Handmade Birthday Presents

Over the weekend one of my good friends celebrated her 25th birthday. I wanted to put together a special little present for her without breaking the bank. I figure that if I can’t put a ton of money into it, I can at least put a ton of love.

Handmade Birthday Card Heart Shaped

She loves all things hearts, so when I found an image of lips puckered in a heart shape in a magazine I knew it would be perfect for the card I was making. I had leftover bits of red-and-white polka-dot paper, which complemented the lips so well, so I decided to stick with that color palette.

Handmade Envelope J. Crew Catalog

The envelope was made from one of my favorite J.Crew catalogs. I googled “DIY envelope” and it actually turned out to be relatively simple. I gently pulled apart an existing envelope, traced the shape onto the paper I wanted to use, cut that out and then folded it to make an envelope. Now that I know it’s not too difficult I think I’ll be making my own envelopes all the time!

Revlon Parfumerie Nail Polish

We both love to paint our nails, so I picked out two bottles of Revlon’s new scented nail polishes for her. Aren’t the bottles darling? I haven’t actually tried them myself yet, but I plan to soon. My friend isn’t afraid of bright colors, so I also gave her two neon-colored hairbands. Finally, I threw in some fun red crinkle confetti and sealed up the box (that’s an old Birchbox by the way- I often save them and use them for storage!).

Birchbox Birthday Present

Putting together this present reminded me how much I like to create things. I need to remember to create with my hands more often! It makes me happy.

On March 5, 2014 · 18 Comments · In Handmade, Life
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  • Katrina Sophia

    that is really thoughtful of you! your friend is lucky to have you as her friend :)

    Katrina Sophia Blog

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you Katrina Sophia!

  • http://sarastrauss.blogspot.com/ Sara Strauss

    This is the cutest birthday present!! I’m going to have to recreate this for a friend’s birthday!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thanks Sara! I’d love to see a pic if you do :)

  • http://alwayswithyoo.blogspot.com/ Jane

    so so sweet! love that envelop – such a great idea!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you Jane! :)

  • http://rolalaloves.blogspot.com/ Rowena @ rolala loves

    The personalized handmade touch you added is lovely! Making things is fun!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you Rowena! Yes, making things is totally fun- I need to do it on a more regular basis!

  • Jenmarie

    Umm, this is beyond adorable! The envelope you made is perfect – I have to google it myself but would love the link to the tutorial you used! Can you tweet it to me? Oh and those nail polishes are super cute!!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thanks so much Jenmarie! I totally plan to try those nail polishes myself and I’ll probably post a mini review when I do!

  • http://studio-404.com/ Angel Y.

    This is super cute Nnenna! Personal gifts are always 10x more fun than expensive ones in my opinion. Love this!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you Angel! :D

  • http://www.dreamsinhd.blogspot.com/ Molly {Dreams in HD}

    such a cute and thoughtful gift! i can only imagine how happy it made your friend to open, and that envelope is beyond adorable :)

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you so much Molly. I was there when she opened it and I think it went over well :)

  • http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/ Jessica

    This is such a fun, thoughtful gift!

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      Thank you Jessica! :)

  • Jessica M

    i have the apricot nectar polish- smells so good, but it doesn’t last more than a day

    • http://starcrossedsmile.com/ Nnenna

      That’s the one I want! I went to CVS to pick it up earlier this week but they didn’t have it. Good to know Jess- thanks! :)