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DIY Bird Feeder from a Log ~ Gift Idea!

The fall season is full upon us and our feathered friends will be either heading south or getting ready for the winter months ahead. Why not create a backyard oasis that will have them coming back for more? We are avid bird lovers in our home. We were delighted when a friend of mine gave us this DIY bird feeder made from a piece of firewood and rope. How easy is that?

Create a backyard bird oasis for your overwintering and migratory birds (Great gift idea too!) with DIY bird feeder tutorial by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Did you know that if you provide a back yard feast, birds will remember your yard as a place to return to when they come back from migrating? It’s a sweet reunion each season. Also, the birds that overwinter will love you for the protein packed goodies. Read more

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Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #4 ~ Fun with Felt

Only a few more days until we get to “officially” celebrate the birth of Christ, but why wait?   I love to pray over the people I’ll be gifting to, and, of course, for those I know and love who need a prayer.

Next to wood, my favorite sewing/stitching/crafting medium is felt, particularly wool felt. It’s so scrumptiously soft and is very forgiving.  My focus is mainly for children today (why not, I have 6 of them), with some simple ideas for the young at heart.

Ready for the last week of Handmade Holidays?  Let’s go! (You can find the links to the previous 3 weeks below)

Handmade Holidays: Fun with Felt, Gift Ideas for Kids & Adults by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of my all-time favorite craft blogs is Ikatbag. Lorraine is a witty, creative, crafting, sewing nut much like myself. I have used her tutorials over the years to create, but her work has also stimulated me to come up with creations of my own.

Need a cake to celebrate Christ’s birth?  How about a felt one?!

Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Triple-decker with a 6-slice chocolate layer and a 8-slice strawberry layer….yum!
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Dainty candles that make the celebration special.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Need to change the occasion?  Just take off the frosting and embellish to suit the holiday.Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces For a healthier treat, how about a garden?
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can use any veggie you like or flowers if you prefer.  We have cabbage, carrots, beets, beans, and strawberries…
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces …perfect for picking!
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Thanks to ikatbag, she’s got a tutorial all ready for you to create your own garden, including produce.  I just took it up a notch and made it bigger because we have several children who’d love to have a row of their own.
I used two cushions my mother had bought to reupholster her bench, but changed her mind and passed them on to me.  Some hot glue between the 2′ x 2′ square cushions, cut with a hacksaw, glue fabric on to the “rows” and cinch the ends with needle and thread.  I covered my cardboard with fabric, but you could leave it as is.
Once you get your produce, you need a stand to sell it at right?  Again, thank you Lier, for the inspiration.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This vegetable stand used to be a Craisins display at my local supermarket. They were more than happy to give it to me, so don’t be shy and ask!
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Plenty of choices to be had, including some homemade pasta.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
For the side shelf units, I took boxes that held spinach from Aldi, and wrapped them in wrapping paper. The shelves are cardboard hot-glued to the sides, and the pull-out drawers are the cardboard flats that canned beans come in (also from Aldi) wrapped in white contact paper.  I couldn’t believe they fit in the spinach boxes perfectly!!
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Seriously, I thrifted most of the cups and plasticware. The stand is made of cardboard covered in thrifted sheets, so outside of purchasing some wool felt off of Etsy, along with the synthetic felt – the cost was so minimal. All you need is a hot-glue gun and a utility knife. Money set is a Melissa & Doug Play Money Set that we use in our home school frequently.
What better than a sweet shoppe located right next to a produce stand?
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Don’t they look delish?  I wish I had a set like this as a kid.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 After a day out shopping, who wouldn’t want to relax by a warm fire?
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Wooden dowel covered in a textured paint with a felt marshmallow roasting over a felt fire.  Perfect!
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 No pattern for this one, just created my own, but I do believe there are patterns on Pinterest and Etsy.
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 For my little guy, this fun slingshot set made from scrap wood, rubber bands, a piece of an old leather purse.  More details on this set from this post here.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Balls with Wooden Toy Slingshot Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I have done oodles of other felt projects, but the last I’ll mention are for the older (younger at heart) group.
My smartphone covers are perfect for most anyone – I wrote about them in this post.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Embroidered Cell Phone Cases by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Everyone could use a journal or notebook, and what could be better than one made from a felted wool sweater found at a thrift store?
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 The pattern for this journal is found in Warm Fuzzies – cute and easy wool projects.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Using the same sweater I used on the journal, I made the beaded cupcakes shown above in the sweet shoppe.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Handmade Holidays series and are able to make some wondeful creations! Please feel free to email me with questions. 
Merry Christmas!!!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun wooden gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #3 – Wooden Gifts

