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DIY Small Gift Ideas
Ideas and Suggestions for Small Gifts
We live in a small house, we're always on a small budget (lol) and because family and friends are so scattered it's much easier and cheaper to mail small gifts.
Here are a few smaller DIY gifts to consider making for those of you who have similar needs and likes. You'll find my original crochet pattern for this hand sanitizer carry along further down the page. I hope you enjoy the ideas presented here and thanks for visiting! :)
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
DIY Small Gift Idea # 1 Japanese Otedama Bags
Each bag is made of 4 strips that measure 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" and these strips are sewn together and stuffed with small beans. This present is the the perfect size for a younger child to practice their juggling skills safely. :)
(Photo credit Tea Rose Home Blog)
DIY Gift # 2 - Sterling Silver Spoon Rings
Back in the day, I got married with a spoon ring because that's all we could afford. This sterling silver handmade spoon ring is so dear to me, I actually wear the spoon ring more often than I wear the diamond ring which I eventually got. So when I saw this fabulous spoon ring tutorial I knew it was a keeper to share with you on this page of small gifts.
Here you go. Thank you Kirsten! :)
(Photo credit Kirsten @Through the Front Door)
Ring Box - for a DIY Sterling Silver Spoon Ring
DIY Gift Idea # 3 - Crochet Hand Sanitizer Carry Along
This is a very handy item and it's super easy to make. Once completed the key ring can be attached to your purse or car keys so finding hand sanitizer when you need it is simple. You can also make your own hand sanitizer to refill the small bottle. :)
For each carry along, you'll need: 1" diameter key ring, sz 5 steel crochet hook, cotton crochet thread, .5 fl oz hand sanitizer (bought at my local pharmacy on sale for 50 cents per bottle.)
Begin. Chain 1. Single Crochet (sc) all around key ring encasing ring in thread. Slip stitch (Sl st) together at end.
Row 1 Half Double Crochet (hdc) first st. Chain 1. Repeat every other sc. Sl st together.
Row 2 Chain 1. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.
Row 3 Chain 2. hdc every other sc. Sl st together..
Row 4 Chain 2. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.
Row 5 Chain 2. hdc every other sc. Sl st together.
Row 6 Chain 2. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.
Row 7 Chain 2. hdc every other sc. Sl st together.
Row 8 Chain 2. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.
Row 9 Chain 1. hdc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.
Row 10 Chain 1. sc in each opening all way around. Sl st together.
Row 11. NO CHAIN. sc in each opening all way around Sl st together.
To form handle: Chain 1. sc in next 5 openings. Turn. Repeat 10 to 12 rows as desired. Knot at end and leave long "tail" to hand stitch handle in place. It's done! :)
Note: This was my first attempt at writing crochet instructions, so I beg your forgiveness if it sounds a little wonky. oooops! :/
- How to Make Aloe Vera and Lavender Hand Sanitizer
Antiseptic and Antibacterial are two of the benefits in this toxin free, alcohol free hand sanitizer. This easy and quick recipe uses 4 ingredients that you and your family can benefit from safely.
Idea # 4 Hair Bandana Ties
I made five of these hair bandana ties for a young friend of mine. They travelled all the way to New Jersey and arrived on her birthday. This diy small gift is quick and inexpensive to boot.
Happy Birthday Jolie! (she's one of my animal advocate online co-horts).
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
Big Wrapping Ideas for Small Gifts
DIY Small Gift Ideas # 5
DIY Flower Hair Clips for Shoes
These are actual diy flower hair clips made by Maegan. She made some a while back for her hair, for her Christmas tree and now just look what she's done!
Aren't these fabulous? I would LOVE to receive a pair, but I may just have to make them to gift to myself.They are simply lovely!.....sigh. :)
(Photo credit Maegan @love Maegan blog)
Aren't these classic and cool? :)
Small Gift Idea # 6 - Leather Pocket for Loyalty Cards
Staci of Crafty Staci really knows how to get the most out of a smallish scrap of leather. This present is great for anyone who wants to get the most use of loyalty cards. Staci shares her tutorial here.
(Photo credit CraftyStaci.com)