This year, we're spreading holiday cheer far and near! From decorations to outdoor light shows to DIY Christmas gifts, we want to give you tips on having the happiest holiday experience. With today's piece on going homemade, you'll find eight ideas that will help you save money while crafting a gift with special meaning. Read on, enjoy, and have a very happy holiday season!
Even if it's not a White Christmas outside, you'll always have a winter wonderland inside a snow globe. As far as DIY Christmas gifts go, snow globes are straightforward. You can use recycled jars as the globe, and small Christmas or winter figurines for setting the scene. To add the signature snow, you'll fill the jar with water, glycerin, and tinsel glitter. Voila! You have a snowy scene encapsulated forever.
Check out this tutorial for detailed instructions on making snow globes.
Gift cards are traditionally thought of as "the boring gift." But presenting the card in a unique holiday-themed holder will certainly brighten it up. This Rudolph gift card holder turns basic craft materials into a cheery, red-nosed wrapping for gift cards. Create a few to have on hand for giving gifts every Christmas!
Some claim that caroling is the best way to spread Christmas cheer. But it could be argued that the scent of potpourri is just as effective. Aromatic spices are easy to blend into DIY Christmas gifts. Simply combine the desired ingredients in a mason jar and add some holiday ribbon on the outside for a festive gift. Recipients can empty their potpourri jars into a saucepan with water for hours of simmering stovetop scents.
Here are six recipes for holiday potpourri jars.
Give a gift that'll resurface every year during the holidays. Filled glass ornaments are an easy way to ensure that your gift will appear on the tree annually. They're also quite easy to make. Just make sure your fillings will fit in the glass bulb. It'll also save your sanity to keep a pair of tweezers handy for placing delicate objects in the bulbs.
For the animal lover in your life, consider giving a gift that both they and their four-legged friend will appreciate. It's not difficult to make a dog bed from scratch, and it has the most utility of any of these DIY Christmas gifts. Pups will use a bed every day for a cozy place to relax.
HGTV has a great walkthrough for building your own DIY dog bed. As a pro tip, make sure the fabric you use is sturdy. Dogs can easily tear lightweight fabrics with their claws.
Looking to give an edible gift? Consider peppermint bark. While decadently delicious, peppermint bark is surprisingly simple. It requires just two types of chocolate, peppermint extract and candy canes. Check out the recipe below:
Recipe borrowed from Delish.
Bird watchers are big fans of bird feeders. To add some holiday flair, you can create a wreath made of bird seed and cranberries. Seed wreaths last for a long time and attract numerous types of birds, giving birdwatchers plenty to watch throughout the winter months.
This tutorial from Kaytee will guide you through the creation of a holiday bird seed wreath.
As you can see, there's no need to hit the big chain stores. It's so easy to create DIY Christmas gifts for people from all walks of life. In the process, you'll save money, flex your creativity, and create a meaningful gift for someone special in your life.
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