Friday, December 23, 2016

Last Minute DIY Holiday Gifts They'll Love! - #tutorial #DIY #crafts #holidays

If you're still trying to get gifts or stocking stuffers for friends and family and just haven't had the time to go shopping or if you're on a tight budget, you can still give a great gift and one that's made from the heart.  I've scoured the Internet in search of some of the best DIY holiday gifts that are sure to please.

Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments

  • One single serve package of your favorite instant chocolate mix.
  • One clear plastic fillable ornament.
  • Festive colored sprinkles
  • Chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips
  • Miniature marshmallows such as Jet Puffed Mallow Bits
  • A tag or note with instructions on how to make the hot chocolate (just mix in 8 oz. of hot water)
  • *Optional* mug
  • *Optional* Candy cane and/or chocolate spoons.

  1. Start with a clean ornament and take the top off.
  2. Fill each ingredient into the ornament using a funnel.
  3. Start with the hot cocoa mix, then sprinkles, chocolates and lastly the mini marshmallows.
  4. Put the top back on and make sure you deliver this gift standing upright or wrap with plastic wrap to keep the contents inside.

Cozy Slipper Gift "Basket"


  • Pair of comfy slippers
  • Small gift ideas such as lip balm, relaxing face mask, socks, chocolate, a gift card or whatever else you think the recipient would enjoy.
  1. Simply take the slippers and arrange the items inside of the slipper then tie them together with a bow.
Homemade Coffee Scrub

  • One cup ground coffee
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 1/4 vitamin E oil
  • 10 drops of orange essential oil *optional*
  1. Combine ingredients in a small bowl. (Begin by using 1/4 cup almond oil and increase until you reach your preferred texture. 1/2 cup makes it a thinner, more oily scrub.)
  2. To use, we skin and use a small scoop to apply.
  3. Gently rub coffee scrub in small circles to help remove dry skin.
  4. Wipe as much as you can with a paper towel then rinse off the rest in the shower or sink.
  5. Store in an airtight container.  Best if used within 2 - 4 weeks.
Peppermint Soap

  1. Melt one pound of soap base at a time.  You can use the double boiler method with a large Pyrex measuring cup or melt the soap in the microwave by stirring every 30 seconds.
  2. Add 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil into the melted soap and stir well.
  3. Pour soap into molds.  Add a few drops of red soap colorant and use a toothpick to gently mix the color with the melted soap. *Tip: For an even more festive look, these snowflake silicone molds are perfect!*
  4. Allow soap to harden for at least two hours or place in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.  *Tip: If you have trouble getting the soap to come out of the mold, lightly grease the mold with coconut oil beforehand*
  5. Get creative!  Wrap your soap in cellophane bags and tie with festive ribbon, wrap the soap with small pieces of wrapping or scrapbook paper and embellish with ribbon, candy canes or anything else you can think of.
Gingerbread Play Dough Kit

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tsp Cream of Tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 mason jar
  • 1 gingerbread cookie cutter
  1. Fill mason jar with dry ingredients.
  2. Print out cute, festive labels and directions.
  3. Attach the labels to the jar and using a ribbon or piece of twine attach the directions and gingerbread man cooker cutter to the jar.
  1. Mix all ingredients into a sauce pan.
  2. Cook slowly over medium head while stirring constantly.
  3. While stirring, the dough will begin to form into a ball.  When all ingredients are incorporated remove the dough from the heat.
  4. Let the dough cool to the touch and knead it then store in an airtight container.

Button Bookmarks


  • Paperclips
  • Fancy buttons
  • Hot glue
  • Felt
  1. Simply hot glue the paperclip to the back of each button then cut a small piece of felt to go on top.  The felt will keep the glue sealed and leave a smooth finish.

DIY Canvas Portrait


  • Stretched canvas
  • Gel medium (such as Liquidex)
  • Paint brush
  • A laser copy of the picture you want to transfer
  • Spray bottle filled with water
**Note: Your image will print reversed**

  1. Apply a heavy coat of the gel medium and cover your canvas completely.
  2. Press the photo copy onto the canvas and let it dry overnight.
  3. After your image is completely dry, use the spray bottle to wet the top of the paper.
  4. Rub the surface with your fingers until pieces of the paper start coming off.  When pieces start coming up, your image will be revealed.  *Note: This step takes a little bit of time and can be messy so be patient and be careful not to rub too hard as this can accidentally remove your transfer.*
  5. Continue until all of the paper is removed and the image is completely visible.
  6. Cover the canvas with one more coat of gel medium to seal and protect the image.  *Note: The picture will not transfer perfectly however these imperfections add to the beauty and uniqueness of this gift.  Each picture you transfer will be different.*
  • Glass container of some kind
  • Sand
  • Bamboo skewers (cut)
  • Faux or real succulent or air plant
  • Small decorative items such as stones *optional*
  1. If you are using a faux succulent or equivalent with a long stem, tape to the bottom of the glass container so it stays in place and doesn't flop over.  If you're using a real succulent or equivalent, put a small amount of rocks on the bottom followed by a shallow layer of dirt.  Plant your succulent to make it secure.  If you're using an air plant, simply set the plant on top of the sand after you pour it in in step 2 - no need to plant it.
  2. Next, pour your sand into the container and tap the bottom gently so the sand evens out into a nice layer.  You can find several fun, different colors of sand at Michaels or your local craft store to personalize it.
  3. Add any small decorations you'd like to decorate your zen garden such as small figures, rocks or charms.
  4. Take the sharp end of the bamboo skewer or a pencil, anything with a small, somewhat sharp end and doodle in the sand.

Ice Cream Sprinkles Sneakers

  1. Squeeze a little bit of each color of paint into the separate compartments of the plastic paint tray.  You'll only need about a dozen dabs of paint of each color on each shoe so you won't need a lot of paint.
  2. Dip your angled paint brush into each of the five colors and dab them with a steady hand across the surface of each shoe, making sure to switch the direction of the brush each time.  *Tip: Use one color at a time and leave about an inch of space between each painted sprinkle.  Then clean the brush and start with the next color and so on.*
  3. Let paint dry for a couple of hours.  The DecoArt Americana paint is made for any kind of surface including canvas and fabric so you don't necessarily need to treat the shoes with sealant to make the color stay.  However you may want to spray on waterproofing solution made specifically for shoes if you're worried about staining your freshly painted, bright white shoes.
Ornament pillows

If you really want to get creative, I found this incredible DIY ornament pillow tutorial from  If you have a sewing machine, a little bit of time and skill these would make fabulous gifts for anyone and they are just too cute!

Are you finishing up some last minute shopping?  Are you thinking of trying any of these out for yourself?  Comment below!

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