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DIY Gifts Under $10 (Many under $5)

Updated on September 4, 2014

Thrifty DIY Gifts - All Under $10 (Many Under $5)

I think DIY gifts are the most fun gifts to give or to receive. They are very often one of a kind presents, whether the pattern or design is your own or the inspiration came from somewhere else.

The silk sunflowers nestled in plastic test tubes fit perfectly into the 2x4 block I found in the scrap pile. I drilled three holes, sanded the rougher parts of the wood and slapped on a coat of satin finish water base polycrylic. This DIY gift was basically FREE because I already had the supplies on hand.

On this lens, you'll find DIY Gifts for under $10, DIY Gifts for under $5 and even less. Hope to inspire and maybe entertain you with these DIY projects. Thanks for looking at my lens.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Plant Markers Under $5
DIY Plant Markers Under $5

Plant Markers

DIY Gift Under $5

Two items plus 5 minutes and these DIY plant markers are ready to be gifted. Label the handles of old thrift shop forks with a permanent black marker. Stick the prongs of the forks into the soil.

The writing should last through the growing season. Remove label with nail polish remover so the plant markers can be reused again next year.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Gift Under $5 Spooning Glass Votive
Gift Under $5 Spooning Glass Votive

Spooning Glass Vase

DIY Gift Under $5

I created this spooning glass vase for an online design contest last year. Didn't win the prize, but what the heck, right? :)

Using Gorilla Glue helped make this DIY gift an easy one. Because the glass is clear, any foliage readily available should look great in this simple vase. Adding the old spoons gave this piece its' whimsy. Here's the post. (Photo credit Pam Irie)

Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Original Gorilla Glue, 4 oz., Brown
Gorilla Original Gorilla Glue, 4 oz., Brown

This is the glue I used to make my spooning project. :) Just a dab will do the job!

 
Sweater Neck Scarf DIY Gift Under 5
Sweater Neck Scarf DIY Gift Under 5

Sweater Neck Scarf

DIY Gift Under $5

This DIY gift can be made easily for well under $5 if you pick sweaters up at the thrift shop on 1/2 price day. Even better is if you already have two sweaters fit for upcycling at home

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Cut the sleeves off into varied lengths. Hand sew cut edges together with colorful embroidery thread using the blanket stitch. Repeat this same blanket stitch at sleeve edges.

Be sure to remove the buttons on the sweater for future DIY gift projects.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Recycled Wire Hanger Trellis Inexpensive Gift
Recycled Wire Hanger Trellis Inexpensive Gift

Recycled Wire Hanger Trellis

DIY Gift Under $10

This is a great DIY gift to give anyone with a green thumb who also appreciates upcycling. To construct this recycled wire hanger trellis you'll need some scrap 1x (1 by) wood pieces similar to what's shown in the picture. Length will depend on the size of the trellis desired or perhaps the amount of wood you may already have on hand.

Adjoin the wood pieces by overlapping the butt joints with flat corner brackets from the hardware store. Arrange wire hangers and secure outer edge of hangers into the the wood frame with a staple gun. Wrap small lengths of wire where hangers overlap to attach hangers together in the center part of the trellis. Stain wood and apply a water base coating of polycrylic to protect finish.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Sun Hat DIY Gift Under $10
Sun Hat DIY Gift Under $10

Lined Sun Hat

DIY Gifts Under $10

Those of us who live in warm weather year round put a lot of value on a pretty sun hat. Make an easy DIY gift under $10 by whipping up a sun hat. (Add a bottle of sunscreen as a bonus.) :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Bamboo Outdoor Hanger DIY
Bamboo Outdoor Hanger DIY

DIY Bamboo Outdoor Plant Hanger

DIY Gifts Under $10

I designed this bamboo plant hanger to be simple enough for all skill levels of DIYers to make. The free complete step by step instructions with photos are found on my Sallygoodin blog.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Grow Your Own Bamboo

Toe Thongs
Toe Thongs

Toe Thongs

DIY Gift Under $5

Less than $5 and a very small amount of time is required to make a pair of fun toe thongs, foot thongs, beach thongs, beach sandals, etc.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Gifts Fire Starters
DIY Gifts Fire Starters

Homemade Fire Starters

DIY Gift Under $10

Sandra of Craft Gossip shares how she makes fire starters at home. These work beautifully to carry along for camping trips or use at home to get a fire started in a hurry. It's a simple process to make these homemade fire starters with a few inexpensive materials. This is a perfect DIY gift for the outdoor enthusiast for sure. :)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

DIY Gift Under $5
DIY Gift Under $5

Deck of Cards Book DIY Gift

DIY Gift Under $5

When I first saw this clever DIY gift, I knew I had to include it on this lens. The creator entitled it "52 Things I Love About You", but you could change it to suit the recipient. Go to Craftster.org to see how it's done.

(Photo credit Craftster user onetomatotwo)

Wood Shims Wall Art
Wood Shims Wall Art

Wood Shims Make Interesting Art

Rustic yet Romantic.....

Wood shims......I named this project SHIM CHIC when I first made it in May 2010 and published on my blog, Sallygoodin. Not only is it an inexpensive DIY gift to make, it's also super quick to complete.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Bandana Totes DIY Gift
Bandana Totes DIY Gift

Bandana Totes

DIY Gift Under $5

Colorful bandanas make the cutest tote bags, don't you think? At $1 per bandana at the local super center, it's a very inexpensive DIY gift under $5. See how I made these bandana totes here.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Favorite or Worst DIY Gift You've Ever Made or Received?

