Creative DIY gifts you can make yourself

December 7, 2017 by  
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Making your own DIY gifts this holiday season is a smart way to ensure that your present will be one-of-a-kind, and it doesn’t hurt that it’ll probably save you some cash too. We’ve rounded up a list of cool and creative homemade presents for the holiday season from tricked out terrariums to make-it-yourself lip balm to custom cat pillows . Check out our DIY Gift Guide to see them all! + DIY GIFT IDEAS

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10 cool and crafty DIY holiday gifts you can make yourself

December 12, 2016 by  
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Homemade holiday gifts are a wonderful  eco-friendly alternative for anyone looking to stray away from the same old boring presents this year. We’ve rounded up 10 cool and crafty  DIY gifts  that can be customized with unique, personal touches for the receiver and easily crafted in no time. Instead of visiting the big box stores this year, consider making your own gifts for loved ones with upcycled items and simple, budget-friendly ingredients. 1. Cuddly pillows made from old sweaters Who doesn’t love a little bit of quiet, cuddly time on the couch after a long and chilly day? By gifting one of these homemade pillows made from upcycled sweaters, you can help them create a soft, snuggly sanctuary. Take a look through your closet or at a local thrift store to find some unique patterns and follow these easy instructions to make some classy throw pillows with either envelope-style closures or a stylish button hem. 2. Funky and decorative bowl made out of an old LP For the music lover in your life, styling a one-of-a-kind decorative bowl out of an old LP is a wonderful gift idea. The process is incredibly easy, requiring only your record and an oven. By heating the LP for a short period of time, it becomes malleable and ready to be shaped into any funky design you think your loved one might like to have featured on their coffee table. Be sure to pick an LP of their favorite artist or one with a colorful label. Related: 14 affordable green gifts under $50 3. DIY green terrariums for any room You don’t have to have an especially green thumb to maintain a terrarium , making this gift perfect for any nature lover. Follow the tips in this guide for finding the ideal plants for every home environment, planting everything with plenty of room to thrive, and dressing up your displays with miniatures or found objects from the wild. Stones, twigs, acorns, and other plant material make great accents, as well as plastic doll house furniture or animal figurines. The possibilities for customization are endless! 4. Vintage teacup candles Candles are always a great bet whether gifting to the closest of friends or the most extended of family members. But dropping dough on expensive, often single-use, glass candles seems like a waste. This year, try your hand at creating your own unique candle creations using vintage teacups and saucers. You can easily find a variety of shapes and patterns at the thrift store – and for a steal. Personalize your scents and colors and you will have a gift folks will remember for years to come. 5. Personalized cat pillows! We all have that friend who loves their fur baby more than anything in the world. You know they would love to have a soft, cushy clone of their pet to take with them on trips or display proudly on their bed – why not be the one to make their dreams come true? With some sewing skills and iron transfer paper, you can make a pillow representation of a loved one’s cat, dog, fish, or even favorite celebrity. Related: Inhabitat Green Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Furry Friends 6. Homemade bath bombs, bath salts, and body scrubs Bath and body products are surprisingly easy – and cheap – to make at home, making them ideal gifts for anyone who enjoys a good pampering. Whether you would like to gift one sweet-smelling scrub or an entire basket of bath bombs, bath milks, hand scrubs, and bubble bath, these instructions have you covered. Personalize these handmade goodies by choosing scents best for that special someone who enjoys a relaxing bubble bath at the end of the day, the athlete who needs to soak their muscles after going heavy at the gym, or the early riser who could use the sharp scents of citrus to energize their morning. 7. DIY solid perfume lockets For a gift that looks amazingly classy, but is actually incredibly simple and cost-effective to create, these solid perfume lockets are the ticket. The recipe is completely customizable, allowing you to create the kind of scent combinations that will make your loved ones swoon. By using lockets or pocket watches from the thrift store , you can keep costs down and class all the way up. 8. Homemade pickled veggies Food gifts are some of the very best ways to show your appreciation for loved ones around the holidays. Nothing brings people together better than food, right? Even if you are not an expert chef, almost anyone can craft some stunning jars of pickled veggies. Not only are they both tasty and pretty to look at, but they will keep for a long time. Related: 3 easy, last-minute DIY gifts for nature lovers 9. Hardcover book planter This gift is for all the bookworms out there! If your friend is a combination book worm and green thumb – even better. Take any hardcover book and transform it into an easy-to-maintain planter and instant conversation piece with just a few simple steps. Pick out a friend’s favorite tomes or plant some herbs in a classic cookbook for your buddy with culinary prowess. 10. DIY chalkboard mugs The person in your life who absolutely needs a morning cup of joe before taking on any human tasks would greatly appreciate a customizable chalkboard mug to broadcast their readiness to interact with the world. Even chipper coffee-drinkers will love a cup they can personalize with the seasons. Creating such a gift is surprisingly simple and even dishwasher safe! Images via Shutterstock, Flickr ( 1 , 2 ), GartenKultur , and Public Domain Pictures

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10 great gifts you can make using leftover nail polish

December 19, 2015 by  
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If you have nail polishes that you have fallen out of love with lying around the house, don’t throw them out. We have 10 great gift ideas that can be made using leftover nail polish. So gather your supplies and read on. READ MORE >

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DIY Gift Idea: How to Make Vintage Teacup Candles

November 18, 2014 by  
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5 Ways to Make a Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift from a Recycled Necktie

June 8, 2013 by  
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Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 16), and if you’re still scrambling to find a good gift for Dad, fear not. Instead of going out to a department store and dropping $50 on a silk tie, we’ve come up with five awesome DIY gifts that you can make from a recycled necktie. From a rockin’ guitar strap to a silky glasses case, head over to Ecouterre for some Father’s Day inspiration. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: DIY , diy father’s day gifts , diy gifts , father’s day , father’s day gifts , Recycled Materials , recycled necktie , recycled ties , upcycled necktie , upcycling        

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DIY GIFT IDEA: Flavored Cooking Oils In Beautiful Bottles

December 1, 2012 by  
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DIY Gift Idea: 10 Recipes You Can Gift in Jars

November 16, 2012 by  
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Siemens Headquarters to be the First LEED Platinum Office Building in the Middle East

November 16, 2012 by  
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The Siemens Headquarters by architects Sheppard Robson in Masdar City, Abu Dhabi is anticipated to be the first LEED Platinum office building in the Middle East, and it could set a new standard for sustainable building practices in that region. The headquarters is part of a strategic partnership between Masdar and Siemens to develop and utilize key energy-efficient technologies. Masdar City, a new area in Abu Dhabi designed by Foster and Partners , is envisioned as a hub for sustainable urban development, renewable energy and other clean technologies – and the Siemens Headquarters is a perfect anchor project for it. Read the rest of Siemens Headquarters to be the First LEED Platinum Office Building in the Middle East Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: abu dhabi , connection to pedestrians , connection to transit , first LEED Platinum office building in the Middle East , Foster and Partners , LEED Platinum building , Masdar , masdar city , maximixing views , maximizing daylight , mitigating solar heat gain , reducing energy consumption , reducing water consumption , renewable energy company in Abu Dhabi , shading system , Siemens Headquarters Middle East , space plan flexibility , sustainable urban design , void-forming technology

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DIY Holiday Gift: How To Make Your Own Lip Balms

November 13, 2012 by  
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8 Delightful DIY Father’s Day Gifts to Make for Dear Old Dad

June 8, 2012 by  
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