Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Last minute gifts...

So, it's December 23rd and you have had your fill of grumpy shoppers at the mall. Your credit card has spontaneously combusted because of all the online shopping. Now what? You're not done. You have a couple more people who will be anxiously awaiting their gift at the family/company/neighborhood Christmas party.
This is the resource that will have you singing, "JOY TO THE WORLD!" These gifts that you can practically pull out of mid air. No lie. Keep reading!
The lint-ball sculpture.
We all have enough lint in our dryer trap to make a couple of these and if you start saving at Halloween, you could make a stuffed animal the size of your niece or nephew. Use the darker lint for facial features and body detail and string for hair or fur.
Heck, these weird stuffed guys sell for $40 in a major catalog... Trendy Jeans Head out to your hubby's workbench and grab the grimiest torn jeans you can find. Fill the bathtub with some stanky cologne and soak until Christmas morning. Don't rinse. Throw them in the dryer when he heads for the coffee pot. Apparently jeans are all the rage and without even leaving your house, you can give these...
without paying the $150 ticket price you'll pay in the store!
Fine Art
As an artist, I love making things to beautify someone's home. Something that is one-of-a-kind is always a no-brainer. However REAL art is quite expensive so I have a quick little trick that any mom can do...creative or not!
Preheat your oven to 275 degrees. Head to your craft cabinet or art supply bucket and fish out all the crayons...set enough aside to have one ROYGBV set. Place crayons in a large plastic bag and crush. Head the the garage and grab the least cheese-crusted pizza box. Spread the crayons in the bottom of the box. Place in oven and watch the artwork start and finish right before your eyes in mere minutes.
It's either that or you could buy this for $8000.
Is Aunt Ethel really going to live long enough to appreciate an $8000 gift?
Pancake Press
We've all seen the cookie mix in a jar kits that you can buy in specialty catalogs. Some people go way way overboard making them to give them out to teachers and hard-to-buy-for family members.
They are cute but way too pricey to buy too many of and way too time consuming to make!
So, here is the answer...Grab all the old empty CD jewel case around the house and throw them in the dishwasher. Tape one to a ziploc bag of filled with flour and cinnamon...VOILA you have yourself a pancake press.
I hope these gift ideas will ease your Holiday stress! If you have any links to wacky Christmas gifts leave them below. If nothing else, we can all get a good giggle while we are procrastinating and NOT wrapping gifts!


VanDerHoekArt said...

hee hee, I have a few on my list I might just try these ideas on...

noexcuses said...

Some really cute ideas. I love the crayon melt! We used to melt them between two pieces of wax paper, and then make a stained glass window out of it.

You have a wonderful creative talent. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Dawn said...

Darn! I wish I'd seen this BEFORE Christmas!

Karla with a K said...

Noexcuses... (or Michelle if you have an idea)

How do you melt them between the wax paper... iron it? Bake it... in what? Sounds fun. And we have a tin overflowing with old crayons.
My kids would love this. I just wouldn't know how to hang or use the pizza box presentation.

Michelle, great ideas as usual from you. Could be a good vacation project.

btw, Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

WOW! My daughter would have LOVED those lint ball animals - mental note for next year!

Anonymous said...

NICE! I printed these and filed them with other craft ideas...

Stephanie said...

Man, you ARE a creative GODDESS!

Bree's Mama said...

Started the lint collection!

Debbie Yost said...

I don't know, I have to agree with the others on the crayon idea. I've always thought my 3 year old could do art just as well as some of the stuff I've seen in a museum. How is one scribble diffenent than another?

Thanks for the laughs.