DIY Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

We’re a little less than 2 weeks out from Christmas and everyone is doing their last-minute shopping. Soon, you’ll be running out of time to order online and then your only option is to go to the stores. That’s sounds terrible.

You could make DIY gifts instead! Some people have a DIY Christmas. They require that all gifts given are homemade. That sounds awesome if you ask me.

So you want to make your own gifts but aren’t sure what to make? I have some ideas for you. Click the images below to go to a tutorial for each project.

Headphone Organizer

Clothespin headphone organizer

Serious question: How many people do you know who don’t use headphones? I can’t think of too many. So make a headphone organizer to help them transport their headphones without getting knots in the wires.

 

Glass Orb Keychain

DIY customized keychains

Want something a little more visually exciting? Make your recipient a keychain. Choose your favorite scrapbook paper and get to work!

 

Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Tis the season for chapped lips. Most people are going to appreciate any opportunity to add some moisture. Follow the steps in this tutorial to make your own. The best part, you can make many tubes at once so you can gives these to multiple people. Tutorials also available in grapefruit and peppermint.

 

Wire Wrapped Tree Earrings

DIY Christmas Tree Earrings

For the people who love Christmas and decorate the inside and outside of their house, the lawn, the kids… make them some wire wrapped earrings. Supplies are affordable these will last for years!

 

Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

Know a man with a beard? I bet the skin under his beard is pretty itchy in this cold weather. Be a doll and make him some homemade beard balm. It’s made with moisturizing ingredients that are sure to sooth that skin.

 

Beard Oil

DIY manly beard oil

While your at it, make some beard oil for him too. No one ever complained about smelling good and moisturizing, right?

 

Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

Everyone likes reminiscing. Give them something to remember. Make these hanging frames with your choice of scrapbook paper and paint.

 

Heating Pad

DIY heating pad

Know someone athletic or someone with muscle pain? This is a great option for sore muscles. All you’ll need is a sewing kit, a sock and some rice. They’ll love you.

 

Photo Coasters

wedding gift photo coasters

These are the best coasters. Find some memorable photos and make these adorable coasters to gift. Whoever you give them to will love them.

 

DIY Gift Card Holder

If you really, really don’t have time to buy something or make something, you’re a procrastinator and should be ashamed of yourself. Just kidding. Buy a gift card and spice it up with scrapbook paper. It gives it a homemade element that people will enjoy.

 

Do you have any ideas? What homemade gifts do you like to make for Christmas?

 

 

DIY Orange Cream Lip Balm

diy-orange-cream-lip-balm

Every few months I make a new batch of lip balm. The last batch was grapefruit, and that one was really good. I’ve also made peppermint and different variations of that.

This time, I wanted something citrusy but also kind of creamy, so I chose a combination of vanilla and orange to get an orange cream flavor. It turned out well. I even got some human testers to be sure. (When you’re melting and smelling the oils for half an hour, it can mess with your ability to assess it properly.)

Anyway, if you want to make your own, follow the steps below. They make great Christmas (or birthday, etc.) gifts!

creamsicle lip balm supplies

Materials Needed for Vanilla Orange Lip Balm

A link is provided above to everything you might not be able to get at your local stores.

 

beeswax in the microwave

Step 1: melt the beeswax and oils

Place your beeswax into your bowl and put it in the microwave.

Microwave in 30 second intervals with a few seconds between sessions. This takes about 3 minutes altogether.

 

lip balm tubes and funnel

Step 2: prepare the tubes

While you’re waiting, line up your lip balm tubes in a container and place the funnel in one of them.

This will prevent you from having to clean up a big mess later.

 

Step 3: add the remaining oils

Pour in the rest of your oils (coconut, jojoba, vanilla and sweet orange essential oil) and stir well.

This is going to harden quickly so work fast.

 

lip balm making

Step 4: fill the tubes

Pour the mixture into the tubes and let it harden.

Let it sit for about half an hour before you test it.

You’ll likely get an uneven top. When it’s done, spin it up and cut the top off to even it out if it bothers you.

