Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

With Christmas quickly approaching the pressure is on to get the perfect gift. A gift that is hand made is a great option, weather your on a budget or want to give something from the heart. DIY Christmas Gifts can be personalized and one of a kind.

I wanted to make DIY Christmas gift tutorials to share with you but unfortunately I ran out of time and I want to make sure you all have enough time to make these gifts. So instead Im going to share with you some handmade gift idea that I found from some of my favorite blogs. I will link all of these idea so you can find the tutorials.

5 Easy DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Patch Laptop Case

This photo belongs to A Beautiful Mess at https://abeautifulmess.com/2017/03/diy-patch-laptop-case.html

I found this DIY on A Beautiful Mess and fell in love. Patches are so trendy right now and they can easily be personalized to fit anyones style. Just make sure you buy the right size case to fit the recipients laptop. This would also be great to do with a backpack, purse, iPad case, or basically anything. The best part is the case doesn’t even have to be fabric, it could be a hard plastic case too.

DIY Arm Knitting Infinity Scarf

This photo belong to ALLDAYCHIC at http://alldaychic.com/arm-knitting-30-minutes-infinity-scarf-diy/

These are a GREAT gift to give to all your girl friends. Once you make a couple of these they take no time at all to make. Last year I gave all the ladies I worked with these infinity scarves for Christmas and they loved it. Their easy to make and by simply switching the yarn your using you can create a totally customized look for each persons sense of style and their a big hit.

Sugar Scrub

This photo belongs to The Little Pine at http://www.thelittlepine.com/top-5-homemade-sugar-scrub-recipes/

Personally I love to pamper myself a couple nights a month. I usually apply a hair mask and a face mask, take a nice long hot shower, exfoliate my skin, put on some nice lotion, and paint my nails. This is my time to relax, destress and focus on myself. I know not everyone gets time to do this so gifting a sugar scrub could encourage someone to take some time for themselves. Along with this you could add a few other spa items and make a whole gift basket.

Fleece Blanket

This photo belongs to pinnedandqepinned at http://pinnedandrepinned.com/how-to-make-a-fleece-blanket/

Handmade blankets are my favorite gift to give. This tutorial is so easy and the finished project it so cute. It requires fleece and pom pom trim. If you don’t have a sewing machine you could also hand sew this. If you don’t know how to sew you could use some fabric glue.

DIY Christmas Ornament

Another great gift is something they can use every Christmas. Christmas decor is something people will see every year and be reminded of you. Check out my DIY Snow Man Ornament tutorial. 

There is only 15 days until Christmas so there is just enough time to make these DIY gifts. You may even decide to make some gifts for yourself this year. I would love to see if you make any of these to leave a photo in the comments or tag me if you post them.

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Easy DIY Snowman Christmas Ornament for your Tree

December is here so let the Christmas decorating begin. This is our first Christmas in our new house so I am excited to decorate the whole house. We bought our first Christmas tree and in an ideal world I would have a totally DIYed Christmas tree but unfortunatly its not going to happen this year. That doesn’t mean I am not going to DIY some of the ornaments. So I started with this DIY Snowman Christmas Ornament. It was very easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of supplies.

I used some blank pages out of some old books I am using for other projects.  Tare them into about 1/2 inch strips. You could also cut them if you want a cleaner edge.

Then take the paper strips and wrap them around the handle of a small paintbrush. Using my fingers I rubbed over the paper to create heat to keep the curl when releasing the paper. Make enough curls to fill a clear ornament to the desired fullness. 

If you want to skip using the paper you could easily do the rest of these DIY with a plain white ornament. Avoid using anything with glitter or a texture on the outside because the snowman face is a sticker.

To make my Snowman face I used my Cricut and cut it out with vinyl. You could also use sticker dots, paper and glue, permanent markers, or paint. 

This DIY Snowman Christmas Ornament would be great to personalize with a name or date. This is also a great technique to use and make some original ornaments.

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If you want to see a video of how I made this click here.

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Spring Clothes Pin Wreath

Today I am going teach you how to make this cute spring clothes pin wreath. This wreath doesn’t require a lot of supplies or time to put together. I got most of my supplies from the dollar store so the cost of this DIY was only $5.

Supplies:

-wire wreath form
-clothes pins
-spray paint
-flowers
-wire edge ribbon
-one pipe cleaner
-hot glue gun

This wreath is spring themed but can easily be modified by using different colors of spray paint and embellishments to be any theme you would like.

Instructions

Start out by determining how many clothes pins you will need to go all the way around your wreath form. I clipped the clothes pins on and ended up needing 60 clothes pins for a 12 inch wire wreath form. 

Next take the clothes pins off the wreath form and decide how many you would like of each color. I did 20 clothes pins of three colors. This is optional but I also spray painted my wreath form white because it will show through the clothes pins. Once all the clothes pins and wreath form are painted just wait for them to dry. 

Once they are dry begin clipping them to the wreath form. Place one clip on the inner two wires. Then the next clip on the middle two wires. Repeat this all the way around creating a pattern with the clothes pin colors and placement. 

Once the clothes pins are all the way around your wreath form you will notice their is probably an area that their is an unpleasant gap between the clothes pins. This is where you will place your bow. My bow has three loops on each side. Simply attach the bow using the pipe cleaner and trimming off the excess on the back.

Once the bow is attached trim the edges to make the tails even. I chose the pointed ended but it is completely up to you.

Next add your embellishments to the wreath. I chose to use fake flowers and hot glued them to the clothes pins. 

