Since I was little I have loved art in all of its forms, whether it was coloring in my barbie coloring book or snapping memories from my hot pink digital camera. Growing up we were always encouraged to make our gifts rather then buy them, and that same mindset has stayed with me since. My DIY (Do It Yourself) career began with a few beads on a cheap string, and my mother acted as if I had bought her a Tiffany diamond necklace. Each year my self made presents have bumped up in quality, and I’d like to think that I have achieved an amateur status in the crafting world. I have had a few great fails and also some Pinterest worthy outcomes (because if we’re honest everything on Pinterest takes thousands of tries before it gets remotely close to the picture) and wanted to share my top DIY Christmas gifts 🙂
These little guys are so much fun to make!
White tube sock
Any fillers (Rice, Beans. ect.)
Black and yellow beads (small)
Needle and thread
To assemble your snowman you need to cut off the leg part of the sock (the lip?) and fill it with rice (or whatever filler you chose). Pinch off the top with a rubber band, and then take another and separate the sock into two sections (the head and body). Congratulations! You’ve made a snowman body!
Next is the fun part, decorating! If desired, you can take the cut off part of your sock and make a little hat for Frosty. Take the scrap fabric and make a scarf or an accent flower for the hat. Sew on the buttons and eyes (beads) and voila!
The only precaution you need to take is with your filler. I chose to fill my thin tube sock with rice, and the grains were so small that they slowly poked through the stretched fabric.
Scratch Design CD
These scratch design CDs are great for kids and adults! Whether you are an amazing doodle designer, or a professional stick figure sketcher, these are a great way to make a simple (or not so simple) design and take it to the next step!
Paintbrush (the sponge tips work really well)
A pencil or any tool with a fine point
Begin by painting the cd on the extra shiny side. Its okay if the paint has streaks, they won’t be noticeable by the end.
Once completely dried, take your fine tip and begin doodling! You’ll see immediate results. If you want to have more fun with it, then use varying points to get thicker or thinner lines. I have written friends names and music quotes, then created boarders around. You can even hang them on you wall! Tie a ribbon through the hole or take wire and hang multiple in a strand!
Egg Carton Rose/ Rose Mirror
This project is a bit trickier, you definitely want to allow some time to experiment. But I promise the end result is well worth it! You don’thave to be a Martha Stewart to do this! I promise!
Cardboard egg carton (the square ones work best)
Hot glue gun
Mirror of any size or shape
Scissors (make sure they’re durable)
See? Only four supplies. How easy is that?
To begin we need to do some basic anatomy.
The main idea of the flower is to begin big and create smaller ones as you go. To achieve these flower petals just cut out the cups of the carton, then shape them into a flower. You are now a licensed cardboard florist 🙂
From there simply glue the flowers inside the other, starting from smallest to largest. Its like the Wooden Matryoshka Russian Nesting Dolls.
And there you have it! Just pull out the spiderweb-like glue pieces, add some paint if desired, and they are ready to adorn any undecorated item.
From there you boarder the mirror with your flowers. The hot glue gun works just fine, but any adhering substance will work. You can also take plane frames and brighten them up with your roses!
Melted Crayon Art
This is one of my all time favorites!!
A hot glue gun
Masking tape (optional)
This craft can get a bit messy, so beware! It will not destroy your hot glue gun, just temporarily add some color to it.
Take your canvas and prop it up, taping on a design or letter if you want. Then insert your UNWRAPPED crayons into the glue gun as you would a glue stick. Aim the tip at the very top of the canvas and squeeze! It may splatter, but once the wax begins to drip down you will see progress. The crayon needs to melt, so you may not be able to squeeze right away and see results.
DO NOT TOUCH THE CANVAS! Wait until it has dried,and even then you will have to be careful. I sealed mine with hairspray, but regardless you need to handle with care. The crayon can pop off if broken, so it’s best if hung or placed on a shelf to look at and not touch.
I have been making various bath salts, lip balm, and bubble baths for years. But this is by far the easiest recipes to use. Thank you Martha Stewart!
Coarse sea salt
Food coloring (optional)
Container that will seal out moisture
In a large bowl, mix to combine: 6 parts coarse sea salt; 3 parts epsom salts, to soothe tired muscles and reduce inflammation; and 1 part baking soda, to soften waters and alleviate skin irritation.
Then add a few drops of essential oils and food coloring (if desired) and mix! The darker you want your salts, the more food coloring you add. The essential oils go a long way, longer than you’d think! So I highly recommend starting with 3 drops and go from there. Look up the different benefits from various scents, such as lavender for sleep deprivation or peppermint for headaches.
Dreamcatcher Earring Holder
Dreamcatchers are a big part of my heritage (I’m Native American, remember?) But these sacred items have been reborn as chic, fashionable earring holders! I personally have not kept one for myself (my ears aren’t pierced), but I know that others absolutely love to have this unique way to display their jewelry!
Metallic spray paint
I highly recommend youtubing a tutorial on how to create a dreamcatcher, because seeing is sometimes better than reading. But I’ve chosen straightforward instruction pictures to try and help you. Craft stores also supply kits that have more detailed instructions, and they already have the materials collected for you 🙂
After you’ve finished assembling you dreamcatcher you an hang it up and begin to add your decorative earrings!
And there you have it! Easy and affordable Christmas presents for friends and family. Now you can relax with your new and homemade bath salts! I recommend lavender with a touch of vanilla 😉