DIY Gifts That Only Look Expensive

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 magnetsTransform 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 frameWith 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 wreathPeople 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 wrapGive 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?