My homemade gift exchange presents turned out well this year.
I made a wooden advent calendar that doubles as a picture frame for my friend Christina. I found an image online for inspiration, and then figured out how to make it myself. I borrowed a mitre saw from the Vancouver Tool Library and it made quick work of the cutting, but I still hand to nail all the little pieces together by hand. There was probably an easier way. I also made all the boxes (with Emily’s help) by cutting and folding pieces of paper. More tedious work, but it looked sharp when done.
For my cousin, I made a camping stool following the instructions on Design Sponge. It was relatively easy and quick to make. The first time I sat on it the wood and bolts creaked so loudly that I was sure it would snap, but it did hold my weight. Emily made a combination apron/tool belt for my Home Maker father with a matching bandana for Hanna – a creative and handy gift.