Great hand-made gift idea: DIY Heart-Shaped Mini Album

heart shaped mini album
Heart shaped mini album (image source)

This idea is just beautiful, especially as a gift for the grandparents. It has some work involved, though, but I guess it is worth the effort!
I guess you could make it somewhat more long-lasting, like covering it with some self-adhesive foil? I don’t really know.
Anyway, you will need some 12×12 kraft cardstock, glue, a scissor, patterned papers, photos and embellishments.
Fold the cardstock four ways and draw a half heart and then cut it out. This you will need to do two times, so in the end you will have 4 hearts. The next step is to make hearts out of the patterned papers, using the cardboard hearts as a base. Then, glue the cardboard hearts together, so you will have a 3D heart. Now you can glue the patterned papers onto the cardboard hearts. Finally, decorate your pages with photos, dried flowers, whatever you think would look nice and are worth being there or are telling a story. Now you could ( Note: this is just an idea that I thought of, I haven’t tried it or seen it!!!) use self-adhesive foil in order for the album to become longer lasting.

Step-by-step instructions
Step-by-step instructions (image source)

Is that a great gift for Christmas for your loved ones or what?
For the original post and detailed step-by-step instructions and images, click on this link:
http://americancrafts.typepad.com/studio/2011/03/heart-shaped-mini-album-tutorial-by-leslie.html

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Perfect gift and craft idea: DIY snow globes

Diy snow globes
Hand-made snow globes (image source)

Here is such a great idea for handmade Christmas gifts!!! Make your own snow globe, even with a picture in it! Isn’t it the perfect gift for the grandparents or to put on your desk? I love this idea! The kids can help choosing the items to put inside and the colour of the glitter! I am sure going to make some of these! This will be fun!

All you need are some jars with lids that it seals good. You can use any jar you have in the house, any size, any width.

Then you will need some water-resistant items, like from plastic etc. that will fit easily in your jar.

You can even laminate a picture and put use that as decoration! Make sure you have a tied lamination, so they will not be penetrated by water.

Next you will need some water-resistant glue.

Glue the items on the jar lid, taking care to leave room, so that you can screw the lid easily.

Let the glue dry and check that everything sticks to its place. Next, fill the jar almost to the top with water.

You can add (optional) some glycerine or baby oil, too. Add glitter or artificial snow.

Now, screw the lid tightly on the jar. You can glue it or put some insulating tape around the lid, but keep in mind that you will not be able to open it if you want to make some corrections or change the water.

Now, decorate the jar – even paint on it – and you are ready!

step by step snow globes
Step by step instructions for diy snow globe (image source)

For step – to – step instructions and pictures of the laminated picture version, visit this link:
http://www.ourbestbites.com/2011/12/how-to-make-a-homemade-snow-globe/

Also, look at those super-ideas:

trees in globes
Trees in snow globes (image source)
Kids-in-snow-globes-on-window
Kids in snow globes (image source)