Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the second Sizzix project for the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! We've joined with local California blogger Hydrangea Hippo on this hop to bring you some delightful handmade holiday gift ideas! Today's  handmade holiday Sizzix project was made by Hilary Kanwischer of Hilary Scraps.

Hey everyone, I'm so excited to be participating in the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!  I hope you will enjoy my handmade gift idea.  I have a few new neighbors that moved onto my street in the last few weeks, so I thought of sending them a welcome basket for Christmas.  This basket, (or bucket) is very simple to create and with the addition of a small gift card or a favorite recipe, this is a gift I'm sure they'll adore.  I hope you enjoy!

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

This is very simple to make, you just need a few ingredients, along with some fabric, a wooden bucket, seasonal sprigs, gingerbread and some burlap and ribbon, etc...

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

On the side of the bucket I attached a stained tag along with red-check ribbon and a giant rusty bell.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

.....and on the other side, I included a handmade gingerbread. The gingerbread is not edible, though I'm sure you could tuck in a few edible ones if you so desired.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

and finally. no Christmas gift would be complete without a giant rusty bell.

This gingerbread bucket was so much fun to make, let me show you how I created this.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

We're going to start by making the fabric heart. This was made using the Framelits Hearts set from Sizzix. I used one fabric heart for my project, (but I did create two, I also want another one on hand). But for this project, it only requires one.

So....using your Sizzix Big Shot Pro die cutting machine by Sizzix, or your Big Shot, cut two fabric hearts from the largest size heart Framelits die.

To get the best cut from your fabric, first line the tray with the adapter pad, then lay down the Magnetic Platform on top. Next lay a Cutting Pad down, then your fabric, the Heart Framelit with the cutting side down, then finally another cutting pad on top. Roll this sandwich through your Big Shot Pro.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

You will need two pieces of fabric for each heart you create. I used a red and green one together.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Next, pin your fabric hearts, keeping the right sides together.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Machine stitch using a 1/8"-1/4" seam allowance along with an opening for flipping.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Once sewn, flip hearts right side out.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

And stuff the heart with poly fiberfill, as full as you'd like.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Once full, sew a simple sititch to close the heart up.

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For the bucket, gather your suppies. Seasonal picks, pine cones, floral foam, hot glue, ribbon, ric-rac, walnut stained tag stamped with a sentiment, your fabric heart, some burlap, red check ribbon, berry sprigs and of course an old wooden bucket with handle, and a gingerbread man. I make a ton of gingerbread men every year to give out, they are so fun to create.

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Okay, to assemble your bucket, insert a piece of floral foam into the bottom, and tuck in some burlap around the edges in the back. You can hot glue all this together. Next begin inserting your seasonal sprigs.

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And all the rest of your goodies, just keep filling up the bucket, there's no rhyme or reason, just fill to your liking. Once the bucket is filled, hot glue red ric-rac around the top of the bucket uisng hot glue, and adhere the tag and ribbon with bell on the side of the bucket. Slip in a little gift card, or your favorite gingerbread recipe and voila! A gift anyone would love to receive. I know I would love to find this at my front door.

I hope you enjoyed my project today.

Happy gift giving and Merry Christmas!!

Hilary Kanwischer

Sizzix Die Cutting Supplies


  • wooden bucket, (found at any craft supply store)
  • holiday sprigs
  • an ornamental gingerbread, (I made mine from scratch, but they can be easily found)
  • an assortment of red check ribbon, ric-rac, twine and burlap
  • fabric
  • poly fiberfill
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine
  • floral foam
  • hot glue
  • pinecones and berries
  • spanish moss for filler
  • rusty bell
  • stained tag with alphabet stamps

Get ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects!

To follow along on the blog hop click on each of the links below today to get more handmade gift ideas. If you like it, pin to Pinterest! Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a fantastic prize from the sponsors and follow again tomorrow for another 30+ amazing handmade gift ideas.


Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Hydrangea Hippo


Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 

Rowland Technologies 

Neat and Tangled 

ICE Resin   ‎

Therm O Web

Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main 

The Buckle Boutique

Clearsnap - Vivian Keh

Ashley Rader - Giddy Upcycled

ICE Resin - Jen Cushman   ‎

Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps

Graphic 45 - Andrew Roberts

Rina Gonzales - Mothership Scrapbook Gal

Therm O Web - Amanda Niederhauser

Cori Warner - The Flying C

Yana Smakula - My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking

The Buckle Boutique - Shawn Mosch

Eileen Hull Designs - Eileen Hull

Angela Muir - Handmade in the Heartland

Krista Winters - eat, knit & d.i.y.

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Erica Houghton

Katie Smith - Punk Projects

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Karen Aicken

Jeanie Hevener - Create & Babble

Ellison Educational Equipment - Hilary Kanwischer 

Fancy Shanty - Stacy Molter

Liz Hicks - Blogerisms

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