If you've been thinking about getting into some of these crafts, I hope this post will serve as some inspiration to jump on in. Homemade crafts are always great gifts.
My newest adventure is in jewelry making. A friend took me to the craft store and helped me select the basics, and here's what I've come up with so far:
The rainbow necklace is for my daughter and has her name on it (which I've covered as a precaution b/c her name isn't common) Now that I see how easy earrings can be, I'll probably not buy another pair. Even better, I am no longer stressed about my orphan earrings. Now, I can simply make something else that's similar.
I also recently began making my own cards. I got started by attending a card-making party with a mom's group. At the party, I made these four cards--even the t-shirt is handmade, folded & everything. If you are already making scrapbooks, you probably already have everything you need to get started. I purchased a multpack of greetings stamps and a multipack of ink to keep this craft going. I also recently purchased a 200 pack of blank, multicolor cards & envelopes at Target for only $10. It's near the thank you notes on the bottom shelf and is available in several selections.
Finally, I also enjoy tie-dying. I began this craft as a fun event at my daughter's first birthday party and became hooked. Tie-dying is very inexpensive if you just use packaged dyes (rather than purchasing kits), a little salt and some rubber bands. Here are some of my projects: