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 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 Fall Inspired Gift Box

fall lace bow

Some wrapping paper is really cute, but most of it is boring and common. Sometimes it’s nice to change it up and make your own, so to speak.

My best friend’s birthday was this past weekend and my dilemma was getting the gifts to fit in the baskets I had. (Based on this blog post, I obviously deviated for the basket idea.) Eventually I gave up and moved to a box. A box that fit my boots.

I wanted something fall-inspired but also girly, because Kelly is quite girly. I settled with brown paper, off-white lace and orange, brown and yellow plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box supplies

fall-inspired gift box supplies

  • box
  • lace ribbon
  • brown paper
  • plaid fall ribbon
  • hot melt glue and gun

You can get the brown paper at any craft store. You might be able to find it at Walmart or Target too. If not, there’s always the internet.

 

Step 1: Wrap the box lid

Start with the lid. Cut 4 slits on each corner of the box about the hight of the lid.

Fold those inward and glue them to the box.

Then fold the remaining brown paper flaps over the lid and glue them down.

 

Step 2: wrap the box bottom

Repeat step 1 for the bottom of the box.

 

bow tying

Step 3: wrap the ribbon around the gift box

Place the lace ribbon flat on the floor and place the box over top of it, face down.

Then twist the ribbons around each other and pull them in opposite directions so you form a cross on the back of the box.

Pull your loose ends around to the front and flip the box front side up.

Slide the ends under the strip of lace already crossing the front of the box.

Tie a knot over top of it.

Then, tie another knot around it with your plaid ribbon.

 

fall gift box decoration

Step 4: tie the ribbons in a bow

You have two options, tie a single bow with both ribbons, or tie two bows separately.

I chose two bows:
Tie a bow with the lace ribbon.
Tie a bow with the plaid ribbon.

 

When you’re done, you gift box should like the images above. Brown paper, lace and plaid ribbon is quite fall-esque, I think. I love the way they look together. ❤

Quick, easy and unique.

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

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Tea Holder from Scrapbook Paper

diy tea bag holder scrapbook paper craft

Tea is such a good gift. You can share it any time: when someone is sick, for special occasions, for fun… Whenever really. But it’s no fun to just give people a box of tea. It’s much more exciting to gift in unique packaging.

This tea bag holder is wonderful and makes gifting just a few teabags more personal.

You only need a few supplies and you might have them in your craft box already.

 

scrapbook tea -holder supplies

Paper tea bag holder supplies

  • scissors
  • ribbon
  • hole punch
  • scrapbook paper
  • ruler (optional)

 

scrapbook paper square

Step 1: cut a scrapbook paper square

Cut a square in your scrapbook paper.

 

 

 

 

Step 2: fold the points inward

Turn the paper so one of the points is facing upward.

Place the teabag at the top for measurement and fold the points on the right and left inward like in the image above.

 

tea bag gift bag

Step 3: fold the teabag holder to stand on its own

Create an A shape in the center of the paper. This will help the tea bag holder to stand on its own.

Start by folding the points at the top and bottom together so the inside of the holder is facing outward.

Then, fold them inward about an inch from the center folder on both sides to create the shape above.

 

scrapbook paper tea bag gift bag

Step 4: tie the teabag holder shut

Punch a hole in the top of the teabag holder, push a ribbon through and tie it closed.

 

diy paper tea holderscrapbook tea container

You’re ready to gift your tea! You’ll be able to fit a few teabags in the newly created holder. Perfect for a quick, thoughtful gift.

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 August craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: DIY Cardboard Scarf Organizer
Heather from ShiftMama: Garden Solar Light Upgrade
Vanessa from Social Stampers: How to Make an Eastern Inspired Card Trio
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: DIY Keychain Using Old Jewelry
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: DIY Crochet Hoop Wall Art

DIY Manly Beard Balm

diy manly beard balm

A few years ago I made my husband, then boyfriend, some beard oil because he was complaining that his beard was getting itchy. He’s gone through a few bottles and it’s worked well. But sometimes he wants something that can be used for styling/taming.

That’s where the beard balm comes in. I wanted a mixture that would moisturize his beard while also taming the facial hair. I came up with a pretty standard combination of ingredients used in lotions and moisturizers. Then I used doTERRA Balance essential oil for scent. The woody smell is wonderful and it’s supposed to promote calmness and relaxation. I don’t know if that works, but it’s a nice thought because he’s a busy busy man.

 

manly beard balm diy supplies

Beard Balm Supplies

  • 1oz Beeswax
  • Small container
  • 2oz Raw coconut oil
  • 1.5oz African Shea Butter
  • 10 drops essential oils (not pictured)
  • Candle Making Pot (not pictured)

 

beard balm ingredients

Step 1: combine beard balm ingredients in pot

Portion out your ingredients and combine them all into the candle making pot.

 

beard balm mixture

Step 2: melt the ingredients

Put the pot on the stove on medium heat and let it all melt.

This is when you want to add the essential oil. Stir well.

 

beard balm for men

Step 3: pour out the beard oil

Pour the mixture into a small container and let it harden. It will probably take about an hour to harden completely.

 

diy manly beard balm

When ready, get a little bit of the balm on your hands to soften it up. Then rub hands together and apply to beard.

My husband’s feedback:

  • I love the consistency
  • It smells good and not too strong
  • Works well

I’ll take it!

Hope you enjoy it! As always, I’d love to heard your feedback.

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 June craft projects.

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

Emily from A Pop of Red: Popsicle Stick Necklace Craft
Carin from Eclectic Soapbox: Coming soon!
Martha from The Art in Martha: Flower Thank You Card
Vanessa from Social Stampers: Cool Treats Cards
Mary from Sew Much Love, Mary: Faux Embroidery with Fabric Markers
Jemma from Thimble and Twig: How to Dress Up a Terracotta Pot
Deb from LuminaSprit Adventures: Coming soon!

Happy crafting!