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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We’ve gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can “hop” from one blog to another to check them all out.


Vintage Suitcase Inspired Man's Butler Box Handmade Gifts from CupcakesandCrinoline.com

 Years ago I saw a dresser butler and thought it was a great way to keep a man’s dresser neat and tidy.  This year, I thought I would make one for my husband.  The box itself is premade (details below) so that was a real time saver.  

Materials needed:

Vintage Inspired Butler Box Basswood Box from Walnut Hollow

Basswood Box from Walnut Hollow

Vintage Inspired Butler Box Rowlux

Rowlux in gold moire and dark blue moire on the interior to give it a velvet look 



Gold Paint and Paint Brush

Measure Box

1.  Measure box ~ bottom: base & sides, top:  base and sides

Vintage Inspired Butler Box H7 2.  Cut Rowlux according to your measurements

Vintage Inspired Butler Box H9

5 pieces for the bottom and 5 pieces for the top.  

Vintage Inspired Butler Box H11

3.  Stain exterior of box and edges only.  DO NOT STAIN the interior.

Vintage Inspired Butler Box Handmade Holidays 4.  Once the stain has dried glue the Rowlux into place.

Vintage Inspired Butler Box H12

 Vintage Suitcase Butler Box H1

5.  I allowed the stain to dry and then added a stencil shape and a chalkboard font Monogram~ I used my Cricut for both and sanded lightly when dry to give the box an aged look.

Vintage Suitcase Butler Box H3

6.  I saved leather straps and buckles from a purse I threw out and these were exactly what I needed to give the box a Vintage Suitcase look.  I used my Westcott scissors to cut right through the leather easily.

Vintage Suitcase Butler Box H4

7.  Next, glue the straps into place on your box keeping the buckle at the open/close point.

Vintage Suitcase Butler Box Handmade Christmas Gift for Men from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

And that’s it!  A Vintage Suitcase Inspired Man’s Butler Box made from a plain wooden box and a few extras.  

Vintage Inspired Man's Butler Box Handmade Holidays from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

p.s. In case you’re wondering that is my husband’s flip phone…..he is in the stone ages! ūüėČ 

Vintage Suitcase Inspired Man's Butler BoxHomemade Gift Idea for Men from cupcakesandcrinoline.com

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects??

Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!


Ellison Educational Equipment

Walnut Hollow

Graphic 45

Neat and Tangled

Therm O Web


Elizabeth Craft Designs

Pink and Main

The Buckle Boutique

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L

Rowland Technologies

ICE Resin

Hydrangea Hippo

Clearsnap – Suzanne Austin

Stencil1 – Ed Roth

Graphic 45 -Nadya Lifa 

Cookies for Breakfast- Beth Pingry

Cupcakes and Crinoline – Mary Beth Sharkey 

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Frances Byrne

Lazy Mom’s РJoanna Grzeszczak

Homemade Ginger – Megan Kapple

Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L – Asia King

Ellison Educational Equipment – Anna-Karin Evaldsson

One Artsy Mama- Amy Latta

Therm O Web – Alice G0lden

Lovely Etc – Carrie Spalding

ICE Resin – Clare Horner

Pink and Main – Yolie Burke

The Buckle Boutique – Stephanie Nericcio

Modern Surrealist – Marisa Pawelko

A Little Craft In Your Day – Tanner Bell

Artsy Findings – Cheryl Waters

Stampin Mindy – Mindy Baxter

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Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo’s board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop – please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Clearsnap || Ellison Educational Equipment || Walnut Hollow || Graphic45 || Westcott || ICE Resin || Therm O Web || Rowland Industries || Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L || Pink and Main || Elizabeth Craft Designs || The Buckle Boutique || Neat and Tangled

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