Do It Yourself Gift Ideas

This Christmas, my aunt came up with the idea of a Secret Santa with homemade gifts instead of store bought gifts. Everyone came up with really good ideas and it was fun seeing what everyone made.

Today, I wanted to share a few do-it-yourself homemade gift ideas. These make good Christmas presents or even birthday presents.

  • DIY Beer Coasters


For our Secret Santa gifts, Danny and I made DIY beer coasters. They were fairly easy to make. We wanted to make each coaster different so instead of buying a bunch of different beers, Danny asked people at his work if they could save their empty beer 6-packs for him.


We ended up getting a whole bunch of beer 6-packs that we could choose from. We did buy a 6-pack of Fat Tire beer because that’s my uncle’s favorite beer and we wanted to make a coaster out of it.

The materials we used included:

  • tiles from the hardware store
  • beer cardboard 6-packs (or even a 24 case, any cardboard should work)
  • Mod Podge
  • gloss spray
  • felt from the craft store


We cut each beer 6-pack to fit the coaster. Then we put the Mod Podge on the back of the cardboard and stuck it to the tile. We placed a heavy book on the top of each tile so it stick without curling up.

After it dried about 15 minutes, we put a coat of Mod Podge right on the beer cardboard. We did about four layers letting them dry about 15 minutes in between coats.

We cut the felt to fit the coaster and put Mod Podge on the back of the coaster and stuck the felt on.



We let it dry awhile and then sprayed the coaster outside with the gloss spray. We sprayed the coasters twice letting them dry 24 hours in between coats. This seals the coasters so you can actually use them for drinks.

These coasters can be made out of beer holders or you could even use different scrapbook papers to make them. If you can find beer 6-packs to use, they are fairly inexpensive to make.

  • DIY Coffee Mugs

I saw this idea to make plain coffee mugs a little fancier on Pinterest via this blog and I had to try it out. I love how these coffee mugs turned out!


Items needed:

  • white coffee mugs
  • scrapbook stickers
  • oil based paint pens

Sharpie makes really good oil based paint pens but I found Craft Smart oil based paint pens for slightly cheaper.


These pens are still close to $4 each so I waited until I had a 40% off Michaels coupon to buy them. Using an oil based paint pen will let you put the mug in the dishwasher.

I bought the pens in gold, green, and red but any colors would work!

I looked at the Dollar Store for white mugs but my local Dollar Store was out of them so I found white mugs at Target for $3 each. After I washed and dried the mug, I stuck a scrapbook letter sticker right in the middle of the mug.

Then, using the paint pens, I dotted all around the letter, making the dots more concentrated right around the letter. When I was done, I carefully pulled the sticker off. Some of the sticker stayed behind on the mug but I carefully washed off the stickiness left over from the sticker.

Then, I baked the mug at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, let it sit in the oven until cool.


It should be good to drink out of and put in the dishwasher!

  • Savings Jar

There are so many different savings jars you can make – for anniversaries, birthdays, vacations, Christmas, etc.


I made Danny this jar to save up for our ten year anniversary which is in April 2016. That gives us about 16 months to save up to do something fun and maybe tropical!

I bought a big glass jar at Hobby Lobby and scrapbook letter stickers. You can also buy corresponding stickers to go with whatever you’re saving for. I bought tropical vacation stickers.

Put the stickers on the jar however you wish and you’re done! I added $20 to and a lotto ticket to the jar. The lotto ticket was a dollar winner so we put that in the jar too!

  •  Mason Jar Hot Cocoa and Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

My sister-in-law, Crystal, made these gifts for the family and they’re so cute that I just had to share!


She put the cocoa mix in cute mason jars and added directions on how to make the mix. She also made her own peppermint marshmallows which were amazing!

I’ve also seen the mason jars with cookie dough mix which is another great idea! Who doesn’t love hot cocoa and cookies?!

  • Do you ever make homemade gifts?



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10 Responses to Do It Yourself Gift Ideas

  1. what cute idea. I love making homemade gift. I have done homemade recipe books.

  2. susie

    Hi Heather! I really like that S mug, I think the S came out the best!!

  3. Good ideas! I’ll have to look up the peppermint marshmallows – yum!

    I made Mr. and Mrs. coffee mugs for my brother and his new wife. They turned out really cute.

  4. Crystal

    Thanks for the shout out Heather. I used Alton Brown’s recipe for the homemade marshmallows but since I wanted them to be peppermint flavored, I added 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract in addition to the 1/4 teaspoon on vanilla. To maintain the snow white color, I used a clear vanilla extract. They came out great and were not hard at all to make.

  5. Baby Duck

    Great job on the gifts… I love to coasters! I could use some for my bar. thanks for the info.

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