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coffee gift set for someone special

15 Jan

Each year it takes me about 2 month to think about the gifts to buy/make for Christmas. I just can’t walk into a shop and just buy something.  I think about the person and what they love.  For my colleagues I love to make something.  Although all of them get the same gift, I create the gift with that particular person in mind.  What colours does she loves, etc.

For this past Christmas, I gave them each a coffee gift set.  We all just love drinking coffee at work.  and this is how I did it.  (just keep in my mind that this was my first mosaic project ever.  it’s not perfect, but I’m hooked now.

Firstly I made a coaster for each person.  I bought a small wooden tray and painted it black.  Maybe you can paint it after the mosaic.

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Apply project/craft glue on the inside

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And do your mosaic thing.  Since it was my first project and didn’t want it too difficult, I used strips of mosaic blocks.

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And voila…. the pasting part is finished.

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After the glue dried, it time to do the grouting.  Just mix water with normal tile grout to a thick mixture and apply it onto the tiles.

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Scrape the surplus off with a credit card.

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After the grout dried, wipe the tiles clean.  You can now paint the tray black, if you didn’t do it at the first step

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cover the tiles and spray the tray with a spray varnish

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Now the coaster is finished. you can buy any beautiful mug.  I’ve decided to buy white mugs and paint their names on it with ceramic paint. 

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And now to complete the gift set.  I melted chocolate and dipped spoons in it and let it dry.  This makes a great hot chocolate when mixing with hot milk.

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Then I google for nice cappuccino and coffee mixture recipes and pour it into little canisters.

And this is how their gifts look like. 

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A nice gift for a coffee lover.

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a gift for a teacher

20 Jun

This is a quick gift to make for a teacher to say thank you!  I’ve used a pot plant with flowers, but you can use a bunch of flowers as well. 

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to make the flower:


(sorry, the photo is not very clear.  The paper in the middle was very shiny.  But if you look close, you will see the writing.)

download the following template:  (It’s in English and in Afrikaans)

For the flower:

  • Use template 3 to make the flower. 
  • Cut 6 circles out of beautiful paper. 
  • Paste together like in this diagram:

               Flower arrangement

Now for the middle part:

  • If you like the font I’ve used, you can use template 1.  Just delete the line and insert your child’s name.
  • If you want to change the font, use template 2. 
  • Print it and cut it out. 
  • Paste it in the middle of the Flower. 

Paste your flower on a stick and stick it in the ground.

It’s nice to say thank you for our teachers.  They are really special to your child. 

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