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!
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.
Make it: Watercolor Travel Tin
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.
Emily Fazio, 2016
Make it: Rustic Picture Frame
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!
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.
Make it: DIY Foaming Citrus Soap
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.
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.
Make it: Monogrammed Leather Dog Tag
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.
Make it: Reversible Fabric Storage Bags
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.
Make it: 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.
Make it: DIY Pumpkin Body Scrub
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.
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.
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.
Make it: DIY Bike Rack
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.
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.
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.
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 >>
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.