Have a little downtime? Then why not make some personalized holiday gifts for the people on your shopping list! We've rounded up a few of our DIYs that will make great gifts to give and receive. Click through, and unleash your crafty side!
Here are the materials you need:
- Jar: you can use a jam, olive, or salsa jar.
- Gift card
- Hot glue gun
Along with discovering eco- and budget-friendly ways to make your life easier, I spend countless hours testing each and every DIY. Some I only use once, while others are made over and over — and over again. Here are seven that I simply can't live without.
Garbage Disposal Refreshers
I keep a stash of garbage disposal refreshers under my sink and use them all the time. OK, I use them every day. And you can mix things up and use orange or lime instead of lemon.
Once I experimented with this smart trick, I couldn't stop. Now every box of tissues in my home is wonderfully scented. And you can use essential oils other than eucalyptus. I love orange, lavender, and rosemary for a nice, uplifting smell. And, I'll be honest: I usually use at least 10 drops of essential oil for a strong scent.
Square Canvas Prints
Yes, this isn't an essential DIY, but I make these square canvas prints all the time. I use personal pictures and display them around the home or give them as gifts to friends and family. They're so easy to make, and you can use basic printer paper with great results.
I'm a busy girl, and sometimes I, um, am not the freshest. This DIY spray deodorant is my go-to when I need a little refreshing. I have a small spray bottle in the bathroom, one in all my bags, and a bottle in the kitchen (really).
This easy air freshener makes your space smell amazing in seconds. And you can personalize the scent with your favorite essential oil.
I love how cute this hand sanitizer looks in an upcycled perfume bottle, but this spray is a winner, because it cleans my hands in a pinch. And it's made with natural ingredients that do a great job of cleaning without drying my skin.
These dryer sheets come together with only a few ingredients and leave my clothes so soft — without any lingering vinegar scent. I find myself refreshing the jar every couple of weeks and often experiment with different essential oils. So far, tea tree and lavender are my favorites.
Shoe clips are such a fun thing to have during the holidays. They elevate your basic black pumps to the perfect party shoe without having to commit to the festive embellishment long-term! Watch this easy DIY shoe clip tutorial — they also make great gifts!
Have a few hours to spare? Consider a simple bedroom DIY. Without spending a lot of money, you can revamp your space on the fly with a homemade project that is anything but kitschy. Roll up your sleeves with DIYs like tufted headboards and graphic art — it's time to satisfy your craft fix!
– Additional reporting by Angela Elias
Store shelves are lined with shiny gifts that kids can't wait to see making their way into your home, but is there anything more cherished than a gift made by mom and dad (or grandma and grandpa or aunts and uncles)? We think not! Making a gift or two for your children this holiday is not only a way to show you care, but also a great way to teach tots the value of handmade gifts. With that in mind, our friends over on POPSUGAR Smart Living have rounded up more than 100 DIY presents for this holiday season, including these 19 gifts for kids.
A handful of cash isn't necessary for a thoughtful gift to your partner.
At this time of year, gift-giving is especially on our minds. For many, it's hard to make that "just right" choice. And in today's economy, the task may become particularly stressful. In years past, folks would make the gifts they gave. And if you think about it, when a present is homemade rather than store bought, it means that a lot more effort went into it. Of course, many may get stuck on ideas or feel that there's not enough time to create the items. So, in the spirit of the holiday season, I've created DIY gift ideas that will be sure to send your partner the message that they matter to you.
1. Make a Puzzle
If you're artistic (even somewhat!), draw a picture or a sentiment on a large piece of paper. You can also purchase a poster with a loving sentiment. Or, blow up a picture of the two of you. Once you've made your choice, glue it on a piece of cardboard. Then, cut it up into puzzle pieces and pack it up into a gift box for your mate to put together.
2. Sing A Song
Lots of folks just don't feel comfortable with their writing skills. If you're one of them, then record a song! You can either pick one that's already written or be daring and create your own. Make an mp3 and send it to your honey! And relax: you don't need a voice like Aretha's to make a lasting impression.
3. Give Hugs and Kisses
We all know the benefit of getting physical attention. Now you can also add a little chocolate to it! Go to your local supermarket, buy bags of Hershey's kisses and hugs and fill a pretty box or bowl with them. Now your mate can enjoy the sentiment, the candy, and the box when it's empty.
4. Present a Trophy
There are many gift stores that sell miniature trophies for "World's Best ___". When you give this gift, also make a little speech about what your mate means to you and why he or she deserves this trophy. If you're not into the trophy idea, you can also make banners, certificates, or ribbons. Bonus: record what you say so they can hear it over and over again!
For three more gift ideas, head to YourTango: On a Holiday Budget? 7 Fun DIY Gift Ideas For Your Love
—Dr. Karen Sherman
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If you've fantasized about transforming your home into a Winter wonderland but are stumped about where to start, you might want to take cues from HGTV host David Bromstad. Unabashedly embracing the more-is-more philosophy of decorating, David demonstrates how nine trees can be better than one! Glistening amid a carpet of cottony snow, David's mini forest (in the heart of Miami, FL) packs a whimsical punch. We caught up with him to get details on everything from his favorite faux-tree resources to the best technique for DIY snowballs!
POPSUGAR: You make faux trees look so beautiful! Do you have a favorite resource?
David Bromstad: Faux trees can be found everywhere. There are tons of varieties, and prices range from really inexpensive to superexpensive depending on the type and size. I adore faux trees, especially since I live in the South. Real trees just don't hold up well down here in Miami. My favorite resources are Grandin Road and Frontgate. You can shop from your living room and you have a huge selection to choose from. All my trees are faux, and most or them are flocked with snow — my little Winter wonderland forest in Miami!
PS: How did you create the fake snow and snowballs?
DB: Creating fake snow is easy! I buy it. It's super inexpensive and worth getting if you're looking for that Winter wonderland look. Artificial snow can be found anywhere you can find Christmas decor. Some of the snow even has sparkles in it — I love a little sparkle! I have to admit that the snowballs were actually expensive — and worth every penny — but can also be made with Styrofoam balls and cotton. By customizing the size and look of your snowballs, you can make them your own. There are endless possibilities!
Keep reading for more of David's Christmas decorating tips!