If you have ever considered yourself for a creative person, you must have tried DIY hacks at least once. These days, an online world offers you so many DIY tutorials that you can possibly do everything on your own. Just name it – clothes, furniture, food, beauty products…It’s pretty simple. At least it looks like that. As we consider ourselves creative, we have took the adventure of DIY for several time, and one thing we learned…Keep it simple! Usually all of them look simple, until you’re stuck there with all the accessories and you have no idea where this journey ends. Since we don’t want you to be lost on these December, cold days, we found for you 10 very simple DIY’s for great Christmas gifts. Not only it’s cheaper, but it’s cuter and expresses the real you in the form of a gift. Try these DIY’s, we promise you you will want to keep them for yourself
1. DIY Leather Wallet
What you need: Leather, scissors, sewing Machine
How to make it: First cut out three pieces of leather: 9 x 6 cm. Flip the first and third pieces so the back is facing up and the second piece so the front is facing up. Cut the first and second pieces at an angle. (Cut more from the first piece.). Straight stitch the sides and the bottom and there you go!
2. DIY Fruit Macarons
What you need: Macarons in various colours, food markers, chocolate sprinkles
How to make it: Take the markers and play with geometric shapes and mixing marker colours with cookie colour. Use pink macarons for grapefruits and vanilla macarons for lemons. The rest is up to your imagination. Create a fruit basket or pack each of them separately in a nice paper with a ribbon with their name and watch the smile on the face of your dearest ones!
3. DIY Sleeping Eye Mask
What you need: Two patterns of cotton fabric, quilt batting (to add some thickness to the mask), elastic, fabric glue, felt, suede fringe, fabric scissors.
How to make it: Place cotton fabrics right sides together and lay the two layers on top of your quilt batting. Cut out your eye mask shape. Measure your head and cut the elastic band with an extra inch on each side. Between your two cotton fabrics, pin the elastic band ends. The ends should be sticking out the sides and the middle of the elastic sandwiched between the two cotton layers (don’t worry, it will be on the right side when you flip it around!). Use a sewing machine to sew around the edge of your eye mask. Once complete, use your opening to turn your eye mask right side out and use a hidden stitch to close up your opening. Now you’re ready to decorate! Use some felt half circles to create your eyelids and cut a length of fringe to create your lashes. Attach your features with some fabric glue and pin in place until the glue has dried. Play with funny signs, or names to make it more personalized! This will definitely be a great present!
4. DIY Refreshing Face Mists
What you need: printable labels (you can download them HERE), glass mist bottle, distilled water, aloe vera oil, rose water, witch hazel, cucumber seed oil, essential oils set
How to make it:
calm down: rose water + witch hazel - fill your bottle 1/3 of the way up with distilled water, slowly add three tablespoons of rose water and witch hazel, adjust this amount depending on preference. More rose water will increase the lovely rose smell (parfum).
cool down: cucumber + aloe - 1/3 cup distilled water, 30 drops of cucumber seed oil and 4 tablespoons aloe vera oil. Shake before using.
sleep tight: lavender + orange – 1/3 distilled water, 30 drops of lavender oil, 10 drops of orange.
5. DIY Jar Snow Globe
What you need: Any jar that seals, distilled water, liquid glycerin, glitter, figurines, epoxy/crazy glue
How to make it: Using the Crazy Glue, attach your figurines to the lid of the jar. Let them dry completely. Fill your jar almost to the top with distilled water. Add a dash of liquid glycerin (this is used to make the glitter fall more slowly). Add glitter as much as you prefer. Screw the cap on tightly and shake your jar to get the glitter moving. Shake it and enjoy your DIY snow globe!
6. DIY Pantone Chip Magnets
What you need: bookboard/cardboard pieces, knife, acrylic paint, double-stick tape, paper glaze, magnet, self-adhesive magnet material
How to make it: Cut small pieces of bookboard or other thick cardboard with a knife. Make the pieces exactly the size of the Pantone chips. Paint the edges white with the acrylic paint. Attach the chip to the cardboard by covering the back of each chip with double-stick tape. Cover the face of the chip with paper glaze and let it dry overnight. Attach a magnet to the back and your Pantone magnets are all set!
7. DIY Handwarmers
What you need: different patterned fabric, fabric scissors, sewing machine or needle, long pins, rice, and thread.
How to make it: Cut out the squares in various sizes from different pattern of the fabrics, two of them per hand warmer. Place two squares of fabric wrong sides together and stitch a small seam around the outside, leaving also a small opening and backstitching in the beginning and end. Sew as instructed and then turn right side out. Fill 3/4 of the way up with rice. Using a long pin, block the rice from falling out of the opening and sew closed. Trim the edges, that will keep them from fraying. Before using, warm up in the microwave for 20 seconds. Enjoy!
8. DIY Lacquered Message Hairpins
What you need: Alphabet pasta, nail polish, tweezers, glue
How to make it: Place just a dab of superglue (enough for just one letter) on the straight side of the bobby pin, near to the curved edge. Using tweezers, place a letter into the dab of glue. Repeat with all of the letters in your word. Let it dry. After the glue is very dry (about an hour), paint with the lightest layer of nail polish. It’s best to do 2 very thin coats instead of one thicker one. Personalize them with names and surprise your loved ones!
9. DIY Cat Toe Flats
What you need: A pair of flats (preferably with a round-toe), black and white fabric paint, artist tape, large and small paint brushes, bobby pin
How to make it: To start, tape off the top of the flats and press down firmly to prevent the paint of seeping through. Tape it all along the rim to make sure the paint doesn’t touch the non-fabric part of the flats. Take a paint brush and add one coat of black fabric paint. Carefully remove the tape and paint small triangles for the ears. Dip the bobby pin into the white fabric paint and gently poke a dot for the eyes :) With a small angled paint brush, lightly make short strokes for the whiskers. Easy like that you’ve got yourself a new pair of purrfect cat-toe flats for a playful and casual day out!
10. DIY Animal Bookends
What you need: Plastic elephants (or any other animal), spray paint, flat stones, super glue
How to make it: This is probably the most simple DIY ever. Spray paint the plastic animals and make sure they’re dry before gluing them to the stones. After you glue them, place them on each side of the books and enjoy your completely new shelve look!