DIY Christmas Crafts & Handmade Gifts Guide

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In today’s busy, hectic world, a handmade gift is unique and always treasured. DIY crafts can also be frugal gifts, so it’s a win-win gift choice. As the busy mom of three, I don’t have time for complicated projects. I’ve gathered my favorite frugal and easy DIY Christmas crafts and handmade gifts idea into one gift guide. There’s something here for everyone on your gift list and crafts here for every skill level.

 Making a homemade gift is a special way to show your affection and love for your family and friends.  You don’t have to have been born with the crafty gene to tackle these projects. These are simple ideas that busy people can really do and be proud of. 

DIY Christmas Crafts & Handmade Gifts

Christmas -Themed Gifts

snowman cake stand with green frosted cookies with title text reading DIY Cake Plate Stand for $2

DIY Cake Plate Stand – Make a DIY Cake Plate Stand for just $2 and  with one trip to the nearest dollar store.  This cake plate stand is perfect for Christmas and holiday entertaining. It’s the perfect craft for the craft-challenged.

monogrammed gold ball ornament on pine branch on white wood table with title text overlay reading Easy DIY Ornaments

Easy DIY Ornament – Make these easy DIY ornaments in just minutes. This easy Sharpie dot ornament is a sophisticated look that you can easily create as a fun family activity.

3 red votive candles in snowflake holders on table with gold ribbon with title text reading DIY Snowflake Votives

DIY Snowflake Votive – Make this DIY snowflake votive as a charming last-minute holiday gift. You can easily personalize it with the choice of color and motif. 

Gifts You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

white bowl with "jewelry" written in black and jewelry in bowl on white table with title text reading DIY Personalized Gift from a thrifted bowl

DIY Personalized Gift – Make this frugal homemade jewelry organizer from a thrifted bowl for less than a dollar and in less than 10 minutes. It makes a lovely personalized gift.

comic book can holding action figures sitting on comic book with action figure laying on table with title text reading Upcycled Comics & Metal Can

Upcycled Comic Book Can – Make a fun comic book storage can featuring your recepient’s favorite comic book. You can make it in less than 30 minutes plus drying time. 

3 white mugs monogrammed with red dot circles with title text reading Sharpie Dot Mug

Easy Sharpie Dot Mug – Make these fun Sharpie dot mugs to give as personalized gifts. You can make them in 30 minutes to an hour. Choose the recipient’s favorite color to further personalize the mug. 

2 coffee cups with pink knit sleeves on wood table with 2 packets on sugar with title text reading Upcycled Cup Sleeve

DIY Upcycled Cup Sleeve – Make this adorable DIY cup sleeve from a recycled sweater.  It makes a great gift when combined with a cute coffee mug or a gift card to a local coffee shop. And you can’t find an easier craft than this one.

yellow lego head container on white table with title text reading DIY Lego Head

LEGO Head Can –   Make a LEGO Head Storage Can from a repurposed container. You choose which expressions to place on each side of the four sides of the can to personalize it. Your imagination is the only limitation. 

Gifts You Can Make in an Afternoon

pillow shaped like a muffin with a smiley face and pink muffin paper with title text overlay reading DIY Muffin Pillow w/Pattern

DIY Muffin Pillow – This adorable muffin pillow can be made with basic sewing skills (Really!). I’ve shared the pattern that I created and used to make this pillow. You can personalize it by changing the cupcake paper and the type of muffin (this one is a blueberry muffin).

green and white mittens on white table with title text reading Sweater Mittens

Repurposed Sweater Mittens – Repurposed sweater mittens are a warm and cozy gift that can be personalized by the choice of sweater color and style. My teen daughters adore the unique, one-of-a-king sweater mittens I’ve made for them and they always get lots of compliments on them. 

Periodic Table of Elements pencil cup on green pad of paper with title text overlay reading Big Bang Theory Tribute Bazinga

Bazinga! Pencil Cup –    Make a Big Bang Theory tribute pencil cup for your favorite science fan. Use the elements to spell out Bazinga!

stacks of pastel and black and white flannel blankets with title text overlay reading Easy-to-Make Flannel Blanket

Easy-to-Make Flannel Blanket – It’s easy to personalize these blankets simply in the choice of fabrics. This is a great beginning sewing gift project. 

black and white checkered envelope open with San Francisco logo with title text reading DIY NFL Gift Card Envelope

DIY Football Fan Gift Envelope –   An easy-to-make personalized gift card envelope. You can choose any favorite sports team logo to create a unique envelope that can be reused again and again.

red and white floral rice pack with gold bow and gift tag on white wood table with title text overlay reading DIY Rice Heat Pack from recycled clothes

DIY Rice Heat Pack Make these DIY rice heat packs from recycled fabric. Use them to warm your feet in the winter and soothe aches and pains. These heat packs can be used over again and again.

red clipboard with superhero images and cards scattered around on white table

Avengers Clipboard –  Make a superhero clipboard for your movie or comic book fan. It only takes about 30 minutes plus drying time to make this gift that really packs a punch. 

floral zippered pouch in yellow, pink and red with title text reading Skirt Upcycled to Pouch

Upcycled Skirt Zippered Pouch Make a lovely one-of-a-kind zippered pouch from an upcycled skirt or other choice of fabric.  This is a unique and versatile gift for all ages. 

Gifts You Can Make in a Long Weekend

2 tie dyed dish towels on white with green cup nearby with title text reading Tie Dye Dish Towels

Tie-Dyed Dish Towels –  You can make one-of-a-kind tie-dyed dish towels in a week-end. Choose bright, cheerful colors and the tie-dye design of your choice. Perfect for the person with their first home. 

3 crocheted scarves on pine tree with title text overlay reading Easy Versatile Houndstooth Crochet Pattern Scarf

Easy Houndstooth Crocheted Scarf – This Houndstooth Crochet Pattern scarf is so easy to make and so versatile. It looks uniquely different with each different color yarn. I make these scarves while driving on cross-country trips or sitting at kids’ activities. 

Gifts for Pet Lovers

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DIY Hooded Towel – Pamper your senior dog with a DIY hooded towel that you can make in about 10 minutes. This is a beginning sewing project. 

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DIY Dog Cooling Mat – Make this DIY Dog Cooling Mat in 20 minutes to pamper your dog on a hot day. You can make this gift with beginning sewing skills. 

Are you ready to get started this weekend? You could easily tackle most of your gift list in just a couple of days with this DIY Christmas Crafts and Handmade Gifts Guide. 

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The Perfect Gift for Everyone on Your List

Find all our best gift ideas for everyone on your list in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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  1. What great ideas! In this day & age we have so much stuff, a personalized or heartfelt gift that is made with love is my favorite. We have granddaughters so many of these are fun crafts that I can do with them and they can gift their creations. What a fun tradition to start with them. Thanks for the inspiration.

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