There is a huge focus on buying handmade this year for Christmas. The Australian blog Knicky Knacks has put out a Handmade Christmas Challenge. She says: “I’ve decided to make a pledge in support of all those brilliantly crafty bloggers out there by purchasing gifts that are only handmade.” She also encourages everyone else to grab her button and join the challenge. You can register your challenge creation or discovery every Saturday on her blog.
‘Gifts for the’ is something I have been wanting to do for a while and what better time to do this than coming up to the holidays. Most of us will want to give gifts to the people in our lives, so why not have a go at making some cool handmade items. This first post is about gifts for the gardener in your life. I will begin with a short tutorial showing you something I have made for the gardeners in my life and then I will follow this up with a couple of other ideas and tutorials to help make these when I can find them.
Recycled spoon garden markers
This is a simple little tutorial showing you how to make your own beautiful spoon garden markers. You will need a spoon of course. Some paper to cut out and draw on, a pencil, water-colours and an ink-marker to make your design, art fixative to make sure your design isn’t ruined when you varnish it and last but not least some varnish to glue the paper to the spoon and cover the design to protect and create a nice finish. As you will see below some of my spoons have been bent. If you decide to do this remember to glue the design onto the spoon upside-down.
Hammered spoon garden markers
Another option when making garden markers is to hammer/stamp your message onto recycled silverware. Below you will find a couple of tutorials showing you how to do this:
- How to – antique garden marker spoon by Shrimp Salad Circus
- Hammered spoon garden markers by Morgan Made It
Every gardener needs support for their plants. Have a go at building a wigwam from willow or any other material you happen to have.
- Make a spiral plant support by Gardeners World
- Make a willow obelisk by BBC Gardening
- Wigwam Plant Supports by Allotment Forestry
- How To make A Willow Wigwam Plant Support by Permaculture Blog
Why not make a lovely gardeners apron. I’m sure it will be appreciated. You get a chance to use left over pieces of fabric to make pockets for the gardener to store seeds and tools.
- Gardening Apron Quilted Clothing Pattern by Phyllis Dobbs on TLC Home
- How to Recycle Jeans to Make Easy Gardening Aprons by Hazelknows on eHow
- Canvas Gardening Apron Tutorial by Betz White
- Gardener’s Apron on Martha Stewart
- Easy Peasy Gardening Apron by Ginger H on Cut Out + Keep
Do you have more ‘making gifts for the gardener’ tips to share. Comment below and I will add them to the post.