Easy Handmade Gifts for a Group: DIY Personalized Popcorn Tins
You know the drill — the holidays are looming and you have a group of coworkers, your kids’ teachers, or some other group of people you need to come up with gifts for. You want to do something personal, but you don’t want to spend a lot.
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Well, that is my spin on those ubiquitous tins of stale popcorn we all seem to get around the holidays, but instead of trite and expected, you’ll be giving a homemade snack packaged in a personalized tin.
Are you dying for the Salted Caramel Corn recipe I mention in the video? Well, it’s your lucky day:
Salted Caramel Popcorn
2 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
2 cups sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup popcorn kernels
1 Tbsp sea salt
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a lidded pot. Add the popcorn and cook, shaking the pan frequently until the popcorn stops popping. Transfer the popcorn to a very large oiled bowl. If you can, remove the unpopped kernels.
Place the sugar in a large saucepan and dampen with about 2 Tbsp water (enough so the mixture looks like damp sand). Add the butter and salt and heat over high, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and the caramel is amber — do not let it get too dark, this happens very quickly! Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
Pour the hot caramel over the popcorn and carefully stir with a wooden spoon until the caramel is evenly distributed and beginning to cool. Spread on an aluminum foil-covered cookie sheet, cool to room temperature, then break into pieces and serve or store in a covered container.
No-Knit Monogrammed Mittens
Knit accessories are always a popular handmade holiday gift — but what if you can't knit or crochet? Then these personalized mittens are right up your alley — just stitch baker's twine initials onto readymade mittens, a scarf or hat for a personalized gift to keep them toasty warm all winter long. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Make This Rustic Bread Board
Have a baker, chef or hostess on your gift list? Surprise them with this handy bread board that looks just like an expensive antique. Reclaimed lumber and basic woodworking skills are all you need. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Practice Your Cursive
Calligraphy (or, in this case, faux calligraphy) is an easy way to add an artistic touch to all sorts of handmade gifts, gift wrap or, when popped into a pretty frame, the free-flowing script makes a sweet gift all by itself. Learn how to turn cursive font into beautiful faux calligraphy with our step-by-step instructions.
Trendy Rhinestone Headband
Cookbook or Tablet Stand
Everyone could use an extra hand in the kitchen, especially when they're whipping up a new recipe. Beginner woodworking skills and our step-by-step instructions will help you turn lumber into a thoughtful gift for your favorite chef.
Whip Up These Tasty Dog Treats
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.
Craft a Custom Tray
Personalize Your Pup's Bed
Give your four-footed family member a cozy place for cat (or dog!) naps by turning an old shipping pallet into a snug pet bed. You can even make it mobile by adding furniture casters and totally personalized by stenciling on your pet's name. Our step-by-step instructions make this project a snap.
Make This Classic Board Game
Encourage the kids on your gift list to step away from tech devices and reconnect with friends and family by instead sitting down at a board game. A classic, like this rustic-inspired tic-tac-toe board, is fun for all ages, and is easy for the gifter to create using cut wood slices and a live-edge board from the craft store. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Don't Forget Your Furry Friend
If your kitty goes gonzo for catnip (half of all cats do), treat them with a small, handmade toy to hold their stash. Scientists agree that smelling, rather than eating, catnip garners the biggest response but they still aren't sure what neurological reaction catnip triggers for sensitive cats. It's thought that it stimulates receptors in their brains that makes them feel initially energetic, playful and happy, then mellow and relaxed. Stitch up your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Make a Custom 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.
Easily Craft a Pretty Trinket Box
Turn inexpensive fence-post caps, from the hardware store, into a pretty jewelry or gift box. By itself, the box makes a thoughtful birthday, Mother's Day or holiday gift. Fill it with sweet treats or a small trinket for a handmade gift they won't soon forget. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Turn an inexpensive coir doormat into a personalized greeting for a friend's front door. An old cardboard box, utility knife, spray paint and a little creativity will make a $10 doormat look like a pricey catalog find. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
Delight the Hostess With the Mostest
Whip up an inexpensive wood conditioner and sealant to turn a hardwood board into a foodsafe surface they can use to make entertaining easy. Learn how to turn hardware-store staples into a pro-grade charcuterie board.
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.
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.
Upcycle Old Sweaters Into a 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.
Cozy Up Their Cocoa or Coffee
Nothing feels better in ice cold hands than a piping hot cup of cocoa, tea or coffee — but, sometimes, a hot cup can be a bit too hot. The solution: our easy-to-craft felt cozies that are made by simply cutting felt into simple shapes then attaching them to felt bands that are a little longer than a standard paper coffee cup (7 to 9 inches long). Add self-adhesive Velcro strips to the felt's edges so the cozy will stay securely wrapped around the cup.
