Buying a present can be really hard. Not only do you have to think of what you want, you also have to buy it, and the general rule is that the better something is, the higher the price. This doesn’t always have to be the way though. If you make your own gifts then you can buy cheap materials and make something that looks good without the massive price tag. The only thing you’ll really be sacrificing is your time, which will only make the recipient more appreciative. Here are a few ideas that you can make at home without too much effort or cash.
Warning: Initiative and common sense needed for all.
DIY Bottle Glasses
In our environmentally focused culture, there is a big focus on up-cycling things, which basically means giving old stuff a new and inventive use. These bottle glasses are made by soaking a piece of string into lighter fluid, tying it around a glass bottle, just above the label, then lighting it until there is a quiet cracking. At that point, run the glass under cold water and the top will fall off. It’s essentially finished at this point, but some careful sanding is needed to smooth off the top edges.
This is probably the least DIY option out of the lot, but they still mean you can add your own personal touch at a relatively low price. Silverware such as this antique jewellery box can be engraved on the top and make a great present that shows you’ve made more effort than the rest.
If you fancy something a little more grand than simply snapping bottles or putting on name on something, try your hand at actually producing a piece of furniture by upcycling odd bits lying around. This is one in a set of drum shelves that were made by sawing and some wood chip board to fit the snide of the drum, then glued into place. A jigsaw would have been much easier to cut the wood with here (there was a LOT of adjustments before it would fit in the circle) but when you’re making it yourself you have to deal with what you have.
Once the structural part is done, get some acrylic or car spray paints and make it any desired colour.
Glass Jars + Anything at all = cool present
If you search for DIY gifts in Pinterest you’ll see that 80% of those things are made either inside or around glass jars. Whether they’re salt scrubs, makeup kits or snowmen, they all look like great gifts and you also know they’re going to be really easy to wrap!
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