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10 DIY Holiday Gifts to Wow Your Loved Ones

Orignally published on 2021-12-09 03:10:32 by www.shondaland.com

Holiday shopping can be costly, and going store to store in the mall looking for the right gift for someone is a hassle. Plus, you have to deal with traffic, long checkout lines, and massive crowds. There’s online shopping, sure, but the sheer volume of options can be overwhelming. But gift-giving doesn’t always have to involve spending more than you budgeted for on some impressive gadget or item of clothing that a person might not even appreciate. Here are some easy DIY gifts that your friends and family will love. And the best part is these are all easy on the wallet.


Personalized Farmers Market Tote

Courtesy of Veena Crownholm

Everyone uses reusable bags these days. Here is a fun way to personalize a tote for a pal.

What you need:

  • Jute tote
  • Acrylic all-weather paint
  • Letter stencil (I used vinyl on the Cricut)
  • Ruler

    Directions:

    1. Center your stencil. I like to put it on the top third of the bag.

    2. Gently tape the stencil down and paint.

    3. Let it dry, and then place the other initial for stenciling/painting.

    4. Use a ruler, and trace lines with a pencil.

    5. Paint in the lines with the color of your choice.

    6. Fill the bag with your recipient’s favorite goodies, and deliver.

    Provided by mom-lifestyle expert Veena Crownholm.

    Cookies in a Jar

    mason jar cookies

    Courtesy of Veena Crownholm

    Pour your favorite dry cookie-recipe ingredients into a jar and gift them. Include a gift tag with the full baking instructions.

    What you need:

    • A mason jar
    • Chocolate chips or colored candies
    • Dry ingredients from your favorite cookie recipe

      Directions:

      1. Gather the ingredients for your favorite cookie recipe.

      2. Reduce the recipe size to a couple of cookies or a small cake.

      3. Using the mason jar and a funnel, start with the finest ingredient like flour on the bottom, then follow with sugar. Chocolate chips or colored candies look great in the middle. Have fun layering the ingredients.

      5. Once finished, close the lid, and tie with a recipe gift tag, which lists the wet ingredients they will need and the recipe. Keep it simple, like “Just add water and an egg, and bake at 400 degrees.”

      Provided by mom-lifestyle expert Veena Crownholm.

      Moss Frame

      moss frame

      Courtesy of Kelley Anderson

      Combine dried moss with some fun natural accents to create this piece of statement art.

      What you need:

      • Picture frame of your choice
      • A hot glue gun
      • Moss (real or synthetic)
      • Decorations like pine cones, river rocks, or dried flowers

        Directions:

        1. Buy any frame you like.
        2. Remove the plexiglass or glass so you are left with just the frame and the cardboard/wood backing.
        3. Glue the backing to the frame with a hot glue gun around the edges to make it more secure (normally, just the metal clips hold it in place).
        4. Start with moss that is fluffier moss; ideally, mood moss or reindeer moss is great as the highlight. Glue a few pieces in a triangle alignment (top right corner, top left corner, middle bottom, etc.).
        5. With the space you are left with, fill in the sheet moss, which is a flat moss that helps fill in negative space.
        6. From there, you can hot-glue details you like, including pine cones, sticks, river rocks, dried flowers, preserved ferns, etc.
          1. Provided by Kelley Anderson, the founder and artist behind Art Botanica.

            Pressed Flower Jewelry & Ornaments

            pressed flower jewelry  ornaments

            Courtesy of Natalie Bickel

            Collect flowers, dry them out, and turn them into statement jewelry.

