Here are just three examples of great projects you can make:
- Frames – Buy a cheap frame from a garage sale or a craft store, or use an old frame of your own and decorate it with paper, embellishments, and journaling, just like your albums. Makes a unique, personable gift that you can tailor to the recipient’s tastes.
- Building blocks – What kid didn’t play with building blocks at some point? If you don’t have some in your house, they’re very cheap to buy and easy to find. Once you’ve acquired the blocks feel free to cover up the letters and numbers on the blocks, or work with them to spell out words (ie. “Welcome” or “Home”).
- Puzzles – Need a small gift to send to a friend or family member overseas? This is so quick and easy and makes a great interactive gift. If you have an old small puzzle with large pieces, assemble it, glue a photo on top and then cut it along the puzzle piece lines. If you don’t have a puzzle handy, make your own. Use a piece of heavy weight cardstock or even the cardboard backing on a notebook as your base. Glue a photo on and cut your own puzzle pieces.
Some basic tools that may come in handy are decoupage glue, acrylic paint, a hot glue gun, sharp scissors or a craft knife, and all of your favourite scrapbooking supplies.