40 Crafty Handmade Gift Ideas

Save money and creatively tackle your gift list this year with our ideas for one-of-a-kind gifts you can create for him, her, the kids and even the family pet.

  • Trendy Rhinestone Headband

    Fashion-forward friends will appreciate this stylish accessory that looks like a pricey vintage brooch — but is actually made from materials you can pick up at your local craft or fabric store. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to get the look.

  • Dog Treats: Oat Biscuits With Cream Cheese Frosting

    Our pets enjoy special treats around the holidays just as much as we do. Get tails wagging by whipping up a batch of these sweet and crunchy biscuits. Package them in cellophane bags or tins and hand out to all the furry friends on your list. Get the recipe.

  • Food-Safe Wood Cutting Board

    Foodies will appreciate this custom-made wood cutting board. This project requires basic woodworking skills and materials to create a chef-worthy gift that is far from ordinary. Craft your own with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Custom Smart Phone or Tablet Covers

    A new tablet or smart phone top most people's most-wanted-gift list this year. If springy for a pricey tech gift isn't in your budget, get crafty to surprise them with a custom-made felt cover to protect their new gadget. Download our free patterns and learn how to sew one up with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Monogrammed Serving Tray

    Surprise your favorite hostess-with-the-mostest with a chic serving tray hand-painted with a trendy trellis pattern and the recipient's monogram. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Make the Container Part of the Gift

    This vintage copper bundt pan is proof that practical can be pretty. Too pretty, in fact, to hide away in a box. Filled with spices, tea towels, wooden spoons and other kitchen essentials, this collection will put a smile on any foodie's face. Browse 14 more vintage-inspired gift ideas.

  • Twin Sweater Stockings with Ornate Mirror

    No-Knit Sweater Stocking

    Don't toss that old sweater. Instead, repurpose it as a custom stocking for someone special on your gift list, then stuff their stocking with a few small wrapped surprises. This project requires no sewing machine or knitting needles and can easily be completed in an afternoon. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Handmade Woodland Necklace

    Woodland-inspired accessories are all the rage. Create this trendy (and downright cute!) necklace with a branch from the backyard and a few inexpensive materials. Get started on one now with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Melon Crate Storage

    Rolling Storage Crate

    Fill this cute crate with books or toys as a fun gift for kids or with newborn necessities as a thoughtful gift for a mom-to-be. To create, shop antique stores or online sites for an old produce, wine or shipping crate. Thoroughly clean the crate, removing any loose staples and lightly sanding the wood to remove splinters. Purchase casters at your local hardware store and thoroughly coat them in a kicky spray-paint color. Once the paint has dried, attach them to the crate's bottom slats with wood screws.

  • Recycled Crayons

    Colorful Stocking Stuffers

    Turn kids' broken crayons into the ultimate stocking stuffer for budding artists. Get our tips for making the colorful disks without trashing your pan.

  • Superhero Cape

    Tell your little hero that you think they're super by stitching up the perfect gift. Personalized with their initial or name, this action-ready cape guarantees hours of imaginative playtime. Our step-by-step instructions will help you whip one up for every super kid on your gift list.

  • Recycled Sweater Scarf

    Favorite sweaters past their prime are given new purpose as a cozy, oversized scarf. The ends can be stitched together to create a hip, continuous design or left loose for a traditional-style wrap. Start whipping up cozy handmade gifts with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Ruffled Rose Headband

    Kids' Craft: Ruffled Rose Headband

    With just a little help from a crafty adult, kids can turn a plain elastic headband into a sweet hair accessory, perfect for girls big or small. Inexpensive materials and easy steps ensure girls can make enough of these to hand out to all their friends.

  • Lined Tote Bag

    Whip Up an Easy-to-Sew Tote Bag

    Even novice sewers will be able to tackle this straightforward project. Customize the fabrics to suit the gift recipient's style and give the tote alone as the gift or fill with a few small surprises to really make their holiday. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Easy-to-Create Bottle Cap Necklace

    Create a one-of-a-kind necklace for your favorite tween. This is a great craft project for an older child to complete on their own or with a little help from a cool and crafty adult. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Toaster Pastry IPod Case

    Gadget Cozy

    A great project for young crafters or those with basic sewing skills, felt and a few beads are all you need to craft a stylish cozy to protect their favorite high-tech devices. Stitch one up in a snap with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Tasty Dog Treats

    Don't forget your furry friend! Whip up a batch of carob-dipped peanut butter bones using ingredients you probably already have on hand. A wet kiss and wagging tail will be all the thanks you need. Get the recipe.

