DIY Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

November 24, 2017

You checked your list twice, and sure enough, everyone was super nice this year. Darn your amazing friends and family! Ugh. Everyone deserves a treat, and it’s daunting because that could add up to a ton of {cookie} dough. But when the going gets tough, the tough get glue-guns! We have crafts for everyone on your list that will save the dough for more cookies to fill your Gingerbread mansion and be really fun to make. Have a gift-making party with your friends! This is the time of year to get together.

While gift giving is fun, there’s something we should all keep in mind: No matter your budget, and no matter how special the people in your life are… Remember that expressions of love and gratitude do not have price tags attached. You can opt out of Black Friday and still feel that magical holiday feeling.

Keeping that in mind, here are some ideas for the foodies, pet lovers, green thumbs, and birders in your life. Happy crafting!

(Left image via aliceandlois.com)

Fabric Covered Wooden Spoon Sets!

Foodie fashion reaches new heights when even your utensils accessorize! Fabric covered wooden spoon sets allow your kitchen to wear the foodie equivalent of cozy socks. With different fabrics that have fun patterns, these spoons add a fun touch of color to any kitchen.

 

Supplies:

  • — Wooden spoon set
  • — Thin scraps of fabric (preferably pressed)
  • — Modge podge matte finish
  • — Modge podge hard coat

Directions:

  1. 1. Cut pressed fabric into 5 in x 1.25 in rectangles.
  2. 2. Apply matte finish Mod Podge to the handle of the spoon.
  3. 3. Wrap the fabric around handle of the spoon. Make sure and have the fabric lie evenly and tight. No air bubbles! Let the Mod Podge dry for 10-15 minutes.
  4. 4. Apply another coat of Mod Podge on the fabric. Make sure that the fabric is smooth on the ends. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.
  5. 5. Apply one last coat of Mod Podge over top of the fabric.
  6. 6. Apply the Mod Podge hard coat as your final coat. This layer will make the spoon water proof/resistant so the spoons can still be washed. Let dry for 15 minutes. Do not use spoon in water for 24 hours.
  7. 7. Repeat all steps with each wooden spoon in the set
  8. 8. Tie the set together with a piece of twine and voila!

Click here for examples of the finished product. Click here for more foodie fun DIY ideas!

 

DIY Camera Bag Holder!

For the sharp shooter in your life, a place to hang their camera bag will help them stay focused and not be negative or snap! (Can we see four points added to the pun-counter, ladies and gentlemen?!)

Supplies:

  • —  A wooden plaque such as this one from Michael’s. These can be found online or at your local craft store for about $10

**Tip** get a plaque that already has hangers or a wire attached to the back for easy and supportive hanging

  • — Paints of your choosing
  • — A knob or hook. These can be found at many different stores such as Target, Walmart, Anthropologie, and even some online stores.
  • — A drill

Directions:

  1. 1. Paint a design on your wooden plaque. Here is a little inspiration!
  2. 2. Once the paint has dried, drill a hole where you would like the knob to be
  3. 3. Screw in the knob and ta-da! Friends don’t let friends drop their camera bags on the floor. Say, “cheese”! Now, eat cheese!

 

Personalized Pet Bowls!

Fido and Princess deserve only the best, so show your pet-lover friends and their four legged companions how much you appreciate them with beautiful personalized pet bowls.

Get Your Paws On:

  • — Enamel pet bowl
  • — Scissors
  • — Food-safe ceramic or porcelain paint such as this one

Now Do This:

  1. 1. Draw out the shape of the letters you want on the bowl

**Tip** Use a print out of their names and transfer paper to trace the exact outline out that you’d like onto the bowl like Martha Stewart does here.

  1. 2. Go over the letters with the porcelain paint
  2. 3. Let the paint dry for 24 hours.
  3. 4. Bake the bowl with paint on it as per instructions on the paint you’ve selected

Woof, there it is!

 

Chalkboard Flower pots are quite poppy-lar these days! They’re easy, fun, cute, and the best part is they can be changed or redecorated at any time!

Supplies:

  • — Flower pots
  • — Chalkboard paint
  • — Package of chalk

Directions:

  1. 1. Paint each flower pot in a layer of chalkboard paint and allow time to dry
  2. 2. Paint a second coat of chalkboard paint on the pots and let dry for 24 hours
  3. 3. Use the chalk to draw or write whatever you’d like!

 

For the Birders in your life, custom bird feeders are a perfect gift. Create a birdhouse out of legos! The legos are waterproof, and the bird house can be built in any shape you’d like. This DIY is especially great to do with kids.

Supplies:

  • — Legos
  • — Bird seed
  • — Some great imagination!

Directions:

  1. 1. Start building your bird feeder shape. Make sure that the center of the shape is hollowed out so you can fill it with bird seed. Make sure the bottom is also flat but contains a rim to keep all of the bird seed inside.
    **Tip** make little holes and ledges in the design of the bird feeder to add extra places for birds to perch.
  2. 2. Fill the hollow spot with bird seed and put in your favorite birding spot outside! See examples here.

 

The holidays don’t have to be stressful. Take time to think about how lucky you are. Let gratitude be your guiding light this season. It will inspire you to give. If you can’t give things – give time, give joy, give love! There’s so much to experience and share with those you know and those with whom you simply care about. Find your favorite charity and make a difference by contributing your resources or your time.

If you make any of these DIY gifts, or have any DIY presents of your own you’d like to share, post a photo and tag us @EatBeMary. Happy crafting friends! Have a wonderful holiday season!

XO, Mary Signature

 & The Team at Eat! Be Mary!, Inc.

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