With Christmas a mere 18 days away, I bet you're scratching your head about gifts to give.
Or maybe you're more of a planner than I am and you're not. You're relaxed and poised and you wear pearls and you've already wrapped everything. And your socks always match.
I am not that person. Nope. My gifts are still drying as I walk in the door.
I kid you not. Ask my family what they got last year. It was still wet with paint.
Anywhoo, if you're like me and feeling that mild panicky feeling in your chest - fear not! I've rounded up some of my favorite DIY gifts that will have you feeling like a champ. And they are meaningful - much, much, much more meaningful than most of the crap you can buy in a store.
And thank goodness for Pinterest, am I right?!
*All photos below are directly from each tutorial.
I used this method to make a sign for my nephew's room. I followed the same basic instructions in this tutorial except I lettered Little Duck's name out on a piece of wood that came from a tree off my family's farm.
I am a big fan of the blog, A Beautiful Mess, and this was one of the first Pinterest DIY projects that I ever tried. I used quotes that I knew my sisters and my mom liked instead of song lyrics, and since I love me some antique shopping and flea markets and I had a blast digging through piles of junk to find posters for this project. Word of advice - I used spray paint and it was very difficult to keep the paint smooth. The tutorial actually suggested using spray paint, but I think if I were to make this again, I would try a different paint method.
I loved making this DIY. (I also really dig Sincerely, Kinsey's blog.) I made one for my baby sister for her birthday last year. And I still loved it even though it didn't end up being a surprise because I forgot and left it out on the kitchen table while I was still working on it. And believe it or not, I found it extremely soothing to sit and stitch this out.
I told you I was a big fan of A Beautiful Mess.
*BIG SIDE-NOTE WITH THIS TUTORIAL: I made several mugs following this tutorial and I'll be darned if the ink didn't wash off just a few uses later. So I did some Internet trolling and discovered that lots of people were having the same problem. So, I found 2 solutions -
(a) Use a permanent paint pen instead
(2) Use a marker or paint pen on a non-coated surface and then bake
I saw this image on Pinterest and loved the graphic black and white and it is such a visual way to acknowledge big things in life. This one doesn't exactly have a tutorial so I'll tell you how I did it (this was the wet paint gift I referred to earlier in the post...!) -
1. Purchase a blank canvas panel (you can also buy them in bulk if you plan to make more than one like I did)
2. Spray paint the entire canvas in black. Allow to dry. Paint another coat on and allow to dry.
3. Use a white colored pencil to lightly draw out your design.
4. Using an opaque white paint marker, draw out the final design and allow to dry.
Such an easy-peasy gift. It's one of those simple things to delight in. I made a big batch last year and then put them in small mason jars and gave out as gifts.
These are just a few suggestions and since Pinterest is a visual and creative person's best friend, there are lots of homemade goodie ideas out there.
I've been eyeballing these pretty hard this year and think a few certain somebodies might end up with these in their stockings:
Oh, and food is always good.
Happy Saturday, friends! If you've got suggestions for some other DIY gifts, let me know!
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann