12 Homemade Gift Ideas From Made + Remade

Begin checking off that holiday list with a DIY gift that shows you care.

No need to spend tons of money on gifts your friends and family won't even use. Take a more personal approach this holiday season and make your gifts!

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature

Christmas Gift Wrap Nature

Different types of Christmas wrapping decorated with nature pine cones aranged in a photo.

With a few supplies, you can put together some nice and useful gifts that won't break the bank. If you have a big family like myself, you'll appreciate these budget-friendly ideas:

Watercolor Travel Tin

Turn an empty metal mint tin into a portable watercolor palette for the aspiring artist to easily take on the road with them. Include a sturdy notebook and some paint brushes to make it into the perfect gift set.

Repurposed Watercolor Travel Tin

Repurposed Watercolor Travel Tin

Bring your watercolors along on your trip feed your art bug with this easy to make paint palette.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Rustic Picture Frame

Using a piece of reclaimed wood, make this charming, rustic frame that can hold personalized artwork or a picture of you and your bestie. The frame can be easily customized to fit the photograph or artwork. To achieve a distressed, shabby-chic look, try painting the frame white with thin brush strokes.

How to Make a Custom Rustic Barn Wood Frame

How to Make a Custom Rustic Barn Wood Frame

Use old barnwood to cut and construct your own wall frame for artwork.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Upcycled Coasters

Visit your local salvage shop or hardware store to make these crafty coasters. Choose any print of wrapping paper you want and decoupage it onto plain tiles. You can customize these for your friends and family and give them a set of their own. Not only are they easy to make, they're super cheap, too! 

Pineapple Coasters

Pineapple Coasters

Learn how to make a cute, inexpensive pineapple coasters from ceramic tiles and pineapple paper.

Photo by: Laura James

Laura James

Make it: Tile Coasters

Foaming Citrus Soap

We all have those hand soap lovers in our life. You know, the ones that can't get enough of Bath and Body Works. Save some bucks and make your own using a few simple ingredients — Castile soap, essential oils, water and a foaming soap pump. That's it! Select different essential oils to create a variety of scents.

Foaming Citrus Soap is Simple to Make

Foaming Citrus Soap is Simple to Make

Making your own custom scented foaming soaps is easy and takes only three ingredients.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Ombre Candles

Candles are a great gift option, but they can certainly be pricey. It turns out, they're not that hard to make, and you can buy wax flakes in bulk — making them very inexpensive. Essential oils work great for natural, smell-good candles. Combine small pieces of colored crayons with the wax flakes to achieve this cool, ombre effect.

Learn how to make an ombre candle for Valentine's Day, wedding decor or favors, or special events.

Photo by: Emily Fazio ©2016

Emily Fazio, 2016

Make it: Ombre Candles

Monogrammed Dog Tag

Don't forget about your furry friend! Give their collar an added dose of style with a monogrammed leather tag. These would make great stocking stuffers for your family members and friends with pets.

Monogrammed Leather Dog Tags

Monogrammed Leather Dog Tags

Make your furry friend a custom monogrammed leather dog tag.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Fabric Storage Bags

Family and friends love handmade gifts, especially if the gift makes their life a lot more easier. With basic sewing skills, make these easy, chic toy storage bags. They're not just for toys, either. Use them as storage containers for the mudroom or living room to hold hats, scarves, blankets or other accessories.

Reversible Fabric Storage Bags Are Perfect for Toys

Reversible Fabric Storage Bags Are Perfect for Toys

Put the toys away in a stylish reversible storage bag.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Wooden Flower Tote

Durable and cute, this wooden tote is just what the garden lover in your life needs. Simply build the box, paint it their favorite color and attach some rope handles. Toting flowers and plants from the farmer's market will no longer be a problem.

DIY Flower Basket Tote

DIY Flower Basket Tote

Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

The colder weather can be harsh on the skin. Mix together a batch of exfoliating, homemade body scrub to give to your loved ones. They'll love having silky smooth skin during those frigid winter months.

