Make awesome gifts with these 7 affordable diy projects
Make awesome gifts
For crafters with a green thumb, use Air Plants by Zenaida Sengo to create some beautiful living gifts. Air plants don’t need soil, so you can dangle and perch these easy-care plants almost anywhere. Sengo explains all the basics of growing and maintaining these intriguing plants so that they bloom and thrive year-round.
Everyone uses soap. Make it a luxurious experience with handcrafted soaps that are good for the skin with Pure Soapmaking by Anne-Marie Faiola. Learn to make beautiful, nourishing soaps — it’s fun, and your skin will thank you! Moisturize with shea butter, exfoliate with crushed walnut shells, and soothe itchy skin with oatmeal. More than 30 expertly formulated recipes take advantage of the beneficial properties in many natural ingredients.
Get the kiddos involved! Holiday Crafting and Baking with Kids by Jessica Strand has lots projects that you and your little ones can make. Perfect gifts for teachers, scout leaders, and coaches.
Knitters, get inspired by Deck the Halls. Contains directions for over 20 knitted ornaments. Luckily, Christmas ornaments are small, which means you don’t need to invest vast amounts of time or money on making them. Also, these charming patterns are made using a variety of yarn weights so you can easily find your gauge and conveniently use whatever yarns you have on hand.
Handmade Christmas covers it all from decorations to gift wrap to gifts. Save money and have fun with this beautiful collection of Christmas makes. There are three chapters covering a wide range of different crafting techniques–from papercutting and collage to embroidery and sugar crafting–with projects which take inspiration from different cultures and festive traditions.
Simple Gifts by Jennifer Worick offers something for everyone. Includes step-by-step instructions for creating 50 easy and inspired handmade gifts that won’t break the bank. Projects include a sweet knitted apron, a hand-embroidered handkerchief, personalized note cards, natural lip balm, a quilted baby blanket, and a manly wooden toolbox.
For lovers of the rustic look, try Natural Christmas Crafts by Ilona Butterer. The 27 projects in this book transform pinecones, scrap wood, seeds, nuts, fabric, old jars and bottles, twigs, paper bags, and other easy-to-find materials into beautiful decorations. Gather inspiration from these centerpieces, wreaths, candleholders, ornaments, and more, all made with simple, natural materials.