Do you have one of those families that likes to make gifts instead of buy gifts?

Well (thank goodness) I have one of those families!  We all decided a few years ago that the ladies would make gifts for the ladies and the men would make for the men (I love seeing what the men come up with each year).

One year my brother made different jerkys (or is it jerkies?) for everyone.  It was all eaten before the new year rolled around.  One year my dad wrote a letter and put it in an old milk bottle instead of wrapping it (kudos on the antique bottle dad!)

My oldest brother made a calender with Bible verses throughout.

Only this wasn’t your everyday-average-Lifeway type calendar.

The verses were some of the oddest verses that the Bible has to offer and he paired each with a picture that gave each verse a fresh perspective.  We were rolling.  I still pull that calendar out every now and then for a giggle.

Now the ladies, on the other hand, have this in the bag.  We all have areas that we are comfortable with in the creativity department.  Mom and one of my SILs are very crafty and usually sew, paint or use their Silhouette machines.  My SIL that doesn’t do ‘crafts’ compiles a shutterfly book through out the year as a family album.  We LOVE getting it and flipping through on Christmas morning.

I think we enjoy just knowing that there was a lot of thought and love that went into each gift.

If you are in one of these kinds of families, you have come to the right place!  The Silhouette group that I am a part of has 19 ideas for DIY gifts just in time for you to gather all the supplies and make some fun stuff!

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Now, I’m not going to say whether or not my project will be given at Grandmother’s house on Christmas morning.  My family will just have to show up and see what I’ve made for them…

For this project, you’ll need to get the shape of the state that your gift receiver is from or that is special to them in some way.  I downloaded this one.

Here is how to take away the lettering and state capital star.

MM state silhouette gift 1

Then I added a heart to show the hometown and cut it from textured card stock.

MM state silhouette gift

Using Elmer’s spray adhesive, I attached burlap directly to the frame backing and then attached the state to the front of the burlap.

MM state silhouette gift 2

Slap some paint on the frame and voila!  You are finished!  With plenty of time to spare.  🙂  You are welcome.

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I hope your friends and family love them!!

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12 Responses to Personalized Gift Giving { with Silhouette }

  1. This turned out great! I love the state pride trend!

  2. Great project Holly. Thanks for the tutorial too – you make it look nice and easy 🙂

  3. This is such a great gift idea Holly! I think it’s awesome that your entire family makes homemade gifts for each other. My daughter is the only other crafter in my family and she never disappoints.

  4. Carrie says:

    I love it! I really want to attempt something similar. You did a great job!

  5. I love this idea! It would make a great gift for someone who is moving. And the fact that you started off with Ryan at the top of your post is just winning! Pinning – not Ryan, your project. 🙂

  6. Amy Sewell says:

    Love this! Love, your non-craftsy SIL.

  7. I am a big fan of state art like this, I think it’s so fun! And the burlap background is perfect. What a simple but perfect gift idea!

  8. Bethany says:

    This is so cute! I love having personalized art, and state art is so much fun.

  9. Holly,
    I love how you did the project out of cardstock. It gives the gift a bit more dimension and keeps the cost reasonable. It is a beautiful gift made with love. Your family tradition is AWESOME!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & LilyPads

  10. Lequita Craig says:

    Love it. I live in Alabama. So Roll Tide!

  11. I have always been a huge fan of personalized gifts and my heart melted when I heard the guys even make home made gifts. I love it and just may suggest this for this year’s family white elephant.

    I know you love yourSilhouette and every time I see you or someone else crafting with it,II get closer and closer to buying one. Maybe that will be my Christmas present to myself!

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