75 Ideas for Crafty Homemade Gifts

Let Your Imagination Be Your Guide

Katarina Radovic / Stocksy United 

Holidays, birthdays, special occasions, and "just because" moments are opportunities to give a gift to someone you care for. There's something personal and meaningful about a gift that you took the time to make yourself. Grant your friends and family that extra special feeling with one of these 100 homemade gift ideas.

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    Homemade Candles

    Candle

    Caylin Harris

    Candles add warmth, light, and coziness to every space, and they make an excellent gift for almost anyone! When you make them yourself, not only can you customize the color, scent, and look, but the added gesture makes the gift twice as unique.

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    Embroidered Leather Gift Card Holder

    Embroider on Leather and Stitch a Card Case
    Mollie Johanson

    If you're getting gift cards for friends and coworkers this year, make the gift feel more unique and personalized with this embroidered leather card case. This tutorial will teach you how to embroider on leather (it's not as tricky as you'd think!) for a wallet-like feel to the case. It's pretty, elegant, and much more meaningful than a paper envelope.

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    Bath Bombs

    bath bomb

    Lovely Indeed

    Skip the expensive visit to a trendy soap store and learn to make your fizzy bath bombs at home. They make an exciting yet simple gift and would be particularly great for Mother's Day when paired with a bottle of wine.

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    Clay Cactus Ring Holder

    A cute handmade ring holder shaped like a cactus
    Lovely Indeed

    Finding a place to store your jewelry can be a nuisance. This cute cactus ring holder also doubles as decor. It's a cool gift for that someone in your life who appreciates a fun surprise or something that's out of the ordinary.

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    Gold Champagne Flutes

    fun champagne flutes

    Lovely Indeed

    These champagne flutes are so simple and chic. A set of two makes a perfectly fine gift on its own, but add a bottle of bubbly, a set of coasters, and even some gourmet cheese—because wine not?

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    Embroidery Ribbon Bouquet

    Ribbon Embroidery Bouquet
    Mollie Johanson

    A traditional bouquet is a go-to gift, but imagine the look of delight on someone's face when they receive this gorgeous embroidered bouquet. This embroidery project is extra special because it uses ribbon instead of a string.

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    Colorful Paper Flower Bookmarks

    Kids can make these bookmark gifts
    Katherine Lee

    These pretty bookmarks are the perfect kid-made gifts. There's nothing better than a child's delighted face when he or she presents their masterpiece to their loved one.

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    DIY Essential Oil Perfume

    essential oil fragrance

    Caylin Harris

     

    Create a brand new signature scent of your design, making for a unique and personal gift. This tutorial walks you through the basics, using ylang-ylang, grapefruit, and vanilla oils, but the instructions are easily adaptable for any scent combination.

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    Hanging Macrame Plant Holder

    macrame mason jar hanging plant holder

    Lovely Indeed 

    Macrame has made a significant comeback, and these hanging plant holders are ideal for small spaces adding a bit of greenery and bohemian flair to an apartment. Make it for a simple housewarming present, complete with a houseplant.

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    Embroidered Faux Leather Cuff Bracelet

    Make this custom gift bracelet
    Mollie Johanson

    Stitch up a leather-like embroidered cuff with one of these designs. The patterns are easy to follow for beginner stitchers, and the result makes a cool customized gift.

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    Wood Wine Rack

    DIY Wine Rack

    Caylin Harris

    The gift recipient will love the farmhouse-feel of rustic this DIY wine rack. Outshine the other guests at a wedding by bringing this into the reception—the bride and groom will not be disappointed.

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    DIY Hostess Apron

    DIY Hostess Apron
    First Mate Photo / Style Me Pretty

    While a utilitarian-style apron is better suited for messy and practical tasks like cooking and cleaning, a pretty hostess apron is ideal for entertaining. This is the ideal gift for your friend who loves to throw a good party.

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    Cinnamon Sugar Hand Scrub

    cinnamon sugar handscrub
    DIY Candy

    A sweet smelling hand scrub is a wonderful holiday gift idea, but you can gift this any time of year for any occasion. It's particularly apropos for fall and winter, and you'll be hard-fought to find someone who wouldn't love receiving this little jar.

