Purchasing gifts for your loved ones, if you haven’t got a plan, can become a nightmare. Finding that perfect balance between appeal and usability can be hard, and making sure that your gift has a personal touch is always a challenge. The perfect solution? DIY! The best part about creating your own gift is that it’s unique – not to mention inexpensive, personal, and a lot of fun.
Spend your free time this week creating your own DIY gift masterpiece using the ideas below!
1. Beautiful bath bombs
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1 cup bicarbonate soda
½ cup citric acid
Water free colorant (it’s important that if you choose to colour your bath bombs, you use water free colorant. Alternative colorants like food colouring or normal dyes will not only set off the ‘fizz’ of the bath bomb prematurely, but will also stain skin)
Cupcake or muffin pan
A spray bottle
Sift bicarb soda into a mixing bowl
Add citric acid and mix, ensuring you work out any lumps
Add fragrance oil to dry mixture, and mix thoroughly – use as much or as little oil as you like, smelling the bowl to gage its potency
If you are using colorant, add a few drops to the mixture. Again, you MUST be using water-free colorant
Mix well, breaking apart any clumps that form with your fingers – make sure to work the colour all the way through the mixture
Pour some witch hazel into a spray bottle, and spray into bowl until the mixture clumps in your hand when squeezed (if you live in a humid place, you may not even need to do this step!)
Pack the mixture into each hole of the muffin/cupcake pan as tightly as possible – until no more mixture will fit
Once the pan is completely filled, let sit for 10 minutes
Upend carefully onto wax paper and leave overnight to allow the bombs to set and dry completely
Make sure the recipient knows to draw a lovely bath and enjoy your DIY bombs as much as possible!
Diamond/gloss glaze (purchased from any scrapbooking or craft store)
Multi-purpose, strongest strength adhesive
Silver plated circle pendant (found in any jewellery making/bead store)
Clear glass glass pieces (found in any jewellery making/bead store)
Photos, printed on heavy duty paper or cardboard
Stanley knife or similar cutting tool
Drop small amount of the glaze onto the back of a glass piece, spread around with the applicator or with a toothpick
Press the glazed side of the glass piece gently to the area of a photo you wish to display (making sure that there are no bubbles), and hold down for 30 seconds (don’t wiggle the glass around as this will smudge the photo ink)
Allow to dry overnight
Using your cutting tool, carefully cut around the glass piece, removing the rest of the photo and any excess glaze
Apply the adhesive to the inside of the pendant, and press the photo/glass piece into the space, leaving to dry for a minimum of 4 hours
Once dried, thread the pendant onto a keychain, ribbon, or even add to an existing necklace
White mug (cheap ones work best, due to their low levels of glaze)
Oil-based, paint markers
Draw your design on a piece of paper first, so you know what you’re aiming to achieve on the mug
Start drawing! Take your time, and be careful not to smudge the ink
Let the ink dry for several hours (or overnight if you have time)
Place the mug in a cool oven, then turn to 180 degrees. Set a timer for 30 minutes and leave to bake. Once the time is up, leave the mug in the oven until the oven cools – this process stops the mug from cracking!
Note: If you want to make sure that your design doesn’t rub off, draw over your design again after step 3, then leave overnight again to dry. You can also bake your mug twice in the oven, for extra reassurance.