DIY Gift Ideas! 10 DIY Christmas Gifts & Birthday Gifts for Best Friends

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In this video I will show you ten adorable
gift ideas that everyone would love to receive. These are perfect for Christmas, birthdays
or any other occasion. Investing time and thought in presents is really what turns a
little present in something big and meaningful, because it shows that besides the object you're
also giving a lot of love. Hey loves! December is just around the corner
and I'm so excited about the Christmas lights, yummy food and hanging out with friends and
family. But this is also the time when we stress out about the Christmas gifts. But
don't you worry, guys, because I've got you covered.

In this video I'm going to show you
ten affordable and epic DIY Christmas gift ideas that you can make for your loved ones.
These are also perfect for birthday presents all year around and of course you can totally
just DIY them for yourself. I'm not going to lie, I'm probably keeping one, two or five
gifts for myself. Okay, I hope you guys are excited, take your crafty spirits out and
let's get started. For someone that loves ice cream and deserts,
an ice cream sundae box is a perfect gift! To make it you need a gift box and a bunch
of ice cream related things like cones, cups and toppings like candy, sprinkles, honey,
ice cream scoop, little spoons and decorations.

Now we have to package everything nicely.
For the cones, take some cellophane and roll it like that to make a cone shape. Secure
it with a piece of tape. Put in a few ice cream cones and make a bow on top using ribbon.
Pretty cute, right?! Next let's make three little bags of sprinkles. Here I have blue
colored sugar. I also have this beautiful colorful confetti. Yum! In the third bag I'll
pour a bunch of pearl confetti. To decorate the bags cut a small piece of colored cardboard
paper, fold it in half and punch it on the bag with stapler. This makes the bags look
so festive and pretty. I think packing the cone and toppings into the DIY packages adds
so much to this gift box. Fill the box with other ice cream related goodies like this
ice cream scoop. You can fill the handle with sprinkles! When you make yourself an ice cream
you can quickly add some sprinkle yummines on top of it.

So cool, right? I also got these
three little jars, which I decided to fill in with some sugar covered chocolate candy,
gummy worms and honey. You can use different dressings like chocolate or caramel sauce.
And of course besides candy you can use chocolate chips, crushed cookies or chopped nuts, dried
fruits and chopped dark chocolate for a bit healthier options. Just think about the favorite
snacks of the person the box is for. I'm adding two little notes in the box as well. On the
first one I wrote Ice cream sundae in a box and on the other, bon appetit and I added
a raffia hanger to both. To make sure the spoons won't scatter all around the box, let's
tie them together and make a bow.

We are finally ready to put all these goodies into the box!
I think it looks extra cute if you add some tissue paper on the bottom – I scrunched
two pink pieces and popped them in. You can make so many different thematic sundae boxes.
If you're making it for someone that eats very healthy you can put in a bunch of different
yogurt toppings, like granola, crushed nuts, seeds and so on.

The options are endless.
I think an ice cream sundae box like this will put a big smile on the face of whoever
you'll give it to. Pimping up plain clothes is a great way to
make amazing gifts at affordable price. Here, I transformed a plain sweater into the most
adorable cat sweater everyone would love. All you need to make it is a plain sweater
that you can get for very cheap, scissors, pink and black felt, ribbon and fabric glue.
Start by outlining the animal you are going for. I decided to make a cat so I need a pair
of pointy ears, eyes, nose, mouth and whiskers.

Cut all the shapes out. Be creative and make
other animals of your choice, like a dog or bear for example, you can have so much fun
designing the sweater. For the nose I am cutting a little pink heart from a light pink piece
of felt, just to make our kitty cat sweater even more cute. Here's how it looks when we
put all the pieces together. Hmm… something is missing – a little pink bow, so let's
quickly make one from a piece of ribbon. Place the ribbon around the pointer and the middle
finger and lead the bottom end up and through the opening between the two fingers. Tie both
ribbon ends together in a knot. Take the bow off your fingers, trim away the excess ribbon
and you are done.

