Monday, December 3, 2012

Dare to... Give Homemade!

Over the years, a new tradition has evolved within my family where my sisters and I make homemade gifts for each other, with a $10 and under price tag.  It's really nice because we don't have to spend a lot of money on gifts that mean nothing - but instead get to think creatively and try to one-up each other make each other happy (we're sisters, after all). 

You can see a few things they have made me and I have made them here and here. Gifts have included necklaces, refinished furniture, photo mugs, and coasters.

I think it's safe to share what I'm making for my sister Caitlin because she doesn't read my blog regularly (if you are reading, go away!!).  

Caitlin's dog Bennett is quite goofy-looking - which makes for fantastic pictures of him.  

So I decided to make her a little dog art for her apartment showcasing her favorite little monster.

It was hard to photo, since I Mod Podged the whole thing in gloss, but you get the idea.  I painted a cheap canvas with acrylic paint and printed out the dog photo above.  I traced it onto scrapbook paper and podged it down.  Very easy - and under $10.  I think she will like it!

I'll try to share my other homemade gifts after the holidays - but seriously, who cares then?? :)

Go check out the other projects

All of the projects are also being linked up to these fun blogs - check them out there too!
Decor and the Dog
Maybe Matilda 
Two Twenty One


  1. Oh my. This is precious!! The colors totally make the project too. I may need to make myself one of these. Okay, maybe some for friends too.

  2. This is sooooo cool! I totally want to make one of these for my in-laws. They have a little boston-pug mix who is their baby. Thanks for the inspiration. And thanks for linking up to Dare to DIY!

  3. I AM IN LOVE with this project!!!! What a lucky sister!!

  4. This is totally awesome. I love it! What a great idea!

  5. This is such a cute idea! I have 3 fur babies I'd love to make these for :)

  6. What a great tradition! I love the art you made - perfect colors. I think I may need one of our dog too, although she's rather fluffy, so I'm not sure how the silhouette would turn out.

  7. Oh, I know quite a few dog people who would love this. Love the colors you chose, Claire. It looks great.

  8. I loooove this idea. I absolutely need a pug piece just like this!

  9. This rocks! Love the colors. You captured the ears perfectly! Much Dare to DIY Love!

  10. He's such a cutie! The colors on the canvas really pop too! She'll love it!

  11. I love it! What a great tradition!


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