Pinterest inspiration: quick, easy and inexpensive DIY holiday gifts
BY WENDY ALTSCHULER For Sun-Times Media
(1 of 3) Gnome for the holidays: Terrariums brighten up any indoor space and they display imaginative miniature worlds. Pick out a few plants and find a glass bowl or apothecary jar. To assemble, put a layer of small rocks on the bottom of your container to allow excess water to escape to the bottom, which keeps the plant roots healthy.
Most folks these days are familiar with Pinterest: a virtual pegboard that helps you organize and share your favorite online goodies. Boards may be created with multiple links (pins) to manage home décor ideas,
favorite recipes and to aid in the planning of weddings, birthdays or events. Pinterest may also be used for insight on DIY holiday gift ideas. Below are a few remarkably simple-to-make crafts:
Gnome for the holidays
Terrariums brighten up any indoor space and they display imaginative miniature worlds. Pick out a few plants and find a glass bowl or apothecary jar. To assemble, put a layer of small rocks on the bottom of your container to allow excess water to escape to the bottom, which keeps the plant roots healthy. Cover the rocks with charcoal bits, which act like a filter to keep your terrarium clean. Pour in some soil, arrange your plants and put in the inanimate objects. Create your own festive gnomes and mushrooms out of clay and bake to harden or purchase figurines at a craft supply store. Keep your terrarium out of direct sunlight, don’t water too often and prune any brown leaves or plants.
Frosty the snow globe
Create a winter wonderland with any jar, as long as it has a good seal. Glass jelly jars, baby food containers or mason jars all work really well. Find ceramic or plastic figurines to set the scene (metal ones are prone to rust). With clear drying epoxy, adhere the objects to the inside of the lid and then set aside to dry. Fill the jar with distilled water then put in a touch of glitter. Add a small splash of glycerin, which helps the glitter fall slowly. Screw the dried characters and lid tightly onto the jar and voila, you’ve designed a bit of magic inside your home. Visit www.pinterest.com/pin/17310779789163713 to see this idea on Pinterest.
Holly jolly magnets
Magnets are useful and fun to look at, especially when they’re unique and homemade. Making original magnets couldn’t be easier. Take a flat back large transparent marble, glue a photograph or holiday scene onto the glass with clear glue and then adhere a heavy duty magnet on the back. Construct the perfect personalized gift for everyone in your family. Visit www.pinterest.com/pin/210543351300488830 to see more designs on Pinterest.
Sugar plum fairies
For those who love a lump or two of sugar in their coffee or tea, gift a box of homemade sugar cubes. To make a lovely assortment, pour ½ cup of sugar into a bowl and gradually stir in small amounts of water until you have a pasty consistency. Brown sugar or granulated white sugar works really well and food coloring may be used to make a multi-hued assortment. Press mixture tightly into molds, filling half way, then let dry overnight. Once hardened, gently remove the shapes from the tray and then they’re ready to wrap up and give away. Visit www.the36thavenue.com/2011/11/25-handmade-gifts-under-5.html for more on this gift idea as well as thoughts on other DIY gifts.
It’s the best time of the year. Relish the season of giving and time spent with friends and family. Delight in the joy that others will feel after receiving your DIY holiday gift. Happy holidays!