It's the time of year when we could all use a little extra help finding those extra-special holiday gift ideas. So this season we turned to some of the craftiest and most talented DIYers and bloggers that we know to dream up some fun and festive ideas that would make perfect holiday presents. And the best part: There's nothing quite like them anywhere else.
'Tis the season for trimming trees and stocking up on pretty holiday ornaments. Sure, it’s oh-so-easy to buy a bunch of beautiful balls but Amy Atlas has convinced us that making your own is well-worth it. Plus, these make great hostess gifts or holiday party favors. Get the how-tos.
Quite possibly the warmest welcome of the holiday season. Sherry and John from young house love stepped up the style factor with this seasonal all-star. This cool doormat has a chic antler design and makes a unique hostess or housewarming gift. Stick to something festive (trees, snowflakes, even a snowman) or get personal by adding a monogram or house number. Get the how-tos.
Want to know about the "it" bag of the season? You're looking at it. Your biggest challenge will be giving this chic carryall up. Erica from P.S.- I made this... created this stylish bag that we're certain no one else will be toting. Unless, that is, you're planning to make a few. Time to get started. Get the how-tos.
If you didn’t notice by now, we’re loving snow globes at Real Simple this season. So imagine our delight when Brittany Egbert at one Charming party shared this mini winter wonderland. A project that truly captures the spirit of the holidays. Get the how-tos.
Yes, Virginia, you really can make a mobile. Our friends at hello!Lucky are constantly amazing us with their craftiness and creativity. And this whimsical decorative piece was another one of those "wish we thought of that" moments. But we're thrilled they shared this idea with us first. It's great for celebrating a party, a new home, or a baby's arrival. Get the how-tos.
Move over classic coffee cup, Megan of not martha has given a spectacular spin to the always lovable –and giftable– mug. These colorful can't take-our-eyes-off-them felt sleeves make sipping hot cocoa that much more delicious. Get the project how-tos.
When it comes to a foolproof gift idea, a bundled up pad of papers can't be beat. Christy at Sweet Tidings proves a gift made of paper never (ever) gets old. Are you inspired to customize your own set? We thought so. Get the how-tos.
Home for the holidays is what the season is all about. And when it comes to gatherings with friends and family, AmberLee Fawson of Giver's Log shows us the most extraordinary serving piece. There's nothing quite like a cake stand built with love and loaded with originality. This is bound to be the talk of the table. Get the how-tos.
Set the mood. Celebrate the season. Give the gift of light. Amy Neunsinger from cocodot shines a totally new perspective on this ever-so-popular gift idea. Pretty. Practical. Casting light in any space all year long. Get the how-tos.
Even though Minhee Cho has been beyond busy these days with a new crafty book, she still found time to dream up a gift idea for us. Memorable snapshots can take a great gift to new levels of thoughtfulness when it captures true joy. Get the how-tos.
Kellee Nelson of Rule 42 handcrafted a gift that keeps on giving. She wowed us with this perfect keepsake that your recipient will hold onto forever. For an added treat, fill this hand-folded box with a special treat! Get the how-tos.
Faux is oh-so fabulous. And the proof is right in front of your eyes. The fabrics that make up this must-wear accessory were handpicked by our friends at ACME Party Box. Trust us, this floral design is sure to delight every lady on your list. Get the how-tos.
Laura from OhHiShop shared an idea that's bound to be a hit in homes this season. Work these bright and poppy branches into holiday wreaths, vase fillers, and gift wrap. Quick, simple, and inexpensive. This is a must-try DIY for the season. Get the how-tos.
Lia and Erin, the crafty duo behind YAY! DIY, taught us the true meaning behind personalizing a present. If you're ready to bring a smile to someone's face (really touch their heart), then this idea is made for your giving hands. To begin, pick a recipe that you've treasured forever and then get the how-tos.
16 of 29Amy Atlas
How To: Make One-of-a-Kind Ornaments
What You Need Clear Ornaments (local craft store) Glitter Scrapbook Paper, Decorative Tape, or Ribbon Double-Stick Tape Scissors Ribbon for hanging the ornament
1. Gently twist or pull top off the ornament.
2. Fill glass ornament with sparkly glitter.
3. Cut enough decorative paper so that it can wrap around the entire circumference of the ornament.
4. Using double-stick tape, attach the decorative paper to your ornament.
5. Cut ribbon to your desired size and tie a knot around the ornament's cap.
17 of 29Sherry and John Petersik/ younghouselove
How To: Make a Seasonal Welcome Mat
What You Need Natural Fiber Doormat (Ikea.com for stores) Green Enamel Based Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors Newspaper
Create the shape of the reindeer antlers on your mat with small strips of painter's tape. It's only tape so it's OK if you make mistakes.
