Giving DIY gifts have become a tradition in our family and probably the things our friends and family love receiving the most. Check out some of our favorite homemade gifts you can make cheap and easily. I do my best to keep our homemade gifts as simple as possible to do so the kids can do most, if not all of it without help. After all, most of them are from the kids, they should be the ones making them right? Everything listed below would definitely make great gifts for any special occasions. Check out the photos and details below. I included downloads for everything printable that we have used for the gifts below as well. Also included below, printable gift tag downloads you and yours can use to add a personal touch to your gift giving! Enjoy!
Beeswax & Honey Crafts
The gifts below were made using pre-made melt and pour honey soap, a DIY beeswax candle kit and beeswax crayons found on Amazon. Everything is added to the shopping list below.
You can use the soap as is or add scented products, lotions etc. After its cut into smaller pieces you simply microwave and pour into the molds. It took a while to harden but turned out very well. This soap is great for dry skin, acne and other similar skin conditions. The candles were also fairly easy. Just melt, pour and wait to harden. There are a few ways you can use to melt the wax. We used the melting technique suggested in the manual that came in the kit, submerging the melting pot into coiling water. It took longer that other methods but worked very well ultimately. It harden very quickly. To insert the wick I used a heated skewer to create a hole since adding it before pouring would have meant they would have to be used upside-down, I did the same to add the rope to the soap hive. We added a bit of color using bees wax crayons.
The youngest has been learning to use the edit program I use to make all of our school work and a lot of crafts. Kiddo is getting pretty good at it so we made all of the older family and friends hanging calendars this year complete with some of everyone’s favorite silly photos of the kiddo stickered over a 2021 calendar!
For my great aunt we did a page for each month with various photos of the kids that we know she loves and attached magnet strips to the back so the pages could be hung on the fridge. My aunt loves animal print so we did that for the backgrounds and I included all of the ones we found and used in a download for anyone interested. There’s also a seasonal background download we out together and didn’t end up needed, hopefully someone will put the hard work to use. We also laminated everything so it’s all dry erase ready!
We are doing a lot of magnets for gifts this year. At first they were just going to be for my oldest who will be heading off to college and into a new apartment in May, but the youngest enjoyed making them so much we decided to do them for everyone. Kids don’t need much help with this one at all. The only part of these kiddo needed help with was the laminating.
The ones pictured are the coloring page ones (kiddo prefers coloring over drawing) however we did also make some from drawings and photos. Everything is laminated (the laminator and laminate sheets I prefer/use are pictured below) and we used peel and stick magnet strips and buttons from Wal-Mart which are fairly cheap. I would have preferred the magnetic sheets but unfortunately since covid the stores in our area are very limited on all things craft related. You can download all of the coloring pages we used to the left. Everything is side out to the sizes we used. I did a few wine ones for my BFF and included them as well for anyone that knows a wino as well! 🤣
The readers in your life are sure to love this one, I know our book lovers will!
We made a few kinds of reversible bookmarks this Christmas. I printed out some full page coloring pages (get yours below) and the kid colored them. Once they were colored I had kiddo choose some photos for each person getting a bookmark this year and printed them on the other side. We also made some with drawings on one side and special photos on the other and oversized mega bookmarks, mainly for auntie since she’s always losing hers. I laminated everything with the 3mm sheets shown below. They turned out very cute and I know everyone is going to absolutely love them! You can download all of the coloring pages and bookmark templets we used to the right.
Photo Display Cubes & Ornament Cubes
I make my husband and the kids each one or more homemade X-Mas gifts every year. This is what I made for my husband and one of the things kiddo made for everyone this year.
As many of you already know, I make a lot of paper craft dice for our school work and my husband loves paper crafts of any kind, which is how I got the idea to make display cubes and ornament cubes. This year the kiddo has gotten very good at doing the cutting, folding and gluing to make the dice. Making the dice is one of the kids favorite things to do now and it’s very simple. It’s something we could do fairly fast so we were able to make several of them in no time! I made my husband and a few friends photo cubes with pictures of the kids and the person the cube is for and the kiddo made some with drawings and notes on them for everyone. I did the photo cubes two different ways. One I added the photos to the cube before printing and two I sized the photos, printed a blank cube template, printed the photos separately without the outline, then cut and glued them on the blank cube after it was assembled. The first way is faster of course and less work, but the second way makes for better structural integrity, sturdier cubes, especially since everything was printed on thick cardstock. I laminated some of the cubes and/or photos with the 3mm sheets before cutting and gluing. Laminating the photos before adding them to a blank cube turned out great however it made folding the premade photo cubes a little harder and way more annoying, but they will definitely hold up better and last longer. I always use gorilla glue hot glue sticks for this kind of thing. It holds up very well and lining the inside of the cubes with it a bit helps prevent them from getting smashed or damaged. Before gluing the top of the ornament ones, I used a hole punch to make 2 holes and attached the ribbon as shown in the photos. I glued around the holes on the inside with the hot glue to prevent tearing. I glued the ribbon to the inside top as well so it would hang better on the tree without slipping around. I included examples in the photos as well to show which way the photos/messages need to face to appear upright once put together. You can download the blank template I used under the photos. My husband and aunts are the kind of people that get all mushy about homemade gifts, (not just from the kids but from myself as well) and if the gift includes old photos or a cheesy message, even better. I know these cubes are going to be a big hit with them!
