Crafting on a budget: 6 DIY gifts for under £10

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Buying gifts in store can be expensive. You can end up paying a hefty price for something that you could easily make at home and for far less money. Creating your own gifts for friends and family shows that you not only took the time to make the gift, but that you put a lot of thought and effort into its creation. One of the best aspects of a homemade gift is that it gives you the opportunity to personalise it to suit the lucky recipient. Let your creative juices flow with these six easy DIY gift ideas that cost under £10 to make!

  1. Homemade Candle

Making your own candle is an incredibly original and cost effective way to show someone you care. Candles radiate an aura of comfort and security, which is why so many people enjoy having them dotted about the household. You can create your own candle using various waxes such as beeswax, paraffin and gel wax. No candle is complete without a wick though so make sure you pick up enough wicks & rods from Homecrafts for each of your homemade candle creations.

  1. Personalised Vases

Add a touch of personality to a plain flower vase by decorating it with simple but effective designs. You will be surprised at how much a vase can change with just a few splashes of colour. You can opt for an elegant approach and stick to stencil based drawings or get a little creative and make up your own vase designs using glass paint. Make sure that you paint on dry glass and remove any residue beforehand with some rubbing alcohol.

  1. Stencilled Pillow

Pillowcases are incredibly simple to decorate. You can sew on buttons and various coloured fabrics if you wish to create a vintage affect or you can take this fun idea from and use lettered stencils to give your pillows a bit of an edge. Linen pillow cases work best with fabric markers for precise application. This makes a great gift as an added item to the home décor and you can even add a home based slogan such as ‘Home is where the Heart is’.

  1. Felt Coasters

Felt can be used to create an ideal original coaster for your morning coffee and evening tea. These are so simple to make, all you need is two large circles of coloured felt and simply glue them together. You can add various additional pieces of felt on top and create a nice design. The added layers will also be beneficial towards the coaster’s durability.

  1. Creative Bookends

This great idea featured on Huffington Post and involves making your own bookends from old toys. For example, if your kids have toy animals such as an elephant or horse, you can glue the feet to a piece of scrap wood and then use coloured spray to paint over the object. Glossing it will add an extra touch of glam, just make sure to use primer as a base. These personalised bookends make perfect gifts and are especially suited for someone who is a bit of a bookworm.

  1. Fabric Keychains

Everyone loves keychains. They are quick and easy to make and you have a lot of freedom with regards to style and personalisation. You could use felt fabric as the base and spruce it up a bit more with initials of the receiver and maybe add a few bits and pieces like tiny buttons to bring the keychain to life.

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  1. September 8, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    I wish I had more time or more artistic flair to get creative with gifting! These are some fab ideas x
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