While an expensive store bought gift is great, sometimes it’s good to show the special women in your life how much you care by making them something special.
DIY gifts add a wholesome and personal touch that store bought gifts can simply not match. The time and effort you put into a DIY gift is as much a part of the present as the product itself. Plus, you get to squeeze in inside jokes and special memories into your gift that she will cherish forever.
So, do you want to know how to blow her away on her next birthday? Read on for some amazing DIY gift ideas.
1. Make a cute little animal planter
Plants are perfect as gifts – they’re great for decoration and the environment. So for her birthday this year, make a homemade planter and fill it with her favorite indoor succulent.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A small plastic animal (hollowed out)
- A knife or a cutter
- Spray paint – any color you want but white works best
- Some sand and soil
- A succulent
Cut a hole in the top of the plastic animal with a knife or cutter. Coat the animal in spray paint. If you’re feeling extra festive, paint some cute patterns on the animal after it dries out. Once it’s fully dry, put the succulent in and fill it with sand and soil.
If you’re looking for succulent options that would look cute and be easy to maintain, consider the options below:
- Jade Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Zebra Plant
- Panda Plant
- Crown of Thorns
2. Make a memorable photo collage
A photo collage is the perfect way to round up some of your favorite memories with the person you love. It’s also a timeless gift that she can keep with her forever.
Use pictures from trips, parties, everyday instances, moments of achievement, and any other occasions that were equally special to both of you. Arrange them chronologically or in order of importance.
PosterMyWall’s collage maker lets you make your collage in a fun and aesthetically pleasing way. You can get as creative as you want with the free online unlimited photos collage maker, which lets you add as many memories to your collage as you want.
3. Make a Macrame wall hanging
Macrame wall hangings look incredibly pretty on bedroom and living room walls. You can make your own easily.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- A cotton rope
- A stick or a copper pipe
- A piece of string
First, take your string and tie both ends to the corners of the stick or pipe. Once this is done, cut up your rope into about six even sections, and then knot them up on the stick. Make sure they’re spaced evenly.
And now the fun begins. Knot your rope sections together any way you want. For beginners, the braiding technique works best – loop the knots over and under each other like you would while braiding hair.
4. Make a quirky map magnet
These magnets are a fun little arts and crafts project that would look incredible on her fridge or mirror.
This is what you’ll need:
- Tiny transparent glass rocks – you can get these at any dollar store or online
- Mod Podge sealer and a paintbrush
- Some paper maps
- Hot glue gun
- Tiny magnets
Start by cutting tiny circles on your paper maps. Personalize this by using maps from places she wants to go to. Next, line the flat surface of each rock with Mod Podge using a paintbrush. You can also use regular glue to do this. Paste a map circle on each rock such that it’s visible through the concave surface of the rock. Finally, use a hot glue gun to attach tiny magnets to the bottoms of the rocks.
Tip: You can replace the maps with photos of the two of you, and follow the same directions to make your magnets.
5. Make an apple cinnamon sugar scrub
We can all agree that anything with a sweet, delicious scent is immediately a winner. So for her birthday this year, help her unwind with a sugar scrub that is not only thoughtful, but also an incredible exfoliator.
Here’s what you’ll need to make your apple cinnamon sugar scrub:
- Brown sugar – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Cinnamon – 1 teaspoon
- Apple pie spice – 1 teaspoon
- Coconut oil – ½ cup
- Mason jar
Mix all your dry ingredients together in a bowl, and then slowly add the coconut oil until you have a nice consistency. Pour the mixture into a decorated mason jar and store in a cool place until it’s time to give your gift.
If done right, a DIY gift can mean so much and be so much more special than a store-bought one. So why not go the extra mile and surprise her with your creativity for her next birthday?
The key takeaway here is to be as creative as you can with your DIY endeavors. And whether you’re making a planter or a magnet, don’t forget to add that personal touch.