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    DIY Gold Tropical Leaf Art Print

    DIY gold tropical leaf art
    Lovely Indeed

    Bring the beauty of a tropical vacation to someone's home with this fun and bold display of art. This would make a special housewarming or hostess gift.

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    No-Sew Picnic Blanket

    No-sew picnic blanket
    Stephanie White

    Have a friend with a summer birthday? Surprise him or her with this easy-to-make picnic blanket and spend the day together at the park or beach.

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    Pom-Pom Wreath

    A fun pom-pom wreath
    Deidre Sullivan

    These fun pom-pom wreaths aren't holiday-specific, so they'll accommodate just about any holiday and any occasion. You can make an all white one for winter or try an array of colors and give it to a college student to decorate the dorm room.

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    Handmade Photo Keepsake

    Homemade family photo keepsake
    Scarlett Ballantyne

    This ingenious method of transferring a photo onto wood gives a meaningful memory a more sophisticated appearance. This is an excellent gift for an anniversary, birthday, or wedding.

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    DIY Wire Gift Bow Necklace

    DIY wire gift bow necklace
    Lisa Yang

    The perfect gift for bridesmaids, this DIY wire gift bow necklace is a pretty piece of jewelry that brides can hand out to all of their ladies in waiting before the big day. It also works well for a young woman's milestone 16th or 21st birthday, for Mother's Day, and Valentine's Day.

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    DIY iPad Holder

    diy ipad holder for cooking
    The Idea Room

    You'd be hard-pressed to find someone today who doesn't use their tablet to refer to recipes. This easy three-material DIY prop an iPad up while chopping, simmering, and stir, so the cook can create without fear of ruining their tablet.

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    Placemat Clutch

    diy placemat clutch
    Lil Blue Boo

    This is a DIY gift idea that's truly unique for someone who loves a stylish accessory. Grab a pretty placemat, and work a little sewing magic to create this one-of-a-kind clutch that'll have everyone exclaiming, "Where'd you get that?"

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    Hand-Embroidered Onesie

    A hand-embroidered onesie
    Mollie Johanson

    Are you attending a baby shower soon? Whether you go with a gift from the registry or not, consider adding this very personal and adorable homemade gift. Adorn a plain onesie with the embroidery pattern of your choice and the momma-to-be will truly appreciate this standout piece among her newly acquired collection of store-bought baby clothes.

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    Embroidery Headphones

    diy embroidered headphones
    Agus Yornet

    Headphones break all the time, and unless you dole out a big chunk of change for a quality pair, you have to constantly replace them. Keep the wires safe from everyday wear and tear (and make them look pretty!) with this neat embroidery DIY. Give a pair of these to someone you know who would appreciate these for their daily use. Bonus: the creator of this craft noted her wires no longer get tangled with the embroidery cover.

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    Leather Handbound Book

    diy leather bound journal
    Melissa Esplin

    Budding writers, doodling daydreamers, dedicated journalists, and serial note-takers are all ideal recipients of this special DIY. Bound a notebook in leather for a meaningful, yet startlingly simple gift.

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    Anti-Frizz Hair Spray

    diy antifrizz spray
    The Merrythought

    Every woman knows that humidity can be a hair-ruiner. Gift your girlfriend a bottle of this DIY lavender anti-frizz spray when she needs it most (hint: summer). A little humidity is okay (in fact, appreciated) for beachy waves, as long as you can control those waves before they go wild!

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    Engraved Copper Mugs

    diy engraved moscow mule cups
    Brit + Co

    Moscow Mule drinker or not, who wouldn't love to add some copper mugs to their collection of housewares? This DIY tutorial shows you how to add subtle engravements to personalize these already super-cool mugs.

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    Sunglasses Case

    diy sunglasses pouch
    Burda Style

    Pretty and feminine, it's hard to believe these cases aren't store-bought. Your friend will be thinking the same thing when they unwrap this gift.

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    Wood Burned Utensils

    wood burning cutting board and serving spoon and napkin ring
    Brit + Co

    If you don't have your wood burning tool, you might just be convinced to buy one after you see these beautiful kitchen utensils. You could easily pass these off as expensive artisan finds.

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    Mouse Slippers

    Make It & Love It

    Some basic sewing skills are all you need to create these adorable slippers. They're perfect for Christmas morning, but they certainly work for birthdays, Easter, Mother's Day, or other special occasions—or just a lazy Sunday at home.

