Four animal utensil holders

DIY’ing gifts is a fantastic alternative to buying Christmas gifts – it will save you money, allow you to get creative and make your gifts super personal!

Here are some of my gifts to DIY that you could try this year!

Baked goodies box!

Melting snowman biscuit

Food is always a fantastic gift to DIY. Find out the recipients’ favourite flavours, favourite biscuits, favourite sweets and get cooking!

Some great ideas you could try include:

  • Melting snowmen biscuits (marshmallows and icing!)Reindeer Biscuit
  • Reindeer biscuits (icing, marshmallows and matchmakers)
  • Oreo penguins (Oreo’s and marshmallows)
  • Peppermint creams (this was our go-to Christmas gift for teachers back in primary school!)
  • Chocolate cupcakesOreo penguin

There are also tonsssss of crazy ideas on pinterest, depending on how good your baking skills are. I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to Christmas Activities, including loads of foodie ones so come check that out here!

Pack your goodies into a box and you have a wonderful gift!

Homemade candles!

This sounds far more complicated than it actually is. I had a go and it turned out to be super easy.

  1. Find some old candles or tealights and cut them up into small chunks. How much you need will depend on how big a candle you want to make but I needed roughly 12 tealights to fill a small jar.
  2. Boil a saucepan of water, place your wax into a bowl above the water and let it melt.
  3. Add any colouring or scents you have (we used these colours and oils from Hobbycraft)
  4. Pour your wax into a container. You can use a glass jar, or get creative with items like mugs, teacups, cookie cutters etc. Don’t forget to place your wick into the container first. You can hold it in place using a pencil, cocktail stick or peg whilst you add the wax.
  5. Let you wax set and you have a wonderful candle!

Cutting wax   Melting wax   Homemade candles

 

 

See, super simple! With a variety of colours, you can also create striped candles by allowing each layer of colour to set before adding the next.

A Jar of Challenges!

This is a great idea for a couple or anyone who needs to take more time for themselves!

Find yourself a large glass jar and the recipients favourite wrapped chocolates or sweets (Lindt Lindor truffles, Celebrations etc.). For each chocolate or sweet, write the person a challenge that they must complete before eating.

These could include challenges like:

  • Take a relaxing bubble bath
  • Watch a movie at the cinema
  • Go out for a meal
  • Visit a friend you haven’t seen in a long time
  • Visit your favourite place in the UK
  • Read a whole book

You make these as personal as you want to the person – think about their hobbies, things you know they love to spend time doing. You want this to be more of a treat than a challenge, so be sure to include things you know they will enjoy but may not think of doing for themselves.

You can also add decorations to the jar, to complete the gift!

Animal utensil holders!

Yes, I have saved the best until last. These are my new all-time favourite kitchen accessories. We currently have four of them in our kitchen, they are all in use and I would happily make more for all the things around my house that need storage – my keys, pens and pencils, toothbrushes – I could have them in every room!

Glue and tissue paper

  1. Find a plastic container. We used squash bottles from Lidl but any wide based plastic bottle would work well.
  2. Cut the top of your container off, leaving the foundation for your holder. Be sure to make it a good height if you want to store tall utensils inside or it will topple over.
  3. Choose the animal you want to create and work out your base colour as well as what extras you want to add (wings, beaks, spots, claws etc.).
  4. Use watered down PVA to cover your container in ripped up shreds of coloured tissue paper. Be sure to cover over all the tissue paper with PVA as well, just like paper mache.Pink container
  5. Once this has dried add your extra elements. I made all of mine from coloured foam and pipe cleaners but you could also use card, felt, wool or whatever other craft supplies you may have.

I created extras such as: a snout and splodges for a cow; wings, a beak and claws for a chick; a white belly, beak, flippers and webbed feet for a penguin and a snout and curly tail for a pig. I stuck all the foam elements on with PVA glue. For the pipe cleaner claws and curly tail, I made a small hole in the container using a needle, made the hole bigger using a large nappy pin, then pushed the end of the pipe cleaner through the hole and taped the pipe cleaner to the inside of the container.

Animal utensil holdersUtensil holders in use

 

 

 

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