Ah, it’s that time of the year again! Jack Frost nipping at your nose, glimmering snowflakes floating atop a fluffy cast of snow, twinkly lights as far as the eye can see!
We’ve been busy enjoying the holidays lately, and it recently reminded us of something we needed to do—bring back another installment of Holiday Gift ideas! If you’re like us, you know that thoughtful gifts are best ones. If you want to wow with diy holiday gifts under the tree, we have some fun (and affordable!) ideas for you.
If you missed part 1 of this series, you can check it out here –> Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas: Part I
DIY Ugly Christmas Sweater
If you’re sick of cozying up next to the tree in your ugly Christmas sweater alone, why not gift someone the chance to join you? These are fun to give as a gag gift, or a fast and easy solution for your Ugly Christmas Sweater Party dress code!
All you need to do is start with a clean sweatshirt or sweater in whatever style or color you prefer (use one you have already, or buy one from Amazon or Walmart). Then, just go crazy with your fabrics and decoration.
If you want to get creative with your fabrics, here are a few we recommend:
• Metallic foil – Make a shiny Rudolf nose or fashion some Christmas lights or shiny present bow.
• Flannel – A staple cold-weather fabric! Can’t go wrong with this one.
• Terrycloth – A fun way to add texture to your sweater. Cute for making animals like polar bears, penguins and reindeer.
Need some inspiration for your ugly design? Here are a few of our faves: 15 Do It Yourself Ugly Christmas Sweaters
DIY Flannel Scarf
Flannel is such a cozy fabric, and it’s perfect for this time of the year. Who doesn’t need another scarf to cozy up to this Winter? And when you add that extra dash of love by actually making it yourself, whoever is lucky enough to receive it will surely appreciate it so much more.
There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to make a flannel scarf, some more embellished than others. We’d like to share a tutorial so simple, even a newbie could master it!
Here are the materials you’ll need to grab:
• 2 yards flannel fabric
• Sewing Machine
• Measuring tape
• Seam ripper
For the full tutorial from eHow, click here.
DIY Fleece Blanket
Blankets are always a great gift. You can always find use for one. And when it’s cold outside, it’s always nice to pull out a gift that was made just for you. You can really get personal with the design on a blanket. And using fleece to make it? You can’t go wrong with the ultimate cozy fabric!
Here’s a wonderful tutorial from agirlandagluegun.com that shows you how to make a fleece blanket in 4 ways:
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Making Fleece Blankets
Here are some of the materials you may need:
• 1 ½ yards of fleece fabric
• Sharp scissors
• Crochet hook
• Fabric pins
Bonus: DIY Dog Toys
Four-legged friends should get presents, too! We understand that most don’t want to break the bank when it comes to spoiling their pups. But you can always use fabric remnants to craft something special that your dog will surely love. And any dog owner can vouch for this fact—it doesn’t take much to make a dog happy. They’ll play with anything!
Here are some cute tutorials we recommend for making dog toys from fabric scraps:
We hope you enjoyed these handmade holiday gift ideas! They’ll be sure to spread some holiday cheer. If you happen to try any, tell us about it in the comments below! Be sure to share your pictures 😊
~ Happy Holidays from the Chicago Canvas & Supply Team ~