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    Personalized Plates

    Decoupage Plate

    Lovely Indeed

    Create a set of these beautiful, artistic plates for a wedding gift, bridal shower, or housewarming present. One-of-a-kind dishes always make a great gift idea.

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    Up, Up and Away Mobile

    diy hot air balloon baby mobile
    Craftiness Is Not Optional

    Skip the baby registry (or add on top of it) with this cute and clever mobile. These whimsical hot air balloons would look so sweet in a nursery for either a baby girl or boy.

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    Yarn Wrapped Horseshoe Necklace

    Yarn horseshoe necklace
    A Kalio Chic Life

    Here's a smart way to use up your leftover yarn. This pretty necklace is a great gift idea for your friend who has a fun and eclectic style. Not sure how to wear this? This bold statement necklace dresses up a neutral button-down blouse or crew neck tee with instant cool!

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    Painted Rope Votives

    diy rope votives
    Freutcake

    These charming candle holders make perfect gifts for practically anyone. They're a great way to disguise mismatched candle jars or to hide brand names. 

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    Anthropologie Tassel Pillow Knock-Off

    Anthropologie knockoff diy pillow
    Sewing in No Mans Land

    Save your friend a couple of hundred dollars when you make them these colorful accented tassel pillows that resemble a more expensive pair from Anthropologie. They probably won't even realize these are handmade!

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    Embroidered Baby Border Design

    Baby Border Hand Embroidery Pattern
    Mollie Johanson

    Another great idea for baby shower gifts is this adorable embroidery border design. Create something special and frame it in a hoop for a personal gift that would look lovely in a nursery.

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    Travel Art

    DIY Travel Art
    Stephanie White

    Know someone who's got the travel bug bad? Plane tickets are probably a welcome gift, but the expense isn't something everyone can afford. Instead, make this thoughtful artwork using a map from their favorite destination. They'll love this incredibly thoughtful gift.

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    DIY Peaches and Cream Soap

    diy peaches and cream soap
    Happiness Is Homemade

    Ten minutes is all you need to make this sweet-smelling soap. Make a few bars and tie it up with a ribbon for a pretty, simple and thoughtful gift.

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    Reversible Tassel Placemats

    tassel placemats
    Lovely Indeed

    Whether you know someone who loves to entertain or are in need of a housewarming gift, these reversible tassel placemats are a fun and unique gift idea. This DIY uses colorful choices, but you can customize with any color or printed fabric.

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    Homemade Soup Mix in Jar

    homemade soup mixes in a jar
    Wholefully

    There are so many occasions where this gift is perfect: send it in a care package to college students, give it someone who's sick, make a bunch for the holidays and yours will stand out among all those jars of cookie and hot cocoa mixes.

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    Sharpie Dot Flower Pots

    diy personalized flower pots
    Cutesy Crafts

    If you're planning to gift a plant, go one step further and DIY these incredibly easy, personalized flower pots. These are so cute and easy to make, you might end up with one for yourself!

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    Handprint Keychain

    handprint keychain
    Grey House Harbor

    What parent or grandparent wouldn't love to receive these tiny handprints? It won't be hard to get your kids to participate in this craft because handprint and fingerprint crafts are always a hit with kids.

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    DIY Cozy Hooded Bath Towel

    DIY child's bathrobe
    A Beautiful Mess

    This fluffy bath towel is the warmest and coziest way to embrace your child in an endless hug. Give them as gifts to all the kids on Christmas Eve, and everyone can come downstairs Christmas morning wrapped up in their new hooded blankets.

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    Photo Mason Jar Lid Coasters

    photo Mason Jar lid coasters
    Something Turquoise

    This DIY tutorial uses wedding photos, but you can use any photo to turn this into a personalized gift. Think birthdays, graduations, anniversaries, "just because" moments. There are no limitations on the gift of a good memory!

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    Personalized Etched Glass Bakeware

    personalized etched glass bakeware
    The Thinking Closet

    This idea has the potential to be even more special. Hear us out: DIY a special message in a cake pan, fill it with a cake, deliver said cake and wait for the phone call that comes when the cake has been eaten, and the surprise message at the bottom of the pan has been discovered.

