20 Easy DIY Holiday Gift Ideas, For the Crafty Among Us
Giving store-bought gifts is SO 2012, don't you think? Creating homemade presents is one way to show off your Pinterest prowess this holiday season and, even if you aren't especially crafty, you can file your efforts in the it's-the-thought-that-counts category. We've rounded up 20 DIY gift ideas — sure to suit even if your crafting skills are more kindergarten student than Martha Stewart. From easy upcycling projects (picture frames turned jewelry displays!) to simple acts of alchemy (DIY witch-hazel body spray!), these homemade holiday gifts can be made without specialized skills or supplies. Bring out your inner Martha (or at least your inner child) with these DIY gifts.
Decorative Tea Towels
Fancy tea towels are all the rage on Etsy, but you can make your own with unbleached cotton towels and fabric paint. Learn how via Lana Red.
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A classic Christmas decoration made all the better when you DIY. Learn how with Whipperberry.
Healthy Homemade Marshmallows
Find out how to make all-natural, honey-sweetened marshmallows with Wellness Mama. Optional add-ins like Marshmallow Root and probiotics give these sweets healing properties.
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Lemon Thyme Salt Scrub
There's a reason salt and sugar scrubs always wind up on DIY holiday gift lists. Scrubs are easy to make, smell good, lend themselves to pretty packaging and can be used to clean, exfoliate, and soften skin. Food Plus Words has instructions for making an all-natural lemon and thyme salt scrub.
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DIY Terrarium Kit
Terrariums are a popular DIY gift — but they can be hard to transport or wrap. Cut down on complications by giving DIY terrarium kits, like wit & whistle suggests.
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Bleach & Print Pillows
Upcycle an old pillow into a one-of-a-kind pillow. Learn how via Instructables.
Make clear lip-gloss with beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil, or add natural tint with spices or beet root powder. Wellness Mama will show you how.
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Hello Lidy's chalkboard-paint tray: The perfect compliment to breakfast in bed.
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Home Cooked Potato Chips
For your most badass girlfriend: A buckled leather wrist wrap, made by yours truly. Learn how at Instructables.
Easy DIY Mousepad
A basic mousepad can be a canvas for whatever you want. Here's some inspiration from Jessica Demaio of A Simple Kind of Life.
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Witch Hazel Body Spray
Witch hazel is a natural astringent, antioxidant and acne fighter. Here's an easy way to turn witch hazel into an skin-freshening body spray, from Blisstree.
Give an old picture frame life as a simple but pretty jewelry rack. Learn how with The Indie Chicks.
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Egg-Shaped Votive Candles
Turn old candle wax into cute, egg-shaped votives. Learn how at Gave That.
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