We’re not down to the wire yet, gang, but just in case you’re one of those folks who lives on the thrill of last-minute gift giving, I’ve got you covered. The rest of the Michaels Makers and I were given the task of putting together a few holiday hacks to make your season a little simpler! So just file this post away until December 23rd or so and then pull it back up when you’re freaking out because you forgot a gift for your bestie. That’s what I’m here for, y’all. We put together three last-minute DIY holiday gifts, and I can personally promise that each one took me no longer than 10 minutes to make by hand! (Give or take some paint drying…) FYI, I got everything on this list at Michaels so it was a one-stop shop.
For the Coffee Fiend
I repurposed my favorite hand-drawn pattern of the year on a handy coffee mug! I think the eyes are particularly hilarious for your coffee-drinking friend who just can’t open her eyes in the morning without a little caffeine buzz.
- ceramic coffee mug
- Martha Stewart glass paint
Step 1: Start with a clean, dry mug. Shake the paint in the bottle down toward the cap. Carefully squeeze the bottle until a thin stream of paint starts coming from the tip. Paint on your eye pattern all around the mug.
Step 2: Place the mug in a cold oven. Turn oven on to 350 and let it heat for 30 minutes. Then turn oven off and allow the mug to come back to room temperature inside the oven. That’s it!
For the Plant Lover
Terrariums are so happening right now, and I have to admit I’m on the bandwagon. They’re like teeny tiny mini gardens but without all the work. Ha! If you want to include some faux plants, grab a selection of succulents or air plants from the floral section. If you want to include a real air plant or succulent, head to a nursery for the real deal.
- clear terrarium
- packaged moss
- faux or real air plants or succulents
- twine or cord
Step 1: Separate small pieces of moss in various shades and textures. Lay them in the bottom of the terrarium to create a bed.
Step 2: Place your air plants or succulents near the opening of the terrarium so that they’re peeking out of the hole.
Step 3: Tie a length of cord or twine through the hook for hanging.
For the Decor Fanatic
I’m kind of obsessed with the little DIY marquee lights at Michaels! You can paint ’em or put paper or tape on them and customize them a bunch of different ways. We’re actually using one as a star at the top of our Christmas tree this year. And wouldn’t ya know it, they’re the perfect idea for a little giftie too.
- marquee light ampersand (or somebody’s initial!)
- scrapbook paper or wrapping paper
- glue stick
Step 1: Use the glue stick to glue your scrapbook paper or wrapping paper to the front of the ampersand insert. Cut away the excess paper.
Step 2: Press the decorated ampersand insert into the marquee light and be sure it fits tightly. Insert the bulbs according to the directions in the kit. Add some AAA batteries to this one if you want your recipient to be able to light it up right away!
Bing bang and boom! Three pretty little prezzies that you barely had to lift a finger for. Hope these help you knock a few folks off of your list this year! (Although I wouldn’t blame you if you wanted to keep one or two of these for yourself…) xoxo