These ribbons can be used for so many DIY projects but today we are
using one as a fashionable accessory to our kitten. All we have to do now is glue the
pieces onto the sweater. Fabric glue is completely washable and should last many years. I am
so pleased with how this cat sweater turned out! Making a present like this is so much
better than just buying a fancy expensive piece of clothing in a store. It really shows
that you took time and put effort into creating a present for someone you love. Plus it's
way cheaper for you! This is such a fun and easy diy project that you can totally make
for yourself as well. A great Christmas or birthday gift idea for
any age is this beautiful picture frame. You need an inexpensive picture frame, acrylic
paint, paint brush, glue and some fake flowers.

Fancy picture frames can be quite expensive,
while you can get such plain ones for a dollar or two and you can pimp them up yourself.
I decided to color the frame in green and then decorate it with artificial flowers.
If you are giving it away for Christmas you can switch the color to red and decorate it
with snowflakes for example. But I wanted to make a frame that you can have on your
night stand all year around. I applied two coats of paint to get it nice and opaque.
Wait for a few hours or until it is completely dry and we are ready to glue on some flowers.
You can buy such fake flowers on the internet for super cheap. I still have a lot left from
my hair accessories and school supplies tutorials, remember? I put five flowers on two corners
of my frame, but you can stick them all around the frame if you prefer. In any case the picture
frame will turn out gorgeous! Put in a picture of you and whoever you are giving this frame
to – your friend, mom, grandma and I guarantee, you will melt their heart.

I mean… who wouldn't
be absolutely blown away by receiving such a special and thoughtful gift. Every time
they will look at this beautiful picture, they will remember how lucky they are to have
such a special person in their life – you. Every chocolate lover would be thrilled to
receive these home made chocolate bonbons. They are very quick and so much fun to make.
You need some silicone molds, chocolate and toppings like sprinkles and mixed nuts. First
we need to melt the chocolate. I’m doing that in the microwave so I have to break the
chocolate into the microwaveable cups. I have some milk and some white chocolate. Yum, yum!
You can also melt your chocolate over the stove.

Once the chocolate is melted, pour
it into the mold – I have this heart shaped one, but you can find so many other cool designs
in a store. Flatten the chocolate with a spoon and then add toppings of your choice. I have
some shredded coconut, chopped hazelnuts and sprinkles for the first three. I want to make
more than that so here comes another row of chocolate yumminess. Here I am also using
some blue sugar and pines. Let’s now make some white chocolate bonbons. Wait what?!
I figured that I overcooked mine, so white chocolate rest in peace. But we're not going
to stress about it for too long because I have some milk chocolate left. Leave them
to cool completely, you can also put them into the fridge for a while. Time to take
these babies out of the molds! Look at this perfection! OMG I'm so proud of myself right
now. Totally tapping myself on the shoulder, no shame. They look so professionally made,
right? I'm gonna try this one. No girl these are not for you, these are for the gift, they
look so good I just wanna eat them.

Put them in a jar or a pretty gift box. Decorate it
with some ribbon to make it more festive! You can personalize it for a friend that you
are making them for. For example if that person is all about healthy living use 70% chocolate
and top the bonbons with healthy stuff like nuts and goji berries. These are such a yummy
and awesome gift. Ear hats are a huge trend and you can actually
make them yourself! I'm going to show you how.

All you need is an inexpensive hat, two
buttons, thread and a needle plus some yarn. First we need to make two pompoms. Wrap the
yarn around the palm of your hand about hundred times. Trim the excess and take the yarn ball
of your hand. Take a short piece of yarn or thread and wrap it around the yarn ball tightly.
You end up with this bow shape. With scissors cut through the loops on both sides. The bow
shape is gone and we end up with a fluffy yarn ball. Time to make our pompom nice and
rounded so just have fun with scissors and play with it until you are satisfied with
how it looks. There we go – this one is looking pretty posh! But since all the animals
have two ears, we have to make the second pom pom, which has to be of the same size
as the first one. Our two balls of fluffiness are ready and we can attach them to the hat.
Thread your needle and make a couple of stitches for each of the ears.

