Glorious gift ideas just keep coming from clever Parent Soup members. Try a creative few for family, friends, teachers and others.
The Gift of Nature
"Take the top ball part of a topiary. Then strategically glue the pieces from your favorite potpourri mix onto the ball. Insert a stick into the bottom of the ball, and put it into your favorite planter. I used gold and green ribbon to decorate the wooden rod in between; you can add as much variety as you like."
"In a glass jar, place eight ounces of simmering liquid potpourri. Microwave until very hot, about one to two minutes. Warning: This will have a very strong smell. Mix in four envelopes of unflavored gelatin until completely dissolved. Add another eight ounces of potpourri liquid and mix well. Pour into four- to six-ounce glass containers or jars, and refrigerate for two hours until set. You can add trinkets or dry flowers as it sets. Cover with lid and decorate with material, lace, raffia or ribbons."
"Paint a four-inch pot hunter green, speck it with white paint, then stencil a burgundy apple on the front. I found some plaid 'homespun' paper ribbon in green, glued it around the rim, tied a green or natural raffia bow and glued it to the top of the paper ribbon, and added a cute button. I filled the pot with Spanish moss and glued the rest around the top of the pot. Finally, I filled the pot with wooden or plastic apple ornaments. I made a little sign, "APPLES 5 CENTS," put it on a dowel and inserted it into the moss like a plant pick. It was very cute!"
"Take baker's clay, preferably brown, and shape it into a round base for the Christmas tree, making the bottom nice and flat, so the tree won't wobble. Make a small, deep well by tapping the top-center of the clay with the bottom of a ballpoint pen. This is where your 'tree' will sit. Mom will need to help bake the clay, following the directions on the package.