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and I hope you find time to really focus and be thankful for all of your blessings.  Each year has ups and downs and the fact I’m still here should count for something!

Celebrating Christmas comes once a year (although we should celebrate the birth of our Savior all year long), and I love to try to make it so absolutely special for my family.

Because we make our gifts, it’s always fun to get my husband & kids involved, and work on projects together.  Our favorite medium by far is WOOD.

Last week I shared Natural Bath & Body Gifts with recipes.

Ready for some woody fun?

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

My gang loves to give each other gifts, and instead of buying things for them to give each other, we encourage them to make the gifts they give.  This usually entails working with them to create the gift, and that’s perfect for us to get to spend some quality time together.

My oldest son amazed me at the gifts he made for his siblings:

A Peg Bead Counter – just some dowel, beads, and a block of wood. Most all of the supplies can be found at your local craft store.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This was given to his younger brother who was two at the time, but all of us have had fun not only stacking the beads, but making creative games with it too.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A Spool Stacker – using a simple wooden box, dowel, balsa wood, and spools with matching scrapbook paper.  Again, these can all be found at your local crafts supply. (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, and even JoAnn)
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This is my favorite that he made.  It’s so stinking cute and educational.  My four year old girl just loves it.
The only added piece was a routed pine block that we also drilled to hold the dowels while the game was in use.  The top was drawn on with a brown sharpie marker after using a transfer method I discuss here.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Travel Tic Tac Toe & Tricky Triangle – wooden wheel pegs and a block of wood all kept in a basic drawstring canvas bag.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
*this post does contain affiliate links so you can find the products I love too!
Travel games are great for anyone in the family and these will encourage brain stimulation more than any smartphone could do.
I had a blast making these clothespin dolls with canvas backgrounds mounted on dowels using yet another wood box and added woodden accessorices. Amazon sells a kit online.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
A simple felt lining to keep the pieces from rattling around inside and create a customized look.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 The dresses were made using a small amount of scrap fabric from my stash.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can find a tutorial on how to make those dolls from Going Sew Crazy and more ideas on my Pinterest board.
Need somewhere to store all good stuff after the present rush is over?  You can build your own under-bed storage or use an unwanted drawer and just add casters.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 These drawers are under my boys bed and we did them in a horizontal design, but under our 3 girls bed we flipped the layout to a vertical design to fit all 3.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Just add a drawer pull and embellish as you wish using paint or a wood-burning tool.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Thankfully, we were able to salvage a large stack of chipboard from my husband’s workplace dump pile to line the bottom and create dividers that can slide out if needed.  I’m seriously making some extra storage for myself under our own bed.  We never get the fun stuff.  hmpf.
Now onto some bigger projects…
A dreamy tree house with handmade bendy dolls, woodland creatures and accessories – using pine plywood, rocks and some imagination.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 This water well was made by making a sawdust clay and then adding stones.  I love it.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Isn’t that owl adorable?  I cut all the animals with a jigsaw because we didn’t have our scroll saw at the time, then hand-painted with acrylics.Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 When I made this (all by myself – woot!) it was hard to stop from adding more and more.  Can you tell I would have loved to have one as a kid?  I live vicariously through my children.  wink. wink.
This set is over 4 yrs. old and has been loved on to no end.  It really was an easy project, even with making the dolls, furniture, and the forest creatures compared to the large-scale dollhouses we made for our daughters.
A must-have tool for this project is a Dremel – can I just say I LOVE MY DREMEL!!  I’ve got a more advanced style, but you can find a basic set on Amazon.
Although I could keep showing you some other projects we’ve worked on, none surpasses the kitchen in our wood category.
We never really use patterns, and this project was no different.  Just some basic supplies, hinges, dowel, wood knobs, a steel bowl and creativity.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 We used a 3/4″ birch ply from Home Depot, and most everything else came from a salvaged items, like a broken closet rod dowel, leftover bead board, and wood scraps.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I’ll show you how to stock your kitchen next time will all sorts of glorious felt food.  I bought those tins in the clearance aisle at JoAnn, so this was really made for pennies compare to buying retail.
That’s it for now and I hope you’ve become inspired to give wooden gifts a try. They last forever and are so versatile.
Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources All About Wood by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun doll gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #2 – Natural Bath & Body

