14 Gifts You Can Make in a Day
It’s easy to lose track of time during the holiday season. If you still need to find a gift for someone on your list but want to make it yourself, here are 15 gifts you can make in a day.
Decorate a Mug
Find a plain white coffee mug from a discount store and some oil-based paint pens or Sharpies in the colors of your choice. And you can also use a stencil for a specific design. Once you’re finished decorating, bake the mug in a 375 degree F. oven for 30 minutes to set the color, let it cool and hand wash to preserve the design.
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Have a traveler ion your list? Gifts you can make using old maps are a great gift idea. And take a paper map and cut out some fun shapes. Use glue or Mod Podge to secure the map shapes to a piece of stiff paper or cardboard. Then, put the artwork in a fun, inexpensive frame.
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Spray Paint Picture
Grab some heavy paper or a canvas board for painting (available at craft stores), a can of spray paint and a tree branch or some leaves. And place the branch or leaves over the canvas or paper and spray paint. Remove the branch or leaves and you’ll have a nature-inspired design, suitable for framing.
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DIY Key Chains
If you have some fabric scraps, you can make these key chains. And you’ll also need a key ring, some scissors, an iron and a little patience. Follow the tutorial at craftinessisnotoptional.com. This is one of those gifts you can make a whole bunch of in a short time.
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There are several simple planter designs available online that are inexpensive to make and require just a few tools. And try this wooden planter box that you can make in about an hour.
Pick up a package of drinking glasses and a couple bottles of nail polish in your choice of colors. And wrap some painter’s tape around the bottom edge of the glass and fill a plastic cup with water. Next, your a few drops of the nail polish (one color at a time) into the water and use a toothpick to swirl the colors together. Dip the bottom of the glass into the water-polish mixture and allow the glass to dry on its side. And when the polish is dry, use a clear coat of polish to prevent chipping.
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Get cutting! These elm branch coasters are finished with an oil/wax mixture to protect the wood and bring out the color. And wrap up the coasters with a festive ribbon for great DIY gifts you can make.
Animal Butt Art
Have a child on your gifts you can make list? Try this animal butt art for a good laugh. And you’ll need some plastic animals (try the discount store), glue, a wooden board (you can paint it if you wish), a sawtooth hanger and a hacksaw. Kids will surely get a chuckle out of this personalized gift. Follow the simple tutorial at aturtleslifeforme.com.
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Serving Tray/Cutting Board
This serving tray/cutting board combo takes just a day and will cost you less than $20 in materials. And you’ll need some tools such as a cordless drill, a couple saws and a sander.