6 DIY Gifts (That Don’t Look Homemade)

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DIY giftsSometimes the most budget-friendly and heartfelt gifts are the kind you make yourself. However, if you aren’t a big crafter, sometimes your DIY presents can end up looking more like a primary school art project. Fortunately for you, there are several easy projects out there that turn out great at any skill level. You’ll be proud to give them away (or maybe so pleased you’ll make some for yourself too!). Below are six affordable and fun DIY projects that are perfect as gifts.

 

“Marble” Coaster

Materials

  • Oven bake clay in white and granite gray
  • Gold acrylic paint
  • Parchment paper

 

Tools

  • Rolling pin
  • Cutting board
  • Large cup with sturdy rim
  • Paint brush

 

Directions

  1. Mix together the white and gray clay, kneading them till well incorporated.
  2. Sandwich the clay between two pieces of parchment, then flatten with the rolling pin. Roll out to a thickness of approximately 1/3 cm.
  3. Use the cup to cut the clay into four circles.
  4. Bake at 120 oC for 30 minutes on parchment paper.
  5. Once cooled, paint edges with gold craft paint for a finished look.

 

 

Leather Tassel Keychains

Materials

  • 20 cm x 25 cm piece of leather
  • 25 cm x 10 cm piece of leather
  • Circular keychain ring

 

Tools

  • Rotary cutter
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Leather glue
  • Stapler

 

Directions

  1. Use the rotary cutter to cut the large leather piece to 10 cm x 25 cm.
  2. On the back, draw a parallel line 2.5 cm along the longest side.
  3. On the wider side, cut the leather piece into fringe — perpendicular to the line you drew in the second step and 1/3 cm apart.
  4. Cut the remaining leather down to a 6.5 cm x 25 cm swatch. Repeat the steps to create the fringe on the second piece.
  5. Loop the smaller non-fringed piece through the keychain ring and staple it to the corner of one of the larger pieces of leather.
  6. Apply the leather glue to the backside of the solid part of the larger panel of fringed leather and roll it together tightly.
  7. Repeat with the smaller piece of fringed leather to create a layered look.
  8. Apply leather glue across the top to keep the tassel in place.

 

 

Cutting Board With Fresh Herb Planters

Materials

  • Hardwood
  • 2, 10 cm terracotta plant pots
  • 2 potted fresh herbs
  • Butcher block conditioner

 

Tools

  • Table saw
  • Clamps
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Table saw
  • Drill press
  • Drill

 

Directions

  1. Measure out the following size pieces from the hardwood. Cut with the table saw and sand the edges smooth:
    1. 1 – 20 cm x 46 cm x 2.5 cm
    2. 2 – 3 cm x 46 cm x 1.25 cm
    3. 2 ­– 3 cm x 18 cm x 1.25 cm
  2. On the largest board, measure out and mark where the following holes need to be drilled for the terracotta pots:
    1. 75 cm from the top, 5.75 cm from the side
    2. 75 cm from the bottom, 5.75 cm from the side
  3. Use a drill press and clamps to drill a circle at each point and sand the holes’ edges.
  4. Lay the board top-side down, then draw a line of wood glue along the side of the edge of each of the four pieces of 1.25 cm wood. Place along the edges of the long board and use clamps to hold in place till dry.
  5. Use nails to reinforce the wood glue.
  6. Seal the wood with butcher block conditioner.
  7. Optional: Paint terracotta plants to match your kitchen décor.
  8. Transfer herbs to terracotta pots.

 

 

Modern Vases

Materials

  • Glass cylinder vases (bargain store vases encouraged!)
  • 2 solid coloured adhesive sheets
  • 1 patterned adhesive sheet

 

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Tape measurer

 

Directions

  1. Measure the height of the vase and divide by three to know how wide each sheet should be.
  2. Measure the circumference of the vase so you know how long each sheet should be.
  3. Place the strips of adhesive sheets on the vase.

 

 

Picnic Kit

Materials

  • Basket with hinged lid
  • Elastic
  • Two sets of silverware
  • Two plastic wine or prosecco glasses
  • Two plastic plates

 

Tools

  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks for gun
  • Scissors

 

Directions

  1. Measure out the elastic to fit your silverware and glasses. You want it tight enough that the items will stay put, but not too tight that it will become stressed and more likely to break.
  2. Lay out your silverware and glasses on the underside of the lid of the basket so you know where you’d like the elastic placed.
  3. Use the glue gun to anchor each side of the elastic where you want it. Depending on the silverware you choose, it might be easier to make a loop with the elastic first, then glue the loop to the inner side of the lid.

 

Passport Holder

Materials

  • Leather
  • Thread

 

Tools

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

 

Directions

  1. Cut a piece of leather to 13 cm x 30 cm.
  2. Lay the leather face down and measure in 2.5 cm from each of the shortest sides and mark with chalk.
  3. Fold over and sew the flaps into pockets on each side.
Barbara Davidson

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Babs is a Senior Content Writer and financial guru. She loves exploring fresh ways to save more and enjoy life on a budget! When she’s not writing, you’ll find her binge watching musicals, reading in the (sporadic) Chicago sunshine and discovering great new places to eat. Accio, tacos! 

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