Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

December 01, 2014

Polka-Dot Envelopes via Eighteen25

Can you believe it’s December already? In a matter of weeks, another year will have fallen off the calendar! For those of you looking for ways to save money on Christmas gifts or needing ideas for that hard-to-buy-for person, I’ve rounded up some fun Pinterest possibilities. (All details and tutorials are in the links under the photos.)

These polka-dot envelopes may not seem like much to some, but as a girl who enjoys sending and receiving letters, I can vouch that many letter writers would love them. They’re relatively easy to make; secure them with attractive packaging to present them as a gift.

Book Page + Initial Frame | DIY Gifts
Book Page + Initial Frame
via The Teacher Mama

As a book fanatic, I love this framed initial on book pages. This is another easy idea: all it takes is a little time and the willingness to dismantle a book! (Don’t worry: the only book harmed in the making of this project was a dictionary.)

Washi Tape Headband | DIY Gifts
Washi Tape Headbands via Crafting Chicks

These washi-tape-wrapped headbands are the easiest gift idea yet — the perfect thing for girls, teens, and women who love hair accessories.

Dry-Erase Message Board | DIY Gifts
Dry-Erase Message Board via Sew Licious Home Decor

I use marker boards religiously to keep track of my daily to-dos. Marker boards are also handy for menu planning and as Scripture-memory aids. Some people even use them to display a Bible verse of the week.

Stenciled Tea Towel Gift Tutorial | DIY Gifts
Stenciled Tea-Towel Gift Tutorial via The Happier Homemaker

The tutorial in the link above is for the stenciled tea towel, which requires a Silhouette machine. That’s probably not something most women have, but I included this gift because I thought the idea of a recipe book, kitchen utensil, and tea towel wrapped in a ribbon was a lovely gift for those who appreciate the culinary arts.

Photo Bookmarks | DIY Gifts
Photo Bookmarks via Nearly Crafty

If you have children, young siblings, nieces and nephews, or grandchildren, can you think of anything cuter than seeing them on a bookmark like this every time you sit down to read? Aside from getting your young bookmark model to cooperate for pictures, this is another easy gift to make.

Footprint Stool | DIY Gifts
Footprint Stool via Simply + Kierste

This footprint stool involves more work than some of the other ideas I found, but for a crafty woman, it’s not incredibly complicated. A sweet gift like this would also serve as a precious keepsake.

Mini Frame Fridge Magnets | DIY GiftsMini Frame Fridge Magnets via Sugar Bee Crafts

As a lover of cute refrigerator magnets, I adore these mini picture-frame magnets!

DIY Eye Chart Tutorial | DIY Gifts
DIY Eye Chart Tutorial via Design Dining Diapers

The blogger who wrote the tutorial for this DIY eye chart upcycled a piece of framed art and already had paint, so this project didn’t cost her a dime. You can personalize an eye chart like this with everything from family member names to meaningful quotes to Scriptures.

Spa In A Jar | DIY Gifts
Spa in a Jar via The Gunny Sack

Who doesn’t like to feel pampered every now and then? Printables for this “spa in a jar” (as well as ideas for other gift jars) are in the link.

Handprint Apron | DIY Gifts
Handprint Aprons via Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home

Here’s another cute idea that can be customized for specific friends or family members. The lettering and ruffle require a Cricut Explore machine and a sewing machine, but if you are without access to those machines, you could create a simpler version.

Have you ever made or received an awesome handmade gift? Let us know about it in the comments!