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Gifts from your Kitchen Social media imageCreative DIY Gifts from Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place full of love, family, and delicious food. Why not make your kitchen the go to place for DIY gifts this year? Plus there’s something special about receiving a homemade gift. Would you agree? Instead of braving the mall and the stores this year, why not make these Creative DIY Gifts From Your Kitchen to show your friends how much you care.

Gifts from your Kitchen - Lemon zest Popcorn

Popcorn doesn’t have to be seasoned with just salt and butter! Add a tangy flavor with this delicious Lemon Zest Popcorn recipe. Go ahead and fill a cute mason jar with popcorn and tuck a movie theater gift card inside.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Blackberry Jam at Satori Design for Living

Homemade Honey Rosemary Blackberry Jam by Satori Design for Living is the sweetest gift that doesn’t have to be eaten at dessert time. It can be enjoyed all day long!

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Easy Strawberry Tart Show your love with this gorgeous, mouth-watering Strawberry Tart Recipe.
It’s sure to be the hit of any pot luck too.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Peppermint Snowflake Ornaments

These Peppermint Snowflake Candy Ornaments are fun and decorative.
The kids will delight in helping with this DIY gift idea.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen

Dry weather can be brutal on our skin and lips. A homemade Lemonade Lip Balm is a sweet gift for anyone who needs a little ray of sunshine in their life.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Homemade Lemon Hand Scrub - My Uncommon Slice of Surburbia

This lemon-scented gift will surely pamper the skin (and would pair nicely with the Lemonade Lip Balm above.) Give your friend some Homemade Lemon and Peppermint Hand Scrub found at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia.

 

Gifts from Your Kitchen - Sugar coconut scrub - The Palette Muse

This Sugar Coconut Scrub by The Palette Muse is another luxurious spa essential that makes lovely gifts for your friends.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - White Chocolate Cookie Bars

White Chocolate Cookie Bars are a nice change from traditional brownies and chocolate chip cookies. I’m sure Santa wouldn’t mind a little variety in his diet this year. 😉

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

These Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies are my go to cookies when I want to impress. They are made using a standard mix from the grocery store, but you add the gourmet factor before baking!

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Lemon Glazed Shortbread - DIY Beautify

These fresh and sweet Lemon Glazed Shortbread cookies by DIY Beautify would make a thoughtful gift any time of the year.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Coffee Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Glaze

Coffee and Chocolate Shortbread cookies are the perfect gift for that caffeine junkie in your life. Bren from Bren Did even provides the free gift tag printable to go with this gift!

 

Gifts from Your Kitchen - Peppermint Oreos

Short on time? These Peppermint Oreo Cookies are simple to make and super scrumptious.

 

If you read my article about improving indoor air quality, you know how nasty store bought air fresheners can be. These next two ideas are not only thoughtful gifts, but they are also healthy alternatives when the house needs some freshening.

Gifts from your kitchen - Simmering Pots - Two Purple Couches

Give your friends a natural way to add fresh fragrance to their home with these 3 Homemade Simmering Pot Recipes by Two Purple Couches.

 

Scented Room Spray Recipe

For those friends that like to spray their way to fresher smelling air, make your own natural room spray to help them combat stale air in the winter.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - chalkboard painted cocoa mugs.

If you aren’t the best cook, that’s okay. You can create these fun Chalkboard Painted Mugs. Then add some hot cocoa mix, because nothing warms better on a cold, winter day.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Friendship Soup in a jar - oh my creative

Cold weather brings out the desire to cook more soups. Show your love by giving friends this Friendship Soup in a Jar by Oh My! Creative. Not only is it tasty, but the colorful stripes are pretty too.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Sugar Free Hot Cocoa mix - Boxy Colonial

The holidays can be filled with so many sugary sweets. Your friend who has gone sugar-free, would appreciate this Sugar Free Hot Cocoa Mix by Boxy Colonial.

 

Gifts from Your Kitchen - Cocoa in a Jar

For the rest of your friends who don’t mind the real deal,  you can make them this adorable Cocoa in a Jar!

 

Gifts from your kitchen - DIY Danielle

Delicious Cake Mix Cookies like DIY Danielle’s are great gifts for anyone with a sweet tooth (even those that don’t love to bake).

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - bbq and ranch mixes - Hearth and Vine

Have a grill master in your life?  Give them these Homemade BBQ and Ranch Spice Mixes by Hearth and Vine.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Infused Oils - Craving some Creativity

These homemade Infused Oil bottles shared by Craving Some Creativity are a perfect gift for your friend who loves to cook!

