The next time you need a present (and still pinch pennies), make something yourself at home.
They say the best gifts come from the heart. We agree! What better way to give a truly personal present than by crafting it yourself? The six simple ideas will get your creative juices flowing.
- Brooch magnets: Transform your refrigerator by turning old brooches, large buttons and clip-on earrings into magnets. Let the kids help you search the house to find the items, then gather around the kitchen table to glue a small, round magnet to the back of each item.
- Tin can wind chime: Start saving your tins cans now so you can make this project on a rainy day. You’ll need basic supplies—paint, hammer, nail, twine—plus an extra embroidery hoop for the cans to hang on.
- Egg carton mirror frame: With a pair of scissors, paint and a hot-glue gun, you can make over a standard mirror. Just follow our detailed instructions to get it done in a single afternoon. No expert crafting required!
- Shell table wreath: People love to be reminded of the beach (vacation!), which is why this wreath has instant appeal. It doesn’t hurt that it’s incredibly easy to DIY. If you don’t have a metal craft ring at home, swap in a sturdy, round piece of plastic.
- DIY paperweights: Brighten your desk with an assortment of spring flowers, of the paper variety. You’ll need glass paperweights, patterned paper and craft glue to pull off this pretty project.
- Wine cork gift wrap: Give your gift fine finish by making your own wrapping paper with the help of a wine cork. Use an X-Acto knife to carve designs in the cork, or just use the cork to make solid dots along plain kraft paper. How simple is that?