The holiday season is here and I can guarantee that 98% of us still have people that we need to find the perfect gift for. So here is where I come in. Every day this week I am showing you a project that you can make for someone you like/love/want to blow their socks off. The projects range from simple simple to a little less simple but still really doable. Can you feel the gift giving happiness oozing from my ears? Cause it is.
So bust out your holiday cheer and lets get to work!
FRIENDS! I hope you have been enjoying this fun week of original handmade gifts! I have had a blast coming up with these cheap and awesome projects! Up today is a project that will cost you $.25.
That is ONE QUARTER. I mean nothing like giving someone a gift that only cost a quarter to show that you care. The best part? They will NEVER be able to tell!
All you need for this project is an old book (I love Readers Digest for their fun colors and patterns!!) and a saw (we will talk more about that later!) There are a few places in St. George that sell these babies for a quarter because they ALWAYS have them.
Start by deciding what letter to do. Capitols are easier, the less curves the better, but every letter is totally doable.
Draw your letter backwards onto the backside of your book. You want something that you can see well, I used a washable marker so that I could wipe the extra ink off after I was finished.
Next you are going to put small nails into the parts that are going to be removed. This makes it so that you book stays tight and doesn’t slip. Use nails that are just smaller than the thickness of your book. Put at least one in the front and one in the back. Make sure that its is far away from your cut line. Cutting over a nail does not sound like my idea of a festive holiday.
To cut your letter you will need one of 3 things. A scroll saw, a band saw, or a jigsaw. I tried it with a scroll saw and a jig saw and I think that though the scroll saw took longer it was a little easier to use.
If you are using a scroll saw and are extra concerned with making a straight cut you can put a guide on your saw base to help you be all that you can be.
Then its time to cut. I used a regular tooth saw blade and it was fine, I bought fine ones just in case but didn’t need them! Make sure that you are being safe. Wear protective goggles and face mask, because lets face it, most Readers Digest Books come from old peoples houses and who want to get old people smell in their lungs? Sick.
If you need to smooth a spot or two out just use fine grit sand paper (220) and it will work really well!!
If you want to cut the negative space on some letters like O or P or R, drill a hole with your driver into the center of the space and then according to your saw’s instructions thread the bald through the hole so you can cut it out. I was planning on doing that with the R but I actually love it without the space.
Isnt this such a fun personalized gift?
Don’t miss the other projects in the It’s a Mandilicious Christmas Series!
Love Your Guts, Mandi