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5 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

04 December 2020
5 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas -  december hoy

Christmas is only three weeks away which leaves you with only 21 days to do the remainder of the Christmas shopping!

But, if you’d prefer to avoid the Christmas hustle at the mall this year, why not consider making homemade gifts for your friends and loved ones?

Not only are homemade gifts often more affordable but they’re made with love straight from the heart.

Here are 5 DIY Christmas gift ideas and stocking fillers to get you sorted for the festive season.

1. DIY Homemade Playdough

Got nieces and nephews? Or want to make a ‘neat’ gift for your bestie’s child?

You can never go wrong with playdough – kids adore playdough! And the best part? You can make it right at home!

You will need

  • 2 cups of All-Purpose Flour
  • ¾ cup of Salt
  • 4 teaspoons Cream of Tartar
  • 2 cups of lukewarm Water
  • 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • Food colouring

How to make it

  • Making the playdough is a lot simpler than one would think.
  • Simply mix all the ingredients together in a large pot set to medium-high heat. Be sure to constantly stir to prevent it from burning.
  • Once the dough has begun to pull away from the sides of the pot, turn off the heat but keep the pot on the stove plate.
  • Keep stirring the mixture until the dough forms a ball. You can now remove the pot from the heat and leave the dough to stand until it is comfortable to touch.
  • The playdough is now ready to package for a great Christmas surprise!

2. DIY Personalised Mugs

Whether your loved one is a coffee-lover, hot chocolate addict or a tea enthusiast, all of these beverages have one thing in common: a mug.

This craft is super simple and super cute!

You will need

  • Plain white mugs
  • A black permanent marker
  • An oven

How to make it

  • Sit down with your mug and permanent marker and allow your creative juices to flow. Decorate the mug to create the ideal personalised gift for your loved one.
  • Once you have completed your decorating, place the mug in the oven and bake it for 30 minutes at 180°C. You can now remove your mugs and allow them to cool off completely before using or washing them.
  • Pro Tip: the designs hold really well against handwashing but dishwashers have proven to be too harsh. When gifting this to someone be sure to tell them that it is hand wash only!

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3. DIY Seed-Starter Kit

Do you know someone that has a green thumb? Then this DIY seed-starter kit will send them over the moon!

What you will need

  • Jars with lids
  • Seed-starting Mix
  • Various Seed Packets
  • Small Pot(s)
  • Ice Cream Sticks
  • Permanent Marker
  • Old Toolbox

How to make it

  • The number of seed starters you would like to give will determine how many jars you will need. Fill the jars with the seed starting mix and seal with the lid.
  • Now place the jars into the old toolbox. If you feel that the toolbox is too rustic looking, you can always spray paint it if it’s plastic or give it a coat of varnish if it’s wooden.
  • Take the ice cream sticks and permanent market and tag the sticks with the name of the seeds you have included in the kit.
  • You can now put everything into the toolbox and it is ready to be handed out to your green-thumbed friend on Christmas day!

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4. DIY Chocolate Body Butter

Has one of your loved ones always wanted to rub chocolate all over their body? You can make this fantasy come true – somewhat – with this DIY chocolate mint body butter!

What you will need

  • ½ cup Cocoa Butter
  • ½ cup Shea Butter
  • ½ cup Coconut Oil
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 2 tsp Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • Airtight Jar

How to make it

  • Fill a large bowl with ice and place a smaller bowl inside. This smaller bowl should be able to hold at least 5 cups worth of liquid.
  • Place water inside a pot on the stove. Now place a smaller pot on top (without touching the water inside) to melt the cocoa butter and shea butter. Once heated, add in coconut oil and melt until liquefied.
  • Remove the cocoa butter and coconut oil from the heat.
  • Place the two tablespoons of cocoa powder into a small bowl and gradually add in the olive oil. Mix thoroughly and then add in the peppermint essential oil along with the cocoa butter and coconut oil mixture.
  • Place the entire mixture in the small bowl which has been resting in the ice for 10 minutes.
  • Once 10 minutes have passed, remove the bowl from the ice and whip the mixture until stiff peaks form. If the mixture does not thicken further, return the bowl to the ice and whip it more.
  • You can now transfer your chocolate body butter into an airtight jar and decorate it to be given out on Christmas day.

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5. DIY Lace Phone Case

When you leave the house, your cellphone is one of the first items on the going-out checklist. In a sense, our cellphones are an extension of ourselves. If you have some old covers lying around, why not repurpose them as gifts?

This nifty DIY lace pattern will definitely be a popular design among your loved ones this Christmas.

What you will need

  • Cellphone Case
  • Piece of Lace Fabric
  • Black and Gold Spray Paint
  • Masking tape
  • Foam Sheet
  • Old Newspaper

How to make it

  • Place a newspaper on the work surface you plan to use for your project. Place the phone cover in the centre and spray it with the black spray paint.
  • Once completely dry, tape the edges of the case with masking tape. Place the foam sheet underneath the newspaper and the cellphone case on top.
  • Now lay the lace material over the phone case and secure the material to the foam sheeting with push pins. This will prevent it from moving while spraying.
  • Spray over the lace material with gold spray paint. Carefully remove the lace from the phone cover and allow to dry completely.
  • You now have a very stylish phone case to present to someone dear on Christmas day!

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