If you want you can
just use fabric glue. Since my pom poms are quite big and heavy I figured that sewing
will probably work best for me. Make a final knot inside the hat, snip away the excess
thread and the first ear is done. Do the same for the other one. Just by adding ears, this
hat looks so much prettier than before, right?! You can totally finish here or you can give
our bear a face like me. For the eyes I am using a couple of white buttons to match the

Sew them on a hat using black thread, which will represent the pupils. Besides being
an awesome gift idea, this project is also great for up-cycling your old hats and refreshing
your winter wardrobe. I will definitely make another one for myself if I give this hat
away because I just love it so much. For the nose and mouth I am using yarn and fabric
glue. Make a little oval shape for bear's nose and a wave for the mouth. Here we have
it, our mister bear hat all done and looking epic.

This DIY is really inexpensive, but
so unique and special. The lucky person who receives a gift like that will surely feel
special and appreciated. You know what guys I was thinking that none
of my friends have birthdays in the next days and I am feeling pretty hungry so I am just
going to dig into the ice cream box. I have to give it a little quality control to make
sure it's good enough as a gift, right? I am taking two scoops of raspberry sorbet which
is so good! A little whipped cream never hurt nobody, so let’s put it on top. Time for
the toppings! I’m going for some honey first, because raspberry sorbet can be quite sour
and we need to balance it out with sweet honey. We also have to check out how the sprinkle
scoop works! Mmm nice, I'm going to mark it as approved. All we need now is some décor
and an ice cream spoon.

How pretty is this snowflake! You can make decorations like these
yourself. Cut some shapes of your choice from colored paper and stick them on a toothpick.
After a quality control has been performed, I can totally approve this ice cream box as
a perfect gift for any occasion! I Love it! Happy Birthday! If you need some small and inexpensive presents
to give to your friends – these candy bonbons are perfect. To make them you'll need some
candy, ribbon, cellophane, tape, toilet paper roll, wrapping paper and scissors. Start by
wrapping the craft paper around the roll and secure it with a piece of tape. Fold the extra
paper on the sides inside the roll like this.

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Pop the candy of your choice into the opening.
Take your cellophane and wrap it around the candy roll. Secure it in place with tape.
Make two ribbon bows on the sides and you get a perfect bonbon shape. How cute are these!?
Make a bunch of different colors and give them to your best friends or you can use them
as stocking fillers. Easy, inexpensive and totally adorable little gifts, I am in love! Anyone that loves beauty and likes to pamper
herself would be happy to receive this moisturizing body scrub.

You need a bowl, a jar, essential
oil, food coloring, sugar and coconut oil. Pour quarter of a cup of melted coconut oil
into the bowl and add a cup of sugar. Add a few drops of essential oil, I am using peppermint
and mix in a bit of blue food coloring. Mix the ingredients together really well. If you
need to you can still add sugar or oil at this point to get the perfect consistency.
Pour the scrub into a jar. To make the gift prettier you can decorate it with stickers
– write on a name and stick it on the lid. I also decided to wrap a piece of white raffia
around and make a bow. What a gorgeous little present right?! Especially in the winter when
our skin gets dry it is really important to exfoliate and moisturize. This scrub works
perfectly because it does both – removes dry skin and death cells plus moisturizes.

Now let's make some marble bowls which are
a great decorating and organizing piece for any age. We're gonna need some clay, a bowl,
dough roller and a gold fabric marker. Roll the colors of your choice into strips like
this. I have white, green, violet and yellow. Now you need to twist all the strips together
and the more you twist, the more marbley your bowls are going to be. I want my design to
be quite full so I decided to roll my clay again and then twist it like that. Just play
with it so that the clay colors mix together. When you feel like you have a good pattern,
form the clay into a little marble ball. Place it on the flat surface and use a roller or
something rounded like a vase or a bottle to flatten it.

