Hey Craftberry Bush friends…it’s Annie from Zevy Joy. I’m excited to be back this week to share a fun DIY that I think would be perfect for gifting.
I love giving gifts but sometimes get stumped on what to give. Depending on the person, it can be a little tricky picking out the right gift while also doing it on a budget. Fortunately, it’s the thought that matters most!
I always enjoy walking through pretty little gift shops and the thoughtful and creative gifts they have so brilliantly displayed on their tables. It was those very shops that provided the inspiration for today’s idea.
I keep hearing lots of wonderful things about the adult coloring books out there and thought it would be fun to pair it with some decorative colored pencils; pencils that could easily be left out beautifully displayed on someone’s desk.
So I got to work and made a set and here is how you can too…
- You will need colored pencils (I used CraZart), scissors with a pencil or paper cutter, ruler, a variety of scrapbooking paper and a glue stick.
- Cut strips of paper the length of the pencil (minus the sharpened point) and the width (allowing a little extra to overlap). It will depend on what colored pencils you use, but my strips of paper measured about 1 1/2 inches wide.
- Next, cover the strip with glue and begin wrapping your pencil very tightly around.
- Add extra glue on the finishing edge of your paper as you finish wrapping to ensure it will adhere.
- As a side note, these sharpened fine for me and while it does take some of the paper off, they still look great (I had a silly little sharpener too that wasn’t very high grade – ha!)
And that’s it! This little project was so easy, looks special and adds a little detail to a desktop or gift.
Knowing that I had thought of using this as a gift, I wanted to share how I would put it together in a basket too…
Just by putting some simple and inexpensive things together, you can have a lovely present for a birthday, housewarming, Mother’s Day gift or even an Easter Basket for someone more mature.
I used bright colors that would compliment the newly made colored pencils and stuck the goodies in a small crate (because gift “baskets” do not necessarily have to be in a basket).
I added a pencil holder to match the pretty paper and of course the piece that ties it all together, an adult coloring book from Leisure Arts.
Flowers are always a good idea (I used faux in this scenario because I was looking for specific colors), and who doesn’t love a little butterfly to brighten your day?
Mixing patterns between floral and stripes gives visual interest to the gift.
Sometimes grown ups need to display their art too =), so I made sure to include some magnet clips that could be hung on the refrigerator.
Being someone who loves art and gift giving, this project was a treat to do and share with you!