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With the economy a bit tough it’s never a bad idea to pinch the pursestrings and fold the wallet. One area where people tend to overspend is gifting to our friends.
LeAnne has come up with a stellar list of 25 handmade DIY gifts that you can make. And you can make these handmade DIY gifts for under $5!
The benefit of any handmade DIY gift is pretty simple: it’s unique. And if you do your gifts with time and skill, your friends or loved ones will cherish it as the best of quality, not only because they are required, but because you really did put together a great DIY crafts project as your gift.
Here are some of the favorite handmade DIY gift ideas, be sure to visit 36th avenue for a full report.
DIY Paper Clip Earrings
Jersey Nit Bracelet
Heating Up Hot Chocolate Gifts with Unique Art
For those of us in the warmer hemisphere, we may be remiss to give out too much hot chocolate but those having their winter’s now, this is for you. And for us later. This DIY craft is a great blend of more than chocolate. By simply focusing on the packaging and customizing it, you can use customized fonts or your own handwriting to give a very cute chocolate gifts. If you know where to shop, you can even throw in a nice looking mug for $1. Mugs are great for teachers, judges, office professionals, college students, stay at home parents and well, just about anyone who likes hot chocolate can appreciate this gift.
DIY Wall Tile Craft
This diy gift idea is another favorite. If you go to Home Depot, Maynerd’s or even Lowe’s, you will find a section with wall tiles for bathroom and backsplashes for the kitchen. And in the midst of all the different designs, you will find el-cheapo plain white tile, usually in boxes or individually for well over $1 for 1. As you can see below, these tiles can be given life anew by a simple customization. This gift idea is also great as a filler object if you have kids. Your children (especially teenagers) may love to customize things with their favorite cartoon character, their initials (one per tile) and other such things. Arranging these customized tiles is stylish and classy, also giving a unique, decorative touch to whatever space they are added.
The 80s Bow Belt
You can bring back the 80s with this simple diy fashion item. In addition to bringing new life to your outfits, you will also gain appreciative attention as someone who knows how to responsibly bring back 80s flair. Just don’t go with the pom-pom hair and toesocks with sandles. You may get excommunicated from this century (okay, so toesucks are awesome, especially with leotards and leggings).
Summer Kitchen – DIY Clock made from a Paper Plate
You’re not limited to Paper Plates, but their evenness and structured nature makes them a fun, quick and disposal way of keeping your ‘wall clock’ fresh for the summer or any other season. There is no need to continually go out to buy new clocks or rearrange your wall, when one simple change can keep you surrounding fun for the year. This DIY clock can come very cheap too, but provide yet another outlet for creativity. Those blocks below the clock could have very easily been our tiles from up above.
Mason Jar Turned Sewing Kit
Most of us find uses for old glass bottles: storing coins, adorning with Christmas lights (check out our 40 Custom DIY Christmas Decorations Tutorial!) to give perfect ambiance and things of that nature. One of the most practical uses we can have for this old time favorite is an organization source for our home projects. You can easily find Mason jars at any Wal-mart, Dollar Store or Family Dollar. The sewing skill isn’t so easy to come by.
Sugar Shapes for your Sweetie
If you celebrated Valentine’s Day as a kid, you likely had one of your first DIY craft times. Your teacher may have instructed you to bring in an old shoe box, glue and construction paper. Using your supplies, you eventually made a giant, heart-covered bin in which you would receive cute Valentine’s cards and candies (well, unless your name is Charlie Brown). What was the most common and popular candy you received: the survey usually says, Valentine’s Hearts.
This DIY project is the upgraded, grown-up version of those cute little hearts. You can actually customize the sugary shapes into what you want, though putting the candies in a package bound by silk ribbon could be a very nice and sweet touch.
Santa’s Sweet and Salty Party Mix
Okay, so this DIY recipe is another favorite gift idea. I’ve tried it and the guests love it, you will love it, and you will make more. It’s just delicious and going with the theme of this idea, you can customize these party mix bowls for any time of the year. For you diehard Almond Bark fans out there, this DIY recipe will make your mouth water for more and more. This is best made in massive batches and you should always ‘practice’ making some at any party you’re throwing.
