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Hi Wedding Party readers, it’s Jen from Something Turquoise back again sharing more DIY inspiration – but this time we are talking about the holidays instead of weddings! The holidays are every crafters time to shine; it’s like our super bowl. Every year I make a gift for every single one of my family and friends, which is around 60 people – so I tend to keep my projects light and simple. I’ve made small candles, lip balms, soaps, notepads, scarves and more… this year I’m making my “seasoning salt favors“, one for each family.

Today I’m hoping to inspire you to make one or maybe even two of your holiday gifts this year. You still have plenty of time to find the supplies and get to crafting, so don’t let that stand in your way. The ideas below are all simple enough for the novice crafter (while they’re also awesome enough for the expert to want to make) and quick enough to accomplish in one evening. Some would make great large scale gifts like what I make for my family and others would be perfect for your best girlfriends. Hopefully there is at least one here that will spark your crafting fancy!

Psst — it goes without saying, but if you love these ideas, they might make great gifts for your bridesmaids, special wedding vendors, or even guests for the big day!

1. Monogrammed Sharpie Mugs

Kelsey of Pinegate Road shared his tutorial on her blog for these beautifully simple DIY Sharpie Mugs. Using plain white ceramic mugs and a Sharpie, you can create any design you’d like. Cure by oven baking, details in her tutorial. Add a few fun treats inside and you’ll have a wonderful personalized gift.

Cost: under $10 each; Time: under an hour

2. Mini-Mason Jar Cookie Mix Gifts

This is one of mine, and it’s one of my favs! On my blog Something Turquoise I share a delicious recipe that I created specifically to fit inside these small 12 ounce mason jars – the perfect size for gift giving! Each jar makes about 10 cookies and it won’t break the bank to make a bunch… personalize by adding any candy you’d like.

Cost: about $6 each; Time: about an hour

3. Coffee Sugar Scrub

Crystal from A Pumpkin & A Princess created the perfect gift for your coffee-loving gal pal – coffee sugar scrub! Her tutorial makes mixing up this darling gift super easy to understand, I bet you’ll want to make one for everyone including yourself. Gifting in a mason jar is a perfect container as the recipient can take it in the shower with them!

Cost: under $5 each; Time: under an hour

4. Peppermint Lip Balm

OOoooo, I can feel it on my dry winter lips now! Kristin from Live Simply breaks down, step by step, exactly how you can make these lovely little lip balm gifts. A fresh and preservative free lip balm is a treat and perfect for anyone on you list that has lips!

Cost: about $2 each; Time: about an hour

5. Vinyl & Gold Zipper Bag

The insanely talented Lia from Lia Griffith shares a super simple pattern on how you can make this awesome vinyl bag – gold and polka dots fits every gal on my list! Only a few stitches turn this bag into reality but it helps if you have some basic sewing skills. I’m going to make one for myself because it’s so freaking cute.

Cost: around $15; Time: about an hour

6. Copper Pipe iPad Stand

For the modern, tech lover in your life. Laurel from A Bubbly Life shares exactly how to construct this killer tablet stand from copper pipe and glue – that’s it. This DIY gift is sure to impress – hands down – and a great idea for guys!

Cost: around $25 ; Time: about 2 hours

7. Washi Tape Embellished Candles

This super easy and totally darling project comes to us from Sarah of Sarah Hearts. Use any color and pattern of washi tape that you’d like to add decoration to inexpensive store bought candles. A super fast and super cheap gift; giving 5 on a tray like this would be the perfect no-sweat holiday hostess gift!

Cost: about $3 each; Time: 10 minutes

8. String Art

I love string art! It’s so fun and so easy, yet it looks so lovely and sweet. Jen from Delightfully Deets breaks down how to get any shape using a computer printout. This deer head is perfect for the holidays but you can make anything; a heart, initials, or maybe even a last name.

Cost: about $10; Time: about an hour

9. Wrapped Yarn + Leather Scarf

This awesome DIY {no knit + no sew} yarn scarf from Erica at Honesty WTF is such an awesome idea! I’m not going to spoil the details on how it’s made, but it’s crazy simple. Your friends will thinks its from Anthropologie it looks so cool.

Cost: around $10; Time: about an hour

10. Marbled Vase / Pencil Jar

Chelsea from Lovely Indeed shares an easy technique for marbling using gold gilding and water – I’ve done it and it’s awesome. Great for any surface that can withstand water. The marbling comes out wonderfully different every time, making the perfect gift for your gold-obsessed friend!

Cost: around $10; Time: less than an hour + dry time

…and now for a few additional DIY wrapping treats!

*1. Rudolf Wrapping Paper

Lexy from The Proper Pinwheel shares how you can make your own rudolf pom-pom wrapping paper using just a stamp! In the same post she shares other awesome wrapping ideas as well, check it out.

Cost: under $5; Time: under an hour

*2. Chalkboard-like Wrapping Paper

Black wrapping paper and white pens make this packaging rock! Bonnie from Going Home to Roost shares her tips and preferred writing implements for making the perfect chalkboard inspired gift wrap.

Cost: under $5; Time: under an hour

*3. Hand Calligraphy Tags

Get these (and TONS more) darling FREE printable gift tags from Lindsey from Lindsey Bee! Every good gift is made great by beautiful and thoughtful wrapping!

Jen Carreiro is the turquoise crazed, master crafter and editor behind SomethingTurquoise.com, a creative wedding blog that truly embraces the DIY bride. Known for her detailed wedding DIY tutorials, Jen is hoping to rid the wedding crafting world of the term ‘craft fail’, and hopes to share techniques that will ensure ‘craft wins’ for you every single time. Follow her and her trail of turquoise into wedding crafting heaven. You can find her on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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