5 Easy cheap D.I.Y gifts

cheap gifts

I have been thinking about gifts for the holidays this year, yes its early but I like to get my shopping done early so I can focus on all the other fun things about the holidays.

Every year it seems there are more people to buy for on my list and it can get overwhelming just thinking about it and trying to find them the perfect gift…not to mention the cost of buying for so many people.

So this year my goal is to give more homemade and CHEAP gifts to cut down on cost but here’s the thing I have tried the whole D.I.Y gift giving before and it becomes to much to handle trying to make cool gifts that people will actually like. Its a lot of work and can actually cost just as much or more to make handmade gifts!

I remember one year I made my Nephews each homemade beanbag style chairs, thinking that it would be a cheap fun gift to give. well they did love them thankfully BUT even with using fabric I already had the cost of the filling for two beanbag chairs was more than just buying them a premade gift.

My goal this year is to make D.I.Y gifts that are cheap and quick to make that will still be awesome.

Here are 5 that I plan on making this holiday season:

5 easy cheap D.I.Y gifts

  1. D.I.Y lip scrub I made this scrub and tried it out a few months ago and I am in love with it! super fast and easy to make. .
  2. T-shirt scarf this infinity scarf using a t-shirt looks super easy and cute. I can’t wait to try it out!
  3. 3 minute fudge 3 minute fudge with just 3 ingredients…umm yes that sounds like the perfect D.I.Y gift to me!
  4. Microwavable heat pads these are great for all kinds of aches and pains or when its winter and your cold. I am going to make these with the peace and calming essential oil I think it is made by young living.
  5. Morse code name bracelet these are cute!!

If you wanted to really make an awesome gift for someone special I think all 5 of these things wrapped up together like a little spa like set would be amazing…I mean I would love it if someone gave me this!

 

 

How to make a wrapped rope necklace

How to make a wrapped rope necklace.

wrapped rope necklace

I found this cute tutorial for a wrapped rope necklace on you guessed it Pinterest! For once I actually had the supplies for this DIY already in my craft cabinet…yay!

Don’t you hate when there are these amazing DIYs on Pinterest and you get all excited to try them out, only to read the supply list and realize its a ton of stuff you don’t actually have and will end up having to go to the craft store to buy…not to mention it will cost way more than it would cost to just buy something similar. I hate it so I always hunt for projects that I have at least similar supplies on hand to make it with.

I have never really worn a lot of necklaces as a fashion piece anyway. I do have a cross necklace that my husband gave me when we where dating that I wore every single day no matter whether it went with my outfit or not because it meant so much to me, still does but once we had babies it was always getting pulled on by little baby hands so I put it up and honestly haven’t worn any necklaces since!

I want to try to wear more necklaces with my outfits so I decided this DIY wrapped rope necklace was a perfect place to start experimenting with what kind of necklaces I might like to wear.

wrapped rope necklace

This was a really simple DIY but it did take a little while to finish.

Supplies:
◾rope of some kind a lightweight kind works best
◾embroidery floss in colors of your choice
◾Glue (I used fabric glue)
◾small metal rings
◾patience

I found some rope in my craft drawer and just measured it to the length I wanted my necklace to be when finished and then cut it a bit longer so I could tie the ends together

rope for necklace

Now in the directions it said to use a strong glue and glue the ends together instead of tying them to have a more flawless look ( I highly recommend doing so ) but I was worried the glue I had wouldn’t hold so I just tied it.

knot for necklace

supplies

I had fabric glue on hand so that’s what I used to secure the ends of the embroidery floss to the rope which I think worked pretty well. I haven’t had any trouble with it coming undone. After deciding on what pattern I would do with the embroidery floss I began alternating wrapping the different colors around the rope, gluing the end of the floss to the rope every time I changed colors.

DIY Rope Necklace

somewhere about when I took this photo I began to question if it was even a good idea to try to make this cause I was already over wrapping the thread haha. I tend to get impatient when I start a project and I just want it done. The good news is this really doesn’t take that long and could be done while sitting in front of the t.v.. which is what I should have done, not when I was 30 minutes from needing to start supper.

Lastly I added a few of these little metal rings to the necklace, I don’t think they are the same as what was used in the tutorial but I have a bunch of these little rings so I decided to use them.

jewelry rings

rope necklace

I had to use the colors I had on hand but if I had white and black, or gray and purple O or yellow and gray then I think those would have been lovely combos. I may actually buy those colors and make those as well…just maybe not right before supper.

The colors you chose and the way you set up the pattern of colors will determine if you use this necklace as a casual piece or a more dressy necklace.
This is such a simple necklace which is perfect for me and I also love that depending on what weight rope you have this is a nice light necklace.

diy necklace

I chose to wear this necklace with a pair of jeans and a sleeveless gray top to go on a field trip with my daughter yesterday.

Would you try braid rings?

 

Braid rings, pierced braids

I am so excited! I finally bought me some Braid rings, I saw these on Pinterest months ago and I thought they where so cool looking. I thought about ordering some so many times but for some reason I never did.

Actually I know exactly why I didn’t, I have a really hard time spending money on myself even a small amount. But like a lot of moms I have talked to if  I am buying something for my kids then it doesn’t bother me but I feel selfish and wasteful when I spend on myself. I am trying to change that though because I deserve to treat myself too!

So last week I was looking through my hair board and decided it was time to try them out! I found a assorted pack of 20 silver rings on EBay they also had rose gold ones (I may try those next) for less than $4 with free shipping which seemed pretty reasonable to me.

braid rings

I got them in the mail on Saturday and since I had decided to wear my hair curly I went ahead and braided a small section of my hair then added the small size braid rings to my finished braid. it was so easy all I had to do was twist them open and positon them where I wanted in my braid then twist them shut.

braid rings

 

I really had fun wearing these and got lots of compliments on them, I also tried them today with my hair straightened and the larger size rings.

braid rings

 

I loved this look just as much. Sometimes its just really fun to try something different even if its something as simple and small as a few Braid rings. Have you or would you ever wear braid rings? Any tips on different styles to try?