If you’ve ever checked out an episode of Do It, Gurl (and if you haven’t, you really should right now!) you know that we love DIY here at Gurl. There’s just so many cool things to make and do! Holiday shopping is a lot of fun, but there’s also something really exciting about making a homemade gift — it can sometimes just be a little more unique, especially if it’s just totally perfect for that special someone.
We’ve put together a collection of 20 pretty sweet DIY homemade gifts that you can make for someone special this holiday. We’ve picked out a few from our resident DIY extraordinaire Jamie, but we’ve also found some other great finds out there in the good ol’ Internet. We know you are a creative bunch, so let your imagination run wild and take some of that winter break time to get your craft on! You’ll light up someone’s day when they see you’ve put so much time, energy and part of yourself into their gift.
For Someone With A Special Place In Your HeartI love this Heart Ring made by Jenni at I Spy DIY. They're just made with wire and the help of some jewelry pliers! They're simple, but chic enough to match any outfit your fashionable friend may own. Source: iSpyDIY.com
For The Stylish ChickMartha Stewart is kind of a crafting queen, so it's no surprise that these Striped Bangle Bracelets are pretty adorable. Get the deets on how to make them at MarthaStewart.com . Personalize them with different colors for all your friends, and you know, maybe make a couple extra for you to keep. Source: MarthaStewart.com
For The App-Loving TechieWe all know someone totally addicted to their cell, so these iPhone Magnets by Beckie at Infarrantly Creative are a fun nod to your friend's favorite technology. Go check out the steps on how to make these magnets — she's even put a document with the images together already! Source: InfarrantlyCreative.net
For The Jewelry CollectorJewelry really is wearable art, and with this cool Do-It-Yourself Jewelry Storage idea from Jennifer at Monaluna.com, you can make your jewelry serve as wall art in its free time. I know my family often has old frames sitting around in our basement, so re-purpose one into something useful for a special holiday gift this season. Source: Monaluna.com
For The One With Fancy TasteBefore you get rid of that whole set of teacups because you accidentally broke one, check out how to make these DIY candles courtesy of Jamie of Do It, Gurl! They're so adorable and would make a great gift. Source: Do It, Gurl!
For Your Snacking BuddyLet your imagination take over with this plate decoration project from Jamie. Give it a holiday theme like Jamie did with her Jingle Bells lyrics, or personalize the plate for that special someone. They can use them all year if they want! Check out what to do in Do It, Gurl! Source: Do It, Gurl!
For Someone Who Shakes Things UpYet another great holiday-themed project from Jamie and Do It, Gurl! The snowman is perfect for a holiday gift (but if you have other ideas for inside your snow globe, for for it!). Every time that special someone gives their snow globe a shake, they're bound to think of you. Source: Do It, Gurl!
For The Book WormMy mom and I have so much old costume jewelry taking up drawer space, so why not turn them into these awesome bookmarks for a book lover in your life? You can get the step-by-step instructions from Christina at Intimate Weddings. I already love reading, and these bookmarks would just make it even better. Source: IntimateWeddings.com
For Your Music LoverIf you have some old CDs laying around, turn them into a sparkling ornament to give as a gift this year. So shimmery! You can follow Natalie's instructions on how to make these ornaments at Crème de la Craft (there's even a jazzy video tutorial!). Source: cremedelacraft.com
For Anyone Who Needs To OrganizeI think this Cosmetic Bag looks just like something I could pick out at the store. If I could make a duffel bag in 8th grade home ec, I have faith that you have the sewing skills to follow along with this tutorial from Craftster. Plus, a bag like this doesn't just have to be for cosmetics, so you could gift it to anyone you think just needs a little storage organization. Source: Craftster.org
For The Picture Perfect PalThis picture frame has a fun, textured look, and you can customize the colors exactly for your gift recipient. Check out the tutorial by Steph at Dollar Store Crafts - all you'll need then is the perfect picture to go in the frame and you have a wonderful DIY gift ready to go! Source: DollarStoreCrafts.com
For Your Most Refined FriendI admit, I'm a bit of a tea addict, so how fabulous are these Homemade Tea Bags? You can make your own with any loose teas, and the little cardstock tags are a cute touch to bring a smile to someone's face during their morning or evening tea. Find out how to make them from Stephanie at Think Crafts! Source: ThinkCrafts.com
For The Board Game ChampThese Scrabble Coasters are a handy and creative addition to the dorm or living room of anyone you know who has a way with words. If you have an old version of the game lying around with some tiles missing already, turn it into a useful gift to give this holiday. The tutorial by Christina can be found at Intimate Weddings. Source: IntimateWeddings.com
For The Note TakerIf you know someone who still loves jotting down notes rather than programming it all in a phone, these Mini Orgami Books could make great little gifts your friend can throw in a bag or a pocket. Follow along with the photo slideshow tutorial by Chrissy at PaperKawaii.com to see how to make them. Source: PaperKawaii.com
For Anyone Who Loses Their GlassesGlasses get their own home with these cute Necktie Eyeglass Cases that Laura made at Olive and Love. I'm always leaving my glasses laying around, but I'd love to have a cool case like this - get those old ties and make one for your glasses-wearing friend today! Source: OliveAndLove.com
For Someone Full of WhimsyAnother super creative ornament idea - and this Geo Ornament is made out of paper! Crazy, right? Take on this doable task by following Sarah's tutorial at Compulsive Craftiness and give someone special this one-of-a-kind decoration. Source: CompulsiveCraftiness.com
For The Snow BunnyOrnaments are a great gift because they can decorate things besides just a Christmas tree. For example, I'd totally hang this Beaded Snowflake Ornament in my window for all of winter (maybe even summer too, because I love snow!). Get all the details on how to make it at Craftster. Source: Craftster.org
For Your Favorite MuggleOmigosh... this Harry Potter Snitch Ornament is something I want in my life ASAP. So fun and creative, and the best part is, you can make it! The Do It Yourself Divas show you how to make this ornament for any Potter fan in your life. A bazillion points for Gryffindor! Source: DoItYourselfDivas.Blogspot.com
For The Shining StarI wear sunglasses all the time, so I'm loving these Glitter Sunglasses that you can make as a holiday gift for a friend with some serious flair. Alexandra Amoratico from SheIsRed.com shows you how to take some regular shades and glitz them up. Source: SheIsRed.com
For Your Chattiest FriendHow about a sweet Glitter Phone Case to go with those amazing new sunglasses? Laur from Desire & Inspire put together this tutorial so you can revamp your friend's old case with this sparkly twist. You guys are texting each other constantly anyway, so you know she's going to see it and think of you! Source: DesireAndInspire.com
Have you ever given a DIY gift? Have you ever received a homemade gift? Know any other DIY projects that would make awesome gifts this holiday? Tell us about it in the comments!
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