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If anyone has a right to handout homemade gifts this holiday season it’s art teachers. Let’s be honest, when we were young most of us partook in the “make-your-own-homemade-popsicle-stick-artwork-for-your-mom” gift. When I was a kid, I even went as far as wrapping up a candle for my mom that she had up on display in the house. You better believe she was surprised when she unwrapped that beautiful, missing candle! Sure, we can easily go buy a gift, but since teacher salaries can be tight, why not tap into those creative skills we most certainly possess? Read on to find some of our favorite Do-It-Yourself gifts that you can surprise your coworkers, friends, and family members with this holiday season.
DIY Tutorial Here
You can’t really beat $2.99 for an iPad cover that not only looks cool but totally fits the school theme. A lot of school districts are investing in iPads and technology for their teachers to utilize. Why not surprise your co-workers with a DIY iPad cover that is a reasonable price? And hey, while you’re at it, make yourself one too. You’ll be the hippest art teacher ever.
Okay okay, so this might not be a gift, but I’ve found that half the fun of receiving a present is the wrapping itself. Presents seem extra special when the outside of the gift looks like it has been wrapped with care and had a lot of thought put into it. You can easily find butcher paper at the dollar store, and I’m betting you all have some extra crafty supplies like yarn, stamps, and paint that can be put to good use this year. So let those special people know how much you love them by making the wrapping just as awesome as the gift.
Friends, I just got married. If there is one thing I know it’s that mason jars are cheap! You can get 12 mason jars for less than $15 at Walmart. These gifts might just be the perfect gift for your co-workers or Principal. (Hey parents! You could even have your kids give these to their awesome art teachers…or gift cards…or wine…I digress…) Then all you need to do is spend some time filling them with layers of yummy ingredients. Top it all off by decorating the outside to your liking!
I’ve made a few ornaments in my time, and I am proud to say I’ve graduated from the popsicle-glue-montage to genuine glass ornaments. Any craft store is sure to sell glass ornaments at an affordable price. This project is fun to do by yourself, but it’s even better when you gather those you love around the table and create something together.
DIY Tutorial Here
I’m not going lie. Sewing, knitting, and crocheting are not my forte. I have about .23 scarves that I’ve actually knitted. For those of you who might use more of your right brain than your left, that means I have none. Total crash and burn. But recently, I found the above tutorial and allowed myself long enough to believe that I might, in fact, be able to arm knit. So I tried. And friends, I am happy to announce I now have 1.23 scarves. It took me about an hour to finish and I was so happy with the result. Plus, I bought my two skeins of yarn on clearance! That makes this a cozy and cost effective gift to make for anyone you care about. I spy some future snow day plans unfolding (sorry all you teachers in warm locations)!
There you have it! 5 easy peasy gifts that are sure to impress anyone that receives them!
What successful homemade gifts have you made in the past? (post a link or picture!)
Would you rather buy or make gifts for those you love? Why?