A Very Merry Christmas season to you and yours from the Revive household. If you are like me, there’s a certain something wonderful about handmade Christmas gifts. Especially this year with the coronavirus, when we may not get to see our loved ones in person, giving them something handmade by mail might just be the best idea ever. This is especially true if that person is a coffee lover.

Before we get started though if you haven’t checked out my other projects from A Makers Studio (AMS) you might want to do so here.

Being from Seattle and being Scandinavian, coffee runs through my blood, lol. That’s why this gift idea is near and dear to my heart. Do you have any coffee lovers in your life? If so, this tutorial is for you. Using things I found at the local dollar store along with products from A Makers Studio for which I am an affiliate, I’ve put together an ‘easy peasy, coffee squeezy” gift basket for you to give to the coffee lovers in your life.

*Disclosure: I only recommend products I would use myself and all opinions expressed here are our own. This post may contain affiliate links that at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission. “

Here’s a list of the things you’ll need to make a Coffee Lovers Christmas Basket.

If you are a coffee lover like me or you know someone who is, make a bunch of these coffee lover gift baskets for Christmas. I made this for $12 at the Dollar Store!

Here’s a list of the things you’ll need from A Makers Studio:

Dollar Tree Items:

Amazon Items:

Because there are so many projects in this basket it will be easier for you to watch the video than for me to spell everything out in this blog post. That said I will lay out some tips and tricks for using each of the product’s I have recommend. But first here’s the video!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=368963651018906

Stencils – AMS stencils are just like screen printing stencil’s because they have tiny micro holes that allowed the medium to go through the stencil, maintaining intricate detail and edges. This allows you to create crisp, detailed images. It is important that you clean your stencil’s quickly after you use them especially if you are using one step paint or any of our inks. All you need to do to wash it is run it in some lukewarm water and use a sponge to gently wash away whatever medium you used well. Allow them to drive face up without allowing the adhesive to touch anything. Don’t use a paper towel to dry it out because the fibers in the towels will muck up your stencil.

Coffee Lover’s Stencil

If you are using gel ink or paint I would highly recommend putting some painters tape around the edges so that you don’t overshoot the application in get it on a piece of your base without wanting to.

Chalk Art: make sure that you tighten the lid after use because it will dry out if you don’t. Also make sure that you cut the spreader in half to give yourself more room to maneuver at and only put a little bit on the edge as you scrape it across the stencil.

Chalk Art

Gel Art Ink: this is wonderful stuff to use on all sorts of fabrics because it is permanent period all you need to do is apply it like you would chalk art with a spreader or a small artist brush and then let it dry for about an hour so it’s not wet to the touch. Then take a then cloth or parchment paper and apply it to the top of your ink and use an iron in on the cotton setting and iron over the area for two to three minutes. This will heat set the ink so that it is permanent.

Get Art Ink

Ceramic Ink: This stuff is absolutely amazing and there’s nothing that you really need to do to get it to adhere. Just to make sure that you apply it as noted above and you allow it to dry to the touch for several hours. Then go ahead and use it to your delight. This type of ceramic ink does not require you to bake it which is just absolutely glorious!

Rescue Restore Paint: You can get these adorable 2 ounce sizes on the maker studio website and they come in a variety of colors. The color I picked for this project was “Pick a Pepper”  an it is a medium based soft red that is great for Christmas. Just apply two thin coats using the brush of your choice on the wood surface and you’re good to go. You don’t need to necessarily seal this paint unless you absolutely want to make it permanent. It is already self-sealing and since I am using chalk art on it I can erase the chalk art in the future put on a fresh coat to create something absolutely new. It’s all up to you!

So, I hope this tutorial is helped give you some great ideas for the coffee lovers in your life as well as an introduction to many of the fabulous products that A Maker Studio has. As always, if you ever have any questions feel free to reach out to me at revivebyheidi@gmail.com and be sure to follow me on social media and subscribe to my YouTube channel to get lots more fabulous tutorials for crafting and furniture painting.

Happy painting everyone!

Heidi