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Homemade … with love.

I love homemade things!

I love homemade gifts.

I love making homemade gifts with the girls.

I love giving homemade gifts!

This year, for Christmas, we’re giving homemade gifts to everyone, except the kids. I have a few ideas, but yes, this is one. {So if you are a relative, stop reading this post! Seriously. Don’t spoil the surprise! Log off NOW!}

Okay, family members??? Are you gone??

Just to be safe….

Hmmm ……..

It’s hopefully safe now. 😉 If not, it’s your own fault for spoiling the surprise, MOM!


I know you’ll love this DIY homemade gift idea … it’s SUPER AMAZINGLY cute and really, really easy to do!!

Homemade cake stands.  I saw this on pinterest and loved the idea.

All you need is glue … (which I bought at the local craft store)…

… a few plates that you have collected (I bought mine at the local thrift store, antique store and one at the Dollar Store) …

a few candle stick holders … (purchased at the Salvation Army thrift store and some from the Dollar Store)…

Circle the candle stick holder with the glue …

press the plate down onto the glue … let it dry for 24 hours and voila!

A super gorgeous cake stand! You can use a teacup platter and make it a cupcake stand, as well. TOO cute!

You can customize according to the colour of what your friend or relative would really like or  to the style of their home.

Simple! Lovely! Elegant! And VERY cost efficient. The glue cost me $7.75, most of the candle holders were .75 cents and the plates ranged from .50 cents to $2.00. Not bad!

Christmas doesn’t have to be overly expensive – you just need to get a little creative … 🙂

November 16, 2011 - 10:34 pm

Heidi - Wowee!! Those are absolutely lovely and will make GREAT Christmas gifts. Thanks for another great idea Gillian! 🙂

November 16, 2011 - 5:14 pm

Catherine Robertson - I LOVE this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 Thank you for the amazingly FUN idea! We are SO doing this too!! Thanks Gigi!!! *heart*

November 16, 2011 - 11:13 am

Kim Robbins - Awesome idea Gillian..thank-you. We made hot chocolate with your peppermint/chocolate sauce at our WM last night, it was wonderful!!

November 15, 2011 - 9:48 pm

karen - i love crafting with the kids. fun, fun,fun. have you tried making your own sugar cubes yet??? they are great gifts for tea/coffee drinkers, and they are pretty 🙂

November 15, 2011 - 9:38 pm

Karen Thompson - This idea is fantastic Gillian! Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try making them 🙂

November 15, 2011 - 6:34 pm

Eva Mende-Gibson - Absolutely beautiful! How on earth do you find the time to do it all Gillian!? I may have to try this too with my girls ♥

November 15, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Nicole - LOVE this idea … how unique and think I may just go this route myself!!!!!

November 15, 2011 - 5:45 pm

krista - super idea!

November 15, 2011 - 5:45 pm

krista - super day! love it!

November 15, 2011 - 5:27 pm

Keri - Love this!!! What a great idea!

November 15, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Christine - LOVE IT, great idea Gillian!! I hope your relatives didn’t peak, I know mine would have:)

November 15, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Crystal - Great idea! Love it!