I finished my wreath by adding on the trimmings from my ribbon to tie it all together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thats it! Simple. Easy. Quick.

The great thing about this wreath is that the clothes pins are not permanently attached to the wreath form so it can easily be remade to work with another Holliday or season.

Here’s to Something New…

When I first started my blog almost a year ago my main focus was DIY, or so I thought. I realize now that my focus was crafting. I love to craft and being creative but it truly works your mind. Lately I my mind hasn’t been where it needs to be, to happily craft like I want. I never do anything I don’t want to so I stopped crafting, which meant I stopped blogging.

I had time to take a step back an evaluate my life. I am at a time in my life where things are changing and I am experiencing major life events. I realized that DIY does not only apply to crafting but so many aspects in our lives.

I want my blog to be a place to share with others and connects with them. I want to share my creative ideas along with other things happening in my life. I want this to be a place for people to come and read about me and my story. I want my readers to know that their are other people experiencing what they may be going through weather it be good, bad or creative. I want my readers to know that I am a real person with a real life.

Something to look forward to.

From now on I am going to share with you not only my crafts and creative ideas but things happening in my life and world around me. I want all of you to know me and feel connected to me through life and creativity. I want to create a community where we can all go to get guidance, reassurance, and support. Connect with other through comments, to hear not only about me but about others as well.

Here is to new adventures and experiences.

DIY Pom Pom

Hi friends! Today I am excited to share with you this fun DIY for making pom poms. I would highly recommend buying these inexpensive pom pom makers. They are very easy to use and the pom poms come out almost perfect every time. There is very little waste when making them as well.

Supplies Needed: A variety of yarn in colors and thicknesses. Pom Pom makers, I got mine here. Small scissors and a ruler (optional).

This project is super simple and easy to make. They look so cute and can be used in so many different crafts. While making one does not take long it does become time consuming when you need to make a large amount.

Your pom pom makers should have come with instructions so they may be slightly different than mine. First open both sides of the pom pom maker and start wrapping one side with yarn. Make sure to push the yarn loops together to keep them tight. 

Once one side is completely wrapped with yarn then cut the end to separate it from the ball of yarn.

Next your going to wrap the other side of the pom pom maker and cut the end. Make sure to push both sides back in to prevent the yarn from coming off. Next cut about a 12 inch long piece of yarn and set it aside. Once that is complete, you are going to cut all the loops of yarn along the side of the pom pom maker.

Once you have cute the yarn all the way around, take your piece of yarn that you set aside and put it into the crease of the pom pom maker and tie a knot. 

Now open your pom pom maker and pull apart the two sides to remove the pom pom. 

Once you have your pom pom out of the maker then tie another knot in your string to keep all the pieces secure. Lastly trim the pom pom and the long string to make it look as desired. 

There you have it an easy and quick way to make pom poms. With them easily customizable I will definitely be showing you ways to incorporate these into your crafts.

Holiday Inspired Pom Pom Wreath

Hi friends! Today I am excited to share with you this fun DIY for making a pom pom wreath. I decided to put a twist on this simple project by adding in Christmas ornaments to give it some shine. Now is the best time to get ornaments since most stores have them on sale. While it may not be Christmas any more you can use ornaments all year long in crafts.

Supplies Needed:

You will need a foam wreath form, mine was 14 inches. A variety of yarn in colors and thicknesses. Christmas ornaments, mine were the standard size but any size will work. Pom Pom makers, I got mine here. Small scissors, pliers (optional), a hot glue gun and glue sticks, and one pipe cleaner (optional).

This project is super simple and easy to make. What takes the longest is actually making the pom poms so once you get the hang of it, put in your favorite movie and by the end you should have them all made. I made almost 100 pom poms for this project, in three different colors ad two different sizes. I decided not to use the cream pom poms so I did have pom poms left over. If you want to know how I made my pom poms check out this post for step by step instructions. If you would like to see video instructions for how to make this project check out my video.

Fist is to remove the tops from the ornaments. Grab your pliers and pull the top of the ornament off where you would normally hang it. We will not need the toppers so feel free to throw them away.

Next start placing your ornaments around your wreath to find the proper placement. I use the top of the ornament where we removed the topper to push the ornament into the foam wreath form. It helps to keep them in place and hides the top piece. 

Once that is complete start filling in-between the ornaments with the pom poms. I start with the inside then move to the outside of the wreath form and then finish with the top. 

After you have the inside of the wreath form looking exactly how you want, hot glue all of the ornaments and pom poms to the wreath form. I suggest hot glueing all the ornaments at this time so you do not have to worry about one falling off as you move your wreath around. 

Next repeat the same process on the outside of the wreath form until the desired look is achieved. 

Lastly repeat the process on the top of the wreath form. I did not want the front of my wreath to have a straight line of pom poms so I used mostly small pom poms on the top and alternated them as I went along. 

The Wreath Hanger

Now that all of the pom poms and ornaments are securely attached all we need to do is put a hook on the back to hang it by. This step is completely optional. I took a pipe cleaner and cut it in half. 

Bent it into a ‘U’ shape and poked it into my wreath form. Then to keep it secure added some hot glue where it was attached to the wreath form to make sure the weight of the wreath did not pull it out. 

This is what my wreath looks like completely finished.

This project is easy, quick, and good for people with a small budget. It is also a great way to use all your scrap yarn left over from other projects. I made this wreath in a cream with maroon ornaments as well to use when it is not the holiday season.