5 DIY Family Gifts You Can Make Right Now
You're itching to do something crafty, but what can you make? Well, the warmer summer months bring out everyone's creativity, and you can make anything from Christmas gifts to beautiful quilts that are perfect for someone in your family.
We've even seen a Beauty and the Beast DIY project that's awesome from start to finish.
Let's see what other family gifts you can start making today:
1. A Year of Quilt Making
People love quilts. Whether it's grandma or your sister, they're sure to cherish your child's most memorable moments of the year. And when the child is growing faster than your bank account can afford to buy them new clothes, you know it's time to do something about it.
If you're like me, you can't just throw away these moments of your child's life.
Instead, cut swatches from these clothes or logos and add them to a quilt that you give to family members this year.
It's a great gift, and it wastes less, too.
2. Christmas Ball Ornament
I'm all for being simple, and it doesn't get much simpler than a Christmas ball ornament. These ornaments are best during your child's first year, or even your first year of being married. What you do is:
- Buy a clear Christmas ball.
- Stuff in your baby's shirt, fill with roses from your wedding, etc.
It's that simple, and people love the thoughtfulness behind it, too. Or, you can make an awesome salt dough ornament if you want to get a little more ornate.
3. Family Shirt
If you want to make a custom shirt, a heat press or online t-shirt making service is a great option for a yearly gift. What I like to do is make family shirts with the person's age as the number on the back. You can also get a little crazy and add cartoon characters, soccer or footballs, family photos or anything else you want to the shirt.
A die-cut machine will also come in handy.
A few ideas to help get your creative juices flowing are:
- Personal sayings
- Custom quotes
- Cartoon characters
- Family member names
You'll find plenty of awesome heat press designs, or even iron on designs, that will make your family shirt gift perfect for your recipient.
4. Snow Globe Jar
Christmas ornaments and decorations are a big thing in my family, so that might be why I am always obsessed with Christmas crafts. The good news is that there are so many different DIY ideas that even someone like me, who isn't the most creative, can make a pretty nifty gift.
You'll need to have a 1.6-quart glass jar to get started.
Now, you'll want to make this a craft-gift because the bottom of the jar will be filled with none other than snowball cookies (marshmallows or any cookie with white powder works well, too). Inside, you'll want to add in a few cheap plastic trinkets, such as:
You can add anything your heart desires to your snow globe. Even a cute little present will do the trick. The cookies will act as the ground your little figures stand on. I recommend going to the dollar store or somewhere that sells cheap little figures to get started.
Now, using a paint brush, make small white dots on the outside of the jar to make it look like it's snowing inside.
Place a ribbon around the jar, and you're done!
Bravo. Now you have a cute, simple snow jar to give away or keep on your mantle this year.
5. Mint Foot Soak
Mint foot soaks are awesome family gifts, and these soaks won't end up in the back of a closet somewhere. The idea behind these soaks is super simple, and all you need to get started is:
- Epsom salt
- Peppermint oil
- Baking soda
- Glass jars
What you'll want to do is:
- Zest your lime in a large bowl
- Add 1 – 2 cups Epsom salt
- Add in 1/2 cup baking soda
Mix up your ingredients well then add in a few drops of peppermint oil. Stir in all of your ingredients well, and add anything else you like. Mint essential oils works well, too.
If you're feeling a little creative, you can also add food coloring into the mix to color your salt bath. Now, cover your jar and make sure you use it in a few weeks. This is a great concoction that will help alleviate aches, remove odors and make your feet smell delightful.
So, what neat creations have you made for your family recently? Let us know in the comments below.
About the author:
Bio: Joe Hughes, known by most as the Heat Press Guru, is an expert in DIY crafts, with a particular focus on utilizing heat press machines to create beautiful, long-lasting creations. He runs the very popular website, http://heatpressreview.com, which provides the latest heat press techniques, tricks, and ideas. He can be reached at Joe@HeatPressReview.com
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