This Reader Crafts Homemade Gifts (PS, These Are AWESOME!)

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hand crafted gifts on table

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Finding the perfect gift for any event can be stressful, so, if you’re up for the challenge, why not get a little crafty? This week’s Happy Friday reader Lily made a bunch of homemade gifts; spoiler alert: they turned out incredible!

craft boxes

I usually make gifts for family on holidays like birthdays and Christmas. However, I have felt extra crafty thanks to the warm snap in the south. So, instead of making my sister one crochet amigurumi (stuffed toy) like usual, I decided to craft special favor boxes for our little party of three: me, my sister, and our mom.

diy cupcake crafts

The cupcakes were made with supplies from my stash and a free pattern from Stringy DingDing. The small buttons are cross-stitched magnets from a mix of free/library-rented patterns. The supplies were bought with sales, coupons, and gift cards I received for Christmas.

crafts and diy book marks

The bookmarks were free printables from The Book Rat and Botanical Paperworks. The painted rocks use cheap rocks and craft paint as well as some Duraclear I bought for another project. I even found the jewelry boxes and stickers at Walmart for the finishing touches.

goody bag envelope with cactus sticker

Of course, no goodie bags are complete without candy, which I got from Dollar Tree and Five Below’s 10-for-$1 and then packaged in adorable paper treat bags. You could likely save money by using cheaper packaging or cutting down on decorations, but I decided to go all in since there were only three to make. They’re likely still a tad pricey for favors. However, since I enjoy crafting, the money does double duty by providing me with entertainment and my family with gifts – definitely a win-win!

inside craft box

Lily, this all turned out incredible! The time and effort were definitely worth it, and I’m sure any giftee would be super appreciated. Let us know if you’ve tried DIY-ing a gift before; was it a success, or did you have to come up with a plan B? 😆🎁


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Comments 5

  1. Cate

    Adorable! Great job. Thanks for sharing. I enjoy crocheting. Thanks for sharing the link to the cupcakes. They are super cute. I will give them a try.

  2. Kellie

    So cute and fun! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Kim

    The cupcakes are absolutely adorable…you could go into business!

  4. Bunny

    So adorable Lily! Thanks for sharing with us fellow Hipsters! 🙂

  5. Stella

    Lily, you are a creative genius. Your family and friends are lucky gift recipients indeed.

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