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Handmade Gifts for the Home

Easy & Inexpensive DIY Gift Ideas


Handmade Gifts for the Home
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Homemade gifts don’t have the bad reputation that they once did. In fact, handmade gifts are now a hot commodity and are especially memorable when crafted by the giver especially for the receiver.

The great thing is that you don’t have to be a craft extraordinaire to make handmade gifts for the home. These easy and especially budget-friendly DIY gift ideas are sure to please most everyone on your list.

Stamped Dish Towels
Our friends at Design*Sponge got busy stamping these pretty dish towels – no artistic skills needed! If you can’t find the fabric paint stamp pads, make your own stamp pad by pouring a very thin layer of fabric into a folded paper towel or linen cloth.

Rustic Cake Stand
If you are feeling a bit crafty, it doesn’t take much skill to produce this amazing wood cake or food stand (especially with this full tutorial from One Wed). And since wood slice decor is popular right now, they may never know that you made it yourself for a fraction of the retail price!

Monogrammed Candles
Candles can be an expensive gift but not when you buy plain ones and customize them yourself. Use cookie cutters to “stamp” an initial or design, and then rub the imprint with paint to fill in the design.

Designer Look-a-Like Finials
A little bit of wood molding and faux finishing makes one gorgeous home decor finial that anyone would be proud to display in their home. You can easily create these yourself with this tutorial from The Inspired Nest.

Personalized Plates
These little clay dishes make perfect catch-alls for coins or jewelry and also make perfect unisex gifts. Use a masculine stamp or design along with a neutral-colored clay to impress those hard-to-please men in your life.

Photo Coasters
These can be pricey when purchased in those cute boutique stores, but make your own with inexpensive stone tiles and Modge Podge.

Lace Votive Holders
Go modern or romantic with these DIY votive holders from Urban Comfort. White-on-white is a classic look, or layer brightly colored lace on a bold background to really make the lace pop. This technique can also be used to create a textured vase or other home decor item.

Bottle Cap Tray
I adore this bottle cap tray. It’s easy and inexpensive to make, and the colors can be customized to match the recipient’s home. Short on bottle caps? Coins, small tiles or other flat items can be used just as easily.

Eclectic Wall Hanger
I’ve long had a fetish for those cute little hooks and cabinet knobs at Hobby Lobby, and now I know what to do with them. This hanger looks like art when it’s not being put to good use, which will probably be a rare thing.

Dry Erase Board
Crafting doesn’t get much more simple than this, but if you need a tutorial, Make & Takes has a great one. Simply use a photo frame and insert pretty fabric or scrapbook paper behind the glass to create a write on/wipe off board that is pretty and neat.

Wood Block Pencil Holder
This rustic pencil holder is fabulous and heavy enough for the recipient to stock with all of his or her favorite pencils or pens. You will need a drill for this project (or borrow a neighbors) but that’s about it for this simple DIY.

Embroidered Portraits
This tutorial for how to make your own embroidered portraits is not as hard as it first appears and minimal stitching skills are required. I love the vintage look of these portraits, and I bet someone else will too!

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