A DIY Holiday

by Meredith Winnett

I’m pretty tight on cash right now (hence, Livin La Vida Broke-a). However, I have a lot of friends with birthdays AND Christmas coming up. So how can I make sure everyone is pleased this season?

Do it yourself. Make them something they’ll enjoy. Homemade presents are much more meaningful, they’re fun to do, and you’ll know that no one else is getting them the same thing. This is typically a cheap way to please everyone during the holidays. Here are some ideas for DIY gifts.

  1. Cookies!
    No one doesn’t like cookies. Everyone can make cookies. You can use store bought dough, or you can use one of my recipes to make cookies from the heart. This is kind of the easy way out of gifting because cookies are so simple to make. You could probably find a cute way to present them like a Chinese food container (I’ve definitely seen these at Target and party supply stores. It’s a cute way to give something simple)

    English: Half a dozen home-made cookies. Ingre...

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  2. Knit a Scarf.
    I knitted my auntie an infinity scarf last year and it was so easy and quick. All you need is a circle loom and some yarn. A) Knit about a foot and a half long B) Loop the inside of the scarf and line it up with the end of the scarf C) Pull the new bottom loops over the new top loops as you normally would D) Finish off the scarf as you would normally end a loom knit E) Flip it inside out and you’re done!

    TRUCIOLO- Lightweight Infinity Scarf Coffee Brown

    (Photo credit: smittenkittenorig)


  3. Personalized Dishes
    Do you and your friend have a favorite quote? Do you have a special message for a special someone? Try this simple craft! A) Buy a white, porcelain dish (I bought coffee mugs at the Dollar Treet) B) Write what you want in Sharpie C) Pop them in the oven at 350° for 10-15 minutes D) Let sit and voila!

    (photo credit: mallorymakesthings.blogspot.com)


  4. Bottle Cap Snowman Ornaments
    Drink a lot of bottled beer or soda? Save your bottle caps and make a snowman! This craft and be given all winter for any occasion.
    You’ll need six, unbent bottle caps (so all those Rolling Rocks and Miller twist offs will come in handy) and Ribbon. Paint the tops white, let dry, then draw a face on one and the coal buttons on another. On a third, you can write the recipients’ name or the year. If you want. Take a five inch piece of ribbon, and sandwich it between hot glue and two bottle caps. Do this with the other two pairs. Before allowing the top (head) to set, loop the top of the ribbon in between, so the snowman will be able to hang.

    (photo credit: shannonmakesstuff.blogspot.com)


  5. Button Bookmarks
    These are super adorable and perfect for college students who SHOULD BE READING. I made these a few years ago and they came out wicked cute. Luckily I have a can FULL of cute buttons 🙂 Hot glue a button (front) to a paper clip (middle) and felt (back). Let sit and you’re done. IT’S THAT EASY!

    (photo credit: quiverfullofblessings.wordpress.com)



There are tons of fun and easy crafts you can make for your friends and family this holiday season. Its’s a great way to save yourself time, money, and the hassle of fighting someone at the store for the last Tickle Me Elmo.