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Last Minute DIY Gifts with Nicole

As a maker, there’s no better feeling than to make something with your own hands and time, and give it to someone. For those who aren’t crafty or creative, I say: yes you are!

Here are a few ideas for your own DIY last-minute gifts that include some bargain hunting, and won’t break the bank:

Spruce Up a Plain Wreath
Even though it’s not Christmas yet, lots of wreaths and décor are already on sale. If you’re looking for a hostess gift, or that hard to shop for person, you can easily pull together a wreath that looks like you spent hours on it. Taking a plain, real (or fake!) wreath, you can select various picks (stems with berries, flowers, and other items) or decorations to adhere to the wreath.  A lot of live wreaths are tightly made, so you can actually stick other pieces of décor into the wreath itself and know that it will stay. If you need it to be more secure, grab some floral wire to ensure the pieces are on tightly. Even adding simple ribbon (TIP: Michaels has beautiful velvet ribbon on for 70% off right now, or prepared ribbons) will ensure that your gift is ready for a magazine cover (or at least an Instagram story!)

Nicoles Wreath

All-In-One Recipe
Christmas baking can be so much fun, but there’s nothing worse than being out of a certain ingredient or needing just a teaspoon of something. If you have a simple, go-to holiday recipe, you can pull together the ingredients (mostly dry ingredients!) so that they have everything on hand for that recipe. My favorite tip is to use a mason jar to put dry ingredients, so the amount of baking soda, sugar or baking powder required is right there for them. Put that jar along with a copy of the recipe into a basket or a tin along with the larger ingredients. Another cute touch is adding a holiday cookie cutter or a few candy canes as well, or even a new cookie sheet.


Chalkboard Coasters
This one is also super easy where you simply grab a package of any coasters (even ones you think aren’t the cutest!), a paint brush, some chalk paint and give them each a coat. Once dry, tie the coasters together with some festive ribbon and a piece of chalk and you have a cute and easy gift.


Handy with a Sewing Machine?
I love the idea of repurposing something into something it’s not, and one idea I’ve done previously is making pillows out of napkins (Fabric napkins, of course). Even an amateur sewer can do this one, as the fabric is all ready for you, and cut to size. Keep an eye out for fabric napkins on sale, grab some filler/stuffing and within 15 minutes you can have a custom, adorable pillow. To make, flip the napkins to right-side facing together and stitch along the edges, leaving a small gap at the base to stuff the pillow with. Flip it right-side-out, and hand stitch along the bottom. Don’t worry about how it looks, no one looks at the bottom, or ask an experienced stitcher to help. While you’re at it, you might as well make one for yourself, because I know you’ll want one too!


Frame+Printable = Art
You know that I’m a huge fan of printables, and this project is no exception. There are TONS of free Christmas printables on the internet, just pick, download, send to print (or print at home!) and plunk it in a frame. I usually keep my seasonal printables in the back of the frame and swap out as the time comes.


I hope these ideas inspire you as you are looking for those quick and easy last minute gift ideas. Thanks for reading, and looking forward to sharing more ideas and inspiration in 2019!




Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022