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10 DIY Gifts for the Holiday Season

by Samantha Crist on December 5, 2018

Holiday shopping is expensive, especially when working within the shoe-string budget of a college student.

Luckily, Hocking College students learn a variety of skills in the classroom that can help them make some really cool do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts for the holiday season. 

Check out our list of 10 DIY projects that you can do this holiday season.

1. Memo and Picture Holders

Memo and Picture Holders | 10 DIY Holiday Gifts

Source: Sugar & Cloth

Know someone who loves quirky things? Make them a cute memo or photo holder using their favorite animal and a little paint. This gift can be created for under $10!

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic animal
  • Alligator clip
  • 1/8 inch dowel rod
  • Super glue
  • Drill and 1/8 drill bit

2. Wooden Picture Ledge

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Source: The Merrythought

Are you majoring in Carpentry at Hocking College or are you just handy in general? Consider making a gorgeous picture ledge for someone in your family. They're sure to love the hard work you put into it.

What You'll Need:

  • Wood boards
  • Table saw
  • Miter box
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Sand paper or orbital sander
  • Stain (optional)

3. Fern Printed Tea Towels

Fern Printed Tea Towels | 10 DIY Holiday GiftsSource: Hometalk

Want to share your love of Natural Resources with your family and friends? Consider making these unique tea towels using fern prints from your adventures at Hocking College. 

What You'll Need:

  • Freshly laundered, blank tea towels
  • Ferns
  • Newspaper
  • Craft paint 

4. Holiday Candy & Pies

When all else fails, make a delicious treat for the holidays!

All students, faculty/staff, and the community have the opportunity to take advantage of the Hocking College Culinary program who will be hosting a holiday candy-making workshop on December 6. It's during this workshop where you'll learn how to make sweet & tasty treats for those you love.

Crushed Glass Coasters | 10 DIY Holiday Gifts

5. Crushed Glass Coasters

Source: Tell Love and Party

Looking for a unique gift that has a little artistic flair? Consider making these super easy coasters for friends and family.  

The design of these are highly customizable so feel free to have some fun with colors.

What You'll Need:

  • Cork coasters
  • Decorative fillers
  • Spray paint
  • Mod Podge Dimensional Magic Glue

6. Rose-Hibiscus Whipped Body Butter

Rose-Hibiscus Whipped Body Butter | 10 DIY Holiday Gifts

Source: PoppyTalk

Looking to make something that sounds like it should come from a high-end boutique? Look no further than this rose-hibiscus body butter that you can make quite easily with only a few ingredients.

What You'll Need:

  • Glass jar with lid (we used a 7.4 oz weck tulip jar)
  • 1 Tsp. almond oil
  • 1 Cup coconut oil
  • Brewed hibiscus tea 
  • Rose absolute essential oil
  • Hand or stand mixer
  • 3 Tbsp. white sugar, divided (Optional — for sugared rose petal)
  • 2 Tbsp cup of water (Optional — for sugared rose petal)
  • Organic roses or organic rose petals (Optional — for sugared rose petal)

Pro Tip: Not a fan of the scents? Substitute those scents for a relaxing lavender or vanilla.

Gramophone iPhone Novelty Speaker | 10 DIY Holiday Gifts

7. Gramophone iPhone Novelty Speaker

Source: CeciBean

Want to be the talk of your holiday party? Make this unique novelty gramophone iPhone speaker. The hipster in your life will love it!

What You'll Need:

  • Galvanized steel funnel with a flexible tube
  • Drill and 1/4" drillbit
  • Bronze spray paint
  • Dremel with a 3/4" spade bit
  • A piece of redwood 4x4, approximately 6" long
  • Sand paper
  • Wood stain

8. Sewing Kit

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Source: Hometalk

Know someone who could benefit from learning how to sew? Package up a small sewing kit in an awesome box and gift it with a copy of Sewing for Dummies. I bet they'll get the hint. 

What You'll Need:

  • Plain gift box
  • Fabric
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors 
  • Mini sewing kit

Pro Tip: The instructions don't call for it, but binder clips can be super useful for this project to help fold the fabric while the glue dries.

9. Welded Ornaments

Welded Ornaments | 10 DIY Holiday Gifts

The Hocking College Welding Lab is offering a Holiday Welding class for the hobbyist or artist who wants to learn welding as a craft or as an introduction to welding as an occupation. This class will introduce the beginner and more advanced students to TGG, MIG GMAW, or stick welding techniques and plasma cutter to create simple holiday decorations.  

To learn more information, click here.

10. Leather Mason Jar Sleeve

Leather Mason Jar Sleeve | 10 DIY Holiday Gifts

Source: A Beautiful Mess

Looking to flex your creative muscles with some leather working? This unique and rustic gift is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

What You'll Need:

  • Heavy-duty leather (1/8" thick)
  • Snap fasteners
  • Waxed cord
  • Leather punch
  • X-Acto knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Setter tool or snaptool
  • Hammer
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