[dropcap letter=”W”]e have about a month left before Christmas and I am willing to bet half of you aren’t done with your shopping yet. Or maybe even all cos y’all clicked this link to begin with. What do you do when you’re all out of time but can’t bring yourself to buy a generic mug or gift card? Go DIY, of course! Nothing spells special better than a crafty little present from crafty little you.
But wait! Before you run off gathering twigs and shiny pebbles for your fun little project, keep in mind that although it’s the thought that counts, sometimes, getting a half hearted, sloppy handmade Christmas card sucks more than not getting one at all. Put a little love into it, because it shows!
Unless you are some sort of McGyver or super skilled artisan, plan out your projects wisely and allot ample time for repairing mistakes or even doing the whole thing over. Rushing will just add to the stress and stress exponentially increases the chance for freak accidents and stupid mistakes (and I speak from experience!)
And just because I have a hangover from putting up my tree last night and I am still in this Christmas-y vibe, I’ve taken out the guesswork and compiled 8 ideas for totally doable, absolutely fun, and quirky DIY gifts to celebrate Baby Jesus.
How to do it: Fill jars with dry ingredients for something easy to prepare like brownies or chocolate chip cookies. You can even layer ingredients for a nicer effect. Label with your cute and perhaps even pun-ny greeting along with instructions. This makes a thoughtful gift for families or friends with kids who love playing in the kitchen.
Spray regular alphabet magnets with three to four light coats of metallic spray paint. Make sure you let them dry real well in between coats or else you’ll end up with a sticky mess. Yes, that insight is still from experience. Put them all in none other than this uber-versatile mason jar and present to your favorite logophile.
So there, mix 2Tbs grout for every cup of flat latex paint till smooth and paint away! Make anything from picture frames to place mats and pair gift with a set of homemade chalk. You’re welcome!