DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

I like to think of myself as a relatively creative and crafty person. Each year I try to make at least one DIY Christmas gift. It’s so fun when you give someone a DIY gift (but they don’t know it) and they ask where you bought it…and then you get to tell them that you made it yourself! That’s my favorite part. So for Blogmas this year I knew I definitely wanted to include a DIY Christmas gift idea blog post…and here it is! I hope you get some inspiration and motivation to tackle some of your own DIY gifts this year!

Framed Chalkboard

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I personally, would love to get one of these for Christmas. They are super cute but also super functional! Use a wooden frame like the one above to create a more rustic look, or buy a fancier one for a more posh look!

What you’ll need:

Rustic Frame  //  Hardboard  //  Rust-Oleum Chalk Board Spray Paint  //  Finishing Nails  //  Chalk

Instructions:

  1. Cut the hardboard to fit the size frame you bought.
  2. Spray the hardboard with two coats of the chalk board spray paint.
  3. When it dries, “season” the board by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the surface and wiping it away with a soft cloth.
  4. Insert the chalkboard into your frame and secure it in place by hammering small finishing nails into the board.

Once that’s all complete, tie a cute bow around the frame, attach a bag of chalk (if you want), and it’s all ready to be gifted!

Adapted from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Sweater Mittens

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How adorable are these?? And what a great way to use old sweaters! (you’ll see what I mean in a second…)

What you’ll need:

 Cheap Sweater (if you don’t have an old one)  //  Thread  //  Needles  //  Sewing Pins

You’ll also need a piece of paper and a pen but I figured you guys would already have that in your house.

Instructions:

  1. Trace the outline of your hand on a piece of paper…like the outline of a mitten.
  2. Cut it out and place it at the bottom of the sweater. The bottom of your mitten cutout should line up with the bottom of the sweater hem.
  3. Trace the mitten outline onto the sweater with a sharpie.
  4. Cut out your mitten…work slowly cause you’ll be cutting through 2 layers of sweater.
  5. Once the mittens have been cut out, pin around each mitten to hold the two layers of sweater together.
  6. Once you’re all pinned you can hand sew or machine sew around the mitten… don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end!
  7. Once you’ve finished sewing remove all pins and you’ll have a pair of super cute DIY mittens!

Adapted from Feathering my Nest

Orange Creamsicle Soap

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Making your own soap is really impressive. If you want to wow your family and friends, make this amazing smelling orange creamsicle soap…they’ll be blown away.

What you’ll need:

 Melt and Pour Soap Base  //  Orange Essential Oil  //  Vanilla Soap Fragrance  //  Oranges  //    Soap Mold

Instructions:

  1. Put 1 lb of the melt and pour soap in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Then microwave at 10 second intervals, stirring in between, until soap is melted.
  2. Quickly stir in 15 drops of orange essential oil, 15 drops of vanilla soap fragrance and 1 tsp of orange zest. Pour into a silicone soap mold. Let sit at room temperature for at least 40 minutes.
  3. To remove, turn over soap mold and carefully push on the bottom to pop out the soaps.

Adapted from Simply Stacie

Seashell Candles

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This DIY gift is perfect for the candle lovers in your life. Or the beach lovers in your life. Or both. This DIY couldn’t be easier…

What you’ll need:

 Seashells (if you don’t live near the beach)  //  Pre-Waxed Wicks  //  White Wax Pellets

Instructions:

  1. Pick out shells that can easily “stand up” on their own.
  2. Glue the wicks down to the bottom of the inside of the shells.
  3. Pour wax pellets into a microwave safe bowl and microwave them on power 2 for a few seconds. Don’t let the wax get too hot.
  4. When the wax is completely melted, pour some into each shell.
  5. Fill to the top and let wax harden.

Adapted from iTutorial

 

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