Handmade How-tos: Ten Low Cost Gifts to Make for the Holidays

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Posted on 10/01/2010

Want to slash your gift giving budget this holiday season? Try getting crafty. While you’ll save a lot of money, you’ll need to start soon so you’ll have plenty of time to get the job done. Here are some handmade how-tos that will make great holiday gifts.


Felt Laptop Sleeve - For the laptop owner in your life, why not make a felt case to keep their computer safe during travels? According to the instructions at DesignSpongeOnline.com, all you need is some felt, fusible interfacing, and Velcro dots.


Cake Mix in a Jar - Looking for a gift idea that’s not very labor intensive? Consider assembling a cake mix in a jar. You’ll give the people on your shopping list just about everything they need to whip up a yummy dessert. There are a couple dozen recipes to choose from at RecipeGoldmine.com. You’ll have to assemble all of the dry ingredients for a treat like apple crisp or chocolate cake. Be sure to design a recipe card to include with the gift.


A Tape Pillow - Throw pillows are great gifts because one size fits all. Truly impress those on your gift list by making your own pillows. This tutorial from How About Orange promises it’s the easiest sewing project possible.


Mug Cozy - Have any coffee or tea drinkers on your shopping list? How about making a custom mug cozy. Get some guidance from Hazelnuts with the help of this detailed tutorial. The finished product is cute and practical.


Monogrammed Canvas Bag - Sewing not your thing? Try this monogram stenciled canvas bag project from TidyMom.net. You can customize it for anyone on your list. It’s perfect for hauling groceries or more gifts.


Recipe Booklet - Like to bake? Give your loved ones a homemade recipe booklet complete with your favorite culinary delights. Martha Stewart explains the simple instructions for creating this heartfelt gift.


Terrarium - Bring the outdoors in with a DIY terrarium. You’ll need a few simple items like a fish bowl, plants and soil. Follow these steps from inhabitat.com.


Bath Bombs - With a few household ingredients and a couple items from a health food store, you can whip together bath bombs in your own kitchen with this Instructables.com tutorial. Wondering what bath bombs are? They turn an ordinary bubble bath into fizzy, scented fun.


Jewelry Tree - Know someone with a big collection of earrings, necklaces and bracelets? Help them organize their jewelry with a DIY jewelry tree. The instructions at Craftzine.com seem fairly simple and some of the supplies can be found in your own backyard.


Necktie Luggage tags - Finally—a practical use for those old unused neckties. Head to ReadyMade.com to learn how to turn a men’s necktie into a fun luggage tag. Now your loved one will finally be able to tell their suitcase apart from the rest—and that’s a gift they’re sure to love.


By Alison Storm


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