Holiday Gift Guide: DIY
That being said, sometimes it's hard to find the perfect gift in the retail world, so I find myself usually turning to DIY ideas. DIY gifts are great because you're not only giving a material item, but also the gift of time to someone. It's also handy for those of us who are trying to stay on a budget! Below are 3 of my most successful DIY gifts from recent holiday seasons:
I have lots of family and friends that enjoy entertaining with a delicious bottle of wine and appetizers. I got this idea several years ago when my parents joined a Wine Club and started saving bottles with pretty labels. Here's what you need:
- An assortment of wine labels (soaked or steamed off the saved bottles)
- Large frame (depending on what you'll want to use the tray for)
- Drawer pulls (for the tray handles)
- Mod Podge
- Soak or steam the labels off of your wine bottles. Now this takes some patience as sometimes the labels can be stubborn. Take your time and peel the labels off slowly so they stay intact.
- After the labels have dried, Mod Podge them to a piece of cardboard cut down to fit the frame.
- While your Mod Podg is drying, center the drawer pulls on either end of the frame and attach them using the provided hardware.
- Once the collage dries, you can put it in the frame. Now you have a fun, personal serving tray to bring out at parties!
I bought all of my supplies from Hobby Lobby which has great deals, so the total cost of this project was around $12! I used wine labels off of bottles from family gatherings so it serves as a super special reminder of time spent together.
These tea cup candles were presents for my girlfriends and female family members last year. I thought they turned out so cute! Here's what you'll need:
I strongly recommend following the instructions provided with the candle making kit. I got this kit from Amazon and it was very easy to use. I found the tea cups at different thrift shops and vintage stores in and around the Atlanta area. You can find essential oils off of Amazon like I did, or at natural food stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. All together I spend around $70 on supplies for this project (including the tea cups) and I made 5 candles, so it came out to around $14/person.
This adorable puppy is my friend Landi's dog, Chaco. Those eyes are saying "Mom, get these antlers off of me". Credit for this idea goes to the gals of A Beautiful Mess - you can find their original project here. Here's what you'll need:
- Printed B&W photo
- Fun colored thread
- Sewing kit
- A frame
- Print your picture in B&W (FedEx/Kinkos or CVS have great prices).
- Go to town with your needle and thread. If you want to get super fancy with your embroidery, there's a plethora of "How To" embroidery videos on YouTube.
- Frame it up!
All together this project cost around $10. Again, I purchased all supplies at Hobby Lobby - the holy grail of all craft stores!