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Your gift-giving guide: A very merry DIY Christmas

December 12th, 2013

The holiday season can be one of the busiest and most expensive times of the year. Between final exams, papers and projects, squeezing in some shopping for presents can feel almost impossible. And on a college student’s budget, finding a nice gift you can afford is often intimidating. However, you can make this season a lot less stressful and less expensive with a low-cost, homemade gift. Here are six do-it-yourself gifts that any crafting novice can pull off with ease.

 

For the World Traveler:

Map Necklace

Give this gift to a friend who is studying abroad soon or to a relative who travels often. It can be a map of their hometown or their favorite place they’ve ever visited.

Supplies:

Necklace chain

Frame charm

Mod Podge

Map

Steps:

1. Choose a location on the map, then lay the charm over it. Trace the charm. Cut it out.

2. Apply a small dab of Mod Podge to the charm and place the map piece on top. Spread another small dab of Mod Podge on the map to seal in place.

3. Let dry for 15 minutes, and then loop the chain through the charm hook.

 

For the Childhood Friend:

Hex Nut Bracelet

 

Feed your friend’s nostalgia with this grown-up version of the classic friendship bracelet. After the gift is unwrapped, you’ll both be reminiscing about the good old days.

Supplies:

 

For the Childhood Friend:

Hex Nut Bracelet

 

Feed your friend’s nostalgia with this grown-up version of the classic friendship bracelet. After the gift is unwrapped, you’ll both be reminiscing about the good old days.

Supplies:

Leather lacing

Hex nuts

Steps:

1. Cut three strings of leather. Tie together one end of each string into a knot.

2. Braid the strings. As you braid, add a hex nut to the outer strands.

3. Finish braiding. Tie ends into a knot.

4. Tie the two ends together to finish the bracelet.

 

For the Host or Hostess:

Personalized coasters

Always spending time at your best friend’s apartment? Show them you appreciate their hospitality with these simple and practical coasters.

Supplies:

Cork coasters

Tape

Letter stickers

Paintbrush

Craft paint

Steps:

1. Apply tape and/or a letter to create stripes and/or a monogram.

2. Paint coaster. Let dry.

3. Remove tape/sticker.

 

 

For Dreamers of a White Christmas:

Snow Globe in a Jar

Not everyone lives in a part of the world where they can count on waking up to fluffy snowflakes on Christmas morning. Send this gift to your relatives in the south so they know that you are thinking of them during the holidays.

Supplies:

Mason jar

Bottlebrush tree

Faux snow

Glue dots or hot glue

Steps:

1. Glue the base of the tree to the inside of the jar lid.

2. Add enough snow to the jar so that the area around the tree’s base will be covered.

3. Screw the lid on to the jar.

 

For the Younger Sibling 

(Or the Child at Heart):

Dinosaur Planter

This planter is a whimsical alternative to a standard potted plant. Make this funky piece for someone who appreciates playful, unique décor.

Supplies:

 

Plastic toy dinosaur

Soil

Small plant

Heavy-duty scissors

Spray primer (optional)

Spray paint (optional)

Steps:

1. Cut a circle out of the dinosaur’s back. Cut one or two small drainage holes in the bottom of the toy.

2. Optional: Apply spray primer to the toy.

3. Optional: Spray paint toy with desired color.

4. Fill with soil and add a small plant.

 

For the Foodie:

Stamped Apron

 

Reward your cookie-baking relatives with a functional yet lovely apron. They’ll think of you whenever they wear it— and perhaps they’ll give you an extra serving of your favorite

dessert.

Supplies:

Canvas apron

Fabric paint

Sponge brush

Stamp (any shape)

Steps:

1. Dip stamp in paint. Apply to apron in desired pattern.

2. Optional: Paint the neck and waist ties.

3. Let dry.