Every year I try to make a few handmade gifts for friends and family members. Handmade Christmas gifts are so personal and cherished that it’s worth the time and effort to create something special.
Better Homes & Garden Magazine have created some darling gift ideas that are both easy and economical. Here are some of my favorite ideas to get you… and me started!
A gilded frame and bold monogram makes this a stunning holiday gift. We like to place it on a shelf or bookcase for maximum impact. To create, paint the frame white and let dry.Paint the bottom third of the frame gold and let dry. Using stencils, paint a letter and border onto cut fabric. Frame the fabric and wrap with a gold ribbon.
Use these doily-wrapped candles to send a personalized holiday message. Measure the height and circumference of candle; add 1/2 inch to each measurement. Cut out a piece of a doily that size, centering the doily motif if desired. Fold one long edge of the doily piece under 1/2 inch. Secure the unfolded long edge to jar with double-sided tape. Wrap doily around jar, overlap edges, and secure with double-sided tape under folded edge. Stamp a word onto a metal-rim tag with silver ink and letter stamps; let dry. Place a line of crafts glue on the metal portion of the tag. While the glue is still wet, liberally sprinkle with silver glass glitter. Shake off excess; let dry. Thread tag onto twine. Wrap twine around candle jar multiple times, positioning tag where desired.Tie twine ends in a bow.
Patterned Jewelry Dish
Everyone knows a jewelry fanatic. Make sure their favorite earrings never go missing with a handmade jewelry dish. Roll out acrylic clay (available at craft stores) to 1/4-inch thick and trace a circle or heart shape with a toothpick. Trim off excess clay with a butter knife. Emboss clay with rubber stamps, lace, or doilies. Place a paper bowl upside down on a baking tray, and place your clay creation upside down on top, gently rounding the edges to match the bowl. Bake according to manufacturer’s instructions. Sand with fine-grit sandpaper and paint with acrylic paint if desired. Seal with decoupage medium.
Handmade Christmas Stockings
Transform simple, undecorated stockings into personalized gifts in minutes. Left: Cut lengths of red and white pom-pom trim to fit around the cuff of a plain, undecorated stocking, allowing for slight overlaps. Starting at the bottom back side of cuff and alternating colors, wrap and glue trim around cuff. Center: Cut an 18-inch length of red and an 18-inch length of cream yarn. Hold the lengths together, and tie a bow in the center. Tie each pair of tails to knotted yarn in the center of a pom-pom. Trim knotted yarn ends even with the pom-pom, and trim pom-pom yarns as needed. Stitch the bow to a stocking cuff. Right: Hand-stitch pom-poms of various sizes to the cuff of a stocking.
Quick and Easy Dinner Kit
For the friend who’s got a busy weeknight schedule, give the gift of a worry-free dinner. Fill one jar with pasta and one with pesto or a favorite sauce. Embellish jar lids with festive ribbon. Add white yarn to colander holes for snowflake look. Finish with printable tag and a ribbon bow.
Gift these trendy coasters to a friend who loves to entertain. Bring out the natural beauty of driftwood by using a bandsaw to cut 1-1/2-inch slices; wipe down with a soft cloth. Sand the edges until smooth and wipe again. Stack the coasters and tie with twine or ribbon. If desired, include decorative glass cups to round out your gift.
Embellished Glass Case
Help a friend protect their specs with a personalized glasses case. Perfect for someone who frequently travels or has multiple pairs of eyewear to keep track of. Lay a 7-inch square or fusible webbing over a 7-inch square of flannel. Arrange assorted 7-inch ribbons close together on webbing, extending the top ribbon 1/4-inch beyond the webbing. Fuse ribbons to flannel. Machine-stitch along edges of ribbon using decorative stitches. Fold top ribbon over edge of flannel and topstitch. Fold flannel over and sew edges, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Easy Floating Art
Forget giving expensive artwork this Christmas. A collection of postcards or homemade drawings from you will mean so much more. Gather a collection of floating frames and fill with artistic effects of your choice. We love using beautiful handkerchiefs, vintage postcards, or anything that will complement the decor of your loved one.
Winter Coffee Sleeves
Fashion a cute Christmas sock or small sweater into a reusable sleeve for a to-go coffee cup. After washing, cut a 3-inch section from the sock or sweater sleeve. Embellish with buttons or felt snowflake cutouts for added winter charm. Slip the sleeve onto a to-go cup or tumbler, roll the sleeve ends to hide frays, and start sipping.
Embellished Soup Mug
Transform a budget-friendly ceramic mug or bowl into a charming Christmas gift using permanent oil-base paint markers, which work well on slick surfaces. Freehand a repeating design, like arrows, around the mug, and fill the cup with packages of dry soup mixes or other wintry treats. Add a clever gift tag to top off this darling DIY present.
Gold Sparkle Mini Pots
Glitter makes everything more fun, including indoor gardening — plus, these mini pots are perfect for decorating small shelves or desks. Simply coat the pot in decoupage medium followed by glitter to create a glamorous look. Once the planter is dry, fill it with a tiny houseplant.
Framed Jewelry Holder
You may not be able to get them Tiffany’s, but you can make them an adorable (and affordable) jewelry holder. A decorative metal screen doubles as a custom jewelry organizer when painted and cut to fit inside a salvaged frame. Use a staple gun to attach the screen to the back of the frame.
Gold Dipped Milk Glass Vases
Start at the thrift store, end at the Christmas tree. Milk glass vases are an inexpensive purchase; adhere a line of painters tape to the midsection and brush on gold acrylic paint to the line. Let dry and repeat for full coverage. Replace the tape with a bow — and gifting is done.
Embroidered Holiday Napkins
Set the scene for easy gifting by embellishing white napkins with a simple stitched design. Trace our downloadable pattern, below, or freehand your own design onto the napkin with a fine-tip red marker. Backstitch over the design with red embroidery floss. Bonus: These designs also work well on tea towels.
Cookie Decorating Kit
You’ve baked the cookies, now let your friends and family in on the decorating fun! Fill a box with cutout cookies, sprinkles, sanding sugars, and small candies. Package prepared frosting in a resealable plastic bag. Print the label onto cardstock and decorate with glitter glue. Wrap box with sparkly ribbon, then add the label.
Vintage Inspired Plate
Reach for a vintage magazine, full of colorful images and advertisements, for a playful plate anyone would love to receive this Christmas. Trace the bottom of a glass dish (select one with a flat bottom) onto your vintage page. Trim to size. Apply decoupage medium with a foam brush and adhere paper to the underside of the plate. Smooth out any bubbles, starting from the center of the page and working out.
Iron-On Christmas Pillow
Make a merry keepsake with a simple download printed onto iron-on paper. Transfer the design onto linen for a decorative pillow that speaks to everyone’s holiday spirit.