Pumpkin Sugar Scrub is Perfect for Softening Skin

Pumpkin Sugar Scrub is Perfect for Softening Skin

Moisturize and exfoliate your skin with a fall inspired pumpkin sugar scrub.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Homemade Spa Kit

The holidays can be stressful. Let mom decompress and enjoy a relaxing bath with a homemade spa kit complete with lavender oatmeal tub tea and bath bombs. Present the kit in Mason jars or a gift box tied with twine.

Bath Bombs and Tub Teas Make Perfect Gifts for Pampering

Bath Bombs and Tub Teas Make Perfect Gifts for Pampering

Put together a spa package for the special someone in your life. Bath bombs and tub teas are simple to make and nourishing for skin.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Essential Oil Disinfecting Spray

Cleaning products often use harsh chemicals, and they don't smell all that great, either. Try making a natural disinfecting spray instead using essential oils. Put together a gift basket of natural products such as the pumpkin scrub, bath bombs and foaming hand soap to give to friends and family.

DIY Essential Oils Disinfecting Spray

DIY Essential Oils Disinfecting Spray

Skip the harsh chemicals and use natural ingredients to make an all purpose disinfecting spray.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

Custom Bike Rack

Build a custom bike rack for the adventure seeker and outdoor lover on your list. They'll love the fact that you took the time to make a gift that shows your appreciation for their hobby.

Bike Storage Rack

Bike Storage Rack

Keep your bike and commuter gear together with a stylish and sturdy bike rack made from pipe fittings.

©Chris Tsambis/Abstract Pictures

Chris Tsambis/Abstract Pictures

Make it: DIY Bike Rack

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DIYs for the Guys

From framed album covers to repurposed license plates, these smart gift ideas were all made with basic craft skills and a little elbow grease.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Metal Desk Vessel

Add stylish storage to a workspace with a vintage tool holder. Made from old license plates or thin sheet metal, the vessel is constructed by wrapping the metal material around a small emptied tuna fish can, then fastening the ends together with rivets or using a soldering gun.

Found Object Bottle Stoppers

Give keepsakes new purpose by turning them into conversation-starting bottle stoppers. Wine lovers will appreciate the one-of-a-kind gift. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo Coasters + Magnets

Turn vivid images of favorite places into coasters or refrigerator magnets with a decoupage stone application. To make, print images on paper using a laser printer. Next, place them on top of small stone tiles, then secure them in place with decoupage glue added to the front and back. To protect the color from fading, use a spray sealer once the decoupage glue has dried.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Canvas Photo Art

Turn favorite photos into artwork by printing the images onto canvas photo paper then stretching the fabric over a wooden frame. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Framed Albums

Pick up classic albums from flea markets and thrift stores, then place them in basic square album frames. These can simply lean on shelves or hang on walls as a grouped focal point.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Custom Phone or Tablet Covers

Get crafty to surprise him with a custom-made felt cover to protect his new gadget. Download our free patterns and learn how to sew one up with our easy step-by-step instructions.

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License Plate Keychain

Create several gifts from one vintage license plate with cut metal keychains. Search antique stores for old steel plates ranging in different letters and numbers. Use metal snips to cut out the letters and numbers, then sandpaper the edges. Add a hole along the top with a drill and a 1/8-inch drill bit, then attach a metal key ring into the hole.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Wood Letter Bookends

Put scrap wood to use as letter bookends. To make, use letter stencils and pencils to mark the surface of the wood. Next, guide a jigsaw along the traced letter. Use sandpaper to smooth out any rough edges before placing the letters at each end of a bookshelf.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

Monogrammed Leather Valet

Turn an old frame and upcycled leather into a personalized tray to stylishly hold his keys, watch, cash — everything he needs to grab before heading out the door. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: H. Camille Smith

Baluster Candleholder

Architectural salvage can make for excellent tabletop decor. Here, a baluster crafted from an old Victorian staircase is given new life as a traditional candleholder. To outfit it for holding candles, a small wooden plaque is used as the footer and a pillar candle plate is added to the top.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

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