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      marsha32 3 years ago

      I really need to remember using the spoons for garden markers!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I love it when my boys make me something personal (of course they did this when they were younger and I still have many of the items)

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      KateHonebrink 4 years ago

      Love all these ideas!! Great stuff here! Well done!!

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      stopping back by to check these out again

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      Gayle 4 years ago from McLaughlin

      I love the bandana totes!

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      fathomblueEG 5 years ago

      My favorite gift I received as a child was a handmade quilt my great grandmother made from scraps of fabric and yarn scraps. I couldn't sleep with out it clear up till I got married. It's not used anymore because it's in a very fragile state but I will forever keep it safe in my possession. Thankyou for a wonderful lens:-)

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      madnessmerritt 5 years ago

      I haven't received many hand made gifts but I have given them, mugs with hot chocolate mix, and a jewellery set I made with a playful candy sucker in a snowman for the preteen who is still fun and yet more grown up. It was a big hit. I also made a bag for my daughter and her friend for christmas with a beaded edge and beads and plastic cord as handles from a nice scarf I had that I cut into too so they could have the same thing and filled it with lip balm, jewellery set that matched the bag and a few other items.

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      marsha32 5 years ago

      so many great ideas! I hadn't thought of using spoons as plant markers but sure will from now on! I used to make the fire starters all the time. I had learned about it using the newspaper and dryer lint when I was a girl scout leader. We used to grill using sticks because we couldn't afford charcoal and the firestarters were wonderful!

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      Timsmansmall 5 years ago

      Nice gift ideas.

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      teristazko 5 years ago

      Super cute ideas!

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      Julia Morais 5 years ago

      Turn a deck of cards into a book? Amazing. Really creative ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You are gifted and these are awesome creations! I wish I was half as creative to even to make an attempt... :)

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      Jules Corriere 5 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      I love mking all kinds of gifts- through the years 've made beaded masks, hats, cakes, I've written poetry and stories. Like you, I think the DIY gifts are the most loved, because we put something of ourselves into it. thanks for sharing these great ideas.

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      Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Thank you so much for these great ideas! I always looking for inexpensive DIY gifts.

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      Krofek 5 years ago

      I have now some good idea! TNX!

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Very creative. I love the idea of the recycled wire hanger trellis.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey, you are one real creative lady, love your lens! And don't worry, you still look young and pretty! ;)

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      admired your creativity. lovely gift items.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I made a quilt from old clothing. It was my first quilting attempt, but it came out well. I gave it as a wedding gift, which was most appreciated.

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      Jack-in-the-Box 5 years ago

      I loved the plant markers. They are going on my list of gifts to make for my plant lover friends. Thanks for another great idea!!!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Very nice list of ideas. Thank you, it will be used!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very impressive and affordable 'do it yourself" gifts.

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      candy47 6 years ago

      Great lens. I especially like the wood shim art. That will be my next project to work on. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      I love these - especially the plant markers - what an awesome gift idea and one I think I'll try in my own garden.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very practical ideas.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      These are all such cute ideas! My daughter is always making the family DIY gifts for Christmas. I'll pass this link along to her!

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      LiquidGranite1 6 years ago

      Nice selection. Unique ideas!

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      Gayle 6 years ago from McLaughlin

      How creative! I've never imagined these wonderful gifts!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Quite creative. I've saved plastic knives from a picnic to serve as plant labels, but the vintage silverware looks even better.

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      arrogantwriter 6 years ago

      The banana totes are awesome! I loved this lens. Great ideas.

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      Rick McBride 6 years ago from Dallas

      I'm always amazed at your creative abilities. My mom would adore the sunflowers in the test tubes and wood block. I'm glad you are sharing with us on Squidoo.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      I loved the hand made cards from our grandchildren best.

      What a great topic yo have here, especially with the economy the way it is. Well done, too!

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      Sniff It Out 6 years ago

      You have some great ideas here, I particularly like the wire hanger trellis.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love your DIY crafts and gift ideas. I featured this lens on my Kids Recycle Projects lens. Thank you, Pam!

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      Runnn 6 years ago

      Creative stuff. Thanks for the $$ saving tips.

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      So good to see you posting your creations on Squidoo! Love the bamboo plant hanger.

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      avorodisa lm 6 years ago

      Really very creative advice! Thank you!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Sweet2Spicy: Appreciate the comment; thank you!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @bossypants: @bossypants, hey don't worry....I also have my share of unused materials presently overflowing in my guest room right now. uh oh..... :)

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      Sweet2Spicy 6 years ago

      Very clever ideas! Love em!

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      bossypants 6 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Love this lens! Oh my, when I think of supplies I've purchased intending to make things out of plastic canvas or equally lovely materials.... I think my friends are all glad I'm such a procrastinator I never got to them! I aspire to DIY!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks so much, Peggy.....You're talking to a kindred spirit. You've definitely come up with some awesome projects yourself and I can attest to that. :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @SPhilbrick: haha I remember those things......lol I do crochet, but never made one of those lovely ladies. ;)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love your crafts and the great instructions! I have made so many bad crafts I can't even remember them all. I love crafting and sometimes it comes out great, sometimes not.

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      SPhilbrick 6 years ago

      I'm sorry but I have to say the worst received is the crocheted toilet paper holder with a doll head (the skirt is the holder). Gosh....ugly is not even the word !