Creating a handmade gift is a great way to send your message of love or friendship this holiday season. The friends and family members receiving these gifts will appreciate the hard work and creativity you put into them! Let’s get started – here are 5 DIY gifts that the people in your life, teenagers and adults alike, would appreciate.
1. Place the seven zippers face down, horizontally on a flat surface. Make sure that each zipper pull is alternating from the one above and below it (left to right, right to left, etc.)
2. Pin together the top edge of the bottom zipper to the bottom edge of the zipper above it, repeating until all of the zippers are pinned together.
3. Using a sewing machine, remove the pin as you go and machine stitch the zippers together, leaving a 1/8” seam. Iron the seams flat. Open the center zipper one inch.
4. Using the 6”x8” piece of fabric, pin all four edges to the four edges of the zipper rectangle with the right sides facing each other. Sew the fabric to the zippers, leaving a ¼” seam. Fully open the center zipper from step 3 and turn the bag right side out. Iron the seams flat and there you have it: a zipper pouch for your phone, headphones, wallet or anything else your recipient can think of!
Sand or pebbles
Well-draining potting soil
Small sticks or bark
Shells or stones
Air plant, like a Tillandsia
Hook or string to hang
1. First layer in the sand, about a cup depending on the size of your globe. Next layer in some activated charcoal, about ¼ cup, but use gloves to protect your hands. You can use a paintbrush or stick to push the charcoal around and put it exactly where you’d like it. The charcoal helps keep the plants fresh!
2. Next, you can add in an inch or two of well-draining soil. To create the soil, you can mix regular potting soil with soil intended for succulents.
3. Place the biggest plants first, including any succulents or air plants you’ve chosen. Don’t overcrowd the terrarium with too many large plants.
4. Now you can add in the moss, bark, stones, shells or whatever small elements you’d like to include. Add the hook or string so that it can be hung and voila! Be sure to instruct the person you are giving this to that the plants need moderate but not direct sun, and should be watered once a week or so.
Homemade Strawberry Jam
2 pints or 4 cups of fresh strawberries, washed and stems removed
½ teaspoon lemon juice
4 cups sugar
¾ cup water
1 package (1.75 oz) regular powdered fruit pectin
5 half-pint containers
1. Cut the strawberries into quarters and place them into a blender with the lemon juice. Pulse the strawberries 5-10 times, still leaving small chunks of strawberries.
2. Pour the blended strawberries into a large bowl and add in the sugar. Stir for a few minutes and then let them sit for 15 minutes.
3. In a saucepan, bring the water to boil, then stir in the fruit pectin. Boil for one minute, stirring constantly, then remove it from the heat. Pour the strawberry mixture in and then stir it for another 2-3 minutes.
4. Pour the jam into the jars and place the lids on. Let the jars sit on the counter for about 24 hours so that the jam can set. You can store the jam in the refrigerator for 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year. What a delicious gift to give!
5. You could even take the gift a step further and create a whole breakfast basket! Grab a cute basket and add a bag of pancake or muffin mix, a pound of coffee, a few mugs and a couple plates!
1. Take your old frame and sand it down, if necessary. Paint it a fun color of your choosing. We are fans of the turquoise color used in the image above.
2. You may also want to paint the color of the radiator grill you’ve chosen – white, black, metallic silver, gold. You may need to use tin snips to cut it down to size, if it’s larger than your chosen frame.
3. Use as many push points as seems necessary to keep the grill in place in the frame. Now your frame is ready to be the perfect jewelry holder for a friend, mother, grandmother or daughter!
Flour sack towel, 33”x38”
60” of 1” woven trim in black or whatever color you prefer
1. Place the towel on a flat surface with the 33” side at the top and the hems “wrong-side” down. Fold in the top corners about 11” on each side, so that they fold down at an angle, leaving about 15” on the outsides. Pin the towel at the corners.
2. Cut the towel on the 38” sides to meet the fold. It should be 5” cut with 15” down the sides.
3. On the “wrong side,” sew a straight hem when you cut on the sides. Sew down on the diagonal folds and then trim away any excess fabric.
4. To create the neck strap and waist tie, cut three pieces of the trim about 20” each. Place one behind the outer edge of the top of the apron, pinning both ends of the trim in place. Sew both sides onto the apron.
5. Place another piece of trim on one side of the waist, the area that you cut and sewed in step 3. Pin it in place and then sew it with a straight stitch. We suggest doing a fold over hem on the end of the trim so it doesn’t unravel over time. Repeat on the other side of the apron so there are two waist ties.
6. Print and download the template and then cut it out of freezer paper. Iron the template with the shiny side down onto the chest or upper stomach area of the apron.
7. Place something underneath the apron, just in case the paint seeps through. Next, paint the template using a sponge brush and the fabric paint you chose.
8. Peel away the freezer paper template and let the paint dry fully. If you can, wash the apron before gifting it so that the receiver can start using it right away! Any man who loves to grill will love this gift! However, you could always change the template that would better suit another person on your list!
Let us know in the comments below if you create any of these DIY gift ideas! Happy Holidays!