It is quite a challenge just to think of something different to make each time that is not too large or heavy but strong enough to stand up to two postal journeys - one to "Santa" who puts together the parcels and the other to the recipients. In the past I have made key rings, stuffed animals, calendars and buttons. these and the gifts I got in return are the subject of (much) earlier posts.
This year I made door (or wall) signs using MDF blanks that just fitted into a shoe box for posting.
I started by painting gesso over the whole sign and then used a chocolate brown coloured paint round the edge. The colour in the close up photos is a better representation then the one taken of the sign hanging on the wall.
I die cut letters from chipboard and glued these and lots of art and craft bits and pieces down with gel medium Glossy Accents.
I used all sorts of things including pencils and old paint brushes ( I have so many with gummed up bristles!). I painted over everything with gesso to disguise unwanted colour and used spray inks with pearl powders over the top to create a unified, aged, stained look.
I finished off by highlighting the letters and other details with Treasure Gold and dyed string with Walnut ink to create the hanging.