December 20, 2013

Quick, Easy, and Inexpensive Last Minute DIY Gifts

Okay, here is your motivation: It is 5 days until Christmas, you are poor, and you still have people you need presents for. Thus, I give you this list of 5 relatively easy and inexpensive DIY Christmas gifts that you can make over the weekend and deliver on Christmas Eve (or even before)!

1. Yarn Wreath (pictured is one I made last year)
You can get all the supplies at any craft store and none are particularly expensive, especially if you have a coupon. Danielle at Take Heart wrote a pretty comprehensive tutorial. You can either make felt flowers (which are very cheap to do) or buy greenery and hot glue gun it on (a bit more expensive, but much quicker). Obviously you can do any color combination - I have one for every holiday and in between.

2. Lemon Scrub
I am partial to lemon and you can find all sorts of body and hand scrub recipes. You can use Stephanie Lynn's recipe for Lemon Sugar Scrub on your hands or body and best of all, it is SUPER easy to make and only involves ingredients from your kitchen! Paula Deen's highly rated Citrus Salt Body Scrub has a few more ingredients that might require a trip to a store that carries candle or bath supplies (my Michaels has these).

 3. Super East 3 Ingredient Lotion Bars
Sarah has an amazing (and hilarious) recipe for lotion bars. Seriously, so easy. I think I am going to make some of these for myself because my cuticles get pretty busted looking in the winter. I bet you could add some essential oil (which you can get a t a craft store) to give them some scent, if you like.

4. Personalized Mug
There is so much potential with this project! Doe-C-Doe has a great tutorial a cross stiched monogram mug. Be warned though, you'll need at least 24 hours so that you can bake and set the paint before you gift this item!

5. Word Art
This is so easy, no tutorial is necessary. Buy some canvas, buy some wooden letters, glue the wooden letters on, spray pain the whole thing. It's that easy. And yes, all are available at any craft store. Potential things to write: Names, Initials, Important Dates, Cute Words, Quotes.

These would also make great last minute gifts for any occasion...or even yourself, I think! Did you DIY any gifts this year? Usually I knit or crochet something, but it just didn't happen. As it is I have owed my mother a scarf for at least a year! Hopefully, I will get it done before the New Year!

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  1. This is such a lovely DIY idea (: thank you for sharing it with us! I definitely need to make one of this right now (: x

  2. Those are all awesome DIY ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Love the lemon scrub and coffee mug idea! I'm done with my Christmas shopping but need to remember these for easy birthday gifts for friends throughout the year!

  4. Love the scrub recipes! I've been wanting to make some as gifts. And, those lotion bars look so easy, too! Stopping by from the link-up. Happy Friday!

    Forever Young

  5. Love these ideas, and they look anything but last-minute. The lotion bars are so cute!

  6. The "motivation" you wrote in the beginning made me laugh :) The yarn wreath you made looks amazing! I'd like to make one just for myself :)

    Ivy xx
    Style Life Lovely

  7. Not that it matters but 4 and 5 are mixed up and I'm stupid and kept looking at the mug trying to figure out how wooden letters would work to make the pattern on the mug... LOL! Then I looked to the next picture and was like OH, DUH.

    I LOVE the word art and have it pinned on my pinterest! It's so pretty and simple!

  8. Now that I am on Christmas break I just might have to take some time to do some last minute holiday crafts, thanks for the suggestions! Also thanks again for last night, I had a great time!

  9. Love the word art and lemon scrub is a great idea!
    x atelier zozo

  10. Great ideas! we love DIYs so this sounds like the perfect idea! the lemon scrub and lotion bars sound like a great gift for your girlfriends!! They sound so easy too!

  11. Thanks so much for the comment and follow on my blog! I love hearing from my readers. The mug idea is just what I have been looking for. I can't wait to try it. Following you back!

  12. Great DIY gifts. Love the yarn wreath.

  13. So many cool and easy DIY stuff, thanks for the ideas! XO

  14. I love your DIY ideas, thanks for sharing! I'm not going to do any DIY this year, but I think it would be a great idea for next year! :)

  15. I love that wreath! I might have to try making it next year.

    Ashley | History in High Heels


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