We have selected from around the web for you to try your hands on. The instructions are simple and each gift comes with easy to follow tutorials. Have fun - go the DIY Christmas!
1. Wire-Wrapped Word For Your Wall
If you have an ugly phone handset or intercom that you just can't hide, why not make it a feature with a speech bubble made of upcycled wire?
You can adopt this same practice to make a whole number of words or messages for friends and loved ones. Its actually pretty simple and looks stunning. A very ancient craft to create stunning modern art for your walls!
Take a look at how Lisa Tilse, owner of theredthreadblog.com created such one-of-a kind piece of art here.
Another use of your spare wires is to make hanging jar lanterns that would light up your patio for all those Christmas BBQ's and parties you and your neighbours might be hosting.
Why not make these DIY lanterns from upcycled jars you have laying around? Select different colored empty glass / jars for your lanterns. You will not only save on electricity bill, you would also have a unique and natural Christmas dÃ©cor for outside the house. Easy, quick and unique gifts for anyone who loves to entertain.
Susan Spatone shares her tutorial here.
3. Floating Candles
Floating candles are so lovely - the lights that float gently across water evoke such a lovely feeling of tranquility, romance and calmness.
So, why not make your own floating candles and package a couple together as gifts for girlfriends and female teachers? Martha Stewart shares an easy to follow instructions on how to make these lovely candles on here site here.
4. Modern Wall Art with Paint Swatches
Did you recent renovate or repaint and now you have a bazillion coloured paint swatches lying around? Don't toss them - upcycle them into an eye catching gift for a young friend or family member.
Its a simple, clever upcycling idea from Elsie+Emma and the tutorial is available here.
Always wanted to be a painter but don't have an artistic bone in your body? Me too! My sister is the Picasso but I can make fabulous with a crochet needle instead.
If you've always wanted a beautiful portrait of a loved one, you CAN do one yourself - even if you totally suck at painting and drawing. With this very clever tutorial, you can print a portrait to copy and use water colours to create a stunning piece worthy of showing off!
Check out this ingenius tutorial here to become an Instant Artiste!
Old denim jeans could have another function, so donât throw them away. Make use of them again as curtains - believe it or not!
Cut the old jeans in whatever shapes you like, sew the cut pieces together and hang. Presto! You have a unique curtain or a cover of your table tops.
Homelife shares this idea here with an easy to follow tutorial for you :-)
Do you have plenty of wine corks in your home that you've saved and saved and have not done anything with? You could make them into a bath mat that not only dries fast but is provides a lovely massage for your tootsies every time you step out of the shower.
This unique idea from Monica of Craftynest is covered beautifully via this tutorial.
So keep your next wine cork for another bath mat! Happy upcycling!
8. Wine Bottle into an Stunning Oil or Vinegar Holder
Take one empty wine bottle - or several if you have lots of them lying around - clean, remove labels and add some artistic flair.
Fill with some homemade herb or chilli infused oils or vinegars and hey presto - a stunning, personal, homemade, upcycled gift that any foodie will appreciate.
Easy to, cheap as chips to make and you can do a whole batch for friends, teachers, coaches without spending much at all!
Find out how to do this via the simple tutorial here.
9. Homemade Terrarium Kit
As a child I think I must have made DOZENS of terrariums (indoor / glass jar gardens) and they were awesome as they were pretty much self sustaining after a period of time.
Why not make one up and give as a gift with an instruction card? Cheaper than Bonsai trees and self sufficient after a period of time.
Simple, quick, easy and a great gift for someone whom you are not quite sure about what to give them...
The simple and easy tutorial for these great handmade gifts is here
10. Chalkboard Tea Tray
I don't know about you but I am SUCH a tea boffin! Give me a pot of tea, a tea cup and pretty saucer and I am happy as Larry for hours on end.
Something about the delicate china cups and saucers that makes my day go just that bit better after a tea indulgence.
So if you know any tea or indeed coffee boffins, why not make this Chalkboard Tea Tray and write a sweet message on it to boot?
Simple upcycling tutorial can be found here
Well that's it for another week! 10 more upcycling based, DIY gift ideas you can try out for this Christmas.
Love and upcycling,
The Eco Mum xo
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