3 Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

The holiday season is a season of giving—but sometimes it can get a bit too hectic. With all the things that you need to keep track of, chances are you’re going to forget a gift for a friend of a friend. But don’t get your tinsel in a twist; here are four DIY gift ideas for your last-minute needs.

1. Personalized Mugs
Give your loved ones something that they can (and will) actually use, with the bonus of a creative, personal touch. Not only are personalized mugs cheap– requiring just an oven, a sharpie and, a mug– they are also very flexible.
To make your own personalized mugs, simply take an oil-based sharpie to a plain ceramic mug, and let sit for a few hours. Then place the mug in an oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes.

To make your mugs extra special, draw things that are special to the person you are giving the mugs to. If you’re not very confident with your illustration skills, you could write out a few lines of songs or poetry. You could even use their favorite book quotes, or lines from their favorite movies.

2. Teacup candles
Teacup candles are a bit more hands-on, but they’re cute and quite cheap. While they take a few hours to make, most of this is spent waiting for the wax to dry (which you can use to do other holiday stuff).

To make teacup candles, all you need to do is to melt candle wax in a pan over medium to high stove heat. Then add a bit of water, candle scent and dye. After the wax has melted, add a candle scent and color.

While the wax is melting, put a barbeque stick on top of the teacup. Tie a wick to the barbeque sticks, making sure that its end is flush with the bottom of the cup. When the wax dries, simply cut off the wax. Simply put your teacup in a box, and voila! You have the perfect holiday gift.

3. Potpourri
For particularly crafty givers, chances are you already have the materials you need to make potpourri. All you need are some dried flowers, an essential oil of your choice, herbs, and spices. Simply add all the dry materials inside a glass container, then add a few drops of essential oil.

For those who want to be extra crafty, try to create a theme to your container. You could make a rose-scented potpourri by using dried rose petals and rose essential oils. You could even make a lavender potpourri of lavender flowers and lavender oil. If it’s looking a little sparse, you could add other trinkets like stones or twine.

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