Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Charming Little Christmas Gifts

Today's post isn't about something shabby or chic, but I do think it's charming! I hope you will too! (If you are one of my daughters or daughter in laws, please don't read below!)

This Christmas I am trying to be very careful financially (aren't we all!)   I was widowed 3 years ago and am raising my 12 year old daughter alone. I have 3 wonderful adult children as well as five adorable grandjoys. So my gift giving needs to include some lovingly created gifts as well as what I am able to purchase.

I found this idea over at Burlap & Blue. She had made a project that I thought was so sweet, so I was inspired to make my own version of the personalized memory game.

I started with a pack of poker chips I found new in the box while thrifting. I then took digital pics I had on my computer of the grands and cropped just some head shots onto 4x6 prints, 12 faces to a print. I uploaded them to Walgreens and ended up with this:

I used my round 1" circle punch and some really cute scrapbook paper.  (It's hard to tell but there are tiny white polka dots on the pink paper):

I used the punch to cut out both the faces and the circles for the back of the pieces.  To adhere them to the chips I used a  permanent glue dot runner, so no moisture would effect the pics.  These are the finished result for a grandgirl:

Each game has 16 pieces, 2 of each face and features each cousin and 2 of their Aunt Maddy (my 12 year old).  The boys have blue paper on blue chips and they all have little drawstring bags I sewed for storage.  Total cost of ALL supplies for the gifts: $6.00.  Not too bad!!!

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  1. This is just incredibly did a great job, Renee!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!


  2. Wow ... that is such a clever idea! That will certainly be a cherished gift this Christmas. Blessings to you and yours this holiday weekend! xox

  3. Some of the very best gifts come from using your own creativity. Your idea is terrific! Brenda sent me over to welcome you. Stop by and visit me when you have time.

    Susan and Bentley

  4. This is the CUTEST and sweetest gift idea! Thank you so much for the tutorial and for sharing :) I think I'll be looking for some poker chips today!!

  5. Love this idea! What a wonderful present.


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