Mason Jar Crafts
We have done a few things with mason jar gifts over the years, they are always a big hit! The ones pictured are the favorites.
The first one is a potpourri/oil one. I decorated the outside with charms that matched our aunts bathroom and hot glued roses to small dowel rods that were soaked in sugar cookie scented oil. I also filled it with fabric rose petals, small pinecones, glitter and wood chips that were all soaked in the oil for about 3 days before putting them in. I gave her the access oil as well to replenish as needed and she has yet to need it so this turned out very well! The second one is made with ripped up tissue paper glued on with Elmer’s glue by the kiddo then sealed with mod podge. The mid of lid was replaced with a flower hot glued on and kiddo added some gems and glitter. Once it all dried we filled it with candy! The second one wasn’t a gift but would definitely make a good one! It was made the same way except this one was a candle holder. It’s very pretty lit up! The third jar craft pictured is an admiration jar. We made several of these for X-Mas this last year and we’ll defiantly be making more for upcoming birthdays. Kiddo decorated them all and then wrote complements on strips of paper that they can pull out whenever they need to hear something kind. My aunt struggles deeply with depression so I always try to make her one thing a year that could help with that, this is the first year the kid helped with that.
The second last min gifts we did are admiration jars. Kiddo decorated them all and then wrote complements on strips of paper that they can pull out whenever they need to hear something kind. My aunt struggles deeply with depression so I always try to make her one thing a year that could help with that, this is the first year the kid helped with that. Photos below for some inspirations! Enjoy and happy holidays all!
No Sew Pillow
We have made these a couple of ways, both of which the little ones can do with almost no help from us.
The first way is with ribbon and hot glue. The kiddo is still to little to use the sewing machine but really wanted to make throw pillows for my BFF’s new home. Since they are strictly for decoration and kiddo can use the glue gun with very little help I decided to use hot glue and ribbon. I use gorilla glue sticks for all my gluing needs so it holds very well for a long period of time. We glued the side and tied off one end then stuffed it really well. When it was fully filled we tied off the other end. I added a drop of glue to each ribbon to prevent it from coming undone. The other way we make these is with pillow cases from the dollar store and ribbon. We tie of the closed end and stuff it then tie off the open end. Very simple to do and everyone enjoys them!
We paint a lot! Our favorite way to paint is using the fluid or dirty pour technique. It’s very easy for children all of all ages to do (kiddo was only 3 when the first one was done and needed very little help) but it can get pretty messy. If you decide to use one of these methods I definitely suggest doing it in a space you don’t mind getting splattered with paint. We have a space in our school room strictly for painting for that very reason.
It’s basically just pouring and tipping the canvas. I use a torch to get the cell look most people prefer and I thin our paint with water rather than the typically medium. The thinner your paint the bigger the cells you’ll get when you start tipping, but keep in mind it also takes longer to dry the thinner you get. We get the canvas from Wal-Mart and/or Amazon pretty cheap and use Apple Barrel and FolkArt acrylic paint which is also very cheap and easy to find. I think almost everyone we know has at least one of our paintings hanging in their homes now. These are definitely one of the most loved gifts we give and they are great for any occasion! Under the photos is a playlist of my favorite painting videos that I found when I first started painting this way. Top: Using metallic, glitter, matte, & basic acrylic paints all in one painting gives a very unique, beautiful layered look when dry and also helps create better cells!
Love Bug & Admiration Garden
This was made for a mothers day gift but I think it would be cute for any time of the year. It’s very inexpensive and easy for kids of all ages to make with little to no help.
It’s just a sock from the dollar store stuffed and sectioned off with pipe cleaner to give it the love bug look. The flowers are made from construction paper and pipe cleaner then stuck into a foam flower box. Before gluing the flowers on I had kiddo write some reasons why they loved mom, nice things they do together, and any other kind loving comment they wanted. We stuck the love bug under the flowers and added a little glitter and paper hearts. We have done love bug gifts a few times now for various reasons and they are always a big hit not only for the person they are made for but for the kids as well since it’s a project they can do pretty much 100% on their own at a young age.
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