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2018 Gift Guide: DIY Handmade Ideas

by Lauren Chorpening Day

There’s just something that’s absolutely magical about receiving a handmade gift. Turning it over in your hands, realizing that the person who gave it to you spent considerable time and thought on it — these are all wonderful feelings that rush over us when we’re given a handmade gift. And that’s why we’re huge fans of making things for others.

From wall art, to items for the kitchen and entertaining, to jewelry and even freshly baked goods, we’ve gathered our favorite DIY projects that would make excellent gifts. If you’re looking to make something special for your loved ones this holiday season — with your own two hands — we’ve got you covered. —Lauren & Kelli

Check out our other 2018 gift guides HERE.


Doubling as a decor piece and a functional kitchen tool, this DIY Celestial Wood and Brass Inlay Serving Board would be the perfect gift for someone who loves to host, cook, or style their home.


This DIY Dotted Wall Clock is both sweet and modern and can be customized for your gift receiver’s style based on how you choose to paint the dots. Or get creative and paint a different motif!


This DIY Colorful Rope Necklace would make for a gorgeous and unique addition to the accessories collection of your loved one.


Corrie Beth Hogg wrote a whole book about making paper plants that look remarkably real, and we think her DIY for a Mojito “Elephant Ears” Plant would knock someone’s socks off. And there’s no watering required, so even your black-thumbed friend would be a great recipient of this gift!


We love a freshly baked, must-eat-now kind of gift! Von Diaz’s Bizcocho de Ron (Rum-Soaked Pound Cake) would be a great treat to bring to a holiday party or gift to your favorite neighbor.


This DIY Oversized Cross Stitch Wall Art would make such a thoughtful and eye-catching gift for someone special on your list.


There’s a wide range of uses for these DIY Fabric Buckets, but our favorite gifting idea is to make one and give it to someone with a fresh new plant inside.


Make a stunning embroidered tea towel, pillow, or piece of wall art by following the tutorial for this DIY Cactus Embroidery Project from Yumiko Higuchi’s book A Year of Embroidery. There’s also a floral pattern from the book, if that better suits your gift-receiver’s tastes!


Just a handful of materials are required to dress up some plain notebooks for friends or family to help them get organizer in the New Year — DIY Gold Detail Notebooks Three Ways.


Todd Richards’ Crispy Fried Blueberry Pies with Meyer Lemon Glaze would make for a delightful edible gift. Consider gifting a batch with baking tools for the baking phenom in your life.


Air-dry clay, leaves, a roller and a craft knife combine to create these beautiful DIY Leaf Catchalls. Experiment with different leaf shapes and sizes to make someone a set of cute catchalls.


We’d be over the moon if someone gifted us with a Handmade Natural Wreath conceptualized by the talented Anna of Swallows and Damsons (so naturally we think this would make a lovely gift!).


Wow your gift-receiver by making them a DIY Clay Platter! Consider wrapping it in a beautiful tea towel to complete the gift.


This DIY for Quilted Cloud Oven Mitts could be adapted with another cool pattern or color of your choosing.


Create a fun and colorful piece of wall art for your loved one using this DIY for Textural Embroidered Art.


Give the gift of self-care by whipping up a batch of this Choco-Mint Dry Shampoo for someone on your list.


For the more skilled knitters out there (and especially for knitting enthusiasts on your list) try your hand at making this DIY Knit Hat — and dyeing the yarn yourself!

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