So have you started making your gifts yet?  I’m all stashed and have started to complete my projects, but sometimes it can seem so daunting, especially when you have 6 pairs of eyes that could easily spy on what you’re doing.

Actually, my gang doesn’t want to see what I’m doing because they don’t want to ruin their fun.  It’s so nice, but I still have to wake at the wee early hours of the morning to accomplish my gifts so as not to ruin it for them.

Last week, I focues on handmade dolls from the book, Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
It’s all about natural bath & body gifts this week.  Oh yeah, all homemade and full of goodness.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Homemade bath & body gifts are so fabulous because you can create it to suit the gift receiver, scent and all. There are dozens of recipes that can be used, but I am going to share the ones that we have found to work for us.
My oldest daughter decided to make a gift basket of bath/body products for her friends birthday and if my 9-year old can do it, so can you!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
First, we made deodorant using basic household products and essential oils. I am a lady that can sweat like a man, and this deodorant works so well that is lasts for days…days! I will never use another as long as I can make my own. The best part is there are no yucky chemicals or aluminum to boot!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Deodorant Recipe
  • a small tin or recycled container to store it in (about 3 oz. size)
  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. arrowroot (you can use cornstarch, but it does not work as well)
  • 4 T. coconut oil (best source is Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil, Gold Label)
  • 15 – 20 drops of your choice of essential oils (mix it up, make it fun!)

*for ladies we like: geranium, rose, lavender, rose, lemon, orange, ylang ylang

*for gents: patchouli, sandalwood, peppermint, orange, lemon

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Just add your ingredients to a bowl and whisk until smooth.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
*note: sometimes in cooler temps the oil will be more solid, so you may need to warm it slightly over a double boiler or pot of hot water.  A microwave would probably work, but we don’t own one of those things…how about a hair dryer?
 
Pour the mixture into your container and let cool on the counter or stick it in the refrigerator to set quicker for a couple minutes.  Once room temperature, check to see if the texture is to your liking.  I like mine to be soft enough to spread easily, but not so runny that it would come out of the container if tipped.
If it’s too solid, just dump it back out and add more oil and repeat the checking process.  If it’s too runny, just add a bit more arrowroot.  Take notes of how you tweak it so you’ll know for next time.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 You can add a handmade label – my daughter using mailing labels and stamps to print her own.  You can also just take a good ‘ol sharpie to mark your container directly, or make a tag.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 My daughter also made a body spray and lip balm using these recipes:
 
Body Spray
  • 8-9 oz. spray bottle
  • 8 oz. distilled water
  • 1 T. witch hazel (I purchase through Vitacost – tons of items right to your door! )
  • 20-30 drops essential oils (see above suggestions for scents)

Mix up and pour into bottle.  Shake before use after a shower or bath.

Chocolate Mint Lip Balm

  • 6 – .5 oz. tins or small container
  • 1/3 t. cocoa powder
  • 4 T. coconut oil
  • 3 drops vitamin E drops (or use a pill)
  • 3/4 T. honey
  • 15 drops peppermint oil – food grade
  • 1.5 T. beeswax

Place all ingredients in a double boiler (I use a thrifted pot for my bath & body products) and warm until all is melted.  Place a small amount in a container and put in your refrigerator to see if you like the desired consistency.  Fill containers and you’re done!