Go to a well-ventilated area and place your doormat on the newspaper. Apply 1 to 3 thin and even coats of spray paint on the exposed area of the mat. (The taped off portion remains unpainted.) Keep the nozzle of your can about 8 to 10 inches away from the mat, and always keep your hand moving while spraying to prevent blotches or drips.
After allowing the spray paint to dry for a few hours, carefully remove the taped off antler pattern to reveal your fun DIY doormat.
18 of 29Nicole Gerulat
How To: Make a Magical Snow Globe
What You Need Jar with lid (we used empty salsa and olive jars) Gift Card Small Embellishment Hot Glue Gun Glitter Ribbon Water Newspaper
1. Wash the lid and jar. Remove any stickers.
2. Place a newspaper on the surface and using your hot glue, make a thick line along the base of the gift card. Stick card to the inside of the lid.
3. Glue the embellishment onto the inside of the lid, in front of the gift card. Let the glue set for an hour.
4. Add some glitter to the jar and fill with water.
5. Tightly screw the lid back onto the jar and tie a ribbon around the base.
(Note: It's best to give this gift within a week of it being made.)
19 of 29Amy Neunsinger/Cocodot
How To: Make Bright and Beautiful Votives
What You Need Assortment of Jars (We used jam, mustard, and baby food jars.) Drinking Glasses Recycled Wrapping Paper Tissue Paper Newsprint and Magazine Pages Elmer’s Glue Mod Podge Brush Votive candle
1. Cut paper into small shapes.
2. Squeeze Elmer's Glue onto the back of the strips of paper and adhere to jar. (It’s nice to layer in some areas and not in others to allow the candlelight to glow through.)
3. When the jar is covered, brush Mod Podge over entire area, pressing down any bubbles. Let dry for about an hour.
4. Place small votive inside.
20 of 29Hello!Lucky
How To: Make a Charming Raindrop Mobile
What You Need Raindrop Template and Cloud Template Scissors 1/4 yard of felt in shades of blue Fabric Scissors Thread (Blue and White) Sewing Machine 1/4 Yard White Felt Piece of Cardboard approx 11" x 16" Small amount of Fiberfill (just enough to pad the cloud) Straight Pins Large Sewing Needle
Hot Glue Gun White Heavy Quilting Thread or Embroidery Floss
How To: Make the Raindrops
1. Using fabric scissors, cut out about 70 blue felt raindrops following the Raindrop Template.
2. Stitch up the centerline of the first raindrop on sewing machine.
3. Once you reach the top of the raindrop, pull about 4" of thread and then place the second raindrop on your machine, stitching up the centerline.
4. Continue in this fashion until you have a strand of 5 - 7 raindrops (Figure 1 on template). Leave at least a 6" tail at the top of each strand of raindrops.
5. Trim excess thread from the bottom of each strand. Make 12 strands of varying lengths.
How To: Make the Clouds
1. Using fabric scissors, cut out two cloud shapes from the white felt following the Cloud Template. Cut an oval about 1" smaller around the cloud from the cardboard.
2. Layer the cloud as follows: felt, layer of fiber fill, cardboard, felt (Figure 2).
3. Pin the felt together along the edges.
4. Stitch the edges of the cloud together on the sewing machine with white thread using a tight zig zag stitch.
How To: Put it Together
1. Thread the excess from your first strand of raindrops onto your large sewing needle.
2. Punch the needle through the cloud and knot the thread on the other side. Repeat with the rest of your strands, distributing them evenly around the face of the cloud. Reinforce with a dab of hot glue on each knot.
3. Sew an "X" of heavy white quilting thread or embroidery floss to the top of the cloud, tying a knot at one corner across to the opposite corner, leaving a little play in the thread to allow for hanging. (Figure 3)
21 of 29YAY!DIY
How To: Make a Memorable Recipe Frame
What You Need Mat Board Sturdy Ruler Mat Knife Pencil Frame Recipe to Frame
Remove everything from inside frame. Using your mat board and knife, cut a new mat board the exact size of your frame so that it fits snuggly inside. (When cutting, make sure the slant of the knife is facing in the direction of the object you're framing.)