 

DIY grapefruit lip balm

I got a lot of positive feedback from everyone who tested it. They enjoyed the flavor and the consistency. I’ll never be able to go back to store-bought lip balm.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

DIY Ribbon Hanging Picture Frames

diy ribbon hanging wood frames

In the last few weeks I’ve noticed the streets and malls getting busier. You can tell that Christmas is coming up. Unlike most people, you couldn’t pay me to step foot in a mall or shopping center right now.

I have a system. Around Black Friday, I swear off shopping malls and hobby shops. I plan out a month or so of craft projects and DIY gifts, wait for a great coupon and get everything I need in one trip. I do most of my non DIY-Christmas shopping online. It’s a stable process.

Homemade gifts are the best, especially ones that evoke emotion, which makes picture frames perfect. Think about who you want to gift these to. What room might they hang them in (consider the colors)? What are the best memories you have with that person?

Go to Michael’s or another Hobby Shop and get the supplies below to make your own.

 

diy ribbon hanging frames supplies

Ribbon hanging frames supplies

  • ribbon
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • acrylic paint
  • Xacto knife
  • wood frames
  • scrapbook paper
  • hot glue and gun

 

wood frame traced on scrapbook paper

Step 1: trace the wood frame

Flip the scrapbook paper over, backside facing up. Trace the front of the frame on the back.

Tip: pay attention to which frame you trace on which piece of scrapbook paper. Often, the frames are unique, even though they look similar. 

 

painted wood frames

Step 2: paint the frames

Paint the frames a color that coordinates with the scrapbook paper you plan to decorate it with. I chose blue, green and yellow scrapbook paper, so I painted the frames those colors.

Let it dry.

 

scrapbook paper frame cutouts

Step 3: cut out the scrapbook paper framing

While your frames dry, cut out the traced frame.

Tip: Use scissors for the outside and an Xacto knife for the inside.

 

scrapbook paper decorated frame

Step 4: glue on the scrapbook paper

Brush the Mod Podge onto the frame and adhere the scrapbook paper cut out.

Let it dry.

Tip: Sometimes the edges lift a bit. Use a small paint brush to ensure the are are securely fastened to the frame. 

 

ribbon hanging frames

Step 5: add the ribbon

Arrange the frames in a vertical line, so the top of the lower frame is lined up with the bottom of another.

Glue the end of the ribbon to the top corner of the lowest frame. Then, glue it up the edge of the frames.

When you get to the to top, leave some slack. This will be how the recipient will hang the frames.

Then, glue the ribbon down the opposite side of the frames like in the image above.

 

When you’re finished, pop your favorite memories into the photo slots. Your recipient will be so excited to hang up your frames!

I’d love to hear your feedback! Leave them in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

DIY Wood Snowman and Scarecrow Reversible Holiday Decor

DIY-snowman-scarecrow-decor-reversible

Some people go all out decorating for the holidays, and it always looks amazing. But I always wonder where the heck the store their decorations in the off season? I have an apartment, so storing decorations is not a viable option.

However, this type of decoration is more my style because it’s a two in one kind of deal… snowman on one side and scarecrow on the other. That means I can use it for more than a month at a time. Score!

My mom requested this one though, so she is the lucky winner of this reversible decor piece. It’s better that way. I get to make fun things and she gets to display find storage for it. Everyone is happy. Thanks Mom!

This was a fun project but I had some small hiccups along the way. I’ll walk you through the fixes, just in case you run into the same problems.

Also, be aware that this craft project takes a good bit of time to complete due to drying time for the paint.

Grab the supplies below and follow the tutorial to make your own.

reversible scarecrow snowman supplies

Reversible holiday decor supplies

  • newspaper
  • wood glue
  • cup of water
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brushes
  • paint palette
  • 5 pieces of wood
  • sealant (optional)
  • black Sharpie (highly recommended)
  • lots of paper towels (highly recommended)

Paint colors: brown, dark brown, black, white, orange. Pink if you want rosey cheeks.

