You don’t need to be an artist or a craftsman to make a gift. While the skill is good to have, it is not a prerequisite. Anyone with some tools, craft material and creative ideas can put together a really neat handmade gift.
Everything depends on the occasion and the person you are making the gift for. People will appreciate keepsakes and useful gifts. Get to know how to make handmade gifts in quick and easy ways with these suggestions.
Handmade Gifts For Special Occasions
This is one of the easiest gifts to put together. Make a paper mache basket with colorful strips of paper. Recycle old cardboard and cut and shape it into a basket. Use two layers to make the basket sturdy and cover with wrapping paper. You can also use any handy basket made of wicker, bamboo or straw or even a plastic or metal bucket.
Fill these baskets with food and beverage gifts like wine and cheese, a selection of sauces and jams, pickled vegetables and barbecue or picnic foods. Choose presents based on interests like fishing, hobby, sports or music.
Turn an ordinary beach towel into a terrific personalized gift by embroidering your friend’s name on it. You can also try your hand at making a personalized photo frame, sharpie mugs, tea cosies, gadget cosies, key rings and baby blankets.
Men can try out their carpentry skills and make simple gifts like a wooden vegetable cutting board with their partner’s name etched at the bottom. Kids, tweens and teenagers will love to receive personalized bottle cap necklaces, aprons, funky buntings and banners for their rooms.
Handmade Gifts For The Home
Put your sewing skills to good use during the festive season, birthdays and anniversaries. Hand-sewn home accessories like new cushion covers, fabric photo frames, tablecloths, napkins, runners, embroidered fabric wall hangings and pillow covers make lovely gifts.
For those who like to work with wood, make a rustic garden sign with a small wooden board, paint and stencils. A handmade wall key rack with a natural wooden finish is a simple yet thoughtful gift, particularly for people who leave their keys lying all over the place.
Gifts In A Jar
This is a smaller and cuter version of the gift basket. Choosing different shaped jars is a fantastic way to liven up a simple gift. You can pop in edibles like homemade chocolates, cookies, cheese sticks, marshmallows, fruit preserves, s’mores, pancake mix, bean dips and trail mix.
Aside from food gifts, you can convert the jar into a pretty candle holder. Use different sized jars to make a set. Pack in gifts of homemade bath salts, sewing kits, colorful ribbon rings, potpourri and hair accessories. Decorate the jars with ribbons, glitter or paint.
There are so many things you can do with a paper cutter, sewing supplies and a punching machine. You don’t have to make big books with several pages. Keep it simple but decorate attractively. Put together a beautiful pocketbook with handmade paper and decorate the covers with dried flowers. Make a small scrapbook with different colored card stock and pin a ziploc bag of paper cut-outs and decorations to the front cover.