Saturday, December 18, 2010

More Neighbor or Friend gifts

Some of these were made last year before we had our blog, but I had taken pictures because I was thinking about having a blog at the time (our one year is coming up soon - mmm, maybe we need to do something about our one year mark.  I will have to think about that. )

But anyway here are a couple ideas with lists for what you need to make them.  I will see if I can get that tutorial up for the Creche ornaments soon.


Believe Bells Ornament
(Not original to me - I copied Liberty from last year)

Items needed:
Bells (bought after Christmas for 75 or 80% off)
12 to 13 inches of Ribbon (50% off at Micheals)
Twine (purchased for an earlier project)
Tag (made in photoshop - says "The bell still rings for those who truly Believe.  The Andersons 2010")

Edited to add a link to the tag (without my name and year on it.)  It is a jpg file, I guess if you have Photoshop you could add your own name or you can just print it on cardstock and write your own name.  Here is the link.  Enjoy!!

Nativity/Creche Ornaments:
(Tutorial to come)
Large wood clothes pins and small clothes pins (found in the wood section at JoAnn's, Micheals or Hobby Lobby)
Wooden Stars (Same place)
Small pieces of checkered cloth (for head coverings)
Twine for hanger
Tag that says "For Unto us a child is Born"

 2x4 Wood Peace, Love and Joy Blocks

2x4 cut at 4, 5 and 6 inches
Paint to match
Scrapbook paper
Vinyl cut on Cricut (Liberty can tell you which cartridge, if she remembers)



  1. I saw your Polar Express bells on Pinterest! The design of your tag is gorgeous. Any chance you can make the printable available? We are starting to get into the holiday spirit already! Thanks!

  2. I've added the tag printable. I was pretty surprised to find it was pinned on pinterest. Hope your holidays are Merry!

  3. I found your bells via Pinterest too! Thank you so much for the link to the tag printable. Happy Christmas.

  4. I also just found on Pinterest. Will have fun making these. Thanks!

  5. Thank you so much for the bells - this will work great from friends at work who are from India and have different beliefs. They are so wonderful to share trinkets with me. Now I have something that is seasonal and still open for interpretation!

  6. I found your Polar Express bells on Pinterest. I just made my version of these for my kids to give as gifts to their teachers this year. Thanks for the idea!

  7. Bells. Ornaments. These are all good objects and hallmarks which can include other things, like paperbacks, t-shirts, viewmasters and the like. There's a breadth of things we can reach out and grab to enrich this occasion for family and friends, while linking them to generations and progressions. Because all these things are long-lasting :)



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