 

Glue wood together

Step 1: glue 3 pieces of wood together

Lay down some newspaper and glue together 3 of the 5 pieces of wood.

Let it dry.

Tip: the glue can get messy, but if you get Elmer’s wood glue, it’s water-based, so you can use a damp paper towel or rag to wipe it off the top and the bottom after it dries.

Depending on your surface area, you might want to put some heavy objects on top of the wood to help keep the pieces even while they dry.

 

painted wood pieces

Step 2: paint the loose wood pieces

Grab the two wood pieces you put off to the side. Paint one dark brown and one black.

Let it dry.

 

snowman crafts

Step 3: paint the snowman

Now that the wood is adhered together and the glue is cleaned up, paint the bottom 2/3 white and the top 1/3 black. You will probably need a few coats of each.

Don’t worry about getting those lines totally even. It will be covered up soon.

Let it dry.

 

snowman painted on wood

Step 4: finish the snowman’s hat

Glue the black piece of wood across the black and white paint line. Tilt the wood to give it some character. This will be the snowman’s hat.

Let it dry.

 

scarecrow painted on wood

Step 5: make the scarecrow

Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other side using the brown and dark brown.

Then glue the brown wood piece across the front.

Let it dry.

 

scarecrow fall decor

Step 6: give the snowman and scarecrow faces

If you’re brave, paint on the faces. My first attempt was with paint. It kind of worked, but I ended up using a Sharpie to clean up the edges. You could also use Sharpie for the whole thing, excluding the nose. Either way works.

Let it dry.

When the faces and finished and dry, spray a coat or two of sealant over each side to ensure longevity.

 

DIY-snowman-scarecrow-decor-reversible

Set your new reversible holiday decor out and enjoy!

I’d love to hear your thoughts so leave your feedback in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their November projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Holly Napkin Rings (Made with Nail Polish)
Heather from ShiftMama: Coming soon!
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Coming soon!
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Nature-Inspired Christmas Tree Decorations

DIY Kindness Rocks

DIY-joy-rocks

Have you heard of the Kindness Rock Project? It’s based off of the idea that the right message at the right time can change a person’s life.

I first learned about this, without actually knowing what it was, a few months ago. I was running on a trail that I run on all the time and this brightly colored rock caught my eye. It was bright blue and said “you matter”. I smiled and kept going. What a cute idea. A mile down the trail I saw another one that said “Smile. It looks good on you.” Again, another smile.

I didn’t think anything of it until a month or so later I was in a different city and saw more of them. That’s not a coincidence. After some digging, I learned about the Kindness Rock Project. Create kindness rocks to inspire someone and take a rock that inspires you and pass it on. What a great idea!

So, here I am, joining the movement. Why? Because everyone needs some kindness. You never know what another person is going through, so give them some motivation to get through their day. Make Kindness Rocks.

 

joy rocks supplies

Kindness Rock Supplies

  • flat rocks
  • paint brushes
  • oil-based markers
  • outdoor paint (acrylic)
  • water dish filled with water

 

painted rocks

Step 1: paint the rock with a solid color

Pick a few bright colors that will catch attention and paint it onto the rock. You might have to paint a second layer, depending on the color.

Let it dry.

 

choose joy rock

Step 2: write your inspiration

Choose your inspirational saying or visual and write it on the rock with your marker.

Let it dry.

 

choose joy motivational rock

Step 3: add some fun elements to the rock

I chose polka dots, because who doesn’t smile at polka dots? They’re up-lifting. You can add whatever decorative elements you’d like though.

Let it dry.

 

joy rocks craft

Make a few more and you’re done. Go and share them with the world!

For some kindness rock inspiration, check out Pinterest. There are a ton of examples and ideas for you to try.

DIY-joy-rocks

I want to try so many more variations. In the upcoming months, you will see more of these from me. Join the movement and make someone’s day better.

Happy crafting!

