Hands down, the holidays are my favorite time of year. Growing up, my sisters and I loved making gifts for our family members.
I remember painting small scrap wood blocks to make buildings for my dad’s hobby train setup. I drew signs on each of the buildings and stores, naming them after our family, such as Momma’s Art Studio and Bridget’s Bakery.
More than 20 years later, he still has these little buildings.
Years ago, I made everyone in my family crocheted scarves handpicking the yarn and style for each person. This past weekend, my mother-in-law was visiting and was delightfully wearing the cranberry red scarf I made her so long ago.
That’s the thing about homemade presents – they become such cherished gifts. So much more thought and time goes into them that they really do become treasured.
So today I’m sharing 8 DIY gifts that you can easily make this holiday season – along with a homemaking bundle that you and your family members will love.
Homemade Lamp from Anything
Did you know that you can make a lamp from anything? This DIY lamp was made using a model train! How cool is that?!
The idea came from an old fisherman’s lamp that my dad repurposed into a lamp that he would enjoy. His train-collecting friend loved it so much that he made another one from scratch. It was simple to make – and we have really thorough, easy-to-follow instructions here.
If you have someone in your family that’s difficult to shop for, think about their hobbies, and turn one of their interests into a cool lamp.
Gorgeous Canvas Wall Art
If you are looking for an easy DIY that looks store-bought but has creative charm, make these homemade canvases.
First, find some cool wall stickers (we love the wall stickers from My Wonderful Walls). Then, paint a few canvases. Let them dry and then apply the stickers. You can also adorn them with washi tape or letter stickers – the possibilities are endless.
I made the ones below for my toddler’s big boy room. I included the letter stickers in an effort to get him to start spelling his favorite vehicles. 🙂
We have a full tutorial here – along with links to the products we used.
With this DIY, you’ll have beautiful wall art in a matter of minutes.
Themed Gift Baskets
One thing people love is a thoughtful gift. And, giving gift baskets enables you to be so creative and thoughtful.
But I’m not referring to the premade gift baskets that you buy online or from the stores. I’m talking about one that’s hand-picked and made with your recipient in mind.
Gift baskets are without a doubt my favorite gifts to give – I love everything from picking out the basket to finding creative gifts.
I have so many gift basket ideas on our blog – from an ice cream sundae gift to a cookie decorating gift basket.
Heck, I even made a huge list of all types of items to include in themed gift baskets. From “gift baskets for mommas” to “gift baskets for practical people,” check out the full gift basket list here.
Easy Picture Ledge from Scrap Wood
Who loves photos?! And who would love not to make a million nail holes in their walls?! These picture ledges are perfect for those on your list that cherish photographs and would love an easier way to display them.
If you have the right tools, they take just an hour to make and they look amazingly elegant.
We have the step-by-step instructions here. And, did I mention that the cost was less than $10?!
DIY gifts are simply the best 🙂
Thoughtful, Themed Photo Books
Speaking of those who love photos, we have a gift that we love to give in my family – photo books. But not just any photo book. We love making our books personal by pairing pictures with funny or special sayings.
You see, for my mom’s 60th, we made her a book with pictures all throughout her life paired with cliches and common sayings she frequently utters. For my sister’s 30th, we made a book of pictures from her life paired with hilarious Seinfeld quotes (her favorite TV show).
And, for my in-laws who have lived in a few different countries, we paired pictures from their life with sayings from those countries. To see these books, check them out here.
You can make these books scrapbook style (pictured below), or you can make them with a photo site, such as Walgreens. We’ve done both, and they both turn out awesome.
I can’t even express how much our friends and family have loved these books. The extra thought has made the books something they cherish.
Homemaking Gift Bundle
If you love to make things but don’t have the time to search for awesome patterns and projects, then I have the perfect solution for you.
There’s an awesome bundle of 200+ patterns, projects, and step-by-step instructions for all kinds of handcrafts on sale now for just $29.97 (97% off).
They have quilting projects, crochet and knitting patterns, sewing and decorative projects. A few that I am interested in are:
- 23 Easy-to-Make Christmas Ornaments: Three eBooks in One!
- Printing on Fabric: Instinctual Mark-Making, Screen & Stencil Printing
- Mr and Mrs Deer: DIY Woodland Felt Decorations
There are so many projects and patterns! Hurry though because it’s only offered until Dec. 3rd.
DIY Finger Puppets
These super cute, no-sew finger puppets are made from card stock and felt.
My toddler has a blast playing with these. He loves singing the Finger Family Song, so they finger puppets certainly made his day.
You only need a few materials – including a hot glue gun, and in less than an hour, you can churn out these cute little finger puppets for the little ones that you love.
These are perfect for a homemade gift for kids, or they make for a great gift that kids could make too!
Homemade Hopscotch Mat
This diy hopscotch mat is simply adorable and so easy to make. It’s another felt, no-sew project that you can complete in an hour. The mat is perfect for indoor or outdoor hopscotch as well as the perfect reading mat for kids.
We have one of these for outside, and my kids loved it so much that we have one inside too. It’s my toddler’s favorite reading spot 🙂
I even have free printable letters for you to download – to make the tracing easy.
With these easy homemade gift ideas, you can make someone’s day with the extra thought and creativity you put into their gift this year. Not to mention, you can definitely stay on budget by saving with these thrifty ideas.
In years to come, I’m sure your friends and family will treasure the homemade gifts you made, just as my dad still has his scrap wood train buildings 🙂