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Tuesday, 20 December 2016

CONTRIBUTED POST | Last minite DIY Gift Ideas

Wow! How fast has this year gone? 

I can’t believe that Christmas is nearly here, it is such an exciting time of the year. But for many people, it can be an overwhelming and fast-paced period and you can get completely bombarded with your “to do” list and things that need doing. 

So I can imagine that for some people, spending a little time and effort into a DIY craft or gift could be far from your mind right now. 

However, there are still plenty of options and ideas you could consider doing that don’t need too much of your time to create. In fact, some of them may add a unique touch to your get-together, or even help you out with last minute gift ideas. Interested? Read on to find out more.

A CHRISTMAS EVE HAMPER
There has been a sudden trend occurred for families that get children something called a Christmas Eve box. However, there is no rule to say that it has to be children who get one. Why not create a Christmas eve hamper for you and your partner, or perhaps even just for you? It could include wonderful things like hot chocolate and sweets, perhaps some pamper bits and a new pair of pajamas. Whatever takes your fancy. Even including things like DVD’s to watch could be a great way to spend Christmas Eve and extend the festivities a little bit.

HOMEMADE WRAPPING PAPER
Of course, at this time of year, you might be sitting in a sea of wrapping paper. But if you were hoping to add a touch of craft to your Christmas festivities then why not create your own wrapping paper? Here are a few ideas to inspire you. 

USE PHOTOGRAPHS
Printing photographs onto large pieces of paper is a great way to ensure that your wrapping paper is personal. You could ensure the paper includes pictures of the person the gift is for, or just add a selection of your favourites so that the person receiving the gift knows it was from you. Do it in a theme of black and white or add a touch of colour, just get a little creative. People will appreciate the effort, even though it won’t take you much time at all.


PAINTED ITEMS LIKE LEAVES
A lovely therapeutic craft idea is to use the inspiration you have around you. Perhaps fallen leaves are in abundance in your garden or close to your home. Grab some of the driest leaves and use them as a way to decorate wrapping paper. All you have to do is dip the textured edge into the paint and then stamp your paper in a pattern. Use a mix of two or three colours for a marbled effect. It can make very pretty wrapping paper. For more inspiration on homemade wrapping paper ideas then check out websites like Pinterest.com.

A DECORATED DINING TABLE
Sometimes the easiest ways to add a touch craft to your home and Christmas is the decoration of your dining room table. Traditionally, many people come together around the table to eat a full on festive feast, so what better way to make more of this special occasion than decorating accordingly. 

CANDLES 
Candles have such a way of adding atmosphere to any occasion. Add a decent festive scent like a Yankee candle, and you are onto a winner. There are some amazing tablescapes online that will fill your mind with endless possibilities. But simply adding a few candles to the mix will brighten up your dining space and make it feel like an occasion.


FOLIAGE
You could also decorate the dining table and room with flowers or green foliage to be a little more festive. Perhaps offcuts from a Christmas tree or sprinkles of holly dotted around here and there. You could even place a small token of foliage or a flower on the table setting for each guest. Other things to consider would be handmade name place cards, homemade crackers and even create your own festive hat options. These would work very well if you have any children in attendance. 

HOMEMADE GIFTS FOR WHEN YOU FORGET
A great way to add some festivity DIY crafts and projects is to make some gifts. This works well if you have forgotten some of the all important gifts like work colleagues, for example. Here are some suggestions to consider.

EMBELLISHED ITEMS THAT MAKE PERFECT GIFTS
Plain photo frames can be a blank canvas when it comes to gifts. But almost everyone would love printed pictures, so why not combine the two and frame a wonderful photograph for someone. You could even embellish the plain frame and make it more to that person's taste. Perhaps adding a few gemstones or different coloured items. Thankfully, a glue gun with glue dots and dispensers will do an excellent job of sticking anything to the frame. This could also work for little gifts in mason jars, canvas prints or even embellishing greeting cards.

HOT CHOCOLATE IN A JAR
There are some great tutorials online that help you with quantities for making hot chocolate in a jar. Simply this is providing all the ingredients to make hot chocolate in a decorated festive jar. The perfect homemade gift. This also works well with cupcake and cookie mixes.


HOMEMADE BISCUITS OR CAKES 
If you enjoy the baking part yourself then why not make some homemade goodies like cookies and cakes to gift people. This will make you a favourite in the workplace by bringing a tin of freshly baked goods in there just before Christmas.

FOODIE CRAFTS EVERYONE WILL LOVE
Finally, there are some amazing foodie crafts you could do before the big day itself. Here is a little inspiration to get you going.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE  
These days in many stores you can buy a kit to help you create your very own gingerbread house. These make great decorations in the kitchen area. The DIY element, of course, is the assembling and decoration. 


CREATE A HOT CHOCOLATE STATION AND INVITE SOME FRIENDS ROUND
Create a hot chocolate station and invite some friends round Hot chocolate stations are becoming popular especially as you can use your slow cooker or crockpot to create a creamy taste. This is perfect for when you have a group of friends or family coming round for a few festive drinks.

FESTIVE TIPPLES 
On the subject of drinks if you want something more alcoholic then why not make a batch of mulled wine or create your own festive cocktails. This could be an added element to your festivities.

 I hope this has inspired you to create a few more things before the big day arrives.

*Please note this post has been contributed.

1 comment:

  1. Christmas Eve boxes are definitely trends these days and I am liking the idea of creating a hamper for yourself or family.

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