If you're trying to figure out what to fill someone's stocking with, why not save your money and make these stocking stuffers instead? And don't worry if you're not a crafter; many of these DIYs are easy and don't take up too much time.
We all have that token Christmas sweater party that works its way into our party circuits each year –– so we decided to DIY our own sweater for this festive occasion. Sure, those '80s holiday sweaters have had a long and funny run, but it's time to switch things up. Watch on, and start making your own (not so) ugly Christmas sweater now!
On Allison: Dolce Vita
While stencils have long ruled the roost as the best paint-driven alternative to wallpaper, we've discovered a much more efficient way to get the same results. After stumbling upon dated versions of patterned rollers in an antique shop, NotWallpaper founders and DIY designers Dan and Michelle decided it was time to bring the concept back.
Filled with patterns that range from feminine florals to faux bois, these rollers can transform your powder room, cabin, and anything in between. Heck, if you're feeling extra creative, you can even try layering the same pattern in two colors. Starting at $19 per roller, two will seem like a steal compared to a single roll of wallpaper – forget the entire room.
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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.