Upcycle a Frame Into a Cute Tray
Form meets function in this trendy tray made from an old frame, a pair of handles and colorful paint and wrapping paper. See more crafty transformations from our friends at HGTV Magazine.
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.
Make a 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. Note: Some vets caution that giant breeds or dogs prone to bloat shouldn't eat from a raised feeder. If in doubt, please first check with your vet.
Kids' Craft: Birdseed Ornaments
Bird watchers and naturalists on your list will love this thoughtful handmade gift that allows them to get a closer peek at winter's colorful birds. Bonus: This easy project is a great one to make with even the littlest crafters. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.
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.
Spread Holiday Cheer With a Wine Elf
Seriously, how cute are these little guys? I wouldn't mind seeing a whole band of them spreading cheer at one of my holiday get-togethers. To dress up a bottle of wine as a holiday hostess gift, cut felt into an 8x10 rectangle and faux fur into a triangle roughly 2 inches wide by 4 inches long. Wrap felt rectangle into a cone shape, securing the edges with fabric glue as you wrap. Glue the faux fur "beard" to the inside of the felt "hat" and finish with a small pom-pom "nose."
Playful Preserve Their Memories
Just 1 of 6 easy-to-craft handmade gift ideas from our friends at HGTV Magazine, these clever photos printed onto fabric then embellished with yarn, beads or glitter are sure to brighten up anyone's walls.
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.
Make a Cat Spinner Wand
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.
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.
Make It Easy for Them to Stash Their Stuff
Anyone with kids will tell you that they could always use more toy storage — especially if its stylish enough to blend in with the "adult" furniture. Well, they'd be thrilled to receive this spacious chest with an upholstered top so it can also be used as a bench or coffee table. Put your wood-working skills and our step-by-step instructions to work to make one as a surprise for the parents on your gift list.
Stitch Up a Custom Pet Collar
If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can whip up pet collars to comfortably fit all the furry friends on your gift list. Get sewing with our step-by-step instructions.
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.
Craft a Fashion-Forward Keychain
These trendy leather tassels are popular with fashionistas both as keychains and purse fobs. The real leather versions are pricey -- making them instead out of faux leather is much more affordable and you'll be surprised how easy these little fashion accessories are to DIY. Follow these instructions from our friends at HGTV Magazine to craft them up in all the colors of the rainbow.
Make Mobile Toy Crates
Make it easier for parents of small kids to corral their clutter with these cute, personalized toy boxes. Furniture casters make it easy to move their favorite toys from room to room while the crate's lid-less design makes playtime clean up a snap. Learn how to make one for your favorite little one 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.
Keep Their Gadgets 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.
Make This Upcycled Jewelry Box
Old cutlery boxes are easy to find at estate sales or in antique or thrift shops — usually at bottom-dollar prices. With just a little elbow grease, you can turn one of these bargain boxes into a massive jewelry box that any fashionista on your list will be thrilled to receive. Get upcycling with our step-by-step instructions.
Kicky Wallpaper-Lined Trays
The hostess with the mostest on your gift list will appreciate an oversized serving tray lined with trendy wallpaper in her favorite color or pattern. Get crafting with these instructions from HGTV Magazine.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turn an Old Drawer Into a Chic Jewelry Organizer
The folks at HGTV Magazine got crafty with a thrifted typset drawer to create this handy hanging jewelry organizer -- a gift that any jewelry fanatic on your list would love. Learn how they turned trash into treasure.
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.
Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet
Does the man on your gift list need somewhere to stash his stuff? Easily turn an old frame and upcycled leather into a personalized tray to stylishly hold his keys, watch, cash — everything he needs to grab before heading out the door. Get step-by-step instructions.
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.
Create Custom Coasters or Trivets
A computer and scanner are all you need to turn their favorite collectible (like stamps) into a printable design you can use to turn inexpensive hardware store tiles into useful decorative accessories. Get crafting with these step-by-step instructions from HGTV Magazine.
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.
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.
Faux Leather-Lined Tray
Craft a fashion-forward tray to help them corral jewelry and spare change on the dresser or as a handy catchall for keys and mail near the front door. These instructions from HGTV Magazine show you how.
Put a playful spin on classic game taxidermy with silhouette pop art. Paint the surface of the cardboard backing in a picture frame, then trace the silhouette of a buck head to the backing with a pencil. Cover the traced silhouette with colorful buttons, fastening them in place with hot glue.
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.
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.