Measure the objects you're framing against the mat board.
Decide where you'll want to place your recipe and photo. Turn the mat over so that the back is facing you. Using your pencil and ruler, draw a box just smaller than each object in the spots you want your objects to go. For example, if your object is 4"x 6", draw a window that is 3.5" x 5.5".
Still working on the back side of the mat, cut the other three sides, pressing hard so the knife cuts the whole way through. Cut each side just slightly past the corner of the window you drew (don’t worry, you won’t see this in the end result) – it helps sharpen the corners.
Push out the window and position your objects (recipe and photo) behind it, until they're just right.
22 of 29Kellee Nelson/myRule42.com
How To: Make a Crafty Keepsake Box
What You Need 2 sheets of 12"x12” Paper Scissors Ruler Glue Embellishment for Top
1. Begin with a single square sheet. Fold each corner to its opposite corner and make a firm crease.
2. Fold each corner to the center point of the paper. Then fold each corner to the center of the crease you last made on each opposite side.
3. Fold each tip inward to the first crease. Your paper should be a grid of 2”x2” squares.
4. Choose one corner and cut two 4” lines, 4” apart along the crease, repeat on the opposite side of the paper.
5. Put a little glue in a circle around the center point of the paper. Fold the un-cut corners so their points meet the center point. Fold the flaps in to strengthen the crease.
6. Position up and fold over the cut corners, tips facing center point.
7. Make the bottom of the box by cutting ½” off each side of coordinating 12”x12” paper, making it 11.5”x11.5”. Assemble as you did for the top. Put them together and accessorize on top.
23 of 29Sweettidings.blogspot
How To: Make a New and Noteworthy Writing Set
What You Need Letter or Legal Sized Textured Paper Thick Cardboard Paper Cutter Padding Glue Brush Craft Rubber Stamps Ink Pad Twine or ribbon
1. Using a paper cutter, cut paper into desired notepad size. Each pad should be at least 50 pages thick. Cut one cardboard paper backing for each notepad.
2. Handstamp designs on each individual notepad leaf with rubber stamps.
3. Stack your handstamped notepad pages together tightly. Using a brush, apply padding glue to the top of the notepad to secure and bind the
pages together. Let dry.
4. Make notepads in various sizes and colors to gift together.
5. Wrap together and finish with a personalized hand-stamped gift tag.
Scissors or Pinking Shears Needle and Thread Straight Pins Button Bobby Pin
1. After downloading the template, cut out the flower shapes. Pin to the top of a few fabric squares. Cut carefully around the perimeter of the template to create a variety of “petal” shapes.
2. Repeat until you have 10 petals. Remove pins and templates and organize your petals into piles according to size and shape.
3. Stack your flowers with the smaller “petals” on top, larger on the bottom.
4. Thread needle and tie a large knot at the end of a good length of doubled yarn.
5. Take a small rectangular piece of fabric and the fabric circle, and stitch the rectangle to the right side of the circle. This will act as a pocket for the hair clip you will add later.
6. Take the largest petal and fabric circle, and make small stitches attaching the wrong side of your circle to the wrong side of your petal. Tie off and cut.
7. For the remainder of your stack, pick petals of decreasing size and attach them to the center of the previous petal. You only need to stitch through to the previous petal, not through to the sturdy base. Small tacking stitches will result in a flat petal while larger tacking stitches pulled taut will result in a more ruffled petal.
8. Add a button to the top center of the final petal.
9. Slide a bobby pin through the back pocket of your flower to finish off your hair clip. A safety pin or ribbon can be used in place of the bobby pin so that you can also wear as a pin or necklace!
25 of 29Erica Domesak/ P.S. I Made This…
How To: Make a Stylish Hardware Handbag
What You Need
Canvas Tote Hinges (available at hardware stores) Needle and Thread Skinny Belt Scissors Lock Spray Paint
1.Place the lock on a sheet of newspaper in a well-ventilated area and paint. Let dry.
2.Stitch hinges flat below the handles of the bag. Be sure to reinforce the stitches through the holes several times.
3.Cut slits wide enough for the belt to go through on the front of the bag and two on the sides.The belt needs to loop through the front of the bag and the inside.
