We all know how expensive Christmas presents can be; sometimes people spend thousands of dollars on small-sized gifts. There’s an alternative: Do It Yourself (DIY) Christmas gifts.
One gift you could make is gemstone soap, glycerin soap shaped like a crystal, you’ll need:
- Soap base (clear or opaque)
- Soap colorant
- Essential oils
- Silicone mold (rectangle)
- Knife (use with parental supervision)
- Glass pitchers
- Disposable cups
Step 1: Melt blocks of the opaque or clear soap to create a soap base(leave enough uncolored soap for later).
Step 2: Add essential oils and color, then stir.
Step 3: Pour soap into plastic cups and let sit for 24 hours or put in the fridge for a few hours.
Step 4: When soaps are done setting, take them out of the plastic cups.
Step 5: Slice soaps into different shapes and sizes.
Step 6: Add cut pieces into rectangle mold.
Step 7: Use melted (or melt) clear / opaque soap into two separate containers.
Step 8: Pour melted soap into silicone mold and fill to the top.
Step 9 : Let sit overnight or put in refrigerator for a few hours.
. Step 10: Peel soaps out of mold, with knife, slowly cut pieces off to make it look like a crystal.
Step 11: Gift them!
Another DIY gift that you could give out this year is a mason jar magnet. It is a mason jar lid with a picture attached and made into a magnet. This one is simple. You will need:
- Hot glue gun
- Mason jar lids
- Photos of friends/family
Follow these simple steps to make this memorable gift:
Step 1: Use lid insert to trace a circle onto the photo then cut out the picture
Step 2: Glue the insert inside of the lid ring (with the silver side up).
Step 3: Glue the photos to the inside of the lid.
Step 4: Glue the magnet to the back of lid
Step 5: Wrap and give!
One last DIY to try is reindeer hot chocolate kits. You will need:
- Piping bags
- Powdered hot cocoa
- Mini chocolate chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Red pom pom balls
- Googly eyes
- Brown pipe cleaners
- Customized note
- Hole puncher
To create this DIY follow these steps:
Step 1: Pour hot cocoa mix into piping bags.
Step 2: Pour in some chocolate chips.
Step 3: Add a layer of marshmallows.
Step 4: Tie top of bag with ribbon.
Step 5: Write a personalized note and attach to ribbon already on the bag.
Step 6: Wrap pipe cleaner around top of bag and shape into antlers.
Step 7: Glue googly eyes and pom pom ball to bag for Rudolph’s face.
Step 8: Trim off excess piping bag above antlers.
If you try these DIYs, tell GRZEXP how they turned out. I am sure that your friends and family will love these thoughtful and crafty gifts.
By: Lilly Wittek