WASHINGTON, November 22, 2016 – With Christmas coming up crafters everywhere have either begun creating their Christmas gifts or are at least planning them. Crafted gifts are great alternatives to traditional Christmas gifts for those that have an artistic mind, for loved ones that prefer personalized gifts, or for those gifting on a budget.
DIY Christmas gifts don’t have to break the bank or take a ton of talent, there are plenty of crafts that you can do that your family will love receiving and you will love creating.
Gift in a Jar
Mason jars are taking over crafting because they are incredibly versatile craft tools. For Christmas, there are a ton of options for making a gift in a jar for anyone regardless of what they are into. Cookie mix, sugar scrubs, homemade candles, piggy banks, terrarium kits, and pedicures in a jar are just a few options for creating gifts with mason jars.
Dress the jar up with some ribbon, tie on a gift tag, and make the jar as much a part of the gift as what is inside. A gift in a jar is unique and thoughtful present that your family member will enjoy having. It doesn’t take a ton of artistic ability while still being a homemade gift that the person receiving will cherish.
Upcycling Wine Bottles
Wine bottles are great to use for crafting some unique home décor – and it’s also fun drinking the wine in order to craft with the empty bottle. Some crafts that involve manipulating glass can be more difficult than others depending on the project you’re looking for, but not all of them are difficult.
There are a ton of fun ideas for upcycling wine bottles including making a hummingbird feeder, dish soap dispenser, or lighted décor. Even painting a bottle with chalkboard paint and drawing designs with chalk, painting the bottles, adding glitter to the bottles, or gluing burlap to them create a unique look to the bottles that everyone will love.
DIY Hygiene Products
From lotion to scrubs to soap, there are a ton of easy DIY hygiene products to make for your loved ones this holiday season. Despite what you may think, these projects are not as difficult as you might imagine. Plus you get to create your own scents, design your own jars, and create your own labels for your creations.
There are many great tutorials on creating your own soap out of essential oils, aloe vera, lavender, oatmeal, or lye. Many scrubs only require a few ingredients like coconut oil and sugar.
You can make lotion out of few ingredients as well like fragrance, oil, and beeswax. Find the scent that matches each person and create a product perfect for them.
Make your Own Jewelry
Making jewelry as Christmas gifts is a great way to give a completely personalized gift that people will really enjoy wearing. It’s a great feeling to have a completely unique piece of jewelry that also both sentimental. In any craft store you can find a variety of chains, leather, or beads in order to create necklaces, bracelets, or earrings in any style that you’d like.
Utilize their birthstone, first letter of their name, favorite color, favorite animal, or a picture of their pet within your jewelry design. It’s not expensive or difficult to create something unique and lovely that your loved ones will love.
Gifts Made from Wood
There are so many gifts available made out of wood. Craft stores have so much to offer in the way of woodworking crafts from painting jewelry boxes to wood burned plaques. Make a picture frame, wall décor, paint some wooden kitchenware, utilize spray paint, make wooden necklace pendants, or even paint a birdhouse for your loved ones utilizing wooden crafts.
These wooden crafts are cheap and easy to accomplish with most of this project relying on your own effort and less on the cost of materials. Wood and paint are typically cost effective crafting choices, so it’s a great option for a DIY gift.
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to involve spending hundreds of dollars on gifts for friends and family – in fact a homemade gift can mean so much more than one you purchase from a store. If you’re not particularly artsy don’t worry, many of these gifts are simple and don’t require a ton of artistic ability. If you’re on a budget, that’s perfect as well.
Crafting doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. The key is to find a craft that fits your ability and your budget and there is a craft that fits everyone’s ability and finances. So instead of spending more money than you have, create something for your loved ones that is completely unique and created by you and they are guaranteed to love it.