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Coconut Toffee Candy - My Life Cookbook

My Life Cookbook’s Coconut Toffee Candy would be a sweet little holiday treat for your friends.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Hot Chocolate on a Stick - Persia Lou

Give your loved one Persia Lou’s Hot Chocolate on a Stick. What a decadent gift that old and young will enjoy when stirred in warm milk.

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - Chocolate Dipped Candy Apples

Craving Some Creativity’s Gourmet Chocolate Candy Apples are a fantastic and fun gift for any occasion!

 

Gifts from your Kitchen - SlowCooker peanut clusters

Make these quick and simple Peanut Clusters in your crockpot! Cupcakes and Crinoline has the details for making this candy that your friends will go nuts over.

 

Gifts from your kitchen - Warm and Cozy Chocolate Gift Basket

Take any of the above chocolate sweets and use them to fill  this warm, cozy, and useful Chocolate Gift Basket this year.

I hope you found some inspiration for amazing gifts you can make from your kitchen. If you like this collection, pin the image below to share with your friends (because friends don’t let friends go crazy at the mall during the holidays):

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Here are a few other creative gift idea posts you may enjoy:

21 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

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35 Upcycled DIY Gift Ideas

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Gift Ideas for the Creatives on Your Wishlist

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Hostess Gift Ideas social media image16 Unique DIY Hostess Gift Ideas

Holiday festivities are about to begin, and you don’t want to arrive to those parties empty-handed! Thank your hostess by bringing a thoughtful and personal gift that is sure to put a smile on his or her face. Here is a collection of Unique DIY Hostess Gift Ideas!

YEAR-ROUND IDEAS

Hostess Gift Ideas - Personalized Wood Slice Coasters

Give your hostess something unique like these Personalized Wood Slice Coasters.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - DIY Gift Tray Box

Add wine or a few small items to this DIY Gift Tray Box for a sweet thoughtful gift.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - Gold and Marble Coasters

These Gold and Marble Coasters would make a sleek gift for your next dinner party hostess.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas Washi Tape Vase

Add some flowers to a Simple Washi Tape Vase for a beautiful gift at the next party.

 

Hostess gift ideas Drift wood Gift CrateBuild a Driftwood Gift Crate and fill it with some items as a kind gesture.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - Block Print Stamped Tea TowelDoes your hostess love to work in the kitchen? Make some custom Block Print Stamped Tea Towels.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - Eat Your Veggies Cloth Napkin Gift SetThis “Eat Your Veggies” cloth napkin set is sure to be the perfect gift for the hostess with a good sense of humor.

 

Hostess Gift IdeasFor a hostess who loves gold touches in her home decor, these Tissue Paper Candles would be a perfect thank you.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - DIY Cutting BoardHow about a custom DIY Cutting Board for your next hostess gift? Useful and beautifully crafted.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - DIY Faux cross stitch Tea TowelImpress your host with this adorable Faux Cross-stitch Tea Towel that is sure to make a lasting impression.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - rustic cake standDoes your hostess love to bake? Make this amazing Rustic Cake Stand!

HOLIDAY IDEAS

Hostess Gift Ideas - DIY Snowflake Christmas Trivets

These Snowflake Christmas Trivets would be the perfect gift to keep the table festive and protected.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - Paper Bag Ornaments

A Paper Bag Ornament would be a sweet holiday gift for their tree.

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - Hot Cocoa Mix in a JarMake your dear friend some Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar as a thank you for their next holiday gathering.

 

Hostess Gift IdeasAdd some fun items to this Customized Gift Paint Can for a unique and fun gift! (This would also make a fabulous housewarming gift.)

 

Hostess Gift Ideas - Chalkboard Paint MugsAn adorable set of Chalkboard Painted Mugs would make the perfect gift for a holiday hostess.

I hope this post gave you some great ideas for gifts that you can give to show appreciation for your hostess! We all know how much work goes into a party or gathering. Giving thoughtful gifts is a sure way to keep the invites coming!

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Here are some other posts you might like:

Holiday Decor Ideas12 Great Upcycled Ideas for Holiday Decor

 

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8. Complete with "L" brackets on corners. Add gifts and deliver!

