Ideas for Christmas Presents?

Hi guys, it's me Happy

It's Christmas soon (as you've probably gathered by all the fuss made over it haha).... I need to make some presents, and , if I'm honest, I'm broke.
I need some sort of craft to do, to make for my friends at school, but I'm not sure what to give them.
They're not very girly-girls.
Er, I don't have unlimited time either Happy Something fairly quick to complete, but also lovely - something that they will (hopefully) treasure.
I was thinking of making snow-globes, because they seem pretty easy to make, but I've heard that the figurines can cost a bit of money Happy
Which I don't have...

Do you think I could I make them out of Fimo? Or would the water from the snow-globe crumble them away?

PS: I need the presents by the 16th, because my friend is going abroad for Christmas

Thank you!
xx

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12 replies since 6th December 2013 • Last reply 6th December 2013

if your going to use fimo then make sure you varnish them, use a few cotes and should make them water resistant. Also try knitting with giant needles and make a cowl/snood. I made one last year for my sis took 1 night to make on a basic knit

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Ohh, ok Happy
I need to learn how to knit - my sister is just learning and she says it's quite complicated. I don't know if that's just her being stupid of not Tongue
Varnishing the Fimo sounds like a good idea....why didn't I think of that before!
lol xxxx

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make sure its water resistant varnish tho

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Yes - good idea Happy

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I made a purse made out playing cards for my friend who is a fan of the joker. if you want to see the tutorial for it you can find it on my profile.

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Go to the dollar tree! Get a bunch of the little toys they sell there and make your own fun snow globes- your friends will enjoy them more than if they had boring Christmas trees in the snow scenes in them. Who wouldn't love an army man or dinosaur snow glob? I know I would.

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Thanks Anna Bean Happy
And, PinkWeeds, I was thinking of doing that, but I can't seem to find any waterproof toys, but I'll keep looking Happy
Thanks !

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I know you like the idea of snow globes (I do, too, come to think of it) but I have a couple very different ideas if you're interested.

You could always consider making small plushies for them. I have a kitty plush pattern I modified from one Etsy gave out for free, and it's really easy to change it. If you'd like the pattern, message me with your email address and I can send you the PDF of it Happy I modified it to make a goat and so far I have made two kitties.

Fleece is easy enough to get and it's cheap, but the patterns I have made and used are small enough to use scraps. Plus a small bag of polyfill is only a few dollars and it will stuff A LOT of plushies. I think I've spent maybe $8 total between the fleece and polyfill and I have tons of each left over to keep making more. Not to mention, I have a bunch of cute fabrics in scrap form that I have yet to use up. They've each taken me between 45 minutes and an hour, though, so I don't know if that is a quick enough project for you.

If plushies wouldn't do the trick, you could try loom knitting. It's not expensive to start up, and you can make unique headbands and hats in an hour or two as long as you're using extra bulky yarn.

If you're still set on the snow globe idea, I did a search on another craft site I use for inspiration sometimes. There are a lot of very cool ideas that don't use water: http://www.oneprettything.com/?s=snow+globe

Hope those ideas help!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n5562sZqBU <- polymer clay snowglobe tutorial

I find that resin is a pretty good waterproof glaze, since it's often used for wood/surface varnish. Fimo won't tend to crumble unless you don't bake out all the plasticizer (which would leave only PVC, which is waterproof). People often put it in water to quench them after baking, which makes the pieces stronger

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Thanks Monika Gottindottir Happy making plushies is a really cute idea!

And mpanda, yeah, that sounds like it makes sense - I'll try putting the water in to see if I can make the pieces stronger Happy
Thanks guys, so far! ^^

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if you really like the snow globe idea, you can actually try to make terrariums too. or, if you like clay, you can also decorate them using your handmade clay miniatures instead of plants. I made a rose clay and put it in a plastic bauble and used it as my birthday cake topper.

If you like plushies you can always buy some sock and make sock animals. if you need reference hop over to my projects, who knows you find something that you want.

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Ooh, yeah, that's a good idea! Thanks judithchen Happy

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