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Merry Handmade Christmas: DIY gifts & decorations

As much as I’d like to make a whole new bunch of DIY’s for this year’s Christmas, I don’t have time for this. No worries though, because I made a couple of christmas-y DIY’s in the past couple of years and when I went through my past DIY’s I realised a lot of them would make nice gifts!

Christmas decoration

DIY Christmas ornaments
I’m still very happy with these DIY Christmas tree ornaments I made last year. They’re currently up in the tree and are super easy to make. The only critique point I have is that I should’ve made more.

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My copper geometric photo (or Christmas cards) holders are also still one of my favourite DIY’s from last year. I leave a couple of them out all year, for putting up inspirational cards. When December gets here though, it’s time to get out the big guns and make festive groups of them. Another DIY that is super easy (and cheap).

If you’re in need for some Christmas decoration inspiration you should click the link and take a look at my inspiration from last year. I still love everything I’ve put together back then and looking back makes me itch to finish up decorating our house.

diy wooden poster frame
The handmade wooden poster frame isn’t a Christmas decoration per se, but if you put the right poster in it, it can be very Christmas-y. If you don’t have enough space for a Christmas tree you can create a large poster frame and pick up a Christmas tree print (such as the newest Zilverblauw print). The frame in combination with a lovely print would also make a nice Christmas present. If you’re looking for interesting prints you can always take a look at the Rijksmuseum archives. They have a very nice collection of botanical drawings (among other things) from old masters you can download and print.

DIY gifts


Giving personalised coffee mugs will make any coffee (or tea) love happy. And these mugs are very easy to make.

DIY Panda Pencil Case
The Panda pencil case is one of my favourite DIY’s I ever made. It looks exactly like I pictured it in my head and it’s soooo fluffy and cute. I use mine for pencils, but it’s big enough to be a make-up bag or a toiletry bag. There’s no need for these things to be boring!

DIY Jar Lamp
Another one of my favourite DIY’s are my handmade jar lamps. I still love how they look and they are used very often!

DIY Teacup Planter

If you want to give something small, cute and alive (but puppies are no option) you might consider these DIY Teacup planters. Ideal for anyone with a green thumb or who wants to cultivate one. Depending on the plants you pick these are very easy to care for (especially with succulents). And having plants in the house is the hippest thing you could do right now.

DIY Kussensloop // DIY Pillow Case
Sewing a couple of pillow cases and then personalizing them would also make for a nice gift, although you might want to know how your intended giftee’s house looks like.

Giving somebody a brand new tablet would make for an awesome gift, but giving them a handmade and personalized tablet cover surely is the next best thing.

If you’re not into DIY you might find some gift giving inspiration in last year’s list of 15 books you should gift. As I haven’t read much this year I’m not sure I’ll make a new one soon.

So, I think that’s enough diy gifts inspiration for one post. Did you ever gift or received a handmade present? What did you think of it?

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4 Comments

  • Reply Sophie 12 December 2016 at 16:20

    I think it is great to make some handmade gifts! It sometime takes too much time, but it is so much fun to do. You really showed some nice examples, perfect to personalize!

    • Reply plutomeisje 26 December 2016 at 21:52

      Thanks. 🙂 I know not everyone has time to make handmade gifts, but still, it’s so much fun. I also didn’t give handmade things this year, although I made a couple of “gift collections” to give to somebody, and putting those together is almost as much fun as making things yourself.

  • Reply Eefje 22 December 2016 at 15:38

    So many cute ideas! I haven’t got the time to add even more projects to my ‘creative-things-I-want-to-do-pile’ but I love many of these and will come back here when I want to add some new projects.

    I’ve spotted The Book-Thief in one of your photos, that happens to be one of the books I’m giving for Christmas this year. (Don’t tell anyone.)

    • Reply plutomeisje 26 December 2016 at 21:50

      Thank you. 🙂
      I hope the recipient of The Book Thief didn’t read it here first? 😀 I haven’t read it yet, but I heard great things about it.

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