DIY Sheet Metal Gift TraysDIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays

The holidays are fast approaching and it’s time to start thinking about gift giving ideas! Gift trays are a great way deliver gifts to your friends, neighbors or teachers. The best part of a gift tray is it can be reused for anything they want and nothing goes to waste! Follow along with this tutorial to see how to make these DIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays.

Materials:

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Materials: Sheet Metal Gift Tray

  • 1/2″ or 3/4″ Plywood scrap wood
  • 2″ pieces of lathe or scrap moulding
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B000W49NPC’ text=’Sheet metal scrap’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’4f103892-cbe2-11e7-a00c-3fda84932599′] (large enough to cover plywood base)
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00009OYFY’ text=’Sheet metal snips’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’56db011a-cbe2-11e7-88c9-230adf5bdb2c’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B000S7ZSTS’ text=’Construction adhesive’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’65c9549d-cbe2-11e7-8619-39ed35fc6585′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B000DZF2Q4′ text=’Caulk gun’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6d3fe28c-cbe2-11e7-bb25-e144f3be5a89′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B00125NQBC’ text=’Sandpaper’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’7f0ff979-cbe2-11e7-b34f-fb2f071c5869′]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B001JYVDSE’ text=’Steel wool’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8e654c5e-cbe2-11e7-b495-0ffc93a9294c’]
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B01I7DNOYA’ text=’Gloves’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’b09e21ba-cbe2-11e7-91af-d908a698cd02′]
  • Drill
  • Pencil or Marker
  • 4 – [amazon_textlink asin=’B01N6NID4X’ text=’L brackets’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’de9d5670-cbe2-11e7-84b2-2f143e838863′] and 1/2″ wood screws
  • [amazon_textlink asin=’B001PNH8D8′ text=’Brad nails ‘ template=’ProductLink’ store=’prett-wp-001-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’0337c2d4-cbe3-11e7-b1d7-3dfa06c67bf1′]Nail gun

Instructions:

Cut your piece of plywood to the desired size for the tray base. Lay the plywood base on top of the sheet metal and trace with a permanent marker. Use tin snips to cut the metal to size.

1. Cut base and mark sheet metal size.

Put on your safety gloves and use the sanding block to remove some of the shine from the sheet metal. Smooth over any sharp edges.

2. Sand Sheet metal edges and base.

Rub the steel wool over the entire sheet metal piece to give it a soft polished finish.

4. Use steel wool to dull sheet metal surface.

Load a tube of construction adhesive into your caulk gun. Apply a fair amount of adhesive to the plywood. Glue the sheet metal to the top of the plywood.

5. Add Construction Adhesive to wood base

Press the sheet metal down evenly on top of the adhesive. Wipe off any excess if needed with a paper towel.

6. Press sheet metal on top of wood base.

Cut the 2″ pieces of lathe or scrap moulding to the length of the two shorter sides. Next, measure and cut two pieces of lathe for the long ends. (Be sure to allow extra length to overlap the short pieces of lathe/moulding.  Use the construction adhesive and brads to secure the lathe to the sides of the plywood. Clamp the sides until the adhesive cures.

8. Clamp sides while glue cures.

Once the adhesive is cured, remove your clamps. Attach the L brackets on the lower half of each corner using 1/2″ wood screws. The L brackets will reinforce the sides and add an industrial look.

9. Add corner brackets for extra support and decoration.

There you have it! These DIY Sheet Metal Gift Trays are easy to make, look great, and are an extra special and environmentally-friendly way to give gifts!

10. Add gifts and deliver!

I hope you love this project. Do you have other ideas for quick gift giving? Please share!

Want some more gift giving inspiration?

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Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Hello Pretty Handy Girl fans!! I am Anika – the girl behind Anika’s DIY Life. As a long time Pretty Handy Girl fan myself, I can’t find words to tell you how excited I am to be a contributor to Brittany’s amazing site and share my projects with you amazing readers every month! You can read more about me here but in a nutshell, I love everything DIY – from building furniture to easy crafts. I also love color, bling and saving money. You will find at least one of these in every project of mine! Today’s project is all about bling and saving money – easy gold and marble coasters.

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Don’t you love the look of marble and gold together? Here is a secret: it’s not really marble, it is contact paper! I discovered the awesomeness of contact paper when I needed a solution to update the countertop in the kids bathroom of our rental. The contact paper is still holding up perfectly after 5 months. I had half a roll left and have been looking for ways to use it up. I decided it would be fun to make a “marble” tray and these fun gold and marble coasters!

