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DIY Gifts for Non-DIY People

Everyone loves the idea of homemade gifts. Unfortunately, most DIY gift guides seem to presume you already are an expert at embroidery or have ready access to an assortment of hot glue guns, metal stamps, or something called "polymer clay." If, like most people, this does not describe you, do not despair. Even if you are not sure which end of a needle to thread, there are plenty of DIY gifts you can make. Here are three projects to get you started

Paint Chip Bookmark

The Paint Chip Bookmark is super-simple, super-cute and super-useful!

Materials:

  • Paint chip
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Directions: Punch a hole near the top of the paint chip and tie on a piece of ribbon. That's it! Cloth ribbon is best, but paper gift-wrap ribbon works, too. Keep it simple, or for something extra special, decorate the paint chip bookmark with a hand-drawn design, stickers, adhesive faux gems, or rubber stamps.

Shaker Snow Globe

This waterless snow globe is easy to make, and it has a fun, quirky look.

Materials:

  • Clear glass saltshaker with screw-on lid
  • Miniature figure, toy, tree, or holiday ornament
  • Glitter or Epsom salts
  • Clear quick-dry glue
  • Tweezers

Directions: First, remove the lid and use drops of glue to close the dispenser holes. Grab your figure with the tweezers and put a small amount of glue on its bottom. Then, gently lower it into the empty shaker. Firmly press the glued surface to the bottom; if needed, hold the figure in place for a few seconds to make sure the glue dries with the figure in its desired position. Give the glue a few minutes to completely dry. Next fill the bottom with glitter or Epsom salts, being careful to use less than what you think you will need. That way, you won't cover up your mini scene. Glitter gives the shaker a lot of shine, but Epsom salt is easier to handle and has the look of snow crystals. Apply glue to the inside rim of the lid, then screw it on the shaker. Wipe away any excess glue or remove it with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. To use the snow globe as an ornament, tie a ribbon or cord around the top to hang it.

Glass Globe Ornament

Empty glass ornaments are available in many shapes and sizes, and they are simple to personalize for a one-of-a-kind gift.

Materials:

  • Clear glass globe ornament
  • Glitter
  • Beads
  • Mini figurines
  • Stickers
  • Paint

Directions: Gently remove the metal stopper and fill the globe with loose glitter or a collection of colorful beads. To fill it with fun shapes make confetti decorative paper using a novelty hole punch, or create a snow globe scene by following the directions for the shaker snow globes. Remember to replace the stopper when you are done. If you prefer to not open the ornament, decorate its outside with paint, stickers, or even postage stamps, or glue on some ribbon in a decorative design.

Crafting your own gifts can be very intimidating to the inexperienced. However, if you keep your project simple, use readily available items, and take your time, chances are good you can create something wonderful to make the holidays even more memorable. And who knows-keep it up, and by next year, you may be ready to explore that "polymer clay" stuff!

Kelli Quinn

Kelli Quinn shares her passion for creativity with LTD Commodities in her role as an Internet Content Coordinator. She is delighted to help you find new ways to express yourself, embrace the world outside your door, and make wherever you are an exciting place to be.

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