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    Recipe Ring

    recipe ring gift idea
    Lil' Luna

    Older generations handing down family recipes to younger generations has always been a sentimental gesture everyone appreciates. Take it one step further with this DIY idea and once completed, surprise someone in your family with all of Grandma's cooking.

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    Flower Pop-Up Card

    thinking of you pop up card
    Rita Shehan

    For those times when you need a card, try your hands at this easy pop-up card craft. The recipient of your handmade card will surely know you were thinking of them when they see the effort you put into the gift.

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    Send a Hug

    send a hug in the mail
    Paging Supermom

    Okay, this might be one of our favorites. For those family members who live farther away, surprise them with a big "hug" in the mail, so they know that you love them this much.

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    Embroidered Wedding Ring Pillow

    DIY Embroidered Ring Pillow
    Mollie Johanson

    Weddings are expensive, and there are so many details to worry about. Bring some ease-of-mind to the bride-to-be in your life by making her this beautiful, simple embroidered ring pillow. This is a thoughtful touch she'll surely appreciate.

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    Collegiate Scarf

    collegiate scarf
    Thimbleanna

    College bookstore clothing is expensive, and college students can barely afford their textbooks. Help them out with this easy school scarf–no one will even know it's homemade, and when they find out, it makes it even cooler.

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    Tea Wreath

    tea wreath
    Kojo Designs

    While some of us practically bleed coffee, others of us prefer tea, and that's okay. Put together this clever tea wreath for the friends who will appreciate this.

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    Homemade Wrapping Paper

    Homemade wrapping paper
    The Spruce

    From confetti wrap to 3-D paper, these clever ideas will delight the recipient of your gift before he or she has even opened it.

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    Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes

    mini Altoid tin toolboxes
    Alpha Mom

    You know how Dad is always the hardest to shop for? Skip the tie or assortment of craft beers this year and DIY these mini toolboxes made out of Altoid tins. They're perfect for holding nails, screws and the like. Dad will be so impressed by your innovative thinking.

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    DIY Instagram Calendar

    Instagram calendar
    A Beautiful Mess

    In a world that's centered around Instagram (and in this case, Instagrams that are centered around dogs), there's no better calendar idea for friends and family. Just be sure to skip the selfies and pick more meaningful photos.

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    Homemade Limoncello With Printable Label

    homemade limoncello
    The Cottage Market

    Even if you've never been to Italy, you've probably tasted Limoncello and know just how lemony and delicious it is. Mix up your batch and fill up mason jars with it, and then top them off with the free printable labels included in the tutorial.

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    No-Sew Fleece Blanket

    How to Make a Fleece Tied Blanket
    Mollie Johanson

    No-sew fleece blankets have been a popular craft for some time. These cozy throws are SO easy to make, and this tutorial shows you how. Give these out as Christmas gift, for winter birthdays or any other time of year when warm blankets are coveted!

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    Rocher Sparkling Pineapple

    pineapple diy wine bottle covered in rocher chocolates
    Conny Simon

    This "pineapple" is so clever, you might not even realize there's a wine bottle in there! Wine and chocolate are usually a welcome gift, and this easy DIY takes the presentation factor up a notch.

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    Personalized Coffee Mugs

    diy coffee mugs
    Laughs, Crafts & Photographs

    It doesn't get any easier than this coffee mug. Simply draw some designs or write an inspirational message on a plain white mug, bake it in the oven and you have an inexpensive, personalized gift in no time.

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    DIY Sangria Dispenser

    sangria gift idea
    Fantabulosity

    There's nothing you can't put in a jar, but sangria is likely one of the more popular options. Show up to your next party with this and everyone—not just the hostess—will love you.

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    Crochet Teddy Bear

    crochet teddy bear
    Lucy Kate Crochet

    A teddy bear is a classic child's toy. Stitch up a little nostalgia with this crochet teddy and gift this at a baby shower or kids' birthday party.

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    Bath Salts

    diy bath lavenderr and orange salts

    Mindy Schiller 

    If bath bombs are too trendy for the giftee, go traditional with sweet smelling bath salts. Pack these up in a mason jar and add some ribbon with a little note for the perfect hostess gift.

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    Modern Tassel Wall Hanging

    diy tassel wall hanging
    Homey Oh My

    Modern, trendy and fun, this wall hanging would be a cool gift. You can make in any color or a variety of colors to fit the tastes of the person you're making this for.

