We have a selection of some of the cutest and easiest handmade gifts that can make your DIY Christmas a frugal reality!
Read on for this week's top 10 handmade Christmas gifts...
This is such a clever idea on how to make use of the cardboard rolls left over from your kitchen wraps i.e. foil, cling wrap, wax and grease proof papers.
Instead of throwing the empty cardboard rolls away, why not cut them into pieces to form napkin rings? You can wrap the rings with colored fabric and design a whole set to make the Christmas table look super festive! A whole set makes a very thoughtful gift especially if paired with homemade cloth napkins from upcycled pillowcases!
See the tutorial from Kathy Beymer, owner of Merriment Design here.
Planning to decorate your home for the Christmas season? Or thinking of a gift for your neighbour? Why not brighten up yours and your neighbourâs house address numbers into something gorgeous using a simple tile mosaic technique? Doing things like this is actually very therapeutic and a great stress reliever for the Silly Season!
See this creative idea from John at Mosaic Tile Arts here.
If you have some spare tiles and a pack of old paper napkins (known as serviettes in Australia) lying around at home, DIY Maven has this fabulous idea how to make them into something both functional and beautiful.
These would be such a fabulous gift for mums and grand-mums this Christmas perhaps paired with a lovely tea cup for delightful afternoon teas.
Decorative tile coasters could show off your tastes for classic things without spending too much. Check out the tutorial here
If you have plenty of unused paper at home or in your office, you could make your own work of art like these âHats of Victoriaâ paper silhouettes. Make one to give a friend this Christmas or make a series for lovely additions to any room.
Visit Crafty Nest by Monica, a born crafter to see how she does it here.
5. Tea Cup Lights
Do you have tea cups with broken or missing saucers? They make the sweetest candle holders and are easy to make. Pair two of these tea cup lights with some lovely tea in a nice gift box for a blissful DIY gift for any lovely ladies you know.
Martha Stewart has an easy-to-follow instruction on how to make these delightful candles here.
Donât throw those empty cans away. Convert them into a pencil / pen holders, and not just any old pencil holder, but a stylish calendar too! Design your own perpetual calendar (meaning it can be used forever and does not need updating) then wrap the empty cans with the downloadable templates from the link below, and presto - you will have a Perpetual Calendar Pencil Holder!
It would be a practical Christmas gift for just about anyone and can be customized with colours and prints to suit personalities!
See the simple tutorial and downloadable templates here.
This one is ingenuity at its best and creates a lovely beach-side holiday gift!
It works beautifully with dead gum branches too, for a lovely Australiana effect if you do not live near the ocean or prefer not to take anything home from beaches.
All the way from Norway is this ingenius tutorial using drift wood and string â and the results are stunning! Check out Erlend of Morning Creativity to see how he made use of drift wood here .
Are you still not sure of what to give friends this Christmas? Why not make a selection of bath salts with different oils for use in Morning, Noon and Night? It would be a fabulous set of gift to give a special someone, labeled beautifully in their individual glass bottles. Choose your own signature glass bottles for the salts from amongst options at $2 stores or from places like www.newdirections.com.au and leave your mark on it with a lovely printed label.
Christopher Baker at Real Simple shares this magnificent idea and tutorial here.
9. Faux Porcelain Bowl / Faux Gold-Dipped Bowl
If you have some old plastic containers that are of no use, upcycle them into a beautiful faux porcelain or gold-dipped bowl.
No one would suspect they were upcycled plastics from the look of them! See how it is being done by CAPREE, design blogger here.
10. Wall Art : Dreamy Letters
Canât say it? Not sure how to put a special message into the right words? Why not put the words you need someone to hear into a decorate wall art piece using dreamy watercolours for a floaty effect?
Sara of Mr.HandsomeFace shares her very creative idea about making these floaty sunset wall art pieces and they are a cinch! Check out the tutorial here.
So there you have it â 10 easy peasy and gorgeous DIY gifts that would make anyone smile this Christmas!
The Eco Mum xo
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