There are so many fabulous and simple handmade gifts for girls out there that I thought I'd ask a few of my clever & creative blogging friends to share with you some of their ideas...
If you haven't met Jane from Life on Planet Baby, then you really, really must! She is one of the loveliest ladies in blogland. She is kind, creative, passionate and brave and I love reading her blog for her genuine honesty and warmth. She is sharing with us such a simple and fun idea. Goose and I have already made one using a piece of her art.
Hello you gorgeous readers of Emma’s fabulous blog! Isn’t it just full of bubbly life, inspiration, fun and love? That’s why her little haven in Blogland is always one of my ‘must-reads’ and especially because we’re both the busy mums of three littlies who keep us on our toes – we have a lot in common! I was really flattered when she invited me to contribute to her brilliant series, Simple handmade gifts for girls. Only in the past year or so since I started blogging have I discovered my creative side and now I never have enough time to make all the brilliant ideas I find in Blogland and on Pinterest. Anyway, today I thought I’d share an easy-peasy, inexpensive gift that any little girl would love.
So, are you ready? Great – let’s get cracking!
This is what we’re going to make –
an erasable whiteboard.
- A picture frame with glass (this was from Typo costing $15 – you can buy them online here);
- Some complementary coloured scrapbook paper;
- A pencil; and
- A paper trimmer.
1. Remove the backing from the frame, together with the paper inserts.
2. Place the glass onto the scrapbooking paper, lining it up to fit in at the corner and trace around the glass with a pencil (it’s tricky to photograph whilst in action, hence the reflection of me!).
3. Place the glass aside and cut out the rectangle you have traced, using your paper trimmer.
4. After making sure your glass is clean, place it into the frame, then the paper (the side you’re using should be face down) and finish with the backing.
5. Flip it over and your masterpiece is complete (yes, that’s my reflection again ☺)!
6. Gift it with an erasable marker (I’m fond of Sharpies) and your little friend will be ready to get writing. Here’s an example of how to use it.
7. When you need to erase the message, the glass can simply be wiped clean with a tissue, a damp cloth or a spray of Windex.
8. This gift can be changed so easily as tastes change – all you need to do is replace the paper and/or paint the frame.
Here’s one I use in our kitchen.
Our pixies take great delight in crossing off tasks or adding their own, now they’re learning to write.
Thanks, Emma, for letting me share this idea with your readers. I’d love to know if any of you make one – you can contact me at my blog, Life on Planet Baby. I’d really enjoy seeing what you come up with!
Come back next Monday for another simple handmade gift for girls. I'm planning on posting an idea every Monday until Christmas, so if you have an idea to share and would like to guest post - send me an email. I'd LOVE to hear from you!