5 Insanely Easy DIY Present Ideas for Christmas On a Budget

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The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to create homemade presents for your nearest and dearest. There won’t be a dry eye in the room when they unwrap these thoughtful offerings – just don’t tell them how insanely easy and cheap they are to make! 

1. No-Bake Snowman Treats



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Edible gifts are all the rage these days because, well, who wouldn’t want a Mason jar filled to the brim with moreish treats like melted white chocolate snowmen? 

This ice-cool recipe, created by blogger Princess Pinky Girl, is a great one to try with the kids as it’s super quick, ridiculously easy and requires no baking at all (but you will need a non-stick baking tray). They’ll love the assorted sweet decorating part, and licking the spoon dripping with melted white chocolate afterwards, too. 

Once the melted snowmen are ready, pile them into a Mason jar decorated with festive ribbon and a gift tag containing a heart-warming message, then store in a cool, dry place until the big day.

2. Cool Customised Footwear



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How cool are these boots? US blogger Aww Sam is the brains behind this pair of DIY patch-patterned sneakers, which couldn’t be easier or more inexpensive to recreate. Just get yourself a pair of plimsoles in the right size, swap the laces for the most colourful ones you can find and stick on fabric patches using fabric glue and a paintbrush.  

Get creative and play around with different styles to match the recipient. These pink ones would suit a girlie girl, but you could customise a navy pair with football/baseball patches for a sports fan, or jazz up black slip-on plimsolls with neon patches for the festival goer in your life.

3. Framed Scrabble Art



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Art lovers or Scrabble geeks – and just about anyone else for that matter – would be overjoyed to unwrap framed artwork that looks like you went to a lot of trouble to find for them. Especially if it’s personalised with their name or favourite quote.

This design, by blogger Organized Clutter, consists of a pre-loved frame turned shabby chic using a lick of chalk paint. Wooden Scrabble tiles have been arranged to spell out the words 'Oh Holy Night' in the shape of a Christmas tree, and a wooden star embellishment sits proudly at the top. But you don’t have to stop at this design: Picture a pastel pink frame with a kitsch fabric background, and chunky ivory tiles spelling out your mum’s favourite saying. The possibilities are endless.

4. Mini World Suitcase

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Why not try this roarsome dinosaur world travel set from blogger The Craft Train? She painted the outside of a papier mâché suitcase green with yellow spots and decorated the inside of it with cut-out felt trees, a nest for her creature’s eggs and a sparkling foam waterfall and river to keep her mini dinosaurs happy. 

But you don’t have to limit yourself to dinosaurs. Try creating an enchanted fairy land, an exotic jungle complete with lions, tigers and bears or even a racetrack for Formula One cars. 

5. Personalised Festive Mug



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There are never enough mugs to go around, especially when you’ve got the whole family over at Christmas, but we have a solution in the form of this brilliant gift idea that they won’t believe is homemade. 

This cute snowman mug, made by I Heart Nap Time, would melt the heart of a loved one and is insanely easy and affordable to do yourself at home. That's right, you won't need to take a trip to your local kiln! All you’ll need to do is use porcelain pens to draw a simple snowman face of black dots and an orange line onto a white mug, then write 'I’d melt for you' underneath and bake it in the oven at 375ºF/190ºC for 40 minutes before cooling.

If this didn't look professional enough, filling it with marshmallows wrapped in cellophane and a cute candy cane-coloured straw will do the trick. Next tie a gift tag to the handle before placing it under the tree. You could even get the kids to design a two-piece set for nan and grandad. 

Top tip: If you’re a bit shaky, try using stencils to help you achieve a more professional-looking design.

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