10 Great DIY Gift Ideas for Any Occasion


While most gifts are well appreciated, there’ something special about making someone a DIY gift, so here are a few great ideas to make something special for any occasion.

10. Leaf bowl

This is an easy way to give someone a house warming gift, especially around the autumn, but it can be made the year round and for any occasion using fresh leaves instead of their fallen brothers.

Simply stick leaves to the bottom of a well blown balloon with wallpaper paste (add 25% PVA if you want to give it a little more strength) in the shape of a bowl. Once the glue has set, you just pop the balloon and you’re left with a very cool DIY leaf bowl. If you want to make it even more secure you can pain it with some clear varnish.

9. Jar lamps

This will help to make anyone’s garden look like a fantasy setting and there are a couple of options to go down dependant on how adventurous you want to be. At its simplest this is just a case of superglueing a basic candle holder to the bottom of a well cleaned jar.

Add a candle and a little flame and voila, you’ve got some very cool outdoor lighting on your hands.

However, if you want to take this to the next level, you can get a lamp light fitting and attach it to the lid to hang up some very smart looking indoor lights that can be clustered together to create a very unique effect.

They make great gifts and they’re a lot easier than they look to make. All you need to do is cut a hole in the jam jar lid (either with a sharp craft knife or with a series of nail piercings), screw the light fitting either side, add the light bulb and plug it in.

Make sure you put an appropriately sized bulb and fitting for your jar for safety reasons. A 50watt bulb in a little small pickle jar does not make a good gift to a loved one.

8. Personalised sweet jars

There’s more jar based entertainment here to easily personalise a plain old jar with your own candy labels. If you’re super crafty you can hand-make the labels with all sorts of different coloured pens and card, flowers, beads, ribbons etc.

However, if you’re skills lie more with a computer than hand craft then you can run up a quick design on photoshop or another design package, print it off and stick it on to the jar with a little Elmers or PVA glue. If you’re good enough to make your own sweets too then that’ll probably win you a few prizes for effort.

7. Scrabble picture frame

This is another real easy equation.

1 very basic picture frame + an old scrabble set x a little superglue = genius

We’ll let you fill in the blanks, but if you want to add a little extra cuteness to the gift, make sure you spell out a few choice words. Leave a comment below if you genuinely are struggling though.

6. Homemade personal fragrance soap

This sounds a lot fancier than it is, but it will definitely bring a real touch of class to your homemade gift giving. All you need is a batch of fragrance free liquid soap (preferably moisturising), a stylish soap dispenser and access to the person you’re making it for’s favourite aftershave or perfume.

Pour the liquid soap into a clean jug, stir in an egg cup full of the aftershave or perfume and pour carefully into the soap dispenser. Every time they wash their hands they’ll get a subtle note of their favourite fragrance to brighten up their day.

5. Sharpie mugs

This is another brilliant DIY gift idea and all you need for it is a plain ceramic mug (although you could do this with cups, bowls and plates) a sharpie pen and an oven.

You can write or draw anything on there you like including colourful pictures, sweet messages, jokes or even a fun news article from the day they were born. Once you’re happy with what you’ve got, put the mug in a preheated oven for 30-45 minutes at 150 degrees Celsius/300 degrees fahrenheit to lock on the ink.

Just make sure you let the person you give it to know that it shouldn’t go in the dish washer. It’s fine with hand washing, but on a hot cycle in the dish washer the ink will start to come away.

4. Personalised tea towels

Again, this is about embellishing pretty plain items. Get a pack of 4 plain white tea towels, a ball of thick twine and a whole host of sew-on beads, sequins, cute buttons and ribbons. Choose one place of interest to be your marker on each of the towels and sew on a little of your embellishments in either a cluster, shape or a small pattern.

Fold each of the towels with the embellishment section facing upwards and stack them. Wrap them criss-crossed with the twine and tie off in a bow. It’s a sweet gift and they’ll think of you every time they use them.

This isn’t necessarily an easy one to master at its most impressive, but there are ways to make it easier and a lot cooler than just a cleverly folded piece of currency. Get a book of origami and your crisp bank notes of choice.

You can either be brave and make the most adventurous origami money you can, or you can simply fold up a couple of paper aeroplanes fives. Put your creation in a little gift box on top of the book and you’ve got a fun present that also gives them a little pocket money for them to spend on something for themselves.

2. Homemade fridge magnets

This is another clever way to make your own gifts for any occasion. They’re pretty simple to make and can be as creative as you want it to be. It’s just a case of getting a few flat magnets from the craft store and supergluing whatever you want to the front of it. Little cuddly toys, family pictures and small note books all work well.

1. Glammed up flip flops

This last idea is perhaps one of the most in need of a good level of craft skill and eye for detail. However, that’s not to say it isn’t a simple process to follow. Like the personalised towels it’s just a case of sewing on some embellishments to them, but unlike the towels your average flip flop doesn’t have anything to sew onto.

The trick to this is to wrap the rubber thong area tightly with thin white ribbon, securing it at the base with a small stitch and a little super glue. Wrap the ribbon around the base of each stem and intertwine it part way over the top, before securing it off once again with another stitch and trickle of glue.

Now you have a base to bling up your basis flip flops with sew-on beads, buttons and sequins to put your own touch on a great gift.

This guest post was written by the editor of Tuppence Magazine entertainment news