Thursday, December 18, 2014

d.i.y. holiday gift guide 2014

If you are like me, then you probably want to buy gifts for every person in your life. I just love the holiday season, especially the giving part. When you have 20 people to buy for and you are on a budget, gifts can get complicated. I put together a DIY gift guide so that you can give gifts to all your loved ones when working with a small budget! p.s. these will be really fun to make in the next few days leading up to Christmas :)

1. Wooden Makeup Brush Holder

Anthropologie version

I totally stole this idea from Anthropologie. They had this exact makeup brush holder on their website and I really wanted it for Christmas. However it was $30 and I figured I could just make my own! Thankfully, my uncle was able to put it together over Thanksgiving and I am so grateful he did it for me. It looks identical to the one online. 

1. Cut a piece of plywood into two separate pieces. 
2. Round sharp edges and sand rough surfaces if necessary. 
3. Stain the wood to the color of your liking. 
4. (Optional) Texturize the wood piece by dragging a knife 
across the surface and making little slits. 
5. Drill nails through the back piece of wood so that the two pieces hold 
together but also so that the nails do not show through the front piece. 
6. Drill a variety of different sized holes on the top of the two 
wood pieces. I would drill about six to eight holes.
7. Viola! Now it is time to test your makeup brushes and 
make sure they fit. 

2. Candle iPhone Speaker

This gift is a perfect way to recycle your used candle jars. As a Bath and Body works candle fanatic, I have plenty of burned down jars that I was waiting to recycle. Ever heard of putting your phone in a glass cup to use as a speaker? Well yeah, the glass candle jars do the same and are the perfect homemake speaker. 

1. Cut the leftover wax in the candle jar into pie slices with a knife. 
2. Scoop out the wax with a spoon and throw it away. 
(it is okay if you cannot get all of the wax out at this time)
3. Rinse it in the sink with warm water and remove any stickers on the jar.
4. Put the jar in the dishwasher and wash it with the dishes. 
This should remove any leftover wax and loosen the wicks
 at the bottom of the jar. 
5. Use craft paint and paint the outside of the jar completely. 
6. Use Hodge Podge glue to make a ring at the bottom of the jar.
7. Sprinkle glitter over the glue and shake the remaining pieces off. 
8. Time to let it dry. Add a cute phone case and some candy to finish off the gift!

3. Memory Jar

I actually made a ton of these and gave them to the girls in my Bible study as Christmas presents. Since the new year is right around the corner, this is the perfect gift. Every time something good happens, you write it down and stick the piece of paper in the jar so that you can go back and look at all the good memories you have had over the year. 

1. Recycle or purchase a mason jar from the craft store for $1.
2. Remove the lid and paint a coat of craft paint on the outside of the jar.
3. Once the paint is dried, put on more coats until you achieve the 
desired finish you want (rustic or matte). 
4. Use Hodge Podge glue to make a ring at the bottom of the jar.
5. Sprinkle glitter over the glue and shake the remaining pieces off. 
6. Make sure to include a cute pen and note pad so the memory jar is complete. 

4. CD Christmas Present

I don't know about you but I am constantly creating new playlists for my car especially since I don't have an aux cord. My best friend is always begging me to make her a CD so Christmas is the perfect time to do so! 

1. Burn a CD with a cute Christmas album or any other album. 
(LOVING the She and Him Christmas album)
2. Fold a piece of red paper hamburger style and trim the sides to fit the disc. 
3. Glue the each of the two sides of the paper together that are adjacent to the fold. 
4. Hole punch the center where the hole of the CD lies.
5. String white ribbon throughout the hole and wrap it around the CD.
6. Add a decorative tag and tie the bow so it looks like a Christmas present!

Hope this gave you a couple ideas for some quick gifts you can make for friends and family! Let me know if you try them!

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