Wednesday, 5 April 2017

5 DIY Family Gifts You Can Make Right Now

Buenos Dias!

Today we have an awesome guest post feature written by Joe from Heat Press Review

I love DIY projects & have been meaning to feature one on the blog so the email request couldn't have come at a better time. These are all so amazing & I hope y'all have mad creative fun making them. 

"It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving." ~ Mother Teresa

It's time to overcome your self-doubt and start saving money. We're not all as successful as J.K Rowling just yet, so making family gifts can help us save some money come the holiday season. A few of the family gifts people can start making right now, include:

1. Glove Monsters

Gloves are boring, but you can make them magical for your own kids, nieces, nephews or anyone else in your life. You can sew your own gloves, or you can choose to buy them and then decorate them to add a little spunk to the look.

We'll assume you have the gloves already, so now all that's left is to:

1. Sew on eyes. The eyes can be buttons or circular fabric pieces with black in the middle. I like to use brightly colored fabrics for eyes.

2. Make a mouth: Using white fabric, cut little V-shapes out of the white fabric along the edges to look like sharp teeth. Sew into place.

That's it. This project is super simple and easy to do. You can share these creations with the little guy or girl in your family – they'll appreciate the effort.


2. Homemade Milk Bath
After a long day of reading, it's nice to sit back and relax a bit more in a homemade milk bath. Baths are not just for kids, and they're so relaxing, they'll melt all the stress and anxiety of the day away. You can give the gift of a homemade milk bath by making your own.

You'll need:
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
These three ingredients will work to cleanse and soothe the skin. Simply add them into a mason jar and mix up well. You can go crazy making neat little labels, too, if you like.

This is obviously unscented, but you can add in your own essential oils, too. A few of my favorite oils to add are:
  • Mint
  • Peppermint
  • Lavender
3. Mint Foot Soak
Another great item to add to a gift basket is a homemade foot soak. The recipient can use this soak to alleviate pain or just to feel good before going to bed. This soothing mixture will include the following ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Lime essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • 2 cups Epsom salts
Place ingredients into a large bowl. You can use 3 – 5 drops of each essential oil, or however many you like. Stir with a spoon until everything is thoroughly mixed. Place the mixture in a bag or jar.

Just note that this mixture needs to be used within a few weeks or months.

4. Family T-Shirts
If your family is big on reunions, why not surprise everyone with a family t-shirt to mark the occasion? A multifunctional heat press will work very well, or you can choose to ditch the heat press and use a third-party service to print them online.

The goal is to print something everyone will remember.

A few ideas are:
  • The names of all family members present
  • The names of family members that have died
  • Jerseys with the family's last name on them
You can also use this idea for kids' gifts, hats or any other piece of apparel you can think of giving. A little personalization goes a long way in making a great gift that people love to receive.

5. Personalized Wooden Spoons
Wooden spoons have a place in every kitchen. These spoons can help make your next dish spectacular, and they don't have to be boring either. i recommend buying the spoons unless you're good at carving them out.

While this may seem boring, something Reese Witherspoon (no pun intended) taught us is to be a little wild.

How can you be wild when personalizing spoons?

Simple.

Wood burning kits. These kits are loads of fun, and they allow you to burn anything onto wood. Lettering is a great way to decorate these spoons. Some examples include:
  • Love
  • Happiness
  • Initials
  • Charm
  • Beautiful
  • I'm the cook
These are very easy to start burning into a wooden utensil.

If you want to get fancy, you can trace anything o to wood and burn it into it, such as mountains, designs, pictures. You're only limited by your imagination.

You can even make plaques, coasters and other items using your wood kit. And since this is a great hobby to have, you'll find plenty of uses for your wood burning kit. I find myself making things all the time for people because the rustic look is back in style.

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22 comments:

  1. Those are all super cute ideas. I hope someone makes me a wooden spoon one of these days :)

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  2. What great gifts. I love those spoons. The shirts are cool too but my husband would never wear something like that, ha.

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  3. I might have to try out those spoons, they look so good like that!

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  4. Awesome post and such great ideas!! So easy to follow. These will definitely help with future gifts :D

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  5. These are all great ideas, but I think my favorite was the wood-burning. It would be a lot of fun to pencils designs onto a bit of wood and then burn them in!

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  6. Oooh! Homemade bath milk and the mint foot soak are my faves, it could be an alternative spa day session x

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  7. These are some great ideas! I love the wooden spoons especially!

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  8. These are all charming. Yes, gifts only need to come from the heart to be special. Not necessarily expensive.

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  9. I love the DIY family gifts. I wouldn't have thought of wood burning in the spoons. It does remind me of making my first leather wallet with my dad and burning designs into the leather. It was a lot of fun.

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  10. The gloves are so cute. Perfect lil hand puppets.

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  11. Making gifts for the family is always a nice thing to do. The gifts are more personalized and it's more special. These are great ideas.

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  12. Awesome ideas for DIY gifts! I love making these, they're not only affordable but they're much more appreciated since you made them yourself.

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  13. How cool is this!!! I absolutely love the idea of the mint foot bath!

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  14. These are all fun gift ideas. I really love the wooden spoons.

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  15. I love these gift ideas. DIY gifts are also wonderful because they take more effort and usually end up meaning way more than something just picked up at the store!

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  16. Personalized gifts are awesome coz you gave time to prepare and attention to details :) I like the personalized spoon and milk bath.

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  17. I'm all over the milk bath and mint foot bath--too eat son. lol I love DIY projects that involve natural ingredients. Trying to declutter and de-chem my home and body.

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  18. all are real good family diy's, alot to try out sometime. i love the Bossman,Bosslady n LittleBoss T's

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  19. all are real good family diy's, alot to try out sometime. i love the Bossman,Bosslady n LittleBoss T's

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  20. I love DIY projects and gifts. I'd like to make some of these for my daughters. They'd love the milk bath after a long day at work.

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  21. Wow these are some amazing DIYS gift ideas. I love the milk bath and the mint foot soak as basket gifts.

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