DIY Gift Ideas

Fun and easy gifts for the Holidays!

Daisy Wilson, Reporter

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When it comes to Christmas shopping you usually face a few obstacles. Some of which include, crowded store, high prices, or lack of ideas. However, there is one solution that will solve all of these problems, make a gift yourself! The following is a list of some easy DIY’s for all your friends and family.

Making gifts may seem time consuming, but it is usually quicker than having to go to a store, search for your item, then wait in line to buy the item. Also if you choose to make a gift or any gifts listed on the supplies for each gift could already be at your home.

 

  • Homemade sugar scrub

What you need:

  1. ½ a cup of granulated sugar
  2. ½ a cup of brown sugar
  3. 2 T. coconut oil, melted
  4. 1 T. vanilla extract
  5. An airtight jar

How to make it:

  1. Mix all the ingredients until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Transfer to a jar with an airtight lid.
  3. Store in a cool, dry place.

https://www.couponsandfreebiesmom.com/2015/11/vanilla-homemade-sugar-scrub.html#_a5y_p=4582855

  • Waterless snow globes

What you need:

  1. A jar (mason jar works best but any will do)
  2. Artificial snow
  3. Hot glue gun and gun
  4. Assorted mini Christmas trees and snowmen
  5. White spray paint
  6. Spray adhesive (optional)
  7. Glitter (optional)
  8. White spray paint

 

How to make it:

  1. Spray paint the lid of the jar white
  2. Spray adhesive and sprinkle glitter in the tree and snowman (optional)
  3. Glue the snowman and tree to the lid
  4. Put some artificial snow in the jar, put the lid on, flip the jar on the lid and you are done!

https://tidymom.net/2011/waterless-snow-globes-tutorial/

  • DIY marble mug

What you need:

  1. A solid colored mug
  2. Nail Polish
  3. A container with water

How to make it:

  1. Pour some nail polish into the container with water
  2. Dip the mug into the water with nail polish (do not get nailpolish inside the mug)
  3. Let the mug dry, then it is ready for usehttps://www.lifestylesspace.com/2018/10/christmas-diy-gifts-for-family-creative.html

 

 

  • Gift in the jar peppermint hot chocolate

What you need:

  1. ½  cup Powdered Milk
  2. ½  cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  3. ½  cup Sugar
  4. ⅛  tsp Salt
  5. ¼  cup Chocolate Chips
  6. ¼  cup crushed Candy Canes (about 3)
  7. ¼  cup Mini Marshmallows

How to make it:

  1. Layer ingredients in order listed above into pint jar, pressing firmly after each layer.
  2. Seal with lid and decorate however you want.

https://everydaysavvy.com/easy-diy-gift-jar-peppermint-hot-chocolate/#_a5y_p=1117053

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Mason jar candle

 

Parental guidance advised

If you have many candles that the wicks have been used but still have a bit if wax in them, make a mason jar candle.

What you need:

  1. Multiple old candles
  2. Wick
  3. A pot of boiling water
  4. Small mason jar

How to make it:

  1. Take some of the old candles and put them in the middle of the boiling water on the stove.
  2. When all the max is melted in the candles take a pair of tweezers and take out the burnt out wicks.
  3. In the mason jar take the wick and have it placed vertically in the jar.
  4. Carefully pour the remaining  melted wax from the candle into the mason jar around the string. You may want to have something to balance the string. .
  5. Put the mason jar in the fridge for 20 minutes or until the wax becomes hard.
  6. Trim the wick.


The Spa in a Jar:

What you need:

  1. Any Jar
  2. Self care products (some ideas :mini Hand Sanitizer, fuzzy socks, chapstick, mini skincare products, and nail polish)

How to make:

  1. Fill your jar with any small spa products, and you are done!

The Happy Jar:

What you need:

  1. Any Jar
  2. Note paper
  3. Pen

 

How to make:

  1. Write notes for you friend or family member.
  2. Put the notes into a jar, and you are done!

 

DIY bath bombs:

https://www.redtedart.com/bath-bombs-recipe-gifts-kids-can-make/

What you need:

  1. 2 cups bicarbonate of soda (sometimes called baking soda) – US/UK
  2. 1 cup cream of tartar – US  / UK
  3. 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil or plain oil (the oil gives it a nice soothness in the bath)
  4. food colouring
  5. essential oils (the example used lavender)* (always read instructions) – US / UK
  6. dried lavender (optional) US/ UK
  7. Water in a spray bottle
  8. Ice cube trays (silicon best – hearts work better than stars, don’t get shapes that are too intricate or have sharp corners that could break off) – US  /UK

*please always be careful when using essential oils and follow the instructions on the label*

How to make:

  1. Mix your bicarbonate of soda, tartar, oil, essential oils and food colouring until you have a colour you are happy with. As food colouring is “wet” it will form little droplets and you just have to persevere in mixing it in. It will still look quite powdery.
  2. Give it 2-3 sprays of water. It will start to sizzle as the bicarbonate of soda reacts with the water. But start mixing it and it will feel a little more “solid”, a bit like wet sand. When you can indent your spoon on the mixture and leave a nice “shape” behind without it crumbling too much you are ready to transfer to your ice cube trays. You can add a couple of sprays of water, if it isn’t lumpy enough yet. Using a SPRAY bottle really is important (we used a cleaned out cleaning bottle), as this disperses the water evenly and avoids, the bircab to just sizzle away in one part of your bowl!!
  3. Mix in some lavender. We go carried away and added quite a lot. Less is more as a) you don’t want your bath bomb to fall apart and also, you WILL have a bath full of lavender at the end!!
  4. Fill into your ice cube trays (silicon REALLY IS BEST, else it is VERY HARD to get out in one go) and press down hard.
  5. Let dry for 1-2 days. They get harder over time.
  6. Remove gently and done. If you find, they break apart, you didn’t add enough water spray to begin with. You can crumble it all again, spray with more water and start again.