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10 Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

homemade christmas gift ideas

Looking to make some gifts this year? Be inspired by my home made Christmas gift ideas.

I know it’s really early (in my book anyway!) to be mentioning the ‘C’ word but if you can forgive me then I wanted to share some homemade Christmas gift ideas.  Homemade Christmas gifts tend to require a bit more planning and a longer lead time so I thought it was best to get them out there nice and early for you!

I’ve put together some of my favourite (and easy!) homemade Christmas gift ideas that are environmentally friendly.  Just click on the links to be taken to the full DIYs.  Hope you enjoy making them and sharing them with your loved ones!

10 Homemade Christmas Gifts to Make This Year

1.  Rose Bath Salts

DIY bath salt recipe - homemade christmas gift idea

Cat from Take Courage has put together a very nice DIY on how to make some prettily packaged rose bath salts that would make a really nice homemade gift.  The link is no longer available, but do try this similar DIY instead.

2.  DIY Cotton Wool Pads

cotton wool pad DIY

If you can crochet then these DIY cotton wool pads would make a really thoughtful eco-friendly gift idea.  Package them in a hand-sewn pouch or a glass jar for a pretty and practical Christmas gift.

 3.  DIY Beeswax Candles

DIY beeswax candles - homemade christmas gift ideas

Erin from Reading My Tea Leaves has a great beeswax candle tutorial that would make perfect gifts with a light environmental footprint.

4.  Button Necklace

DIY button necklace

This DIY statement necklace tutorial uses up old buttons and felt scraps for a gorgeous and unique gift full of thought.  It only takes about 15 minutes to make too, so ideal if you’re short on time!

5. DIY Gingerbread Body Scrub

gingerbread body scrub

This Gingerbread Body Scrub by Wallflower Girl sounds utterly divine.  I think I’m going to be making this for Christmas (though it may end up as a gift from me to me!),

6.  Recycled Snow Globe

snowglobe DIY

This recycled snow globe DIY takes all of one minute to make but is such a simple and striking gift that can be enjoyed for years to come.

7.  Candied Chocolate Orange Slices

candied orange

These candied chocolate orange slices, again by Cat of Take Courage, look and sound delicious!  Presented in a little box they’d make a tasty homemade Christmas gift.  Again, this link isn’t available anymore – but this recipe is very similar.

8.  Salted Caramels

salted caramel recipe

This salted caramel recipe from Inspired Taste looks perfect.  We can’t get enough of salted caramels in our house so this would be our ideal gift!

9.  Stylish Wall Hanging

tea towel craft

This stylish wall hanging DIY can be made using a tea towel or fabric scrap.  Minimal sewing skills are required so even if you’re not handy with a sewing machine or needle and thread then I’m sure you could put this together and amaze your friends with your skills!

10.  DIY iPad Case

diy ipad case

And for the last of my homemade Christmas gift ideas, this felt DIY iPad case would make such a thoughtful gift.  It does require knowing your way around a sewing machine a tiny bit – if you can use a sewing machine to sew in a straight line then you should be ok!

Any homemade Christmas gift ideas you want to share?  Do add in the comments below so we can all check them out! And if you are looking for other gift ideas, then do check out my ethical Christmas gift guide, my secondhand Christmas gift ideas, and my non-gift ideas for a less consumerist Christmas.

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A Simple Recycled Christmas Craft Idea

recycled Christmas crafts
recycled Christmas crafts

Looking to make a recycled Christmas craft for a great homemade present idea? Read on!

I am always so busy at Christmas time. Between the rush to finish up projects at work, so that they’re not hanging over my head on my return to work in the New Year. And all the things that come along with having kids – ALL the parties, and events. And all the stressful Christmas preparation. In short, Christmas is a whirlwind.

I may have been really busy lately, but I did manage to fit in the one whole minute it takes to make this DIY snowglobe. It’s made from recycled materials and makes for a fantastic recycled Christmas craft ideas. Let me show you how to make it.

Recycled Christmas Craft Idea

As well as coming together really quickly, the good thing is that all the items you need for this recycled Christmas craft are things you probably have lying around the house.

You will need

  • A clean and dry jar and lid
  • Some salt. I used a mix of sea salt and table salt.  Sugar would also do the trick.
  • Some blue-tac
  • A Christmas decoration. I used an old tree decoration and I recycled a tree from a previous year’s Christmas cake. Hoarding for the crafting win!
recycled christmas craft

Method

To make your recycled Christmas craft, take your empty jar, and affix your decorations to the bottom of the jar using the blue-tac.

Next, add a few spoonfuls of your salt (or sugar).

Pop the lid on.

And there you have it: a DIY snowglobe that’s perfect for a last-minute (quite literally!) gift or decoration.  I plan on making a few more before Christmas to arrange in clusters on my mantlepiece, to create a snowy Christmas wonderland!

Show me your photos on Twitter or Facebook if you make your own!  And do share with readers any recycled Christmas crafts ideas you have or have made in the comments below – we’d love to see them! And do also check out my zero-waste Christmas decorations to craft for more recycled Christmas inspiration.

ps: do check out my guide to eco-friendly Christmas trees if you have decorating on your mind!