Just as you would be baking
cookies. Place the clay on top of the bowl and let it dry. Here I made another one. For
this one I swirled the clay even more so I got an even more marbley rustic look. I decided
to put it inside the bowl and make the edge even more wavy, by folding it in. My clay
is air drying so I just have to wait for a few hours for my bowls to dry and harden,
but you can bake them and speed up the process. For the finishing touch color the edge in
gold or any other color.

You can use a marker or acrylic paint to do that. Ta-da the marble
dishes are all ready and a perfect gift for a friend, your mom, grandma or anyone that
likes cute room decorating pieces. These are great for storing jewelry, or anything else
like keys, pins, you name it. What is better than drinking a morning coffee
or tea from a mug made by someone very special to you? DIY mugs are a cute and super easy
idea perfect for all ages. To make them you need a white mug and some porcelain markers.
This one would be perfect for a birthday gift. I started with a party garland and some balloons.
First I like to outline the picture in black and then I'll add some color. Plain mugs are
very inexpensive and the markers will last you forever, so you'll be able to make a lot
of gifts using them. All you have to do is transform yourself into a creative mug designer
and make some awesome drawings on the mugs. I am really not that good in drawing, so don't
judge me.

But that is the point of DIY-ing! You don't have to be a Picasso to make a gift
like that. I also decided to add a little quote – "smile it looks good on you". Not
just smile, the person I'm gonna give this mug to will probably laugh every morning when
drinking coffee, thinking about how terrible drawer I am. Feel free to leave your mug in
black and white but you know me – I love color so I had to spice it up a bit. Looking
awesome! Now on to the other mug! I wanted this one to be more winter related so I'm
writing on "baby it's cold outside". I don't know about you guys but boy it's been getting
pretty cold here in Norway lately, so this totally feels appropriate.

On the bottom part
of the mug I am drawing 3 penguins – poor babies freezing in the snow. Start with an
oval for the body, horizontal number three for the face and two lines for the white belly.
Using yellow marker make a beak and their feet. And since I am making fantasy penguins
I am coloring them in green, pink and blue. This DIY doesn't take more than five minutes
and you get such a nice gift! Just perfect! To make your mugs dish washer proof we have
to pop them in the oven for the marker to harden. Follow the instructions for your markers
as they can be a bit different. I have to bake my mugs at three hundred Fahrenheit for
ninety minutes. Voila, here they are all finished and looking awesome. I love how you can be
so creative with these mugs. You can make so many awesome designs. Drawings, patterns,
quotes… sky is the limit. Quality control is needed again so let's make some hot chocolate.
Little bit of milk, a teaspoon of cocoa powder and whipped cream to make it extra delicious
and festive.

Every time your friend will drink from the mug that you made, he or she will
be reminded how special he or she is to you. And that is a priceless feeling. Last but definitely not least I'll show you
how to make these epic gloves or hand warmers, which is probably my favorite gift idea in
a bunch. And no worries if you don't know how to knit because I have no clue either,
tweenzies! You will need some yarn, ice cream cup, glue gun, bobby pins, knitting hook and
a needle. Before we start knitting we need to make a simple knitting loom.

Start placing
pairs of pins around the edge of the cup like that, leaving about half an inch between each
pair. If you don't have an ice cream cup you can use a bigger coffee cup or any other hollow
rounded object. Time to take our glue gun and let's apply some glue over and around
each pin to make sure they will stay in place while knitting. When all the pins are glued
in place we can proceed to the fun part – knitting! Take your yarn and this is optional – a

Thread the yarn through it. Straw makes it easier to wrap the yarn around each pin.
Leave about five inches of yarn hang loose and then start wrapping the yarn around each
pin. Make sure that you have loops on the outside and the connecting line of yarn on
the inside of the loom. When you reach the first pin, just continue with one more row
above the first one. See how quickly you can wrap the yarn around the pins using a straw?!
The second wrapping row is finished so it's time to take the hook and pull the bottom
loops over the top ones.

