Christmas Gift Idea: Easy Crafts for Coworkers by Cheryl Harper

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My favorite part of the holidays is hunting up the perfect gift for a friend or family member. When I find it, I might as well have conquered the world. Sometimes that means a handmade gift. I go into the season with big plans: I’ll make a quilt for everyone. Or knit a scarf for all the ladies I know. Or maybe I can manage a dishcloth for every house. Or…I’m out of time! How about cookies for everyone and a nice, well-intentioned gift card…

 

This year, I’m not even fooling myself. I need quick. Also, cheap. Something that shows, “I’m thinking of you. I like you. Let’s be friends.” I’ve been fiddling around with a project that accomplishes that. My coworkers, we’re part the “workstation” culture. You might know them as cubicles. Lots of metal. So let’s stick magnets to them.

What you need:
-Precut wood shapes. I chose rectangles in two sizes but any shape would work.
-ModPodge®
-Brush
-Printouts of photos or quotes. I printed on cardstock to get a thicker surface.
-Craft magnets
-Optional: acrylic paint

 

And it’s easy enough: If you want a more finished edge, paint the wood shapes first. Using the precut wood piece as a template, trim your printout. Then put down a coat of ModPodge and the printout; finish with at least one more coat of ModPodge. Let that dry. Attach the magnets. Mine had adhesive on the back already.

 

I chose a picture of my dog Jack with a cute dog quote. That one’s for me. That’s how I do all my Christmas shopping: one for you, one for me. The cat magnet is a stock photo with a great quote. The smaller ones were either inspirational or things a coworker says often enough that it’s truly personal. I did all the artwork at Canva.com, made oversized images, and then placed them in a Word document to print several at a time. No special software needed. It was fast, easy and cheap enough to make one for everyone in my office. Probably attached to a tin of cookies because I can’t fight tradition.

 

About the Author:

Cheryl Harper discovered her love for books and words as a little girl, thanks to a mother who made countless library trips and an introduction to Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House stories. Now she spends her days searching for the right words while she stares out the window and her dog snoozes beside her.

In Heartwarming Holiday Wishes, Cheryl Harper contributed Finding His Fiancee by Christmas. Her latest Harlequin Heartwarming release is Smoky Mountain Sweethearts.