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Easy DIY Gift Ideas for the Upcoming Holidays

With the holidays approaching, now is a great time to start planning your gifting strategy. I enjoy making some of my gifts each year, so today I’m rounding up 10 easy DIY gift ideas for a little bit of design inspiration. Whether you make a few of these specific projects or you use them as a jumping off point for an original design, you’ll enjoy the creativity involved in each DIY, as well as the way these ideas celebrate modern style. Enjoy…

Repurpose an Everyday Item

There’s nothing like using an item you already have to make something new and exciting. This DIY Upcycled Clock Frame was created by Courtney from Always Rooney for Design Sponge. I’m now tempted to buy a thrift store clock just so I can try this project at home, and I’ve even found myself looking around the house for other items to repurpose!

DIY upcycled clock frame from Design Sponge

Repurpose a Vintage Container

Speaking of the art of repurposing, try filling a few Midcentury containers with succulents for an instant dose of retro-modern style. These colorful creations are from the home of Kimi Encarnacion, featured at A Beautiful Mess. Wouldn’t they make fabulous gifts?!

Colorful vintage containers hold succulents in the home of Kimi Encarnacion

Build a Planter from Cork Sheeting

I love using cork to enclose plants, and I’ve created an instant planter or two using the contact paper version of cork sheeting. So you can imagine how excited I was to find these Geometric DIY Office Organizers from Paper & Stitch, created from thicker cork sheeting! Isn’t that planter a fabulous, budget-friendly gift option for geo style enthusiasts?!

Cork office organizers from Paper & Stitch

Create a Geo Air Plant Hanger

Air plants are ideal gifts, as they’re low maintenance and everyone seems to love them. Take them up a notch by presenting them as part of these DIY Air Plant Hangers from Homey Oh My! Basswood dowels and suede lace help get the job done:

Air plant hangers from Homey Oh My!

Utilize a Craft Supply from Childhood

Isn’t it fun when you rediscover a craft supply that brought you endless joy in your youth?! This DIY Perler Bead Pot from Design Sponge (created by Amber Kemp-Kerstel) celebrates the beauty of color, form, and tiny pieces that combine to make an interesting whole:

Perler bead pot from Design Sponge

Incorporate a Simple Pattern

Now that I’ve seen these DIY Sprinkle Mugs from Studio DIY, I’m imagining the many surfaces I can cover with simple yet iconic designs. While the mugs were decorated with vinyl pieces cut with the Cricut Explore, your material of choice might be paint pens, especially if you’re covering an item such as a journal. Oh, the design-fabulous possibilities!

Sprinkle mugs from Studio DIY

Craft Something from Clay

Gold leaf paint brings these DIY Imprinted Clay Bowls to life. Plus, with hardening clay that can dry overnight, crafty design has never been so easy! Check out the full tutorial over at Camille Styles.

DIY clay ring dishes from Camille Styles

Create a Homemade Bath Product

Consumable gifts are perfect for the holidays, as they are practical and appreciated. But why not take things to a vibrant level by adding a big dose of color? It just doesn’t get any better than this DIY Sugar Scrub Sand Art from Sugar & Cloth! You can even add scent with your favorite essential oils…

DIY sugar scrub from Sugar & Cloth

Marbleize Paper Products

I love a good marbling project, but many of them involve products such as nail polish, which have a toxic smell. This DIY Paper Marbling from Honestly WTF creates the marbled look with shaving cream and food coloring. Yes, it’s that easy!

Marbled paper goods from Honestly WTF

Design and Create Modern Christmas Ornaments

Spray paint is your friend when you create these DIY ombre Christmas ornaments from MyDubio. Tie them onto your wrapped gifts for an extra dose of holiday style. Your giftees will be impressed by your design-savvy creativity!

Ombre Christmas ornaments from MyDubio

Will you be trying any of the featured DIY projects from today’s post? I know I can’t wait to get crafting!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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