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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.

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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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Map Art

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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Build someone a terrarium. And find a glass container, add some sand and small pebbles and some succulents. Also, you can even add small plastic figurines for a one-of-a-kind look.
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Spray Paint Picture

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. Photo: Courtesy of Idolza
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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 This is one of those gifts you can make a whole bunch of in a short time.
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Welcome Sign

Take some sanded, reclaimed wood and paint a welcome sign for that special person on your list. And use a stencil for lettering and acrylic paint in your choice of colors.
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With a few craft supplies, wreaths are gifts you can make. There are a variety of wreaths you can easily make in just a couple hours. And try this DIY bird feeder wreath that is made from seed heads and a grapevine.
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Planter Box

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.
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Decorated Journal

Have a writer on your gift list? Journals are easy gifts you can make. So give them a DIY decorated journal. You'll need a moleskin journal, washi tape, gold foil tape and a pair of scissors. And for directions, visit
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Scrabble Art

Find an old Scrabble board and letters (resale shops are a good bet) and create some art. And you'll need a frame or shadow box and some glue to secure the letters. Just pick out letters for special words of your choice and glue them in place. Photo: Courtesy of DIY Inspired
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Colorful Glasses

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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Wood Coasters

Wood Coasters

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.
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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
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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.

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