Four DIY Christmas Gifts

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BY Evie Jepp

Looking for easy and thoughtful presents for your family and friends this Christmas? Read below for some inexpensive gift ideas.

Macramé Plant Hangers

Macramé looks beautiful both outside and inside, in a brightly lit room where natural light can bounce off the intricately woven jute string. While macramé looks complicated, you can find simple, step-by-step tutorials on Pinterest or YouTube which still look impressive. Your gift-ee will love the time and effort you put into their gift, while admiring its delicacy and usefulness.

Gift price: approximately $40 for two macramé plant hangers including plants and pots

What you’ll need:

  • Jute string which can be bought from Spotlight for less than $20 or most craft stores. Jute string can come in many sizes including 120m, so even though $20 can be a lot of money, multiple plant hangers can be made.
  • Two pots for your plants which can be found at any garden store, or if you’re looking for a cheaper option, Kmart or The Reject Shop.
  • Two plants (either succulents or specific hanging plants) which can also be found at any garden store i.e. Bunnings.
  • Two rings (or hooks) which allows you to hang your plant

I found the Crafty Ginger on Youtube very helpful in deciding what style of macramé I wanted to use. She also does a series of four beginner tutorials on different macramé plant hangers.

Check out her Youtube channel here.

By scrolling through Pinterest, you can find hundreds of different macramé styles, most that have step-by-step tutorials. Although personally, I found videos more helpful as a beginner.

Bath Bombs

Pinterest has tonnes of homemade bath bomb recipes. The best thing about making your own bath bombs is that every bath bomb you make can be totally original, and it gives you the freedom to let your own style seep in. It is also oh-so-more satisfying giving a loved one something you made with your own two hands.

Here is the most basic bath bomb recipe:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ Epsom salts
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 tsp essential oils of your choice
  • 3 tsp oil (preferably olive or coconut)

From this recipe, you can add in or play with scent combinations, colour combinations, or maybe even add in some real flower petals to take it to another level.

Christmas Tree Brownies

Gift Price: approximately $20 from scratch.

What you’ll need:

  • Ingredients for the brownies
  • Icing (made from icing sugar and water)
  • Green food colouring
  • Cupcake decorations
  • Candy canes

I found this idea on Pinterest (surprise!) but used a different brownie recipe from: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1223/bestever-brownies

Once the brownies have been cooked and cooled, cut them into triangles and decorate the ‘trees’ with green tinsel (green coloured icing) and other Christmas related decorations. Finally, stick the straight end of a candy cane into the bottom of the tree— you have a brownie Christmas tree!

Have the pleasure of sharing the gooeyness and joy of edible brownies with your favourite people as a way of thanks for all the love and support.

Homemade Wristbands

As a person with a brother that is impossible to shop for, any opportunity to find a gift for him is something worth grabbing at. Wristbands allow you to make something unique for the person you care for because there is such a diversity in supplies which allows you to chop and change pendants and materials as well as clasps. I went to Spotlight to find the materials needed— they had a variety of different chord materials, clasps and pendants for very cheap prices.

Here’s where to find a large range of DIY wristband tutorials:
http://www.lovethispic.com/blog/5536/16-easy-diy-bracelet-tutorials

As a person who likes to get creative and loves to give, hand making my gifts this Christmas gives me a high satisfaction. These thoughtful, time-taking gifts are the way to go this Christmas.

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