Nothing's quite as meaningful as a gift you make yourself!
Aaaaaand nothing's quite as inexpensive as a DIY gift either. Around the holidays, couldn't we all use as much help with our budget as
we can get?
Despite what some people might think, making beautiful gifts
that don't look homemade (read: don't look cheap) but still have that
thoughtful, personal touch isn't difficult, and it doesn't have to be pricey.
Best of all, you don't have to be a hard-core crafter to pull these looks off;
just a quick trip to your local secondhand or dollar store and a few minutes
are all you need!
While you're shopping, keep an eye out for the kinds of
inexpensive items you can easily find at thrift or discount stores that are
extremely versatile for making DIY gifts, such as:
or without the glass)
sweaters and T-shirts
pieces (doesn't have to be the whole game)
silverware (can be bent into things like jewelry or hooks for accessories)
jewelry (or use old/broken jewelry you already have)
Depending on which projects you choose, common supplies you
might need (but probably already have) could include:
(glue, hot glue gun, crazy glue, Mod Podge, etc)
(maybe left over from another DIY or home improvement project)
Once you're wandering the aisles of a secondhand store, just
let your creativity run wild! If you need a few ideas to get you started,
scroll down for some amazing, inspiring projects and tutorials!
Photograph by Better Homes and Gardens
book makes a cute keepsake box, a great place for kids to hide tiny
treasures or a clever spot to hide the remote control!
These dressy jewelry
magnets could really add some glitz to someone's fridge (and to their
grocery list)! Consider using other small items too; photos Mod Podged onto
small tiles, clips from the office supply aisle or colorful bottle caps make
great magnets, too!
This rustic yarn
sign is just one beautiful example of the string art tutorials available;
with variations in thread/twine/string, nail heads/screws/pins, word/image
designs and frames, the possibilities are endless!
If you're blessed with some basic sewing skills and know
someone who loves coffee (HAHAHAHA WHO DOESN'T LOVE COFFEE?), these reversible
coffee cup sleeves will have your holiday list wrapped up in no time. (via Crafty
Second-hand stores are full of games people donated because
a few missing parts made them unplayable; turn their trash into treasure by
repurposing loose game pieces into something great like these Scrabble tile
Frames are one of the easiest thrift items to find—from
garage sales to Goodwill, they're everywhere, they're inexpensive, and they're
just begging to be given new life ... maybe as a zigzagged-twine memo frame?
Using the same basic concept, you can create a smaller dry
erase memo board with a pretty piece of patterned or lined paper inside a
frame. Add magnets to the back and it would make a great reusable grocery list
to stick on the fridge, or spot to jot notes and reminders inside a teen's