December is here! While that is filled with conflicting emotions around the Christmas cheer, something that’s sure on your mind is giving gifts. Since we’re younger, we obviously don’t have a specific job, except going to school. We don’t have a steady income, unless we do chores, or have an allowance (or birthday money y’know). Usually, we still want to do something special for our family or friends, so we put together a little list of cheap, simple and easy, DIYs and crafts for you to enjoy, and put a smile on someone’s face at Christmas.
1.5 inch in diameter clear bulbs and your favorite paint.
You can put paint inside the bulb and swirl around or paint on the outside of the bulb.
Wine Cork Christmas Tree Decoration
(32) wine corks, hot glue gun, paint
Start with creating a base of four wine corks (glued together as a square). Next, add a row of seven wine corks. Keep going up the tree taking away one cork for each row. You can paint the tree green, or make each cork a different color, or add your favorite colors.
A smaller version is cute too.
Start with a base. Add a row of four corks. Next, add a row of five corks and then keep going up the tree taking away one cork for each row.
Pebble Flower Art
(1) bag of rocks/pebbles from the craft store (also interesting ones you may find in your yard or along a hike)
items to make stems (we like to use small twigs/branches)
Elmers craft glue and Krazy glue
(1) piece of wood
Jute or other items to hang your art
Start with your piece of wood. Determine how you want to lay out your picture and then the direction you intend to hand it. Sort through your rocks and pebbles. Lay them out in the shape of a flower. You can make one flower or several (see photos). Use your creativity and do what is best for you. Once you have your layout it is time to glue everything down. We use Elmer’s X-Treme School Glue and Gorilla Glue gel (hint: both dry clear). Be careful with the Gorilla Glue. It will stick to your fingers immediately. Be patient with the gluing. It takes everything a little bit of time to stick well. Next, pick out the twig or item that works best for you as a stem. You will only need a small bit of the Gorilla glue on the areas that make contact with the wood. Finish your art with other rocks and pebbles to make your picture perfect. Last step you will want to create a way for your recipient to hang or display your gift. We are suggesting Jute, but you can get a couple of small brackets to go on the back OR gift it and let your recipient figure out how they would like to display it 🙂
Get light brown paper, paint and a potato.
Cut the potato into whatever shapes you want. Flatten out your paper. Dip the potato into your paint. Dab the potato (with paint) on the paper. Let dry. This one is not a single gift, but how awesome is it that you are making your own paper?
Enjoy the time you spend together and have fun making your own creations!