Easy, Simple DIY Christmas Gifts

| 12/9/2015 12:05:00 PM

Candi Johns

I think homemade gifts are the best. Thought, time and love goes into anything handmade.

merry christmas

We live in a world of commercialism and materialism. I hope I am not alone when I tell you, "Please don't go to a store and buy me some trinket that will end up in a yard sale in 3 years." I don't want you to spend your money on it and I don't want to store it for 3 years and I don't want to have a yard sale. Thank you.

On the other hand, if you make me some German Roasted Almonds or a Tallow Candle or an ornament,I will gladly accept it, enjoy it and love it! I am going to share a few of my favorite DIY Christmas gift ideas. Some of these are so simple you can do them in an afternoon. For the extreme-crafters out there, I have included some advanced ideas as well.

The great thing about homemade Christmas gifts:

• They can be very simple and easy to create
• They are practically free (especially if you hoard scrap wood)
• If you craft with your kids, making the gifts is a fun family activity (since I have 4 kids, I never craft alone)
• You can customize your gifts for the person you are giving them to

These homemade gifts are super easy and practically free. Especially if you have a friend about to push a barn over and burn it. When there is old barn wood about to be sacrificed I will be their savior. Got wood? Call me! I'll take it.
There happens to be a collection of scrap wood stacked in the corner of our barn. That collection contains a lot of odds and ends and lots of old barn wood.
You can call it "up-cycling", "re-cycling", or just grabbing something out of the scrap pile & making it into something beautiful. Whatever you call it, I love it.