Disclosure: Oriental Trading Company provided items to facilitate this post. All opinions expressed within are my own.
At holiday time, we like to find the perfect store-bought treats and pair them with DIY Christmas gifts. I feel that something about producing a gift by hand makes a store-bought gifts more personal. Oriental Trading is one of my favorite places to get blank items for these handmade gifts because of the wide selection, high quality, and affordable options.
DIY Christmas Book Crate
Now that two of the three boys are readers, I decided to display some of our favorite holiday stories for them to explore on their own. Last night, the middle boy sat for an hour, reading stories by the lit up tree. This crate arrived unfinished from Oriental Trading, and I added a little chalk paint with a holiday tree on it. The crate is large enough to fit 20 to 30 picture books on display.
DIY Junk Trays
We also decorated some blank carryall trays for members of the family. The boys are excited to wrap up their canvas creations, though I hope they have a sense of humor. Check out this portrait by the baby!
This one is a little more cheerful…
And my version with a little gold fabric paint…
Other Gift Ideas
Oriental Trading has many more options for DIY holiday gifts and gift toppers. Some of my favorites include:
- Peg Doll Ornaments
- Unfinished Peg Dolls
- Wishing Ornaments
- Ceramic Ornaments
- Burlap Pillow
- Wood Art Hangers
How do you combine handmade with store bought for the holidays?