This time of year means plenty of stressors and this month the Michaels Makers were asked to come up with creative and fun holiday hacks and tips to help relieve some of that stress and make holiday entertaining and prepping fun! My mom always taught me that you never show up anywhere empty handed. Often times we are in need of simple but thoughtful hostess gifts. It doesn’t need to be anything elaborate or over the top, but something sweet and preferably useful to show your appreciation. This month’s #MichaelsMakers challenge was to create three DIY hostess gifts. I really wanted them to be something that wouldn’t take too long but would have a big impact with your hostess. Here they are.
This is for the hostess who loves to cook! I chose fresh rosemary (only a couple of dollars from Trader Joes) , but you can use any herb or stick to flowers, too. This is easier than it looks.
Michaels carries a huge assortment of glass jars and vases. I just loved the shape of this one. It was only $6.99.
- clean and dry the vase
- give the vase two light coats of spray paint waiting 20 minutes in between
- once dry, choose any ribbon you love and cut it 1/2 inch larger than what is needed to wrap around
- using a match, carefully singe both raw ends of the ribbon to keep from fraying
- wrap ribbon around the pot and secure with hot glue
- add gold stickers of your choice (these are removable on this surface which is nice)
- fill with fresh herbs
I LOVE these stickers. They are tall and slim which gives it a fun, chic look. You can really spell whatever you want and even change it up if you make one for yourself. I made one for my own kitchen and have it right by the stove so I can add fresh rosemary when I cook. I have never done that so it’s such a treat for me.
This is a great hostess gift for anyone. Everyone loves to give wine or gifts with a personalized tag attached. Give your hostess a jar of tags she can use during the season. Everything you need is shown below. The gold, glitter letters are the ones I used above and perfect for adding the initial of your hostess’ last name.
- add the stickers and embellishments to each tag
- fill jar with crinkle paper and add tags
- tie with a bow
- done and done!
Michaels has such a great selection of gift tags and stickers so you can truly make any design. I was happily surprised to see that the tags came in four different designs when I opened them. Even better. This hostess gift is especially great for your not so crafty friends who would not usually make their own personalized gift tags.
This DIY gift is for your fashion forward hostess! Who doesn’t love a little bling. I made a bracelet last year after falling in love with the jewelry section. I am always amazed at the cute items they have.
Jewelry maker I am not, so I stick to the very simple bits and baubles that easily go together.
- assemble bracelet
- stuff crinkle paper inside the ornament
- add the bracelet ( I bought the larger size of the two) SEE NOTE BELOW
- tie with a bow
IMPORTANT: You don’t want your sweet hostess to lose her bracelet in the bottom of the ornament. Simple fix. Slip a ribbon or piece of twine through the bracelet as I did in the photo above and pull it towards the top.
Leave that twine or ribbon out of the ornament and put the top back on. That way when she goes to open the ornament she can pull her bracelet out!
I also made this black and white version. I just love the simplicity. When thinking about hostess gifts just be sure to think of something useful or small. Seems everyone these days is pairing down and it’s nice to be cognizant of that.
I hope these spark some fun ideas for you the next time you are invited somewhere. And these would all make great teacher or neighbor gifts as well. Let me know if you give any a try.
Michaels has tons of holiday project ideas and instructions on their Michaels.com, including gift wrapping, home décor, last minute gift ideas, hostess gifts and more. Check out the other four holiday hack topics and the unique ideas all of the makers came up with on Michaels’ blog, The Glue String.
And as always, you can snoop around below to see what tips the other creative Michaels Makers have below. Enjoy your day!
*This post was created in collaboration with Michaels and the Michaels Makers program. All ideas and thoughts are my own.
These are wonderful Courtney! They are fun, thoughtful and so so beautifully done and packaged. I just love these ideas for hostess gifts. I definitely will be picking up the supplies to make these. We have the sweetest postal girl. The bracelet in the ornament would be perfect for her. Thank you for sharing these with us!
Thank you so much, Allison. I had so much fun working on these and putting them together. I hope you do end up trying the bracelet gift. Have a great day, Allison.
Barbara M. says
I love all three of these ideas!
Thanks, Barabara! Hope you had a really lovely Thanksgiving.
I love all of these ideas! I especially love the idea of giving gift tags – SO useful!
Thank you, Amanda! My sister has always made the most darling tags during the holidays. Always such a useful gift, for sure. Have a great day. xo
Maria M. says
Wow, I love all of these ideas but especially the personalized gift tag idea! That is something that anyone needs anytime of the year — but especially right now! 🙂 Thank you, I would have never thought of that.
OH, I am so happy to hear that, Maria. Those tags really do come in handy this entire month. I go through so many. Thanks for popping in.
Michele @ The Joyful Home says
Such great and easy ideas!
Thank you, Michelle! Hope you’re having a great week.
I love all of these Courtney, especially the handmade gift tags! I might have to scoop some up and make some for me as well! 🙂 I realized when wrapping some early gifts that I have almost nothing left from last year! Yours are adorable!
Megan | Honey We're Home says
I would be delighted to take any of these gifts home Courtney! So special to actually make a gift since it requires the thought and attention to detail. Really sweet!
Antonella | White House Crafts says
Very cute ideas. I’m all over Christmas crafts right now! I am inviting you to share this at The Crafty Corner link party. I hope to see you there 🙂
Christene Holder says
Love these ideas! Simple – easy – and super cute! Thanks for sharing with us on the Family Joy Blog Link Party!
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Wow, not one, not two but three ideas and they are all just lovely! I know you designed these for hostess gifts but I love the bracelet idea for some of my teenage nieces, they would love this and I could even leave it for them to put together!
Thanks for sharing these wonderful hostess gift ideas. You are one of my featured picks this week at Inspire Me Monday. Come by and check it out at http://www.farmhouse40.com/inspire-me-monday-107
Theresa @DearCreatives says
Lovely ideas and hostess gifts. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.
I love this simple and glam hostess gift. Rosemary is nice because it smells good, too. #HomeMattersParty