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    Sea Glass Lanterns

    sea glass lanterns
    Princess Pinky Girl

    Whether it's summertime or you know someone who loves beach decor, these mason jar lanterns are made out of sea glass. They're an ideal gift for each case. Make a set for a friend and bring them over the next time your friend hosts an outdoor party.

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    Icing for Dog Cookies

    icing for dog treats
    Posh on a Budget

    Whether it's your dog's birthday or you have a friend with a dog, whip up a batch of this pup-approved "frosting" and coat some dog treats in the icing. What dog parent wouldn't love to receive a bag of these colorful biscuits?

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    Mason Jar Tissue Holder

    mason jar tissue holders
    Landeelu

    Know someone who suffers from allergies? This DIY tissue holder is a sweet gesture that they'll surely appreciate, particularly during seasonal allergy season.

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    Stress Balls

    How to Make A Stress Ball

     Lauren Murphy

    This is a fun and easy gift to make with kids! They're squishy and colorful, which makes them an excellent gift for kids as well, but they're perfect for adults, too. Pair a few of these with a bottle of wine and some homemade bath salts, and you've got the ultimate stress-reducing gift set.

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    Candlestick Cake Stand

    diy candlestick cake stand
    Poppytalk

    An elegant and formal way to display cakes, cupcakes, and pastries, cake stands are a delicious gift idea. Bring this to a housewarming, birthday, or for any friend who loves to bake.

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    Crochet Oven Mitt

    Kathryn Vercillo

    If you know how to crochet, this gift idea is an excellent option for any occasion. Making these oven mitts for the young adults in your life who've just moved into their first home or apartment.

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    Vintage Belt Camera Strap

    diy vintage belt camera strap
    Poppytalk

    Take an old or vintage-looking belt and turn it into a camera strap. Whether the person you're gifting is amateur or pro, any photography enthusiast will love this gift, as it's unique to their craft and just plain cool.

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    DIY Leather Pouch

    DIY Leather Pouch
    Poppytalk

    This leather pouch is the perfect size for holding small items like keys, makeup, money, cards, or anything else! The minimal look of the leather is suitable to anyone's style aesthetic, and who don't have a use for an additional way to keep their things organized?

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    Faux Boxwood Wreath

    DIY Boxwood Wreath
    Anderson + Grant

    Simple and elegant, a boxwood wreath is a beautiful addition to both holiday and everyday decor. This one is faux so that it will last. The DIYer who created this project was able to craft her wreath in 20 minutes for $12!

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    Customized Flask

    DIY Flask Cover
    A Beautiful Mess

    Are you looking for a 21st birthday gift? Take a generic flask and give it some life with this easy customizable DIY. Don't forget to fill it up with a quality spirit.

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    Photo Puzzle

    diy photo puzzles
    Capturing Joy

    Do you know someone who loves puzzles? This DIY allows you to personalize any jigsaw with an image of your choice. Be warned this project requires patience and precision, so it may be a bit too ambitious to try for a 1,000 piece puzzle.

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    Origami Apple

    An Origami Apple That You Can Make

    Paper Kawaii

    If you want to give a small gift to your child's new teacher at the beginning of the school year, try your hand at making this origami apple. This clever paper folding project is a modern take on the traditional gift.

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    Candy Gram Birthday Card

    Candy Gram DIY
    Who Arted?

    This tutorial comes with a free printable template, so creating a candy gram has never been easier! This clever idea for a friend's birthday is sure to crack a (sweet) toothy smile.

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    Cookies in a Jar

    Cookie Mix in a Jar

    Rpsycho / Getty Images

    The holidays are a time when you want to shower absolutely everyone you know with gifts, but that can get expensive. These mason jars filled with cookie mix are an inexpensive but creative idea for all the friends in your life, not to mention your 17 cousins, 12 aunts, and uncles, mother-in-law, stepsister—you get the idea. 

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    Tea Towel With Fern Print

    Stamped Tea Towel With Fern Print
    Ukkonooa

    It's amazing how one little fern leaf can transform an ordinary towel into a modern masterpiece. Some green paint is all you need to stamp your leaf onto a plain linen towel. Go one step further and create a whole set of beautiful stamped linens.