The holidays are fast approaching, and while there are a lot of awesome gift ideas out there you can buy for your friends and family, sometimes it’s a good idea to mix in a few handmade items, too! Check out these 25 awesome gift ideas you can make yourself:
DIY Personalized Gifts
This is a cute gift for anyone, but especially newlyweds! Just use an etching technique to personalize a glass baking dish (or anything that’s made of glass!) with a name or design of your choosing.
Get the full tutorial from Make It Love It.
Create a personalized scarf to keep that special someone warm this winter. Write whatever you like on a simple scarf (a poem, special note, song lyric, you name it) using a fabric marker and you have a great one-of-a-kind gift!
Get the full tutorial from Stamp 48.
Make your own photo ornaments with a simple wooden block and your favorite photos! Just grab some Mod Podge and seal your photos to some wooden cubes. Then paint the other sides whatever colors you like.
Get the full tutorial from How Does She.
Use your favorite photos to create these cute stocking stuffer photo lollipops. You could use regular photographs for a non-edible version, or have an edible versions of your photos made and mailed to you for this quirky project.
Get the tutorial from Photo Jojo.
Create personalized magnets out of tiny photographs, stiff white card stock, spray mount, and a few other tools. This is a great gift idea for anyone who has a refrigerator (and that’s just about everybody).
Get the tutorial from Ambrosia Girl.
Up-Cycled Gift Ideas
Have some burned out candles around the house? Melt them down and make a brand new one! Pour the wax into any container you like, from old teacups to empty jam jars.
Get the full tutorial from Nature Blog.
Have a stack of paper plates taking up space in your kitchen cabinets? Then you have a whole stack of clocks just waiting to be made!
Get the tutorial from Momtastic.
If you have a zoo of plastic animal toys around the house, then you have quite a few options for whimsical gifts! Cut the heads off of plastic toy animals and glue to a board to create this cute jewelry holder. The blogger has a few more craft ideas using plastic animals, so you should check those out, too!
Get the tutorial from The Daily Telecraft.
Spice up gift cards by “wrapping” them in a DIY snow globe! Clean out an old spaghetti jar, glue the card standing up along with some adornments to the bottom of the lid, and fill with water and glitter!
Get the full tutorial from The Creative Mama.
Does your child have a sweater they’ve outgrown but still love? Maybe it’s time to turn it into a pillow! Just cut up an old sweater and sew back together to create this sweater pillowcase.
Get the full tutorial from Tip Junkie.
DIY Gifts Using Chalkboard Paint
Give your loved ones a gift you can personalize (and they can erase and re-personalize as they like) by painting a portion of a coffee mug with chalkboard paint.
Get the full tutorial from Wit and Whistle.
Create your own custom labels to stick on presents, vases, mugs, or anything else! This is a great way to add a customizable surface to an item without having to actually paint right onto it.
Get the tutorial from A Thoughtful Place.
This is a great idea for holiday meals or a gift for a family. Kids can keep busy drawing on their placemats while the parents enjoy their meals!
Get the full tutorial from Lisa Leonard Blog.
This is a really cute gift idea! Just take one (or two, or three) potted herb plants and paint the pot with chalkboard paint. Then write what kind of herb it is on the front!
Get the full tutorial from Apartment Therapy.
This is a great idea that combines a chalkboard finish you can write on with framed photographs. You could also switch it up and paint the frame with chalkboard paint instead of the center.
Get the full tutorial from Very Truly Me.
Pretty (Useful) DIY Gifts
Make your own darling lace dishes with this tutorial. These make beautiful gifts for a special lady in your life. These dishes are pretty ways for storing jewelry or just to look pretty on a bedside table.
Get the tutorial from Simply Strictly Style.
Turn a boring old basket into a colorful piece of home decor! This is a really simple project to do and all you need is some water-based latex paint, a basket, large plastic storage bin, stir stick, and foam paintbrush. Use this as the primary gift or fill it with more goodies and turn it into a stylish handmade gift basket!
Get the tutorial from Martha Stewart.
Know someone who really loves wine? Love wine yourself? Then you might have a few wine corks around your house you can use for this craft!
Get the full tutorial from Crafty Nest.
Know someone who likes to dress up their iPhone? This tutorial shows you how to make your own custom iPhone cover. Just get some clear plastic cases and deck them out any way you like!
Get the full tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.
Give the bookworm in your life a cute tote bag for carrying their books and other items in. Use a variety of objects to make unique patterns (the pattern on these bags was made using a potato masher!).
Get the full tutorial from Martha Stewart.
DIY Gift Wrap Ideas
Go simple and tasteful with your wrapping paper this year by cutting out letters of the gift recipient’s name and pasting on simple brown craft paper (or go a step further and use a brown paper grocery bag).
Get the full tutorial from Man Made DIY.
Recycle your old newspapers into new wrapping paper! Cut and fold the paper to look like a flower and your wrapping will outshine any store-bought paper.
Get the tutorial from Country Living.
These ideas range from tying yarn around packages to cutting up wallpaper samples for gift tags. This blog has a bunch of really great ideas for using what you have at hand to wrap your gifts this year.
Get the tutorials from Ellinee.
Glittered Clothespin Gift Toppers
Dress up your gifts this year with a few clothespins, glitter, glue, and decorative holiday figurines of your choice. This is a really cute and easy way to decorate simple gift boxes in a personalized way.
Get the tutorial from Creature Comforts.
Give your gifts a natural, woodsy look with wrapping paper made to look like wood grain. For this wrapping paper you’ll need some glossy, nonporous paper, tape, latex paint, glazing medium, mixing bowl, paintbrush and wood-graining tools. Making the paper itself may take some time, but it looks awesome!
Get the tutorial from Martha Stewart.
That’s it for today’s mega DIY Gift Ideas Roundup! Happy Crafting!