A great way add meaning to Christmas presents is gifting handmade. Handmade gifts showcase the heart and talent and allows personal touches specific for the giftee (i.e. favourite colour, flavour, saying- the possibilities are endless!) Handmade gifts are also extremely cost effective. From now till Christmas, I will be sharing three holiday gift ideas that cost less than $10 to make.
First up, a guest post from our good friend Kelly at the Purple Workbench. Purple Workbench is a creative space to make, bake, sew, and craft! Visit the blog for inspiration or join a Purple Workbench event for an opportunity to let the creative juices flow. Kelly always ensures participants are well-fed (chocolate cake, anyone?) and stuffed to the brim.
Zipper Tree Christmas Ornament
It’s always fun making your own ornaments and they make great hostess gifts at this time of year. This is a nice homemade ornament with a polished look, but is simple enough to make with just a glue gun and minimal hand sewing! Kids can also be involved with this craft, by picking out the buttons and stick them together with the glue gun with the help and supervision of an adult.
Each ornament costs only $3 to make!
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1 metal zipper 15″-20″ long, $2
Coordinating embroidery floss, $0.25
Matching buttons of varying sizes, $1/bag from the dollar store
Glue sticks and glue gun, “”
(or any needle that can be thread with the embroidery floss), “”
Let’s talk a bit about the zipper. I always buy my zippers from the Leather and Sewing Supply Depot in Toronto. It’s a usual Toronto sewing supply store: incredibly chaotic but supply pretty much anything you need and at a reasonable price. For this project, you want a metal zipper (aluminum is cheaper than brass) and preferably one that separates at the end. If you can’t find one that separates, you can just cut the end off. Most cities will have a luggage repair store that will sell zippers for less than what you find at a craft store. The green zipper I used is 20″ long; the red ornament was 18″ long. A minimum of 15″ is recommended; the shorter the zipper, the thinner your tree.
5. Pour out all the buttons and make little piles of small, medium, and large. Depending on the length of your zipper, you may need three or four pieces of “trunk” that are made up of 3 or 4 buttons each.
12. When you reach the end, it doesn’t matter too much what length you have left. My red ornament had more remaining and stuck out the end a little. Just fold the last bit over and glue it without a section of buttons. You can usually try to plan it out in advance to gauge how wide a tree you can make.