This post goes out to a very special reader. Thanks to Ivette for asking about DIY Christmas gifts and ways to save! If you’ve been around here a while, you know that it’s not so much my craftiness that gets me by in these situations, but more resourcefulness. Some of these DIYs were pat on the back efforts for me, and others were genuinely appreciated. If you have any ounce of craftiness in you, yours are likely to turn out beautiful.
DIY Photo Magnets
This one was really simple, and both grandmas love them and still have them on their fridge years later. The basic gist is you print images, stick them onto a special magnet you get from a craft store, and you’re done.
If you’re trying to make them for someone else, just switch out the “I <3 My Grandma” text for “World’s Best Teacher!” or “I <3 My Doctor.” Then make the rest pictures of your child. Brownie points if you have a couple pictures of your child with the person you’re gifting to. Full tutorial here.
DIY Pipe Cleaner and Pony Bead Ornaments
These are generally cuter if they’re made by the kids. A gift from the heart type thing that’s appropriate for any special person in your child’s life. But two years ago I, a grown adult, proved that I could make a beaded candy cane with a child-like attitude all day. And not in the way you think. Full tutorial here. Also included: reindeer ornaments.
DIY Winter Gear for the Kids
Crocheting’s pretty easy to pick up, especially if you use YouTube. A couple years ago I made hats for everyone, and a few pairs of mittens, too. Actually, I made some mittens for my adult family members in addition to the kiddos. How I did it here.
DIY Your Family Tree
One year, I had done a particularly large amount of genealogy. I printed the family tree, along with the supporting documents, and put it all together in a pretty binder. I sent one out to each family member, which was a considerable amount of people. But it was a hit, and cost per gift was pretty darn low. Those genealogy sites to help you do the research can cost a little bit of money, but right now, you can try Ancestry.com and get 14 Days free. If two weeks isn’t enough for you , it’s only $19.99/month after that, which is actually a pretty good deal for everything you get with them. I used them last year, and found out a huge amount about my husband’s family.
DIY Candles With What You’ve Already Got
Do you have candles that are burnt down as far as they’ll go? Odds are there’s still a good bit of usable wax in there. You already have it. It already smells good. Just melt it into a smaller container, and you’ve got a pretty awesome Christmas gift. Okay, it’s a little more involved than that. But not much.
DIY Place Cards
I made these for my wedding, but have had a lot of readers use them for those big holiday meals. You can find the free tutorial and printable here.