4.Loop the belt through the holes and attach the lock.
26 of 29Laura Belle Hanley/OhHiShop
How To: Make Colorful Thread Stems
What You Need Embroidery Thread (available at craft stores) Clear-Drying Tacky Glue Sticks & Small Stems
1. Lay out your stems and remove extra small nubs and splinters.
2. Start at the top of the stick. Add a bit of glue and attach the thread.
3. Wrap the thread around the stem (make sure to cover all of the glue). When you get to the bottom, place the cut thread on a thin dab of glue and let dry.
27 of 29Megan Reardon/NotMartha.org
How To: Make a Warm and Fuzzy Felt Mugs
What You Need Sheets of Felt in Different Colors 2 Straight Sided Mugs Rubber Bands 6 Buttons Rotary Cutter Ruler Scissors Thread Marking Chalk Sewing Machine
1. Make the main part of the wrap by measuring the circumference of your mug, subtract one inch from this (to allow room for the handle). Cut a 3" high strip of felt to this length. Cut two 3" x 1" strips from the same color, these will work as extra support for attaching the elastic and buttons.
2. Attach the elastic and buttons: Cut three 4" long pieces of elastic. Arrange equally along one end of the felt, placing one in the center and setting the others 3/8" in from the top and bottom edges. Attach the elastic with fabric glue if you need to keep it in place while sewing. Stitch the elastic into place by sandwiching it between the body felt piece and the 1" x 3" strip as shown above, backstiching over the ends of the elastic to secure it into place. Sew the other 1" x 3" strip to the opposite end. Turn the felt to the right side and sew the buttons onto the opposite end, spacing the same as the elastic.
3. Mark spacing for the decorations: Using a sheet of scrap paper, mark spaces 1 3/8" apart, this is the guide for the rows of stitching that will attach the circles. Turn your felt right side out and set your marked paper over it so that it is centered. Use marking chalk to transfer row spacing to the felt, making small marks. Mark about 1/2" down from the top edge so that they'll be hidden underneath stitching later on.
4. Cut out the circles: You'll need 1" circles and 1 3/8th" circles. For color #1 you'll need fourteen 1" circles and 14 1 3/8" circles, for color #2 you'll need seven 1" circles and seven 1 3/8" circles. Don't worry about getting them perfectly round.
5. Sew on the circles: Sandwich your circles and head to your sewing machine. Alternate the larger and smaller circles and stitch two sets down for each row. Fluff them open and you're done.
28 of 29Giverslog
How To: Make a Vintage-Inspired Cake Stand
What You Need Tape Candlestick with a hole down the middle. (Start unscrewing the stick to see if it comes apart.)
Drawer Pull Plate (Melamine or Ceramic)
Allthread (Be sure to choose the size that will screw into your drawer pull.) Drill and Drill Bit. (You'll need a wood bit for drilling into melamine and a ceramic bit for drilling into ceramic.)
1. Place a piece of tape in the center of the plate and drill through the tape.
2. Take the allthread and cut to the length of your stand. Assemble by putting the washer and screw at the bottom of the stand, then threading the allthread through candlestick piece, then the plate.
3. Screw on the drawer pull at the top.
29 of 29Minhee Cho/Paper+Cup
How To: Make a Personalized Photo Journal
What You Need:
Blank Journal Blank 11"x17” Sheet of White Paper Photos Cork Shelf Liner or Sheet of Cork Labels Black Pen X-acto Knife Self Healing Cutting Mat Metal Ruler Clear Tape
1.Trace the journal front and back on the blank white paper. This will be a template for positioning the photos. Use the paper to wrap around the journal first to see where the spine and edges are.
2. Decide where you want the photos, and then place them on the white paper template
3. Gently tape down the images with the clear tape. You need just enough to the photo doesn't shift while photocopying.
4.Transfer images onto the cork sheet, keeping the spacing as close as possible. Use the template as your guide. Tape down images.
5.Place on photo copier in reverse position. You may have to do a few tests to see the positioning.
6.Position the printed sheet on top of the front of the blank journal. Use fingers to gently mark the edges and spine. Do so all around the journal.
7.Open up the sheet, it will show the outline of the journal. Then, make a fold at the top and bottom of page.
8. Place journal on top and fold one vertical side over and slide cover in. Repeat on other side.