When it comes to homemade gift ideas, we often think of baking or cooking something for our friends, family, and co-workers. Try something a little different this year! These fun DIY crafts are budget and waistline friendly. You might be intimated by the thought of crafts but these gift ideas are simple and fun to complete for both adults and children.
Vanilla and Brown Sugar Body Scrub
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup coconut oil or olive oil (Amanda’s tip: use ¼ cup of each!)
- 1 Tbsp vanilla extract or 20 drops of vanilla essential oil
In a glass mixing bowl, mix together all the ingredients. If you are using coconut oil, you’ll need to heat the oil slowly in the microwave until it turns to a liquid form.
You can make a large batch at one time by quadrupling the recipe. Place the scrub in plastic containers with lids. Glass jars are not recommended since accidents can easily happen in the bathroom.
- 1 cup cocoa butter
- ¼ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp essential oil, such as vanilla
In a microwave-safe bowl, add cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil. Heat at 50% power in 30 second intervals until all the ingredients have turned to liquid. Add in essential oil by stirring in slowly.
You can make a large batch at one time by doubling the recipe. Pour mixture into mini baking cups; the foil cups work best. If you have a mini muffin tin, place the foil cups in the tin. If you do not have a mini muffin tin, place the foil cups on a baking sheet. Put the muffin tin or baking sheet in a cool, dry place for 3-4 hours until the mixture returns to a solid. Amanda’s tip: use your garage!
These bath melts smell amazing and look like a dessert. Amanda’s tip: place directions in the bag to prevent someone from eating their bath melt! Here’s an example:
Bath melts can be used in the bath or in the shower. For use in the bath, place the bath melt into the water after filling the tub. It will dissolve slowly to make you feel like you are bathing in silky soft water. To use the bath melt like a lotion bar, gently massage the bath melt into your wet skin to help soften those rough, dry areas on your body.
A laundry board is a must-have in everyone’s laundry room. This handy board is a great place to hang unmatched socks and delicate items that must air dry.
- 1 piece of decorative cut wood (unpainted) – These can be found at Lowes, Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby and come in a variety of shapes and sizes
- Wooden clothes pins
- Paint (2 colors)
- Stencils or wooden cutout letters
- Hot glue gun
- Small hammer
- Tape measure
- Picture frame hook
Step 1: On the back side of your board, mark the middle of the board about 2-3” from the top
Step 2: Hammer the frame hook into the marked spot
Step 3: Paint the front of the board (2 coats of paint)
Step 4: Paint the clothes pins (optional)
Step 5: Paint letters (if you are using letters)
Step 6: If you like a shabby chic style, use a low-grit sandpaper to make wear marks throughout the board
Step 7: If you are using stencils or letters, now is the time to add the decorative touch.
Step 8: Use the hot glue gun to attach the clothes pins to the board
This is a fun craft to do on all types glassware, such as beer steins, pint glasses, wine glasses, stemless wine glasses, goblets, hurricanes, and rocks glasses. Amanda’s tip: buy glasses from the Dollar Store! You can go with a holiday theme, celebration, initials, or bling out a glass just for fun.
- Glassware of your choice
- Hot glue gun or E6000 glue
- Crystals or beads
- Goo Gone (to remove price tags)
- Stencil (you can print stencils, patterns, or letters from your computer)
- Smart phone/digital camera
Step 1: Remove stickers/price tags from glasses
Step 2: Wash glasses
Step 3: Select a pattern or stencil
Step 4: Arrange beads on the stencil/pattern. Do a practice run on your tabletop before you start to glue the beads/crystals to the glass.
Step 5: Take a picture of the pattern you just designed
Step 6: Tape your stencil or pattern on the inside of the glass
Step 7: Glue the beads/crystals onto the glass. Use your picture as a reminder.
Step 8: Let the glue dry for a few hours
Step 9: Wash glass and air dry