Need some cheap DIY gift ideas to make for Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions where you want to give something thoughtful but can’t spend a lot of money? With the holidays coming up sooner than it seems possible, creative and namely, inexpensive gift ideas are becoming very important to me, as my budget never fits my big, generous heart I have hundreds of people to give gifts to each year, and several super special ones for whom not just the average idea will do. I need something special for those people, but I hate to admit this, it also needs to be cheap. No one ever need know that you did not spend lots of money or even time on their gift.
With these 100 DIY gift ideas that are cheap but cool, you are sure to find something amazing for all your awesome people. Complete with step by step photo tutorials, these are practically no fail crafts. With more ideas than you could possibly make, all you need is a few dollars and some time to hit the dollar store. You will soon have more DIY gifts on your hands than you know what to do with!
100+ Cheap DIY Gift Ideas
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1. Deco Vases Made of Spice Jars
I had some guests coming from out of town and I wanted to make my table setting look extra special. The deco vases are a fantastic DIY upcycling project that only takes under an hour to complete. I always save my empty bottles for these kinds on DIY bolts of inspiration, and really you are free to use any size for this including wine bottles. I just spray painted them in coordinated colors in accordance with my kitchen and wrote beautiful phrases with gold sticky letters, my guests adored the extra effort I made to make them feel warm and surrounded by love and beauty. If you need a sweet Mother’s Day gift idea, this is a favorite. It is also a lovely inexpensive DIY gift idea for friends, neighbors and all sorts of others.
2. Faux Granite Coasters
I recently retiled my bathroom and had loads of tiles left over. I saw this idea on Pinterest and decided t was the perfect afternoon fun for the kids. My kids love DIY and I know they are being instilled with something that will last for future generations. The kids can scribble on a tile, add alcohol to blend the ink, and then burn off the alcohol to reveal a gorgeous design. If you keep a little more alcohol in a spritz bottle, you can turn those designs into something that looks like a pretty colored granite with one more step. Afterward, we applied a clear glaze and felt discs to the underside so they would not scratch the table. We now have our teacher’s gifts all lined up, we can’t wait till Christmas. For a DIY Christmas gift idea that is sure to be loved, try making these quick faux granite coasters.
Easy DIY Nail Polish Paintings
Learn how to make quick works of art, no artistic skills required. All you need is nail polish, water and a blank canvas. Check out the video to learn how to make some for yourself.
3. DIY Gilded Marble Hexagon Serving Boards
I went to France last Summer and saw so many beautiful marble counter tops in all the quaint restaurants and patisseries it was so romantic and functional at the same time. As you may know, marble is a great thing to use in your kitchen because it’s nearly indestructible and it harks back to museums full of historic statues and sculptures by the masters of yesteryear. When I found these marble hexagons, I knew they had to go onto my Dining table this Thanksgiving. I cook a lot on Le Cruset Ovenware and don’t like to transfer to a serving bowl. So I realized they would be perfect for heat absorption. I painted around the sides with Martha Stewart gold craft paint and the results were stunning. My own little slice of France, right here in Texas to make my family happy. Whether you are looking for a homemade wedding gift idea or an cool DIY office gift for the boss, these DIY serving boards are simple but stylish.
4. DIY Gold Mouse Pad
My Sister In Law got a new job as a data entry clerk and was having a small victory celebration. So what do you do at the last minute for a gift with a limited budget? It is so simple to get a hold of a black mouse pad and make a geometric design with some painters tape and then give it a couple of coats of Rustoleum and peel off your strips. The end results were so stunning, it was the best gift of the party, and when I told our friends it was a DIY craft, they all applauded and hailed me a genius. If you need a fun DIY gift idea for teens, we love this awesome do it yourself mousepad. Cheap DIY gifts don’t have to look inexpensive, and this cool craft idea proves it.
Easy DIY Fabric Covered Pots
Learn how to make these fun and easy decoupage pots using only scrap fabric. Check out our latest video tutorial on Youtube to learn how. Perfect cheap idea to make and sell, but these cute and crafty pots also make super homemade gifts.
5. Scalloped Sunglasses Case
If you are hobby sewing or a qualified seamstress, these DIY glasses cases are perfect for a spur of the moment gift. It works wonderfully with old fabric scraps which are in abundance in my house, so its truly a making the most of what you have DIY project. I made a bunch for all my kids teachers, and I can’t begin to describe the joy in my heart when I saw their faces lit up with gratitude. For a cheap DIY gift idea that you can sew in no time at all, try making these super stylish sunglasses cases to give as Christmas gift ideas for family and friends.
6. DIY Ombre Kitchen Utensils
I really needed a quick gift for one extra guest this Christmas and I live in the country and had no time to drive to town and shop. So I had some bamboo utensils that had never been used and I decided to do a DIY craft paint job on the handles in an ombre style. I just used a Martha Stewart favorite 1950s kitchen color scheme and tied them together with a raffia bow. Instant success is what this DIY craft is, the unexpected guest felt very loved and welcome, which is the way I want everyone to feel. If you have people on your Christmas gift list who love to spend time cooking, these pretty DIY kitchen utensils should make them happy when they open their present. I love to keep these on hand in case I need them for last minute birthday gifts, too.
7. Teacup Candles
Candle making is a great way to add functional DIY home decor to your home. Homemade candles also make fantastic DIY gifts that match any room decor. These vintage teacups can be upcycled into these DIY crafts in under an hour. I melted some beeswax which is super healthy and added wicks and wax to these teacups. They are so adorable and also very safe with their saucers firmly in place underneath.
8. DIY Jewelry Sequin Bracelet
A teen dream becomes a reality with sequins, my Daughter loves sequins on just about anything and everything. I save spools of sequined trim I find in thrift stores, craft stores, fabric stores and even stuffed in places you would never think to look. We never know when the next slumber party is going to turn into a DIY crafts festival. We like to use E 6000 glue because it does not melt the sequins. There is a tutorial here to attach the sequins to bangle bracelets but you can attach a row of sequens to anything for instant glamour.
9. Stenciled Tile Magnets
Refrigerator magnets are a perfect idea for an inexpensive DIY Christmas gift idea, you just need a few supplies from the craft store and a limitless imagination. Starting with inexpensive small ceramic tiles (can be purchased in home improvement stores) get Disc magnets, Multi-surface acrylic craft paint (I used Martha Stewart satin acrylic craft paint in Blue Calico), Martha Stewart Fair Isle Dots adhesive stencils, foam brushes, and heavy-duty adhesive (such as E-6000). Follow the step by step tutorial and this gift will not disappoint and is sure to please the recipient.
10. DIY Tablet Stand
Everyone in my family needs a tablet stand, so I set about fixing that problem. I found this DIY wood crafting idea on Pinterest and had tons of wood left over from my new shed so I was ready to go. You can carve out a groove yourself or take the wood pieces to Home Depot to have them cut. I covered them with white craft paint from Martha Stewart, whose products are amazing and never disappoint. While I was waiting for the wood to be cut at Home Depot I found these cute brackets to install on the corners to give it a nautical look, and with a little gold spray paint, the brackets really popped. These little stands are going to look so good under our Christmas tree and Daddy’s going to know his little craft elf has been working very hard.