GOOD GRIEF.

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  3. My multi-talented friend! Darling, per usual.

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  4. Oh my gosh, what a great idea! So cute!

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  5. Love! I actually just completed a DIY project this evening for a few Christmas gifts that I'm pretty proud of :)

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  6. Love! I actually just completed a DIY project this evening for a few Christmas gifts that I'm pretty proud of :)

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