When you don’t have a lot of money to spend on gifts, you have alternative options. Many people love receiving something that you have hand-crafted, with them specifically in mind. It is definitely nice to know that someone made a gift for you from their heart and spent a great deal of time making that specific item just for you. Not sure what you can make for friends or family? Here are the 10 best creative craft ideas for adults:
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1. Photo coasters
It is easy to make these coasters from a few of your favorite color photos and some small square white tiles. You will need to trim the photos to fit onto the ceramic tiles and then use a foam brush to spread Mod Podge on the reverse of the photo. Place it onto the white tile so that it looks similar to a Polaroid photo with a ¼ inch space at the top and sides and an inch space at the bottom. Allow it to dry for 30 minutes and then spread mod podge over the top of the picture and allow it to dry for an hour. Once dry, spray the finished product with a clear sealant and allow it to dry for 24 hours. Glue felt pads on the bottom of the tiles.
2. Button Throw Pillows
Turn an old button up shirt into a throw pillow. Button up the shirt and iron it to remove wrinkles then cut it out to match the shape of your pillow. Add two inches to the width and length but keep the buttons centered down the front. Pin the fabric with the sides facing away from each other and then sew those pieces together. Next unbutton the fabric, turn it right side out and then iron and rebutton it. Topstitch the edges twice and then unbutton the case and insert your pillow.
3. Make your own Personalized mugs
Using a gold sharpie marker, write on white mugs or draw designs and then bake the mugs at 350 for 30 minutes. Allow them to cool in the oven.
4. Bottle Cap Fridge Magnets
Ever wonder what you should do with all of those vintage bottle caps you have been collecting? Glue a small magnet inside the cap and use them as fridge magnets. It’s a great way to display your magnet and use it at the same time!
5. Painted can planters
Remove the labels from several tin cans of a variety of sizes. Wash the cans, dry them and then spray them with primer and allow them to dry. Next, paint the cans with spray paint. You can use stencils, tape for striping or do the painting by hand, it’s your choice. Allow the cans to dry. If the cans will be outside spray them with a clear coat sealing product.
6. Mason Jar Candle Holders
Take several mason jars and remove the screw top lids. Punch holes in the sides of the screw top lid and add a small chain or string to both sides so that you have a loop. Fill the jar a quarter of the way full with pebbles or sand and add in a tealight or candle. Hang the jars outside in trees or on your wooden fence.
7. Homemade bath bombs
Who doesn’t love a nice soak in the tub? Bath bombs make great gifts and they are a great way to exfoliate and relax while in the tub. These are simple to make, you just need: cornstarch, baking soda, citric acid, food coloring, essential oil, 2 glass bowls and a whisk. Sift 1 3/4 cup of baking soda, 1 cup citric acid and 2 cups of cornstarch together in a glass bowl and remove any clumps. Mix carefully with a whisk to distribute all ingredients. Fill a spray bottle with water and add food coloring to get the color you want. Pour half of the powdered mixture into a separate glass bowl. Mist the powder with water and stir it. Continue to slowly add water and keep checking to see when it can be packed and shaped. Once the desired consistency is reached, add 3 to 5 drops of essential oil and mix it in. Pack the mixture into desired molds and allow to harden for 3 hours.
8. Wool throw blanket
Looking for a great way to recycle old sweaters? Cut them up into strips and sew them together in a creative pattern to form a large wool throw blanket. A great way to keep your favorite but worn out sweaters close to you.
9. Soda Can Tab belt
You will need 112 can tabs for a 35 inch belt and ribbon or cord. Cut the ribbon or cord into two separate but equal lengths each about 10 feet long. Tie the two cords together 8 inches from the end. Thread each cord through the end of each tab and onto a second tab so that it overlaps the first tab then push the cord back through the holes of the second tab and the first. Turn the belt over and cross over the two cords then thread the cords through the next tab. Push the cord back through the holes of the next tab and the second tab. Keep using this pattern until you complete the belt but be sure to leave cord at the end so you can tie the belt.
10. DIY Nightlight
Add water to a small jar, activate a glow stick and drop it in. Obviously this only lasts as long as the glow stick, but you can add new ones whenever you need to.