Christmas! I love this time of year!
Being on a tight budget can put you in a bind on what to give people you care about. You want something special, but don’t want to break your bank. So I enjoy making things and try to get the most I can out of a dollar.
I started this year by telling Home Depot that if I can have some cut bottoms from the trees, that I will give them one of whatever I make as a thanks.
Trip 1 -6 bottoms from trees, twine, ribbon and black paint.
I made these a couple of years ago. They are simple to make and only cost me a dollar for the ribbon.
Sand the pieces to get any dirt or resin off and to soften the ridges from the chain saw. Drill holes to run the twine through, paint a face and some buttons, add ribbon and your done. You can add twigs for arms, a felt hat, a pipe or make a scarf rather than the bow.
I took the people at Home Depot one and started heading off down the road when my creative juices started to overflow. I headed back to the store, got some more bottoms and branches and headed to the Walmart and got some green felt, the Dollar Tree to get some miscellaneous decorations and candles, then headed to the park to start working on them.
The end result…
Not bad for a couple of dollars. I once again, sanded the tree bottoms, wrapped the tree branch around it and tied it with twine. I decided to add a little aluminium holder to catch wax. Stuck the extra decorations in and held them with the clip from the flower. Finally glued the candle on top. I also made an ornament from left over twigs and some ribbon- this one is for me!
A homeless man approached me when I was trying to figure out how to make an acorn wreath. He asked.. “what have you got there?” I said I was working on Christmas gifts. He asked me, “how much are they?” I said “they are gifts, meant to be freely given, not sold. I then asked if he would like one of them. I don’t know if he appreciated it or not, but he took one and went away.
Once I finished all those, I turned to my regular wood working. I cut some tear drop crosses and a bell and bow. I need to finish sanding the tear drop crosses, but I finished the bell.
I also worked on my bicycle seat now that the foam is dry. I found that I don’t need tacks or staples at all! Yes! The seat actually had bendable things holding the old cover on, so I unbent them and took the old cover off and replaced it with the new vinyl. I can honestly say it looks better than the grocery bags, but I am definitely not doing this as a career…. It has wrinkles.
Considering that the vinyl and foam only cost me about $2.50, I am happy. New seats cost $20 and seat covers cost $10-$15, so I saved a lot money and more importantly, I did it!
I have a few more ornaments to make, then I will be starting to head north, but will be going over to the west coast of Florida first. How far I will be going I don’t know yet because the coldest part of winter is yet to come. I might head down to Naples, but I’m not sure yet.
That’s all for now.
Today’s tidbit: Doing good for another will put a joy in your heart that nothing else can.