DIY Sweet Orange Fall Candle

diy sweet orange fall candle

There’s a chill in the air and everyone is talking about fall. That means autumn smells are permeating craft stores and Thanksgiving DIY projects are in season.

Every year around this time, I like to make candles. Something about the cold weather makes me enjoy them so much more. This week, that’s exactly what I’m doing. Sweet orange sounded like a good scent since I’m not quite into the cinnamon spice deal just yet.

The candles are really easy to make and won’t take up much of your time. They make great gifts too, so keep that in mind. Instead of making one or two, you could make them in bulk and give them away for the holidays, or use them for parties.

 

sweet orange candle supplies

Candle making supplies

  • jar
  • coloring
  • soy wax
  • pouring pot
  • candle wick
  • festive ribbon (optional)
  • sweet orange essential oil

 

soy wax chips

Step 1: melt the wax

The amount of soy wax you use will depend on the size of your jar. A good rule of thumb is 1 pound (by weight) of candle wax will equal 20 ounces (in volume) when pouring into containers or molds.

But you know I don’t measure if I don’t have to. I have a 12oz jar and melted about 4 cups of wax for it with a little bit left over.

Once melted, remove from heat and let it sit for about 3 minutes to cool.

 

 

 

candle wick

Step 2: adhere the wick

While your wax is melting, stick the metal part of the wick into the melting wax (just the bottom) and quickly press it against the bottom of the jar. Hold it in place for a few seconds until the wax dries.

soy candle wax melted

Step 3: add color and/or fragrance

Add about 30 drops of essential oil (more if you want a more prominent scent).

Add color. Keep adding drops until you’re satisfied. Remember that the color will be lighter when the wax dries.

 

secure candle wick

Step 4: pour the wax into the jar

When your wax has had time to cool off, pour it into the jar slowly and secure the wick with two knives. They don’t always stand straight up on their own.

Let it cool.

 

diy sweet orange fall candle

Tie a cute, festive ribbon around the top and enjoy your candle. Or you can give it to someone else to enjoy. Whatever makes you happy.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave feedback in the comments!

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Halloween Candy Treat Bags

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

Halloween is right around the corner and trick or treaters are ready for their candy.

Every year, the apartment complex I live in participates in trick or treating for the kids in the building and I always use it as an opportunity to get creative. This year, I’m aiming at the treat bags. Since I have a surplus of Halloween scrapbook paper, this was an ideal project.

It’s a really easy craft and doesn’t take too long. Although, I wouldn’t recommend taking this route if you’re going to be giving candy out to more than 20 kids. You’ll be crafting for quite a while.

If you’d like to make your own, gather these materials and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

 

halloween candy treat bag supplies

Halloween Treat Bag Supplies

  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Halloween-themed scrapbook paper

 

halloween scrapbook paper

Step 1: cut your scrapbook paper

Measure and cut the scrapbook paper to about 6×8″.

 

halloween scrapbook paper craft

Step 2: fold the paper into a cylinder

Create a cylinder with your halloween paper and tape it in place.

 

halloween treat bag

Step 3: tape the bottom of the treat bag

Pinch one end of the cylinder and tape it shut. This will be the bottom of the treat bag.

 

candy treat bags

Step 4: fill the treat bag & seal it

Drop in the candy. I recommended mini candy bars, jelly beans, fruit snacks or other small treats.

Then pinch the top of the treat bag closed, but in the opposite direction of the bottom (in step 3). Tape it in place.

 

halloween candy scrapbook paper treat bags

You’re done! Make a few more and you’re ready for parties and trick or treating!

I’d love to hear what you think! Leave your feedback in the comments!

 

The Craft Challenge

This tutorial is part of The Craft Challenge 2017. The ladies listed below are all contributors and have their own unique tutorial to share with you! Take some time and check out their October craft projects.

Links will be updated to their tutorials when their posts are available.

Heather from ShiftMama: Easy Holiday Memory Ornament
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Distressed Denim Jacket
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: Handmade Height Chart Keepsake for Kids