            What you need:

            • Flowers
            • Superglue
            • Resin or resin-making kit
            • Packing tape
            • A pendant or mold of your choice
            • Disposable gloves

              Directions:

              1. First, you will want to play with how your flowers fit within the outline of the mold or hollow pendant. You can cut flowers, use single petals, etc.
              2. Once you’ve found an arrangement you like, super-glue the pieces together. That way, when the resin is poured, the arrangement doesn’t shift from the pour.
              3. Once super-glued, place a piece of packing tape, sticky side up, under the pendant. This prevents resin from leaking out. If you’re using a mold, you can skip this step.
              4. Next, place the super-glued arrangement of flowers inside the mold or hollow pendant. Put on the plastic gloves, and mix your resin together, following the instructions provided with your kit, making sure to combine the elements evenly.
              5. When it’s time to pour into the mold or pendant, do so slowly. Once it’s filled, let the finished product sit for at least 72 hours, but I recommend a week.
              6. Once it’s solidified, pop out of the mold or remove the tape from the bottom of the pendant. Then simply add a hook or chain through the hole at the top, and it’s ready to hang on your Christmas tree or be turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry.
                1. Provided by Natalie Bickel, the owner of WildflowerbyBickel on Etsy.

                  Wood to Wow Tray

                  fancy wood tray

                  Courtesy of Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog

                  Turn a boring old tray into a beautiful and functional accent piece with a few easy steps.

                  What you need:

                  • 1 drop cloth
                  • 3-4 brushes in varying sizes
                  • 1 wooden serving tray
                  • 1 roll painter’s tape
                  • 1 sample size light-blue paint
                  • 1 sample size white paint
                  • 1 sample size dark-blue paint

                    Directions:

                    1. Pick up a tray at your local thrift store, Target, or Amazon for less than $12.
                    2. Lay down a drop cloth. Keep the inside lining of the tray so you can paint the bottom without getting paint on the sides.
                    3. Paint the bottom of the tray light blue, and remove the tape while the paint dries.
                    4. Paint the outside and inside of the tray white.
                    5. Add a little bit of paint, in a darker shade than your base color, to a dry brush. Create streaks coming from the left and right sides of the tray. This will give the tray some painterly texture and is supposed to look messy, so don’t worry about getting it perfect.
                    6. When that paint is dry, paint imperfect white lines on either side of the tray, overlapping what you’ve already painted. Pop the champagne, because you have created a work of art. Cheers to that!
                      1. Note: We like the messy paint style, so we worked with a dry brush for added texture.

                        Provided by Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog, the co-authors of Wonder Walls: How to Transform Your Space With Colorful Geometrics, Graphic Lettering, and Other Fabulous Paint Techniques.

                        Leopard Welcome Mat

                        leopard welcome mat

                        Courtesy of Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog

                        Gift someone the opportunity to welcome guests in style with this fun personalized doormat.

                        What you need:

                        • 1 drop cloth
                        • 1-2 brushes in varying sizes
                        • 1 plain doormat (here’s one from Target for $10)
                        • 1 printout of the leopard-print design
                        • 1 sample size black exterior paint

                          Directions:

                          1. Lay down a drop cloth of sorts to protect the floor or countertop or wherever you’re working. We painted ours outside on grass, so we skipped the drop cloth.
                          2. Leopard print is essentially a bunch of imperfect blobs, polka dots, and “U” shapes. With a small brush, start painting the pattern on one side of the mat, and work your way across. The paint likes to hang out on the top layer of the mat, so be sure to push down somewhat hard on your brush to get the paint to soak in.
                          3. Once you’ve filled the entire mat, touch up any bits of paint that don’t seem opaque. Leave your mat somewhere safe to dry for an hour or two, then put it outside your door. You’ll get compliments immediately!
                            1. Provided by Roxy Prima and Phoebe Cornog, the co-authors of Wonder Walls: How to Transform Your Space With Colorful Geometrics, Graphic Lettering, and Other Fabulous Paint Techniques.

                              Snowy Mason Jar

                              Create a seasonally appropriate gift that will look great as a decoration in anyone’s home.

