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Have you been thinking about Christmas gift giving, making lists and checking them twice?  How about gifts for the special people in your life ~ a friend, a neighbor, your mailman, your hair stylist, your Pastor….or even Santa?

Create this homespun gift…….. a handmade gift house box filled with homemade cookies or cupcakes!  Handmade, Homemade and Heartfelt ♥♥♥

Sweet Christmas Goodness

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This simple…but big-hearted gift is created with a paper mache gift house, a wood tag, a little paint, a few pencils, ribbon and twine, lots of imagination….ohhhh, and sweets too!

The paper mache gift houses can be found at Hobby Lobby (or I have a few in my stash ~ 3 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 3 5/8~ $3.00 each ~  email…They are the perfect size for a stack of cookies or a single cupcake…. make mine red velvet please!

 The gift houses are painted with DecoArt Forest Green, then drybrushed Arbor Green, then Shale Green to give it that time-worn chalkboard look…… gosh I love that!

Then ~ this is where your imagination comes in ~ grab a ruler and your colored pencils and create doors, windows, cookies, trees, candy canes, shrubs…..and a simple message on the roof….personalize for the recipient.

Tuck baked goods inside nestled in tissue paper, tie it up with ribbon, and add a gift tag….a Homespun Gift with a Little Sweetness!


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A simpler version would be to add a gift tag to a stack of sweetness, tie it up with baker’s twine….of course.  The tags could be prepared ahead of time and you will have a quick gift for giving or for an unexpected visitor…..

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A Gift for You

Simply click below and print these sweet tags onto white card stock ~ the sweet tags are a designed gift from my heart to yours….. ♥♥♥

Once printed ~ cut-out and add a quick message to the backside, punch a hole in the top and pull twine or ribbon thru… would be fun to adhere a patterned scrapbooking paper to the backside with DecoArt Decoupage, as well….see below.

Makes a super fun quick heartfelt gift!

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I couldn’t resist taking photos of this homespun gift idea…..I found the perfect color sprinkles thru Wilton at Michaels and one of my favorite ladies from ‘Sweet Treats’ baked the red velvet cupcakes and chocolate chip cookies….Thanks Linda!

All the colors worked perfectly together…..

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If you liked this homespun creative idea….click and enjoy a few other ideas from previous years, (2016),  (2015)., (2014).

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and I wish you a Merry Sweet Christmas…..

Up Next ~ It’s All in the Presentation 2017, Holiday Touches to the Everyday 2017, Wish Upon A Star, Sweet Gingerbread Houses, and My Favorite Things (for Artists).

11 thoughts on “Handmade, Homemade and Heartfelt 2017…and a little Homespun too

  1. Thank you Amy for the fun tag download. I’ll be using these on my gifts this Christmas. Love your house box too!!!

  2. Debbie Jordan says:

    I enjoyed the article and the photographs very much. You are such a talented lady!

    1. Thank you Debbie! You kind comments mean so much! Happy creating!

  3. Lynn Barbadora says:

    Soooooo SWEET Amy! Your photography in itself is a FEAST for the eyes! Thanks for the download!

    1. You are very welcome Lynn….enjoy! (and the sweets were a fun bonus after the photos, lol !)

  4. Lisa says:

    Very sweet idea, thank you. I’ll be using the tag download so gracias for that too. You’re a woman who has endless it. 💜

    1. enjoy the tags….just a quick fun idea! Gee Whiz – I wish my mind would rest, lol !

      1. Lisa says:

        You’d be bored if you rested your mind, and, what would we do without your wonderful creations?

  5. Cute idea and thank you for the printable tags. I have those houses for a post, but they will look much different. Funny how great minds think alike.

    1. great minds…. 🙂

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