It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas…

Hey y’all!

I am so so so sorry I have not posted in a while! Life has been pretty crazy! BUT I am back! Yay! 🙂

Can y’all believe it is already December 6? That means we have only 19 days until Christmas! Wow!

19 days Like me, I am sure all of y’all are bustling around trying to get just the right gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. The past couple of years, I have made one homemade present for each of my immediate family. And every year they love them! (Hurrah!) So, in the spirit of Christmas, here are several DIY ideas for homemade gifts.

1. “Open When…”

This is a great and easy option especially for all of y’all out there who struggle with crafts and that sort of thing. All you have to do, is grab however many envelopes you want, and at the top write “Open When…” and then in the middle you could write any of the following or make up some of your own:

– “…you need to know I love you.”

– “…you want to laugh.”

– “…you miss me.”

And of course, you must not forget to put something inside the envelope! Otherwise, the entire idea of the project falls apart.

open when

2. DIY Sharpie Mug

Now if these are not the cutest little cups you have ever seen I don’t know what will be! 😉 For this enjoyable task, you will need a plain ceramic cup or mug and DecoArt glass paint markers (you can use Sharpies, however, the design will come off in the wash if you do so). This homemade item is fairly simple as well, although, you will want to have a steady hand.

DIY sharpie

3. Gifts In A Jar

If you’re like me, and adore browsing through the DIY section of Pinterest (which is where I got all these fabulous ideas from!), then I am positive you have heard of “gifts in a jar.” This is a very versatile and simple gift to make. All you need is a mason jar, some pretty Christmas ribbon, measuring cups, and whatever ingredients you choose to put inside. The choices for this, truly are limitless! You could do a brownie, cookie, or even a cake mix (yum!). Not to mention dips and soups! Don’t forgot to attach the recipe to the jar or your recipient will be left with a lot of dry mix and nothing to do with it.

gifts in a jar

4. Erase Board Frames

Number four on my list of DIY ideas for Christmas gifts, could not possibly be easier! Materials needed consist of a small or medium sized frame (nothing expensive), sheets of notebook paper, dry erase markers, and some fun ribbon that corresponds to the personality of the recipient. All that has to be done is where the picture normally goes in the frame, insert the notebook paper. Then close the back and glue an adorable bow onto one of the corners of the frame. Done! How easy is that? 🙂

erase board

5. Peppermint Lotion Bars

Another neat – and good-smelling – gift, these little bars will be sure to make your mom, sister, daughter, or wife happy! As the steps for this one are a bit more in-depth than the last four, I am posting the link below for y’all.

lotion bars

I hope one of these DIY gift ideas will make its way under your Christmas tree! I know I certainly will be testing one or two of these incredible projects out. I hope y’all have a wonderful week! And a shoutout to Pinterest for supplying these awesome choices!

– Southern Dreamer

*I myself have yet to complete one of these DIY ideas, so I am not completely sure whether they will work or not.


  1. I plan to try the sharpie pen mug and DIY Erase board this year and the jar one has inspired me to make mini cookies/gingerbread! Christmas on a budget is how I like it 🙂

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