(Tip: To make sanding easier and to give it the chipped paint look, run a candle on the corner and edges where you painted black. When you sand, it will rub off very easy and in clumps. I love this method.)
I then printed the picture off and modge podged it down. I simply used google images to find the picture I used. Search “Mary and Joseph and the Christ Child”, or go here. To hang, I used a hot glue gun and some hemp.
Then I mass produced the package – because that is just as important as what is inside, right?
I used white cardstock and my Silhouette SD and cut 40 top and bottom pieces for the box. That Silhouette is a goin’ machine.
Then I cut a lot of seersucker fabric strips.
I made a lot of tags.
And filled each box with some soft batting and the ornament.
I put it all together for 40 cute (and inexpensive) little packages.
And that was the most labor intensive thing I will be doing this year for Christmas.
I am working really hard to simplify this Christmas and enjoy more quality time with my family rather than stressing about all the gifts I want to make.
And it is hard work.
I keep getting ideas for homemade gifts and have to shove them to the back of my head.
But the sweet times I’ve already had with my husband and kiddos make it all worth it.
I can’t remember a Christmas together when I have enjoyed myself so much, and it is only the beginning of December!
Til’ next time.