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The 10 Best DIY Gift Ideas Just in Time for the Holidays

Have you ever attempted a handmade Christmas? A few years ago I committed to creating all of my Christmas and holiday gifts. I loved the thought and intention that went into every gift.

I know handmade gifts can be an intimidating, if not unwelcome, thing. But I’ve rounded up the best DIY gift ideas on the web. Trust me, your friends and family will love these!

The Ultimate Handmade DIY Gift Guide. Make Christmas and the holidays extra special for your loved ones with these DIY Gift Ideas.

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  1. The Cutest Mini Face Planters from Sugar and Cloth
  2. Elegant Copper Candles from The Merrythought
  3. Leather and Brass Hanging Planter from Vintage Revivals
  4. Floral Bath Bombs from Emma Mag
  5. Minimalist Mountain Clock from Say Yes
  6. Iron-On Transfer Dolly Parton Bag from A Beautiful Mess (It’s perfect!)
  7. Deer String Art Decor from me
  8. Cheerful Hand Painted Mugs from A Pair and a Spare
  9. No-Sew Adventure Resolution Banner from Breathe Happiness
  10. Herbal Pre-Shave Beard Oil from The Merrythought

So, which is your favorite? I kinda want all of them!

If you need more ideas, be sure to check out my DIY and Crafts Pinterest board.

Great Gift Idea: Adult Coloring Books

Earlier this year (way ahead of the trend), my best friend sent me one of my favorite gifts ever – an adult coloring book.

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Since then, I’ve seen them everywhere. They’re the entryway display at the craft store, they’re at farm potlucks, they’re at girl’s night. And they’re the perfect gift.

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Why? They give the person you care about an opportunity to indulge in personal time. When I first started coloring, it felt like a waste of time, like I could be doing something more productive. But adult coloring books made me conquer my Type-A personality and forced me to relax and just enjoy the passing of time. They helped me enjoy beauty and creativity without demanding a purpose or an end product. They’re definitely something I would never buy myself.

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Adult coloring books are pretty challenging, but they also encourage you to stretch your imagination and approach colors in a new way.

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Currently, I have two adult coloring books. The first one, The Secret Garden, is probably the most popular one out there and with good reason. Johanna Basford uses whimsical and complex illustrations to bring a joyous garden to life.

Sometimes the illustrations are a little too complex. I’ve never actually finished a complete page. But they’re still very fun.

I’ve also colored in her other book Enchanted Forest  and absolutely love it. It had unicorns in it!

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I also have the Creative Cats Coloring Book, of course. Creative Haven, the company who makes this book, also makes a few more. They’re certainly not as intricate or imaginative, but I like them all the same. It takes less time to complete one of these drawing and I wouldn’t say they’re strictly for adults. Mosaic Masterpieces is really fun and challenges you to get creative with color!

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These are the markers I bought to accompany my new hobby. They’re a nice quality and color for the price. The tips are shaped so you can color thin or thick lines and you get 100 colors!

If you’re struggling to find something for your creative loved ones, I’d definitely suggest these. Or, if you’re stressed out from the holidays, sit your butt down in front of a coloring book with a candle and some hot cocoa. It will absolutely calm you down.

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So do you have an adult coloring book yet? What do you think of them?

a pom pom christmas wreath

The last of the Christmas crafts is here. I spent the weeks leading up to Christmas making hundreds of pom poms for this beauty for Ryan’s parents.

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Begin with a 12 inch wreath, about 300 pom poms (using my tutorial)  and 300 red sewing pens.

Using the sewing pins, place the pom poms on the wreath. Once you’re finished, give it some flair with some glittery doodads. I bought them at Michael’s.

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And you know, put a bird on it.

DIY holiday pom pom garland

I’ve had the past few days off of work, and instead of doing responsible things this season like Christmas shopping, cleaning my house, packing, or doing some contract work, I’ve pretty much been indulging in donuts, watching hours of The L Word, and making pom poms. At least I have something to show for it besides an expanding waistline.

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So, you’ll need pom poms. I made about 30 using my tutorial, but I found a similar tutorial that uses your hand instead of a fork, which is great, especially if you don’t have a larger fork or are using a curved fork like I was, what a pain.

For the garland you’ll need: a tapestry needle, about thirty pom poms, and a thin yarn.

Thread the tapestry needle with the yarn and pierce the center of the pom pom. You want to make sure you get it through the middle that binds the pom pom together.

I just got them all on the yarn and spaced them out at the end. I thought I’d have to give them a knot to secure them, but they really stay in place.

Then hang them and be festive! I put them over my holiday display bookshelf.

Do you see that picture of Ryan and me? It’s the only one we have framed of each other, and it’s from our first Christmas. Yikes. <3

DIY Potato Stamp Holiday Cards

Spend some time this weekend making your own holiday cards. My friends and I got together for our annual craft night where we listened to Belle & Sebastian Christmas music, drank spiked wassail, and of course, used lots of glitter.

The best thing to come out of tonight was discovering one of Ryan’s hidden talents. It turns out he’s fantastic at carving potato stamps. He made all of the stamps. We made ginger bread, candy canes, Christmas trees, and light bulbs. What do you think?

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I hope I’ve inspired you to make your own. The potato stamps are pretty simple. Just cut a potato in half, pick a shape, and start carving. I’d think about tracing out your shape first, just to get a feel for the size and everything. But Ryan just took a parring knife and went at it, and they turned out fine. We stamped with plain old acrylic paint.

Oh, and the best card of the evening goes to my friend Bryan, who made a Mayan/2012/End of Times Christmas Card.

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He totally cracks me up. Here’s the inside of that card.

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Tonight was such a perfect Tallahassee night to spend with friends.

decorated sugar for Christmas

I came across these in a tea shop while searching for some Christmas gifts.

They’re sugars. How adorable.

They’re made from Sugars by Sharon.

She has all sorts of really great colors and designs. I’ve featured some Christmas ones, but she also has Valentine’s, wedding, baby shower, Easter, and Fourth of July. She also have a variety of beautiful flowers and sea shells.

I think this would make an affordable, luxurious gift for friends, especially tea and coffee enthusiasts.

all photos from Sugars by Sharon