Wedding Planning

10 Awesome DIY Gifts to Make for Friends & Family

10 awesome DIY projects that make excellent presents for loved ones.

There are so many reasons to DIY a gift. You could be a super crafty gal that loves to express herself.  Or maybe your checking account is nearly empty after the wedding and honeymoon. Perhaps you have a friend or relative that is just impossible to shop for.  

For the Writer

It’s super easy to personalize journals and notebooks thanks to gold foil. These cutie-patootie journals can be done in matching sets or one apiece. For an extra special touch, remember to decorate the binding.

For the Citizen of the World

Got a friend that always seems to be somewhere new?  She’s your favorite person to follow on Instagram because of all her cool travel photos.  Show her you want to keep in touch by designing personalized stationery out of old maps. Click on the photo below to download the envelope template.

For the Pinterest Fan

Your bestie has well over 100 pin boards to cultivate her creativity. Create this trendy wooden sign featuring an inspirational quote or bit of encouragement.  Coordinate it with the colors in her home so that she can display it proudly!

For the Junior Bridesmaid

Junior high and high school girls can always use a compliment on their way to class.  This adorable mirror lets them know how much you value them and appreciate their beauty, inside and out.

For the Hostess Extraordinaire

She throws the best gatherings, from cozy game nights to swanky dinner parties. Her celebrations are legendary. Make her a special pinata to enjoy at her next bash (or on her own, because sometimes candy is necessary).

For the Perfectly Organized

Your mom loves The Container Store just a little too much. She loves it when everything is in its place and favors minimalist design. This DIY travel kit will have her thrilled to pack for her next vacay.  Use the template (click on the photo or link below) to print out neat labels in a chic and clean font.

For the Always Accessorized

You’re just happy when you get out the door with matching earrings. However, her style is immaculate.  With an enviable accessory collection, she always wears the latest and greatest. She’ll love this stunning necklace (that is shockingly easy to make with just a little patience) in black and gold.

For a Special Fella

Don’t leave your favorite guys out of all the DIY fun. This simple tie clip can be personalized with their initials. Add in a tie, and you have a terrific gift for your fiance, dad, or grandpa.  You can also consider making one of these for each of your groomsmen as a thank you gift.

For the Cosmetics Addict

We all have that one friend (or several) that seems to hoard beauty products. They have 11 different shades of red lipstick and every possible facial serum one could imagine. Create a simple DIY scrub for them in one of their favorite scents.  And if your wedding is already over, you have finally found a use for those Mason jars piled in your garage!

For the Homebody

Your most introverted friend enjoys being in her home, surrounded by her favorite things. Candlelight can be such a lovely way to warm an environment and create a peaceful mood. Dip tapers in metallics and wrap them up with a wide silk ribbon.  You can even use a matchbook as a clever gift tag!

Now that you have your gifts, it seems a shame to not have something equally clever to wrap them in. We adore this word search-themed gift wrap that you can print out with your friends’ names.

Need more ideas?  We’ve got plenty of simple DIY projects to discover!

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