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With Christmas fast approaching, you may be feeling a slight hint of panic if you haven't organised all your gifts yet! Sure, you could always run to the shop and pick up a box of chocolates, but if you’re crafty by nature, that probably won’t fill your heart with joy. These last-minute makes are ideal gift ideas if you’re running low on time but still want to give a lovingly handmade present. They aren’t just suitable for the festive season, either – they’re great for birthdays, anniversaries and even just a thoughtful surprise.
Accessories are an ideal present for anyone during the festive season, but if you’re working to a deadline, you may not be able to complete a full piece of jewellery in time. A great back-up option is to craft a place for your loved ones to display their most worn rings, that isn’t just functional - it looks great, too! Check out Sarah Millsop’s great step-by-step guide to achieve this lovely ring holder.
Flower pressing is a notoriously long process, so you’ll probably have discarded that option for a last-minute gift. But fear not, as with Penelope Quinn’s amazing ironing technique, you can achieve almost instantaneous results! Choose some pretty seasonal blooms and press them between parchment paper using a dry iron, then simply hang in a glass frame for an impressive piece of wall art that will hold its colour for months.
Wreaths are undeniably festive, but for a home décor gift that's suitable all year round, scraps of fabric can be used to create a lovely shape that looks great in any room. All you need is a polystyrene shape such as a heart, some strips of fabric, and some adhesive. To get perfect results, you can follow this great tutorial, which also features another wreath using a decoupage technique!
Pom-poms are such a fun addition to any make, and with the help of a pom-pom maker like our Pom Pom Makers 4pcs (479856), they take just minutes to create. Once you’ve got a few pom-poms made up, you can simply thread them onto a chain for a necklace that makes a real statement. But don’t just stop at necklaces – smaller pom-poms can be added to earrings, brooches or even onto a ring!
In most gift-giving situations, a mobile phone or tablet is probably slightly out of your price range. If you have a recipient who is technology-mad, a plain phone case can be jazzed up with some simple strips of washi tape. A chevron design is so simple to create, but gives a really impressive effect, especially if you add glitter accents using tape like our Creativ Glitter Washi Tape - Pack of 10 (448891).