Cute Bird Nest Necklace
I woke up this morning, stared at the rising sun, and three little bird were actually upon my doorstep! They were cute little cardinals. And while the Bob Marley reference ends there, the appreciation you’ll receive from whoever receives this DIY gift from you will never end. What’s so great about these designs are the earthy nature of it. This is perfect for friends who are artistic, like earth tones and stones and are into birds, naturally.
Spa, Bath, Tea, Soak, Bliss
Those words pretty much describe what most people want at the end of a long day. So why not turn those words into physical form with the following DIY gift idea. Make sure the recipient isn’t allergic to any of the ‘ingredients’ you may put into this project.
The Power of Bread, In Bottle Form?
Yes, if and when someone asks you about this DIY gift project, please inform them that yes, the name is actually Power of Bread, in Bottle Form. Once they get the tutorial, they will understand why the question mark. But they will also be pretty well content in the belly.
On this topic, if you’re not making Zucchini Bread every summer…you are missing out. Baking these up and giving them as gifts or bringing them to a party is always good.
The Ultimate Key Holder (or badge holder)
The most existing thing about this project is the endless possibilities. Everyone has keys and everyone misplaces them. Customize the fabric how you will and it will give your recipient extra help in keeping up with their valuable shiny objects. This craft is a 5/5 for simple gifts, filler in a basket.
Tea Cup Lights.
If you do not go to garage sales, please ask yourself why are you passing up the opportunity to get great antiques at a bargain price. Sure, you can always do Target, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby and the other great retail stores, but having this stuff handmade is so much better and purely unique.
Shop around this coming weekend at garage sales or thrift stores (not antique stores) if you’re in an area where garage and estate sales are sparse. You’ll notice one thing before long: there are tons of very cute and possibly very antique tea cups for cheap. You can also make lampshades if you are careful.
These are great. It reminds me of middle school, as we made it as far as painting up old screw washers and throwing them on a chain as cute, decorative items. Adding text is the modern evolution of these. Teen daughters, fun friends and many others will love these. Don’t forget the little attached splash of colors for bringing vibrancy and life to the project.
From but a water balloon and wax you can make a beautiful object in which to burn your tea candles. These are great for setting ambiance during a soak or a romantic evening. Your friends will appreciate them (gift in a large box with neat stacks or sashed tea lights and long necked matches). Absolutely perfect and it comes out for less than five dollars. I did this project and kept several back for myself.
Reversible Cup Sleeves
This is far too cute, easily customizable, has a reverse pattern and will definitely spawn ‘I would like want’ coming from your friends. This absolutely great cup sleeve is perfect for home, the office, study and at a nursing station at a hospital near you. It’s the cozies cute cousin. When you do embark on this DIY idea, make several for your gift recipient. Vary the designs for their tastes.
Premade Cookie Mix
If you don’t want to gift bread, then just gift some cookies! This great gift idea has a classic look, is cute and contains pure deliciousness. Nommy nom.
DIY Bookmark for Old, Non-table Books
Even though I now read some of my books on an electronic tablet, I’m still a sucker for old style books. And this DIY bookmark gift idea is perfect: plush, hard to lose and decorative. When books are stacked right, they can be decorative and while doing such, they can also still have their pages easily marked in decorative fashion. This is a great idea for your friends who love to read or may have large collections of books they keep on display. It also works as a nice addition for scrapbooks.
Organized Baking Kit
My daughter loves helping to make cupcakes, so this gift idea is timely. It promises our future cupcaking adventures will continue and gives an organized area to put all our supplies: my little baker loves it. To put this together, simply buy a storage tin (Pier 1, Michael’s and Tuesdays supply at great price, sometimes Dollar Stores and Target carry as well) and then add all of your customized baking items.
DIY Origami Earrings
Money sculpturing like you’ve never seen. To carry this out, simply follow the tutorial. This gift is a great accent for other gifts, especially if you want to make the recipient chuckle and smile at your handywork. You can make these out of small dollar bills as well, to give as a gift to your daughter.
DIY Hairstyle Hairbands and Hairclips, and Combs!
Some hair combs come in packs of 20 for $2 or $3. Yarn and thread is usually just a drawer or store away. What do you get when you mix them? A DIY Hair Comb idea that can make any hairstyle pop with custom colors and fun.