                              What you need:

                              • Empty mason jar
                              • Brush
                              • White glue
                              • Epsom salt
                              • 1.5 to 2 cm. of ribbon (any color)
                              • A festive-looking candle or decoration

                                Directions:

                                1. Cover the mason jar with white glue using a brush.
                                2. Sprinkle Epsom salt all over the jar until it covers the outside of the jar.
                                3. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes until the Epsom salt is intact.
                                4. Put a ribbon around the jar’s neck for an extra touch of vibrant color.
                                5. Put a small candle or decoration inside the jar, and voilà, the snowy mason jar is done!
                                  1. Note: Make sure that you don’t put too much glue on the jar; otherwise, it will ruin the Epsom salt once sprinkled.

                                    Provided by Arvie Narido, a gift researcher for Gift Rabbit.

                                    Regal Red Glitter Moisturizer

                                    glitter moisturizer

                                    Courtesy of Marie Davis

                                    Give your friend the gift of moisturizer … with some flair.

                                    What you need for an 8-ounce jar:

                                    • 14 oz. unrefined shea butter
                                    • 1 teaspoon of olive oil or oils of your choice
                                    • 40 drops of essential or fragrance oil
                                    • 1 tablespoon of red glitter, or whatever color you prefer

                                      Directions:

                                      1. Cut up the unrefined butter into small pieces, put in a mixing bowl, and add olive oil.
                                      2. Use an electric mixer, set to low speed, and mix.
                                      3. Whip the butter and oil together.
                                      4. Continue whipping butter until it reaches a very creamy and whipped consistency. It should resemble Cool Whip.
                                      5. Add the essential oil or fragrance oil and red glitter, and continue whipping until the oil and glitter are thoroughly mixed.
                                      6. Place in the 8-oz. jar or container.
                                      7. Sprinkle the red glitter on top of the butter.
                                      8. Cover with a lid, and store in a cool, dry area.
                                        1. Note: Recipe size can be decreased in half (4 oz.).

                                          Provided by Marie Davis, the founder/CEO of Ria’s Beauty Collection in Salisbury, North Carolina.

                                          Festive Glasses

                                          Spruce up some cheap wine glasses for the holidays.

                                          What you need:

                                          • Thrifted wine glasses
                                          • Chalkboard paint or spray paint
                                          • Blue painter’s tape
                                          • Chalk

                                            Directions:

                                            1. First, make sure to clean the glassware with rubbing alcohol, and let it dry.
                                            2. Decide where you would like the chalkboard to be and tape off the area.
                                            3. Next, paint your chalkboard. We found some spray chalkboard paint, and this is a huge time saver!
                                            4. Once your paint is dry, write a holiday message, then pair with a bottle for a fun gift!
                                              1. Provided by Desi Pappas, a marketing specialist and DIY expert at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.

                                                Decorative Shoes

                                                decorative shoes

                                                Courtesy of Desi Pappas

                                                Dress up some boring old shoes to bring out a loved one’s sense of style.

                                                What you need:

                                                • Permanent markers (blues, purples, pinks, black)
                                                • Spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
                                                • Blue painter’s tape
                                                • White fabric paint

                                                  Directions:

                                                  1. Start by taping off the soles to avoid getting any color on them. Remove the laces.
                                                  2. Color small sections of the canvas with your markers — this can be scribbles in blocks of each color and do not need to be perfect.
                                                  3. When you have a section of ink on the shoe, spray the rubbing alcohol directly on the colors.
                                                  4. You will see this start to bleed the colors together.
                                                  5. Continue coloring and spraying until the shoe is filled. Repeat on the second shoe.
                                                  6. Once the shoes are dry, use the white fabric paint to splatter stars along the canvas. Re-lace or add new laces.
                                                    1. Provided by Desi Pappas, a marketing specialist and DIY expert at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida.


                                                      Nicole Pajer is a freelance writer whose work has been published in The New York Times, AARP, Woman’s Day, Parade, Men’s Journal, Wired, Emmy Magazine, and others. Keep up with her adventures on Twitter at @nicolepajer.

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                  Orignally published on 2021-12-09 03:10:32 by www.shondaland.com

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