Hi there! Today I have some great gift ideas for the DIY-er in your life. Whether it be hand lettering, art, woodworking, crafting or graphic design I have a list of gifts that will fit any creative mind. These are gifts that are easily accessible over the internet and at brick and mortar stores. Of course, amazon is always a great idea to check first since they have free two shipping if you are a prime member.
In the meantime here is the info for this week’s freebie: holiday tags! Print these out to complement your awesome present you found on this list 🙂 Happy shopping!
Holiday Tag Instructions:
Start by printing out the template and cutting each piece out. Next, carefully punch holes on both sides of the piece.
Second, cut whatever length of ribbon/jute rope you need for your presents or just tape it on the front!
That’s it! Your presents now have a creative touch under the tree.
*Image shown includes color copies in the top two card stock colors (beige and grey) and black and white/grey scale in the bottom green card stock color*
- Fonts: None
- Graphics: Farmhouse Christmas Kit by Callie Hegstrom
Supplies for Holiday Tags:
- Card stock (I used “Holiday” pack purchased at Michaels that includes the colors shown below plus a red and brown shade)
- Hole punch
- Ribbon/jute rope to tie on gift or tape
Holiday Gift Guide for the DIY-er
Art Journals & Sketchbooks: Under $20
Bullet journaling is a hot trend right now and there are so many to choose from. There is no right or wrong one, but you want to choose one that will be used consistently. Consider color and style options as well as portable vs large size. For the artist you want to consider the medium and paper weight when choosing a sketchbook. A mixed media option will work for a variety of art interests so if you are unsure consider choosing one that emcompasses all styles. Here are a few of my favorite sketchbooks to work with.
- Strathmore Mixed Media: Great for a watercolor, pens, acrylic, etc…
- Canson Marker Pad: Great for handlettering and calligraphy
- Rhodia Dot Pad: Great for practicing aligning your hand lettering
- Moleskine : Great for bullet journaling or portable sketching
- Leuchtturm1917 Emerald: Journal specific to bullet journaling
Books: Under $30
Books are a great resource for learning a new skill or getting started in a new found interest. Handlettering has become a passion of mine and is also a hot trend in the social media world. My favorite lettering books are below as well as a fun drawing book with step by step instructions. Lastly, for anyone starting or running a small business involving graphic design check out the guild handbook for tips on creating a successful design business. I personally haven’t read this, but it is on my own christmas list.
- The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Learn techniques for chalk lettering
- The Handbuilt Home: DIY project ideas for building furniture and home decor
- Creative Lettering and Beyond: Learning lettering and figuring out your own style
- Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines: Resource for designers creating and pricing print and digital media
- Botanical Line Drawing: Step by step instructions in drawing flowers, cacti, and other nature items
Pens, Markers & Inks: $40 – $100
Pens, markers, and inks oh my! My craft table is full of them, but here are my absolute favorites to use for lettering or any art medium. Tombow markers are by far my ultimate marker that I use for any hand lettering project and they are easy to learn on as well. They are a bit pricey, but they are dual tipped with a brush tip on one end and a fine tip on the other. Copic markers are also a good alternative and work well, but I just personally prefer Tombows.
If you are looking for a great maker that has some glitter to it and actually shows up well then try the Wink of Stella markers and I guarantee you or your creative diy-er won’t be disappointed. There actual line is $110 and comes with some really great color options.
If you are looking for a great calligraphy pen start out with experimenting with different types of pens. This is a great starter kit with an oblique pen and nib. Great calligraphy writing really depends on finding a pen you are comfortable with holding and in the pressure of different nibs. If you have a chance to attend a beginners calligraphy class in your local area do it, you will learn a lot of the fundamental skills needed.
Lastly, ink and watercolors should always be on hand in your craft room. My favorite ink is Dr Ph listed below and it may seem pricey at first, but you really don’t need to use a lot when lettering or using a water brush. The colors are so rich and there are two different sets of 12. This brand also makes watercolor ink and I’ve heard nothing but great things as well, but I personally haven’t used their watercolor line. Instead, I use and recommend Kuretake’s 36 color set. It’s a great cheaper option for more colors and is great to start out with.
- Tombow Dual Brush Markers, Primary: Brush lettering marker
- Kuretake ZIG Wink of Stella Brush Glitter Markers, Christmas Sparkle: Glitter brush lettering marker
- Modern Calligraphy Lettering Tin: Modern calligraphy lettering cue cards for lettering
- Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay India Ink Bottles: Calligraphy ink or water brush marker ink
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Color Set: Watercolors
Machines & Tools: $150 and Up
*except the Heidi Swapp Minc*
By far these are my favorite tools that I use all the time in my projects and small business. The cameo is a versatile machine that can be used for creating tshirts, glass etching, printables, vinyl projects and much more! This machine is a crafter’s dream and trust me any DIY-er would make the cost of this worth it.
The most used tool I use in my handmade sign business is the kreg pocket hole system. Since I got this handy tool it has made my life so much easier in making signs. It cuts down on time and on blisters cuz the ease of drilling holes is just so smooth.
The mint is also a handy tool for small business owners or stamp enthusiasts. I use it to create my logo that I stamp on orders and price tags, but you can design it to whatever you want! The software is easy to use.
The sewing machine and minc starter kit are on my christmas wish list this year and I hope to provide you all with a review of them.
- Silhouette CAMEO 3 Wireless: This is an amazing resource for designers, crafters, diy-ers!
- Kreg Tool K5 Master System: Great for creating pocket holes easily and quickly
- Heidi Swapp Minc Starter Kit: Creates foiled designs or lettering like on coffee mugs 😉
- Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine: Who doesn’t need one of these right?!
- Silhouette Mint: Design your own stamp in a variety of sizes, such as your logo
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