Tahlequah Daily Press

December 12, 2012

Homemade gifts need not be costly

Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Renee Lewis’ favorite Christmas present was a box her mother gave her that contained construction paper, scissors, glue and leftover Christmas cards. She’s been making crafts ever since, and for the past three years has participated in the Lost City scrapbooking group.

On Tuesday in the Tahlequah Public Library’s Carnegie Room, Lewis led her first class in craft-making and scrapbooking to show people how they can make a memorable gift with little or no money.

“It’s just things  you can make for a co-worker or friend that doesn’t cost you a lot of money. Just a little something to say you care and are thinking of them,” she said. “We’re making cards. Even if you’re not crafty, you can take store-bought cards and glue buttons and embellishments on them, like googly eyes on a Santa.”

Lewis’ class is “for all different degrees of craftspeople,” and participants had a table filled with the needed materials and embellishments to create keepsakes for their loved ones or workmates.

“It’s just a way of making little trinkets and things. For Easter, I had an Easter egg hunt for the girls at work. I work in the kitchen at Creek Elementary School, and I hid Easter eggs,” Lewis said. “I used Dove [chocolate] candy [eggs] and decorated them with buttons and bows and things. I hid them in their aprons, the cash register, and you know, places like the flour bin. I gave them a basket, and said who says Easter has to be just for kids? And I heard ‘Oh I found one!’ It was so much fun.”

Some basic tips and reminders Lewis gave for cardmaking included directions on how to avoid “lumping,” or a bubbling effect, when using glitter and contact paper, and to remember that use of embellishments may increase the weight and cost of postage on card.

Lewis noted embellishments can be found anywhere.


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