She also made a beeswax candle using an thrifted punch cup, local beeswax and candle wicking.  Just melt the beeswax in a crock pot (I found an extra one at a garage sale for $2), set your wicking and pour.  You can even add scents, like cinnamon, orange, clove…you get the idea.  No paraffins for us!

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com You can also make a gift for new parents with a homemade vapor rub or a healing salve (a favorite!)
For the vapor rub, just take some coconut oil and add some drops of eucalyptus, white camphor, and peppermint essential oils.  I add a bit of beeswax to thicken it a bit, but it isn’t always needed.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 Here is how to make the healing salve for diaper rash, cuts, scrapes, and irritated skin (can be used on big people too!)
 
Natural Baby Salve
  • 1 part comfrey root
  • 1 part St. Johns Wort flower
  • 1 part Calendula flower
  • 1 pt. almond oil/olive oil
  • 1 small jam jar

Steep 2 oz. mixture in 1 pint of oil for two weeks (set in a sunny windowsill). After two weeks, place mixture in a double boiler and over VERY low heat, warm for 1 hour.  Strain.  To each cup of herbal oil, add 1/4 c. grated beeswax or beeswax pellets.  Check consistency by placing a tablespoon portion in the refrigerator – add more wax or oil as necessary.  Pour into container – small jam jars work perfect.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources - Natural Bath & Body by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 How about a solid scent for ladies and gents of all ages?  (my guys love this!)

Solid Scent (for 1 oz. container)

  • 1 oz. sweet almond oil
  • 1 t. melted beeswax
  • 20 drops of main essential oil (ex. ylang ylang) – 10 drops of complimentary (ex. orange) 5 drops of additional complimentary (ex. rose)

Mix together and pour into tin or small container.  You can increase the amount by doubling, etc. to fit a larger container, but the 1 oz. size is perfect.

You can also check out my Pinterest board for tons of recipes and ideas.

Hope you have fun mixing up goodies for your loved ones and friends and I’d love to hear what you whip up!

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More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun wooden gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

Kick-off to the Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Are you getting ready for the holidays and beginning to feel the Christmas spirit?

You may think I’m crazy, but if you make most of your gifts like we do, then you have to get a jump on creating because I normally start somewhere around October.  Yeah, I know you have to think ahead, but it’s all good in the end.

I don’t know about you, but handmade gifts are my favorite gift to give and receive.  There’s just something about realizing that someone thought enough of you to create something special just for you.

Take a look at this first week’s ideas for children and the child at heart.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
I’d like to kick off this event featuring one of my favorite things to make…dolls!

Call it a fetish or infatuation, but I take so much delight in hand-stitching dolls, bears, you name it.  My current resource, aside from my own creations, is a book called, Wee Wonderfuls.  Have you seen it?

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*this post does contain affiliate link so you can find the products I love to use too!
Filled with adorable patterns and beautifully photographed to make it simple to piece together your own handmade gift.  You can find it easily on Amazon: Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
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Here is the sampling of dolls I worked on last year, and I intend to wear this book out!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
 From toddler dolls for the little boys in your life…
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…to jointed bears (isn’t he cute?)…
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
…to adorable dog necklaces made with scraps and trim.  Perfect.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
(This schnauzer is in my own design, so feel free to create your own!)

One of my favorite projects were the topsy-turvy dolls.  They are two dolls in one.

Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Aren’t they fun?  You get two girls in one – one side is a prairie style girl with apron and the flipside is ready to go out for an evening on the town.
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Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
Most of the materials I used I already had in my stash, like old flesh colored sheets and cottons, but you can easily snatch up remnants or clearance fabric and yarns since so very little is required.  Certainly take advantage of the holidays sales and coupons too.  Pssst!  If you sign up at JoAnn you will get oodles of discounts delivered right to your phone or inbox.
My hope is you are inspired to give handmade a try this Christmas and take holiday gift-giving to a new level.
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun wooden gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

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