6 Easy DIY Gifts

Nothing says thoughtful giving like a homemade present. So, HGTV Magazine came up with six crazy-simple gifts you can make.

By: Amanda Kingloff
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Embroidery Hoop Picture Frames

Embroidery Hoop Picture Frames

Embroidery Hoop Picture Frames

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Step 1
Size a photo on your computer to fit in a wood embroidery hoop. (We used hoops in three sizes: 5 inches, 6 inches, and 7 inches.) Print the photo in black-and-white onto a sheet of printable fabric following the package instructions.

Step 2
Peel off the fabric’s backing and place the fabric in the hoop, trimming any excess.

Step 3
Hot-glue embellishments—such as bells, beads, or pom-poms—onto the photos. 

Colorful Jute Coasters

DIY Jute Drink Coasters

DIY Jute Drink Coasters

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Step 1
Cut a piece of jute rope 46 inches long. Tightly coil the first inch or two of the rope, using dabs of hot glue to secure it.

Step 2
Wrap a short length of embroidery floss around the rope. Hot-glue the floss at both ends so it doesn’t unravel. Continue coiling and hot-gluing the rope, wrapping it with floss every inch or two.

Step 3
Once you reach the end of the rope, snip it at an angle and dab it with crafts glue so it doesn’t fray. 

Graphic Glasses Case

Sunglasses Case

Sunglasses Case

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Step 1
Go to hgtv.com/sunglasses-case to download the sunglasses image, then print it on T-shirt transfer paper made for dark fabric.

Step 2
Cut out the image and lay it right-side up on a canvas eyeglasses case. Iron it onto the canvas following the package instructions. 

Woodland Candleholder

DIY Candleholder

DIY Candleholder

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Step 1
Use a heavy-duty glue, like E6000 permanent craft adhesive ($4 for 2 ounces, michaels.com), to glue the head of a flat tack to the center of a mini tart pan. Let dry.

Step 2
Spray-paint the entire pan, as well as two plastic figurines. Let dry.

Step 3
Use the same glue to attach the plastic figurines to the inside of the pan, as far from the tack as possible. Let dry.

Step 4
Press a taper candle onto the tack—we used a beeswax candle, which won’t split when pierced. Note: To be safe, stop burning the candle before it reaches the top of the figurines.

Knit-Wrapped Bracelets

Knit-Wrapped Bracelets

Knit-Wrapped Bracelets

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Step 1
Slip a wood bangle into the top of a tall knitted sock. (We used bangles in three widths: 1 1/4 inches, 1 1/2 inches, and 1 3/4 inches.) Cut the sock so it can wrap around the bangle with a little overlap.

Step 2
Hot-glue the extra material to the inside of the bangle. Let dry. 

Customized Crayons

DIY Name Crayons

DIY Name Crayons

Photo by: Marko Metzinger./Studio D

Marko Metzinger./Studio D

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200˚F. Break crayons into small pieces and drop them into an alphabet silicone baking mold. You’ll need two to three crayons in the same color for each letter.

Step 2
Set the mold on a cookie sheet. Melt the crayons in the oven for 15 minutes. Let the letters cool completely, then pop them out of the mold.

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