Materials:

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Instructions:

Step 1 – If you are using precut wood tiles, you can skip directly to the painting step. If not, cut out the hexagon template and use it to trace the hexagons on your piece of scrap wood.

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Step 2 – Using a jig saw, cut out your hexagon shapes.

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Step 3 – Sand the faces and edges smooth. It is important to get rid of all the saw marks because you won’t like how they look on the edge of the coaster once painted (ask me how I know. 😉 )

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Step 4 – Give your coasters a coat of spray primer followed by a few coats of gold spray paint. If you need help deciding which gold spray paint you need, here is a fantastic gold spray paint comparison guide for you!

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Step 5 – Decide the placement of the “marble” and cut the contact paper pieces accordingly (leaving a bit of overhang on the sides.) Slowly apply the contact paper while smoothing out any air bubbles.

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Step 6 – Using the x-acto knife, cut off the excess contact paper from the edges.

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Step 7 – Add non-stick felt pads to the back side. If you want to be totally frugal like me, you can use squares of scrap felt and super glue them to the back. (Pssst… see the back? that’s why you have to sand them really well!)

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Here’s a video to show you how easy it is to make these marble and gold coasters:

That’s it! You have a gold and marble coaster set. I decided to get whimsical with the gold and marble pattern. You can get totally creative with the shapes of marble and gold on the coasters. Each coaster will be different yet eye-catching!

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Tie four together with some twine to make a pretty hostess gift!

Gold and Marble coasters | Scrap wood | contact paper

Hope you enjoyed this project! I will be back again next month with another fun project! In the meantime visit Anika’s DIY Life for more fun DIY projects.


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Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

Hi all, Pretty Handsome Guy here filling in for Brittany. Last night Brittany and I were wrapping presents and I thought I’d share with you some common gift wrap problems and how to deal with them.  Think of this as the polar opposite of her Creative Gift Wrapping series of posts.

The Squish and Tape and Tape and Tape

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Do you ever end up with a present that hangs out of the wrapping paper?

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No problem, simply squish the gift inside the packaging as far as you can…

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

…and quickly fold over the end and slap on some tape. Then use some more tape to close the gaps,

Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl

and just for good measure add some more tape. Hey, tape is cheap, no need to be stingy with it!

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All done, and the goal of hiding the present has been achieved!

The Panel (not to be confused with the type of pants pregnant women wear.)

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How many times have you cut your wrapping paper only to realize that it is too short to go around the package? When it comes to wrapping presents I adhere to the adage “measure never, just cut it”.  I mean seriously people we aren’t building a house here, what you are wrapping is meant to be destroyed anyways.

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Here is the solution! It is called the panel. Simply cut another piece of wrapping paper the width of the gap (or maybe a little wider.)

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Tape it on (no need to match up the pattern, no one will see the bottom when it is under the tree.). Bonus points if you can manage to use 2-3 different types of wrapping paper – just tell everyone it is a “holiday medley”.

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Super easy solution and the best part is that you don’t have to go back and cut a whole new piece of wrapping paper.  The environment will thank you for this one.

The Nip, Tuck & Roll

Now we are down to one of the most common wrapping problems. What to do when you have too much wrapping paper on the ends of your package.  And yes I realize most of these “problems” are a function of not measuring in the first place but whatever.

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Normally I would simply roll the sides in until they meet the package, but in an effort to neaten things up a bit, you can simply gather the end in your hands and snip off the excess.

Now simply fold in the end towards the box.
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Continue to roll the paper in…

…until you reach the box, then smash the end down with your hand to flatten it.

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And tape your end down.
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Done. Problem solved, any questions?
Adding a Gift Tag (bet you’ve never seen it done this way!)
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I found the little key tags that Brittany bought for tagging her presents. Creative idea and all but sheesh a lot more work than a stick-on “To/From” tag.  But I devised a new way to attach them to the gift without ribbon.
Simply grasp a corner of your package and use a hole punch to make a hole in the gift wrap.
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Then take a piece of tape and twist it into what I call a “tapepick” (looks like a toothpick.)

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Thread the “tapepick” into the hole you made in your gift wrap.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
Then grab another piece of tape and fold it over the ends of your tapepick to secure them.
Fixing Common Gift Wrap Problems | OMG! So funny, you have to read this. | Pretty Handy Girl
That’s it. Thanks for reading my post today. Hopefully Brittany will invite me back to show you how I make a bed in less than 10 seconds!
– Pretty Handsome Guy

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