It’s your worst nightmare, dozens of gift ideas swirling around in your mind but nothing really fits your brief. Well perhaps thinking small, affordable and upcycled may just be the perfect solution!
THE VERSATILE PLASTIC DOILY TABLECLOTH
This requires a bit of cutting, sewing and button attaching! No need to be a master seamstress though. Just cut the size you want from your tablecloth, sew the three sides and then attach a button!
You could even make an entire 3-piece set if you like!
PLAITED BASKETS FROM OLD CLOTHES
Cut up your old clothes into strips, or any unused material, and plait, plait, plait away. Once you think you have enough length start winding the strips around a bucket or bowl so you get the shape you want. You could sew it all together (these instructions might be helpful), or carefully use some strong glue!
You really can't get an easier gift idea than a large upcycled glass jar! This can be totally personalised by adding your own relish, jam or biscuits or you could simply throw in some bought items! Jazz it up with some pretty wrapping paper, a cute decoration or a gift card and you have a gorgeous gift that the recipient can even upcycle themselves!!
CATALOGUE OR MAGAZINE BASKETS
If you have just collected a whole heap of catalogues from your mailbox or you have some old magazines this is a great gift idea! For the instructions head to Cucicucicoo.
Those old denim jeans you have stuffed at the back of the wardrobe can be easily transformed into a couple of pocket cases. Simply cut and add some stick on velcro strips and the job is complete!
If you're feeling really crafty, this flexible denim basket might be what you're looking for! All you need is a pair of scissors, sewing machine and a container (plus if you want some handles old curtain rings are a good option). For further details visit OhOh.
WINE BOTTLE VASES WITH PAPER FLOWERS
What about a bunch of flowers that you can keep forever? All you need is an empty wine bottle, thin branches, tissue paper, craft wire and some coloured textas and just follow these easy instructions!
For a real statement add some coloured fairy lights.
But most importantly remember that it is not so much about the gift but the act of gift giving!
Happy upcycled gift crafting everyone!
Jacqui & Shannon