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Make your own gifts for Christmas: Simple and quick ideas that can be crafted even at the last moment

Want to make your own Christmas gifts for family and friends, but don’t know if you have the time? We’ve put together some easy homemade Christmas gifts that you can craft in just a few minutes. Let us inspire you!

Make your own Christmas gifts that are super easy to craft

Gift ideas for the last minute, which are quickly and easily handicrafts

Sure, it takes a little effort and energy, but that’s what makes homemade gifts so special. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best DIY takeaways here, from useful homemade gifts to festive pieces that can also be used as Christmas decorations that will be remembered for years to come.

Recycled key snowman ornaments.

Make your own Christmas gifts - simple jewelry with old keys

Everyone has extra keys lying around that are no longer needed. Turn them into festive snowman ornaments that you can give away instead of contributing to growing landfills.

Materials needed:

  • Old recycled keys
  • White spray paint
  • Floral wire
  • Beads
  • Pompoms
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Fabric
  • Yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • wire scissors
  • Scissors
  • Colors: pink, black, orange glitter paint

How to craft them:

  • Spray paint the keys white on both sides, two coats should be enough.
  • Craft hangers from floral wire: bend the wire in half to tie a loop and twist to secure. You can leave the wire bare or add beads before twisting. Attach it through the hole in the top of the key.
  • Add ear flaps by gluing pieces of pipe cleaners to the top of the key, covering the wire. Add a pompom to each side.
  • Craft scarves from fabric, yarn, pipe cleaners or even old t-shirts. Use hot glue to attach them.
  • Dab pink paint on a paintbrush and blot the excess on a rag. Lightly tap the key to add rosy cheeks.
  • Paint on eyes and mouths with a toothpick dipped in black paint and noses with a toothpick dipped in orange glitter paint.

Make your own souvenirs for Christmas: Simple air fresheners

Make your own Christmas gift - air freshener

Such a homemade air freshener in the shape of a Christmas tree will make the car, closet or office smell fresh. An added bonus: they’re made with essential oils, so no harmful chemicals.

To make: Draw the shape of a Christmas tree twice on a piece of fabric. Cut out two Christmas trees from the fabric and glue them to the front and back of the ornament. When dry, saturate the fabric with an essential oil of your choice. Thread a string through the hole of the ornament for hanging.

DIY coasters made from crushed glass.

DIY coasters from crushed glass quickly and easily tinker

These coasters made from crushed glass take just 3 steps and fabulous magic to make. They’re perfect for your Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. Learn how to craft them here.

What do you need:

  • Cork coasters (available at Ikea).
  • Decorative fillers (crushed glass or another type of your choice).
  • Spray paint
  • Napkin glue (Mod Podge)

With cork coasters you can easily craft a Mitbringsle for Christmas

How to make them:

  • Spray paint the cork coasters.
  • Take the decorative filler and fill them. You shouldn’t put too much in, just a thin layer.
  • Take the napkin glue and add some to it.
  • Mix the decorative fillers with the glue, and make sure that you end up with a flat surface, so there is no glass sticking out the top. One package of the napkin glue is enough for 4 coasters.
  • Let them dry for about 24 hours.

Homemade honey cinnamon face mask.

Prepare honey cinnamon face mask in just 5 minutes

This honey cinnamon face mask is the perfect moisturizing, acne-fighting beauty gift that you can make yourself at home in just 5 minutes.

You will need:

  • 240 ml coconut oil, softened.
  • 250 g Manuka honey
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 20 drops of lemon essential oil

Whisk all ingredients in a large bowl with a spoon or whisk. Pour the mixture into containers and you’re done.

Christmas Bookmarks – The perfect gift for book lovers.

Make your own Christmas gift - festive bookmarks made of felt

Craft these simple felt Christmas bookmarks that make a great last minute gift.

What do you need:

  • Red and green felt
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Here’s how to make the bookmarks:

  • Cut out two large and two small felt circles.
  • Use a hot glue gun to glue the small circles to the large ones, using different colors for each pair of circles.
  • Attach buttons to the felt circles using a needle and thread.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon (use a book to determine the length needed) and glue each end to the back of the felt circles.
  • Hot glue the back of the circles to the felt pieces.
  • Once dry, cut out the access felt around the large circles (this will give you circles that are exactly the same size as the large circles).

Make your own Christmas souvenir: plastic spoon Christmas tree.

Gift idea - make Christmas tree from plastic spoons

If you have some plastic spoons left over, you can surprise your family and friends with a unique plastic spoon Christmas tree!

Materials needed:

  • Christmas tree mold made of papier-mâché
  • Plastic spoons
  • Spray paint
  • Hot glue

Step-by-step instructions:

  • First, you need to cut off the tips of the spoons. Don’t break them off because they break very easily.
  • Once you have cut about 100 pieces, place them on paper face down and spray them with the spray paint of your choice.
  • When all the spoons are dry, glue them to the paper mache mold using hot glue starting from the bottom.
  • You can vary the spacing on the different layers so that the spoons alternate. Keep working your way up until the Christmas tree is finished.