  • Pet Feeding Station

    Make mealtime a little easier on large or older dogs by turning an old stool, box or crate into a raised feeding station where food and water are within easy reach. This is also a great gift for anyone who treasures their pet. Make tails wag this holiday with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Easy-to-Create Dog Stocking

    Santa's coming; don't forget your best friend when hanging the stockings by the chimney with care. Whip up this festive felt stocking to stash your pup's Christmas morning treats and toys. This project is a breeze with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Wood Crafted Children's Kitchen

    Easy Kids' Play Kitchen

    Basic woodworking skills are all you need to turn a plain wooden bookshelf into a kid-sized kitchen for your little chef. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Kids' Adventure-Ready Backpack

    Kids are natural explorers. Outfit their outdoor adventures with a sturdy backpack filled with a handmade nature press, bug jars, sifter and more. Learn how to sew the backpack and make its crafty contents with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Framed Silhouettes

    Capture Their Silhouette

    A framed silhouette is a classic keepsake and makes a thoughtful Christmas, birthday or Mother's Day gift. A digital camera, computer and printer make this centuries-old craft a snap.

  • Homemade S'mores Kit

    Surprise an outdoorsy friend with everything (except the fire!) necessary for ooey-gooey s'mores. Hand-make the cookies, marshmallows and chocolate squares so they're especially tasty, then package the goodies \"hobo-style\" for a gift that's ready to travel.

  • Sweater-Covered Vases

    Felted Sweater Vases and Candleholders

    Wool sweaters are great — until you toss them in the washer and accidentally shrink them down to doll size. But, don't throw them out. Exposing wool to hot water, soap and a little agitation (all things that happen in the wash) not only causes the wool fibers to shrink, it also felts them, creating a super soft, nubby texture and preventing the knitted threads from fraying when cut. Put your doll-sized mishaps to good use crafting one of-a-kind handmade gifts, like Alicia of Thrifty and Chic who used hers to turn plain glass vases into trendy handmade gifts.

  • Finishing Do-It-Yourself Picture Frame

    Kids' Craft: Make an Outdoorsy Frame for Dad

    Collected twigs, an inexpensive frame and a favorite camping photo are all you need to thank Dad for amazing outdoor adventures. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Found Object Bottle Stoppers

    Give keepsakes new purpose by turning them into conversation-starting bottle stoppers. Wine lovers will appreciate the useful, one-of-a-kind gift. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Embellished Hair Combs

    Turn plain hair combs into one-of-a-kind accessories with an assortment of vintage buttons. Shop estate sales, thrift stores and flea markets to pick up beautiful buttons on a budget then attach them to the combs with fine-gauge wire.

  • Felt Baby Slippers

    Cozy Felt Slippers

    Keep your friends and family warm this holiday season by surprising each of them with a pair of cozy handmade slippers. Our step-by-step instructions with attached template makes this handmade gift a snap.

  • Rough-and-Tumble Bar Set

    Treat the beer lover in your life to customized glassware, funky license-plate coasters and a handy wall-mounted bar tool holder. They'll toast to your thoughtfulness in giving such a personalized gift. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Leather Christmas Stockings

    Give any mantel a high-fashion makeover with stockings creatively recycled from old leather or vinyl coats. The finished stockings can be embellished with rivets, colorful stitching or stamped with the recipient's name or initials. Get stitching with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Potted Bulbs

    Every home could use a little natural holiday color. Learn how to pot an assortment of bulbs that will bloom in time for Christmas.

  • Willow Wigwam Trellis for Climbing Plants

    Willow Wigwam Garden Support

    Give your favorite gardener a beautiful pyramid-shaped trellis they can use to get a head start on planting climbing spring plants and veggies. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Seed-Starting Kit

    The green thumbs on your list will appreciate this handy caddy filled with potting soil, pots, an assortment of seeds and other necessities for getting a head start on spring planting. Make a gift to nurture their green thumbs with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Homemade Lip Balm Gift

    Glossy Lip Balm

    Make dry winter lips a thing of the past for everyone on your gift list by whipping up this wonderfully nourishing — and delightfully glossy — lip balm. Get the recipe.

  • Geek-Chic Belt Buckle

    Broken computer components can find new life as a hip fashion accessory. If a belt's not your thing, the defunct components can also be turned into funky jewelry, framed as art or made into drawer pulls. Geek out with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Text Speak Accessories

    Put a \"smiley\" on a tech-lover's face with scarves, towels, throws or pillows embellished with digital-age shorthand. The letters can be stitched or simply painted onto any fabric home or personal accessories. Get stitching with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Michele Beschen Creates a Coffee Sack Gift Tote

    Coffee Bag Gift Tote

    Turn empty coffee sacks into a trendy, rustic tote that can not only hold a wrapped gift but is part of the gift itself. These sturdy burlap totes can be created in a variety of sizes and are great for carrying books and groceries or for use as an everyday purse. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Canvas Photo Art

    Turn treasured photos into ready-to-hang artwork by printing the images onto canvas photo paper then stretching the fabric over a wooden frame. Get step-by-step instructions.

  • Decoupage Tin

    Don't discard an empty tin. Instead, embellish it with photos and favorite quotes. Fill the decorated tin with tasty treats, art supplies or a blooming plant for a uniquely personalized handmade gift. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

  • Stamped Stationery

    Give a friend who loves to write letters a little help by customizing a store-bought stamp kit with their info then pre-stamping an assortment of stationery. Bundle the stamped paper goods together with colorful ribbon and package the gift in a hand-painted box. Get step-by-step instructions.

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