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  • Writer's pictureHaley Addis

Easy DIY Gifts for Everyone

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

This year for Christmas we decided to make most of our gifts for family and friends. We wanted to do something thoughtful but also useful. If you’re looking for easy DIY gifts, then give these a try!

(Note: some links in this post may be affiliate links. I only share products I use and love and may make a small commission by sharing these products at no additional cost to you.) I promise you, they REALLY are easy. I know we’ve all stumbled upon a post for a DIY project and have taken one look at the steps and said, forget it! I promise you that this is actually doable. One of the gifts we made were these macrame plant hangers. Macrame looks intimidating but it is actually really easy and the end result is beautiful. We purchased planters, added a succulent in each, and gifted them with the hanger.

All you need to make the hangers is macrame cord, scissors, and measuring tape. You will also want to have the planter you plan to use so that you can measure it correctly. We purchased our planters at terrain but you can use whatever style you'd like. Just be sure to choose planters that don’t have a hole on the bottom so you don’t end up with water all over your floor. The steps are so simple and are laid out in this video by WhatsUpMoms: DIY 5 Minute Macrame Planters The end result, a beautiful gift that anyone is sure to love!

We also gave everyone homemade soap. This is a great gift because everyone needs it 😉

Using the melt and pour method, you can have homemade soap in a flash. We made two batches of soap for gifts, cinnamon mint and cedarwood pine. Here’s what you’ll need for one batch of soap: 1 lb melt and pour soap mix - glycerin (clear) or shea butter 40+ drops essential oil (message me for info to order!) a few drops of vitamin E oil (optional)

soap mold Cut soap mix into cubes then slowly melt in double boiler or microwave. Once melted, add in your essential oils and vitamin E. Pour into soap molds and let sit until hardened. That’s it! If you want to add color, you can add natural coloring from things like matcha, spirulina, beet root powder, etc. I like to do this step before I put in the oils.

For the cinnamon mint, I used 1 lb of glycerin melt and pour soap base, 15 drops of spearmint essential oil, 15 drops of wintergreen essential oil, and 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil. I also added some crushed candy cane right before pouring into the mold.

For the cedarwood pine, I used 1 lb of shea butter melt and pour soap base, 20 drops of douglas fir essential oil, 10 drops of siberian fir essential oil, and 10 drops of cedarwood essential oil.

If you would like information about purchasing essential oils, please message me or you can shop through my link: Shop Essential Oils. You can play around with the basic recipe to add your own touches. Enjoy and have fun!

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