Saturday, December 15, 2012

DIY Gift Ideas - Save Money By Making Your Own

DIY Gifts

In my last post, I shared some ideas for DIY Christmas decorations for your home.  Today I would like to share some fabulous ideas for do-it-yourself gifts, which are way more thoughtful and fun to give than bought gifts, not to mention easier on the wallet!

I have already posted about two items I made recently: the magnetic chalkboard from the $1 silver tray, and the no-sew burlap pillow made with the $1 felt ornament.  Here are some ideas that I have pinned to my "gifts to make" board on Pinterest:

1) Glass ball ornament filled with thoughtful words from Shanty 2 Chic - could easily customize this idea.  You could cut up a wedding invitation, baby announcement, menu from a memorable restaurant, picture of a special place, have children write-out thoughts about the person, memories, etc....  The possibilities are endless!

2) Custom-made tile coasters from The Cottage Home - made with inexpensive kitchen or bath tiles and scrapbook paper.

diy custom tile coasters

3) Clipboard for Post-It Notes from The Huckaby's Happily Ever After - would make a great teacher gift along with a new pack of note pads.

diy post-it notes clipboard

4) Add A Pinch's lemon sugar scrub and printable - I just bought some pretty little jars with lids from Hobby Lobby a few days ago for $1 each that would be perfect to put some of this in!

diy lemon sugar scrub

5) Hand-stenciled napkins or tea towels by Pickles and Cheese - made with inexpensive painter's drop cloths. I would definitely use fabric paint for this, which can be found at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn's, A.C. Moore, or other craft stores.

hand stenciled napkins

6) Pretty clothes pin magnets from Under the Sycamore - make with Christmas-themed scrapbook paper for the holidays, or with regular decorative scrapbook paper for a year-round gift.

clothes pin magnets

7) Sea salt caramels from Cleverly Inspired - mmmmmmmm. Sea salt caramels... need I say more?

sea salt caramels

8) Personalized monogram burlap/wood sign - the one pictured is for sale.  You could very easily make one for under $5 dollars (saving you a whopping $57.48!) with a piece of scrap wood, burlap, brown craft paint, a few nails or upholstery tacks and stencils.

diy burlap

9) Holiday Magnets from Brixton Lane - using flat backed marbles from the craft store and scrapbook paper. You could make it a bit more personal and substitue pictures of the person or family for the paper, instead.

diy marble magnets

10) Monogrammed hand soap or sanitizer bottle from The Idea Room - easier than it looks, I promise. Simply buy the bottles of hand soap or sanitizer from the store, take the original label off with Goo Gone, use the download (provided on the blog post) to do the monogram, print it off on overhead transparency paper, cut it out, roll it up, stick it inside the bottle, done!

Monogrammed hand soap dispenser bottle

I hope these ideas motivate you to start.  There are still 10 days before Christmas - plenty of time to make some or all of these!  To see even more ideas, go here to my Pinterest board.


  1. where can you find the stencils for the monogram project (#8) (just a husband looking for a 18th anniversary gift) of course with other gifts also

  2. I personally would make a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo machine. If you don't have a vinyl cutting machine, nor have a friend with one, you could try making your own stencil by designing your monogram/date as a Word document, printing it on a piece of Contact Paper, then cutting out the letters with an Exacto knife. Peel off the sticky back of the Contact Paper and press it to the burlap, then paint. Just be sure to paint many light layers rather than one thick layer to keep the paint from seeping under the Contact Paper.