Holiday DIY Gift Guide

Photo Source:  Extra Petite

Photo Source: Extra Petite

The holidays are just around the corner! Have you started your shopping? If you are looking to gift something more personal, we have rounded up our favorite DIY holiday gift ideas. From the hostess to your bestie we have the perfect idea for you. Cheers to a weekend of DIYing and hot chocolate!

Photo by Christopher Baker, Source Real Simple

Photo by Christopher Baker, Source Real Simple

Gold-Leaf Bud-Vase Trio

What You Need

  • 3 glass bud vases of different shapes
  • gold-leaf kit
  • scissors
  • 2 small, soft paintbrushes

What to Do

1. Dip a paintbrush in the adhesive (from the gold-leaf kit) and paint loose, slightly irregular upward strokes to cover the outer rims of the vases. Set aside for an hour while the adhesive becomes tacky (it will turn clear).

2. Cut sheets of gold leaf into 1- to 2-inch strips. Press the gold leaf onto the adhesive.     Peel off the paper backing. Dust away any excess gold leaf with the clean      paintbrush

                                                                                    3. Apply the sealer and let dry for 30 minutes.


Holiday Stovetop Simmer


  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh pine and/or fir
  • 2-3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 1 mandarin, whole
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Small window tin-tie bags
  • Small rectangle text labels
  • Large oval hang tags
  • Sprigs of fir for garnishing your gift bags

Full instructions can be found here.


Personalized Bracelets

-flat leather (10mm x 2mm) or oval leather (10mm x 6mm)
-letter sliders (I love this font in either 10mm x 2mm or 10mm x 6mm, and they sell hashtags too!)
-magnetic clasp (10mm x 2mm or 10mm x 6mm)
-jewelry glue

Full instructions can be found here.

Source: BBC Good Food

Source: BBC Good Food

Chocolate Brownie Mix


  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 95 g plain flour
  • 35 g cocoa
  • 75 g plain flour
  • 135 g brown sugar
  • 150 g sugar
  • 100 g chocolate chips
  • 100g white chocolate chips
  • 50 g walnuts or pecans (optional)