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DIY Housewarming Gift

March 26, 2015
Transforming a house into a home takes more than just beautiful decor and perfectly placed furniture…it takes time, love and care. Moving into – and setting up – your dream house can be a daunting task, which is why housewarming gifts are a thoughtful way to wish someone an easier transition into their new home. We’ve put together an example of an easy housewarming gift to ease that transition for a family member, friend, or even a new neighbor.
 Thinking of a theme is a great place to start, whether it’s a room of the house or even a favorite family activity. For this particular example, we chose the kitchen as our starting point. We took an ordinary wooden box found at our local craft store and transformed it into something the new home owners could use as a decor item in their kitchen.
Here is a neat trick – take a regular wooden box and apply a light coat of craft glue. Apply paint over the glue as soon as it gets a little tacky and as the glue dries underneath, you will see a very subtle crackle appear on the surface. NOTE: we used a regular glue stick to achieve a more subtle crackle, but using liquid white glue will provide a more noticeable effect. Once the paint has completely dried, freehand your word of choice (or use your favorite font or stencil to transfer a message onto the box). Then simply sand the box to achieve a more distressed look.
Choose useful items such as wooden spoons, cutting boards and any other with other items you feel will be most appreciated. In our example, we’ve included a handmade grain sack, a cook book, some dish soap and fun salt and pepper shakers made from mini Ball jars for a touch of whimsy. The cute little rosemary pot adds a pop of color and adds a nice fragrance.
Don’t forget to add a little tag with a sweet message for a personal touch. We made use of a chalkboard tag with the short message “Home is where the heart is.” But yours could say, “Welcome to the neighborhood” or even a simple, “Warmly, The Gaines Family.” This housewarming gift basket doesn’t need to be expensive or extravagant, just a little something to ensure you’ll always have a friendly neighbor you can borrow a cup of sugar from in a moment of need. Enjoy!
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