Ideas for Making Artsy Handmade Gifts

Posted on November 5, 2018

by Amy H

From painted rocks to paper and photo crafts – we have you covered. Create personal gifts your family and friends will adore all-year round.

Art Projects and Paper Crafts

Art on the Rocks : More Than 35 Colorful & Contemporary Rock-Painting Projects, Tips, and Techniques to Inspire Your Creativity by F. Sehnaz Bac, Marisa Redondo, and Margaret Vance

Grab your colors, head outside, and start painting beautiful works of art on stones. This all-inclusive instruction book is packed with creative ideas, step-by-step projects, and endless inspiration for creating masterpieces that are truly one with nature. Each project includes easy-to-follow instructions and invites creativity and originality, encouraging you to sit back, relax, and develop your own unique “Art on the Rocks.”

Paper Craft Home: 25 Beautiful Projects to Cut, Fold, and Shape by Sarah Louise Matthews

Transform a simple sheet of paper into something extraordinary! Explore the versatility, beauty, and simplicity of paper. From a geometric paper-folded vase to paper petal lights and a unique paper cuckoo clock, you’ll discover 25 projects that use basic materials and easy techniques to create stunning home décor items. Taking inspiration from the shapes and repetition found in architecture and nature, designer and paper-lover Sarah Louise Matthews offers contemporary designs that will add a creative flair to your home or make for wonderful gifts. With clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs, you’ll explore techniques like paper cutting, folding, and engineering to create gorgeous results.

Photocraft : Creative Mixed-Media Approach to Transforming Your Photographs by Susan Tuttle and Christy Hydeck

Digital Photography and Mixed Media–a creative match made in heaven! Love photography? Want to make yours better? Want to use your photography as a springboard for fabulous and diverse mixed media and digital projects? “Photo Craft” will help you elevate the average into the extraordinary! Following easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn to make basic adjustments to your photographs that will yield stunning and artistic results. You’ll also learn to use those photographs–along with some everyday mixed-media supplies–to create unique and personal art.

The Big Book of Mod Podge : Decoupage Made Easy by Plaid Enterprises

Everyone loves Mod Podge – it’s one of the most popular craft materials on the market. This big book follows the bestselling “Mod Podge Rocks!” and it features 90+ fun decoupage projects, big and small. From trendy bracelets to picture frames to a collage-chic headboard and a refurbished dresser, every treasure here is made new again with Mod Podge. The contributors include such leading crafters as Amy Anderson (author of “Mod Podge Rocks!”); Cathie & Steve, hosts of “Creative Juice” on HGTV; Rachel Faucett; and Mark Montano.

This is part of a series of blog posts dedicated to creating handmade gifts.

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