Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Greatest Gifts

A wise man once said:
"We all enjoy giving and receiving presents. But there is a difference between presents and gifts. The true gifts may be part of ourselves--giving of the riches of the heart and mind--and therefore more enduring and of far greater worth than presents bought at the store."

Create a tradition that will keep giving all year long. Decorate a wooden block to look like a gift. Perform secret acts of service for family members and leave the small gift at the scene.

A two-inch wooden block might be remembered as the greatest gift you received this year!

Here's how to make your own special memories:

~Materials Needed~
2 inch wooden block
(can be a different size, but we just happened to have 2" blocks available!)
Red or Green Craft Paint
Foam Brush
2x8 inch section of Christmas giftwrap paper (optional)
Mod Podge Glue (for paper version)
Distress Ink (See Distress It for our favorite colors)
Ribbon / Tag

1. Paint block. If you are making the wrapping paper version, you only need to paint the top and bottom of the block.

2. For the gift-wrapped version, cut a strip of paper that is slightly larger than 2x8 inches. Apply to block section by section using Mod Podge glue and brush. Be sure to remove any air bubbles. Let the glue dry before cutting away any excess paper.

3. Sand corners and edges of block. If desired, distress exposed wood to give the gift a time-worn look.

4. All that's left is to add a ribbon and tag. Our tag says:
"An act of service you can give
to family members where you live.
Leave this present, then depart,
the truest gifts come from the heart."

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