Looking for a last minute gift? Avoid the crowded malls and give a loved one something extra special this holiday season. Here are some easy and quick DIY gifts you can give a loved one this holiday season.
Toss the boring gift card packaging away and make your own gift card holder.
- Duct tape
- Old or new gift card
Gather materials and cut four strips (7 inches long) of duct tape. Lay them down so the sticky part is facing up.
This part can be a little tricky. Select one duct tape strip and gently parallel the strips with one another by overlapping the first piece onto a second strip (about 1/8 of an inch). The sticky parts for both pieces are still facing you.
Repeat Step 2 for the remaining two duct tape strips. You should have two separate larger pieces, like duct tape fabric, instead of four.
Gently place one piece (sticky side) over the second piece (sticky side). After connecting the sticky sides together, cut off any excess tape from the corners. Voila! You’re almost done!
This part is like wrapping a present. Grab an old gift card, or a new one, and place the card onto the duct tape. Fold the bottom and top part at desired length – as if you were creating a sleeve for the gift card. Trim any excess tape.
Cut a new duct tape strip (4 inches), and cut 1inch strips from it. The strips will add the final touch. After you are done cutting the trips, tape each side of the gift card holder, and you’re done! You can add a bow to it for an extra touch, or use different colored duct tape to make it more snazzy.
Make Your Own Photo Snowglobe:
- Packaging tape
- Empty jar
- (optional) Figurines (avoid metal figurines)
- Distilled water
Gather materials and select a treasured photo of a memory between you and your loved one. Next, prep the photo and jar.
Step 2: Remove any label residue from the jar.
Depending on the size of the jar, Elaine Craig, crafter at Wonder How To, states “You’ll want to print it in a size that is half an inch smaller than your bottle or jar’s width/diameter and height.” Waterproof the photo by laminating the front and back with packaging tape.
Roll up the photo, insert in jar, and adjust the position. Make sure that when you are inserting the photo you are aware of how you will display the snow globe. For example, if you are displaying the snow globe with the lid at the bottom then you will need to insert the photo upside down.
Fill up jar with water almost to the top, add a spoonful of glycerin, glitter, sequins, beads, and/or figurines or ornaments.
This super easy craft will make your mamá, abuelita, or tía smile. Who says flowers are only for mother’s day? Adding flowers will make this super cute vase even more special.
- Empty glass bottle (wine bottle, mason jar, etc.)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Here is one of my favorite easy craft projects! All you need is a little hot glue, an empty glass bottle, and some yarn. Starting at the bottom, wrap the yarn around the bottle, securing every few inches or so with a dab of glue. Once you have reached the top, you’re done! You can use buttons, jewels, or felt flowers to embellish your vase if you like.
Gather materials and remove label residue from the jar.
Wrap yarn around the bottle. The process will work best/go smoother if you start from the bottom. As you are wrapping yarn, place a drop of glue every few inches to secure the yarn. Be careful! You only need a small drop to hold it in place.
Don’t be afraid to be creative! Spice it up with different colored yarn or adding a few jewels or sequins to add a little oomph to the design. Adding flowers will make the special woman in your life smile.
Tip: If you want to use a plastic bottle instead of a glass bottle, follow the same steps but instead of hot glue use super glue.
Frame for Dad
Give your papá something to display on his desk at work or in his office.
- Two sheets of Cardstock
- Photos of your papá
- Glue stick
Gather materials and cut out the word “DAD” in the cardstock. Set the cardstock with the word “DAD” aside.
Select and print out photos of him, your family, or both of you! Using 2-3 photos per letter will work best, because you can place them side by side or on top of one another.
You can either trim the parts where the photo is not visible through the letter before gluing them to the second sheet of cardstock, or only glue them onto the cardstock. You will need to make sure the photos are visible through each letter.
Let the glue dry, place the cardstock with the word “DAD” cut out on top of the pictures, and insert/adjust when placing into the frame.
Tip: If you are feeling adventurous, you can print several pictures and cut them out to fit in each letter, like a collage.
Artsy Gift for Grandma
Give your abuelita your own version of a family tree. This gift is twice as valuable if it is made with her other grandchildren.
- Paint brush (optional)
Gather materials and prep the area. You will need to wash your hands before you move on to the next color.
You can either use a paint brush or your finger to paint the trunk of the tree and branches.
After you are done creating the trunk and branches, use your handprint to create the leaves of the tree.
Wait until it is dry, write a holiday message, and insert into the frame. Pretty simple, right?