Making your own gifts yourself in your home is a much more personal way to show your appreciation or love for someone than going out and picking something up from the shop. But the idea of handmaking gifts might be a little bit intimidating if you’ve never done it before and what exactly do you make? Fold over a sheet of A4 for a card? Sock puppets? To set you off to a running start I’ve put together a few great ideas to use for homemade gifts, so you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
Soap and Bath Bombs
If you’ve never made them before, then soap and bath bombs might seem like something that would be really difficult to make, but you couldn’t be more wrong! Putting together soaps and bath bombs can be really, really simple. All you need are a couple of ingredients, some nice scents and about 30 minutes of time and that’s it! There are looooots of guides out there on how to make our own soaps and bath bombs, so I recommend having a good look around to find the recipe that’ll suit you best. Once you get the hang of them, these are also great to make for your own use and to add a bit of variety to your bathroom.
Everybody needs coasters. It’s just one of those facts of life – you can simply never have too many of them. Keeping that in mind, coasters can make for a very practical gift, but they’re also a nice and easy way to add some personal flair. One of the easiest ways to make a coaster for yourself is to use some patterned paper and a bathroom tile. You can pick up both very cheaply from most hardware or hobby shops, and with just a dash of specialist craft glue, you can make a stylish coaster in just a few moments.
Marble Dipped Mugs
Marble dipping is all the rage in nail art at the moment, but it’s also an effective way to make some interesting patterns and designs on what might originally have been a very plain mug. You can get a plain white mug from a huge variety of shops for only a couple of quid, and you can use nail polish in exactly the same way as you would for marble dipped nails. Drop some different colours into a basin of water, and dip the outside of the mug into it, making sure to get some of the pain on the sides. Allow the water and paint to drip off the mug (you can twist and turn it while this happens to make some patterns) and there you have it!
If you’re anything like me, you probably have an obnoxious amount of old jumpers lying around somewhere, most likely at the bottom of your wardrobe. If these jumpers are filled with holes, or simply too worn to be, well, worn, then there are lots of ways to upcycle them into great gifts, rather than dispose of them entirely. With a little bit of sewing, these old jumpers can be turned into anything from mug cosies to pillowcases and aprons – your imagination is the only limit! If you’re looking for some guides on how to do this, then just give “jumper upcycling” a quick search online – you’ll be absolutely inundated with choices.