Everyone loves a handmade gift when it's from a friend, family member or significant other. There is an element of personalization available in handcrafted gifts which can't be bought in stores for any price. If you're looking for some creative woodworking gift ideas for the holidays, a birthday or other occasion, there are plenty of ideas which will assist you in making the perfect choice.
Wood Pen Kits
Pen woodcrafting kits are great for designing a homemade, wooden gift for your boss, a co-worker or your significant other. You can find pen kits in a multitude of styles from thick barreled cigar pens to designer fountain pens. Great for teachers and executives, pens can be used for display but are fully functional as ink refills are always readily available. If you’re going the fountain pen route, you can also find matching wooden ink wells.
Handmade wooden signs are perfect gifts for home bars, garages, and even kitchens. You can personally engrave them, paint or decorate them as desired. Signs range from huge bar-styles to tiny wooden plaques with an inspirational quotation or meaningful phrase. One popular style is a cross-cut of wood from the trunk of a tree. The design or wording is carved into the wood then burnt. The wood is then finished and treated, and then thoroughly polished.
A coat or hat rack is a great gift for everyone, no matter what style home or apartment they live in. You can find a used one at a thrift store or antique furniture store, then sand, finish or paint yourself. You can also make them yourself, though this process does take a while. The wood must be hand cut and fashioned, taking care to keep all measurements precise. This is also a great craft project for those who are looking to get into woodworking and don't mind a long project.
Jewelry or music boxes are great gifts for females of all ages. Woodcrafting kits are available both on the Internet and in crafting stores. Use a kit or pattern to create a beautiful treasure box heirloom which will remain in the family for years to come. You can even add a piece of jewelry inside for the special lady. Try a custom music box with the lullaby she was sung to as a child or the song you danced to at your wedding.
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