Grab the bottom loop – the one closer to the cup edge – pull
it over the top loop and over the pin like that. If you don't have a hook you can easily
make one from a piece of wire or you can pull with fingers too. Go all around the loom until
our first row is finished. Time to again wrap the around the pins – but from now
on we only need to wrap them once, because as you can see, we already have our first
row of yarn from before. When all the pins are wrapped take a hook and pull the bottom
loops over the top ones. These are the two steps that you need to keep repeating until
your glove is long enough: wrap the yarn around the pins, pull the bottom loops over the top

Then again wrap the yarn around the pins and again pull the bottom loops over
the top ones, it's that simple! You can make the gloves using only one color of yarn, or
you can make stripes of different colors. I decided to make a green edge on these gloves
so I need to switch the yarn. This is very easy. Snip the pink working yarn, leaving
about five inches extra like that. Take the green yarn and thread on a straw. Now simply
make a knot tying together the pink and green yarn like that.

Then continue the same two
easy steps as before. This time using green yarn. Wrap the yarn around each pin and then
pull the bottom loops over the top ones. And that's the whole story, it's really easy,
you really have to try. I love this quick loom knitting technique because it is so simple
and it only takes about two hours to make a beautiful glove! Especially this time of
the year, when it gets dark so quickly I love cosying up on the couch wrapped in blankets,
watch some TV and knit these gloves. I find it really relaxing and therapeutic. Call me
granny, it's like "granny's beauty corner". After twenty two pink and five green rows
I believe this glove is long enough so I am going to pull the bottom loops over the top
ones for the last time and then we'll make a finishing crochet row. To make it you can
use a crochet hook like me, but the knitting hook from before or a piece of wire would
work just fine too.

Pull the first loop from the pin and onto the hook. Take your working
yarn and wrap it around the hook like this. Now you need to pull the first loop over the
second one and off the hook. Add the loop from the second pin onto the hook and again
wrap the working yarn around the hook. As you can see you have three loops on the hook.
Pull the middle one over the third loop and then the first one over the third loop. Continue
this step until you take all the loops off the pins. I feel like I'm saying "hook" hundred
billions times now, but I really want you guys to understand. Let's repeat: take the
loop of the pin, wrap the working yarn around the hook and you're left with 3 loops on the
hook. Pull over the middle one and the first one. Then repeat the step. When you reach
your last pin, the glove will come off the loom. You are left with a little loop and
the working yarn which we have to trim leaving about five inches of extra.

Lead the yarn
through the loop and make a couple of knots and stitches to make sure that the glove won't
fall apart. We want it to last many years. I am using a big knitting needle but you can
totally make one using a piece of wire. On the opposite end of the glove you still have
this first yarn end peaking out. Make a few knots and stitches to secure your work. I
decided to make an extra knot where we switched the colors just to be sure. Now we can snip
away all that extra yarn hanging out. Push the knot from the yarn switch inside the glove
to hide it and we are all done, and ready to admire these adorable hand knitted gloves.
You can make them for yourself or you can give them as the most beautiful and thoughtful
gift ever.

Switch up the colors and you can make these gloves for anyone – girlfriend,
boyfriend, grandpa and I guarantee they will be overwhelmed. Home made gifts are much more thoughtful,
unique and special then the store bought ones. Take some time this year and make gifts for
your friends and family and show them how much they mean to you! You will melt their
heart, because with home made gifts you don't give an object – you give love. These were my ten DIY gifts ideas perfect
for Christmas, birthdays or any kind of day when you want to tell your friends and family
that you love them. Let me know in the comments, which of the ten ideas was your favorite and
also give the video some love if you want more Christmas related videos, maybe a room
decor or something like that.

Let me know… That is it for today, thank you so much for
watching and I'll talk to you really soon. Oh and before I go, don't forget to check
out the Christmas videos, I did last year. Bye! Please Subscribe.

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