Blogmas 2017, DIY

Blogmas Day 14: DIY Christmas Gifts

Welcome to day 14 of my Blogmas! Today I’m going to show you 5 easy DIY Christmas Gifts, some of which I came up with myself and others I came across online. DIY gifts are great for any occasions because it’s so easy to make them personal to the recipient and they often are more special because a lot of thought and effort goes into making anything no matter how complex or simple it may be.

1. Picture Collage

A few years ago, I made this collage for my mam for Christmas and she absolutely loves it, I love doing things like this, I find it so relaxing and she loved it so much she got me to make one for the living room too. It’s a great way of showing lots of pictures and memories and it’s so easy to make! All you need is scissors, a glue stick, a picture frame (I used a clip frame), coloured paper/card and finally, A LOT of pictures.

The first thing you do is glue your coloured paper/card to the board behind the glass, the bit that you usually put the picture on (I have no idea the terminology of picture frames😂). Next, cut out your pictures, I usually cut around the heads of the picture as you can see from the pictures above and below. When you’ve cut out all of the pictures, lay them out on your card before you glue them and then you can fiddle with their positions until you’re happy with them. Next, glue your pictures. In my experience, they always move a little from where I have positioned them when I glue them so maybe keep a few pictures to the side in case you need to fill some space. Finally, attach the board back to the glass/frame. It really is as simple as that!

Collage

2. A Candle

I find that candles can be super expensive so why not make your own? I’ve made candles for myself and as gifts in the past and it something I really enjoy doing. You can make them in the pots/jars of old candles that have been used or in pretty mugs. My using mugs, you can get one that matches your decor. I made one for my mam last year and our kitchen and living room’s main colour is red and my mam loves polka dots so I found a mug in Asda for £1 which was red with white polka dots and I used it to make a cute little candle which is still sitting in our kitchen.

I’ve already written a tutorial on how to make a candle so you an read that here if you want to learn how to make one.

3. Friendship Frame

In a few of my past posts, I’ve mentioned that I have a little craft business and my step-sister sent me a picture of a friendship frame and asked if I could make something similar and I’m always wanting to make new things so of course, I told her I would. This was a super fun frame to make and pretty easy too! You can personalise it with whatever the recipient likes and in this case, it was wine – she wanted prosecco but it was pretty specific so I had to use what I could find which ended up being these stickers. She also asked for a snowman as they were a late Christmas gifts and I had these in my stash of craft stuff.

To make this frame, you need a frame (I get mine from Ikea), a picture, background paper/card, scrabble tiles, stickers, glue, an ink pad and letter stamps (I’ve linked the ones I use). If you have nice writing and don’t want to get the stamps, you could just write it yourself but my writing is horrific😂.

The Ikea frames come with a mini frame inside made of cardboard (again, I apologise for my frame terminology!) and that inside frame is what you’ll be using for this one so take it out of the wooden frame and set the wooden one to one side. After you’ve done that, stick your scrabble tiles down. If you and your friend’s name doesn’t have a letter that matches like the one above, you could use friends forever instead or something along those lines. Next, stick down your decorations, in this case, the wine stickers and snowman.

Now, stick your background paper behind the piece of cardboard where the hole is and then stick your picture on top of the background (confusing, I know, I’m sorry😂) finally, using the stamps (or a pen if you have the gift of nice handwriting) and write whatever you want to write on the bottom, you can use the same words in the picture above, find another quote online or even an inside joke you have with your friends, remember, the thing about DIY gifts is that they can be personalised so something that will be meaningful to your friend like an inside joke etc will be even better than something you’ve found on the internet! When you’re stamping, be really careful because the ink can smudge. And that’s how you make a friendship frame, it’s pretty easy and a great gift for any time of year, not just Christmas.

At this point, I think it would be foolish of me not to do a bit of #shamelesspromo – as I mentioned, I have a craft business so if you’re looking for a gift for Christmas, birthdays, mother’s day or even just because, I have some gorgeous things on my facebook page which you can find here – if you’re not local, I ship within the UK!

Let me know if you try and make any of these DIY Christmas Gifts and tag me in your pictures, I’d love to see your creations! If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here!

Thanks for reading, Em xo

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