In a thrifty home there is definitely a place for making your own gifts. And it really isn’t hard you just need the right tools.
I had my first go at making strawberry jam the other day and this of course makes a lovely gift, We had grown our own strawberries so just a spare jar and jam thermometer were required. Simple.
I love personalized gifts though and I love nature crafts. Making personalized varnished stones as little gifts for my daughters friends birthday seemed a wonderful (and very inexpensive) idea.
I managed to track down some letter transfers (you know the ones you rub with a lollystick) I adored these in my youth and I found them eventually in out local toy shop. Then once I had found out what they were called managed to find the Letraset transfers on Amazon for just a couple of £. (they come in gold too!)
You simply peel off the protective layer, place the transfer paper on top and placing it on the stone rub with the lollystick. You have to be a little careful but you will soon get the hang of it.
A quick varnish by an open window or outside will seal it and add a lovely shine to the stone. Leave till completely dry though before handling.
I may have got a tad obsessed with this now…anyone want a name stone?