Here are some cheap gift ideas that we young women leaders have done for our LDS class members.
We made small Christmas ornaments for each girl based on a Christmas ornament the Beehive counselor had at her house.
We printed a black and white picture of the Savior on some ink jet overhead projector (clear plastic) paper. I got my paper at Staples, but I think Wal-mart carries it, too. We cut the circles out and put them inside clear acrylic ornament balls I bought at Oriental Trading ($2.49/dozen). Then we put a cute tag on each that said, "Merry Christmas 2003 Love, Janet and Jenny".
Here's a better picture of the ornament photographed in front of a white sheet of paper and with the acrylic ball opened up
Here is the image of the Savior as a clipart file.
More low cost gift ideas
Time Capsule Photos
I took digital photos of our class in various poses after church one Sunday so that each girl could have a picture of our Beehive class for her time capsule. It cost 30 cents each to have these pictures printed at Walgreens, but you can get them as cheap as 16 cents each at Costco or Sam's Club.
I stood on a chair and took this one of the girls and other leader. Some of them complained about lying on the floor, but this was everybody's favorite picture when it was printed.
The other pose we had included each of the girls' and leaders' names, so they could remember the names of each girl in their Beehive class at some future date. (I didn't post that picture here -- you never know what kind of wackos are online!)
Youth Conference 2004
This necklace charm was created by our Stake as a gift for each person at Youth Conference. It looks to me like it was done with one of those laser cutter prototyping machines (based on the slight burns on the back). Each charm is about 1 3/4 inches tall.
I don't know how much these cost, but I doubt they were terribly expensive given our budget.
This year the Beehive counselor and I gave each girl in our class an Italian link charm bracelet. These modular charm bracelets are very popular here, and I could get them really cheap on eBay. We decided to make a photo charm with a picture of our local temple on it so the girls could remember our temple trips together.
Here's a scan (my camera is STILL broken) of my bracelet with the temple charm on it:
I bought a lot of 10 bracelets stamped with a heart on each link for about $10, a kit for making photo charms for about $10 (included enamel, hardener, mixing cups and sticks), and a lot of 20 blank photo charms for about $5 on eBay. I printed a tiny picture of the temple from my list of temples that was 4.5mm high and 8mm wide on high quality photo paper (I've tried them all many, many times and prefer Kodak brand). I think it came to about $3.00 per bracelet.
I found it worked best to put a little smudge of the epoxy on the photo charm to help hold the picture to the charm while you position the photo. Bubbles didn't seem to be a problem. The main trick was making sure I didn't put too much epoxy on--I wiped any excess I could see with a paper towel. I mixed the epoxy slightly more than 1:1, more like 1.5 parts hardener to 1 part enamel, and I let it dry overnight. When they were dry, some of them still stuck a little bit, but I was able to separate them easily with a very tiny flat bladed screwdriver that I stuck up between the hook and main charm (from the back, so as not to damage the epoxy).
A note: BE SURE to glue the pictures on right side up! On these bracelets, it was with the little hook to attach the next charm to on the right.
2009 - LDS Young Women 'YW' Charm
This year, I created this Young Women Charm to be an inexpensive alternative to much Young Women jewelry. You can buy the charms for as little as $1.25 each, and use them to create your own custom jewelry items. Here are some photos of ways we've used the charms:
This is the simplest way to use my LDS young women charms -- simply tie them on a scrap of ribbon. It cost around $1.30 when you add in the cost of the ribbon.
These earrings were made using the YW Charm. They cost $3.00/pair total. (You can even do them cheaper if you buy the wire hook style -- I splurged on the "expensive" ear rings.) You can find the earring hooks in the jewelry findings available in craft stores nationwide. I bought these at Michael's craft store, but they even carry them at Wal-Mart.
This simple Necklace cost $2.85, and again I bought the finding at Michael's. The little beads on the end of the necklace unscrew so that you can put the YW charms on easily.
2009 - LDS Young Women Jewelry Kit
I figured camp leaders might like to have a simple Young Women Jewelry Kit for inexpensive camp crafts. This kit retails for $4.00, and includes a 17 inch cord with adjustable clasp so you can make bracelets, anklets, or even necklaces to suit your girls.
You can get the Young Women Jewelry Kit in our store. Proceeds from your order will help keep this website free.
Isn't this cute? This woven heart was given to me by another leader for Valentine's Day.
Get the pattern, instructions and poem for this craft.
Temple Dress White Hanky Card
These white dress hanky cards would make a nice gift for graduating Laurels, Standards Night, or Christmas. (Yes, that IS a Kleenex -- couldn't find my lacey hankie!)
Get the pattern and instructions for this craft.
White handkerchief poems and traditions (converting a white handkerchief into a baby bonnet).
Something to Remember
My store carries Remember necklaces for $3.50. But if you buy the Remember charms in bulk, you can buy the chains from another of my vendors, and make your own Remember necklaces for $2.63 each or less! Here's the products to order: