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DIY Gifts to Make in a Day

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Are you a procrastinator when it comes to finding gifts for loved ones? Don’t worry, I am too! Fortunately, I have plenty of quick and easy DIY gifts to make in a day if you’re scrambling for gifts for teachers, moms or girlfriends.

Easy DIY gifts that are homemade and easy to do

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The Perfect Last-Minute DIY Gifts

We’ve all been there before. You have just a few days before a friend’s birthday or Mother’s Day, but you want a gift that shows how much you care. You want something that looks put together and not thrown together.

I’ve collected some of my favorite handmade gifts below that you can make in just a matter of minutes or hours.

An Amazon Prime membership comes in handy for some of the supplies, but you can also find many materials at your local craft store.

Lavender Sugar Scrub (Free Printable Tags)

Lavender sugar scrub in mason jar with printed label on top

Learn how to make a DIY lavender sugar scrub with this easy recipe using lavender essential oils and dried lavender buds.

This body scrub is great for stress relief and exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin at the same time! The best part…it takes less than 10 minutes to make!

Plus, get FREE printable labels and tags!

Lavender and Rice Heating Pad

How to make a rice heating pad with lavender

Learn how to make a lavender heating pad with rice that smells good, feels good, and looks good, too! This lavender-scented microwavable heating pad is easy enough as a beginning sewing project, and you can choose a no-sew version as well.

DIY Potpourri with Dried Flowers

Mixed floral potpourri with fragrance oil and wooden scoop

Make beautifully scented sachets with this homemade potpourri recipe using dried flowers. Get tips for making potpourri last longer too. It’s the perfect stocking stuffer or housewarming gift!

DIY Tea Towels with Image Transfers

DIY tea towels with farmhouse style graphics of trucks and wagons with pumpkins

Make these beautiful handmade tea towels with any design you like! These farmhouse towels make the perfect DIY gifts for a hostess or housewarming present. It’s easy to make these in minutes with my simple technique.

Get tips on where to find trendy, professional-looking graphics to make your own towels. Whether you’re looking for a modern design or farmhouse-style watercolor art, you’ll find what you need.

Decoupage Wooden Spoons

How to make decoupage wooden spoons

Make beautiful decoupage wooden spoons using Mod Podge, scrapbook paper and bamboo kitchen utensils. You can personalize the spoons with any color scheme you like.

Best of all, this DIY gift takes only minutes to make!

DIY Farmhouse Flour Sack Towels

Flour sack dish towels

These DIY flour sack dish towels work well with French country or farmhouse-style decor.

They make a great home decor accent, and you can give them away as gifts for birthdays and holidays!

Magnetic Picture Frame Upcycle Project

Hands writing on a recipe card on top of an upcycled frame that is magnetic
Upcycled magnetic picture frame

Learn how to repurpose old picture frames with decoupage and paint to create a magnetic recipe card holder. This would be a fun way to present someone with a baked gift and correspondingrecipe cards.

Painted Tote Bag with Stencils

Hand painted tote bag with patriotic stencil on bench

Upgrade a plain canvas tote bag with just a little paint and a stencil. Learn everything there is to know about the best paint for canvas bags and what technique to use. This would make the perfect personalized gift for someone.

DIY Farmhouse Sign

DIY farmhouse wood signs

Make a beautiful DIY farmhouse sign as a gift for friends or family. All you’ll need is a piece of wood and a few simple materials!

You can use either removable vinyl or paint to make these rustic farmhouse signs. This tutorial includes options to use a Cricut or Cameo machine or hand-painted lettering directly onto the wood.

The best part about this sign construction is you can make the sign reversible to use it for multiple holidays.

Easy Decoupage Wood Sign

DIY decoupage wood sign that reads "Dad"
Decoupage wood sign

Learn how to make decoupage wood signs the easy way with this quick beginner project. This is such an easy DIY gift, even the kids can help!

DIY T-Shirt with Love Design for Cricut/Cameo

DIY Valentine's Day t-shirt using buffalo plaid heat transfer vinyl

Get tips on making a DIY t-shirt with heat-transfer vinyl, and get this free SVG pattern for Cricut or Cameo.

DIY Pressed Flower Art

Microwave easy DIY pressed flower wall art tutorial

Remember pressing flowers as a kid? With this easy technique, you can make pressed flower art in a matter of minutes (not months) and create unique artwork that’s sentimental, too.

This would make a great keepsake for someone special if you use flowers that have special meaning.

DIY Macrame Plant Hanger

DIY macrame plant hanger holding purple and white petunias and sweet potato vine

Give the gift of a retro boho-chic macrame plant hanger to the plant-lover in your life. It’s the perfect accessory for a hanging basket.

DIY Birdhouse Woodworking Project

DIY birdhouse sitting on outdoor hearth with gardening gloves

Get free plans to make this simple DIY birdhouse with scrap wood. The birds will love it, and it looks adorable in a garden, too! It’s the perfect gift for those who love nature or bird-watching.

Easy Mosaic Flower Pots

Finished mosaic flower pot with dianthus flower next to watering can

These mosaic flower pots are the perfect addition to a container garden. Get tips for making your own with thrifted or broken plates. Anyone with a love for gardening would enjoy this gift.

DIY Wooden Cake Stand

Farmhouse cake stand with cupcakes on top

This simple DIY cake stand is easy to make and looks beautiful as a pedestal or cupcake display. It’s the perfect gift for someone who loves to entertain at home.

DIY Etched Glass Gift

Etched glass objects (goblet, candleholder, vase) made using a Cricut and glass etching cream

Learn how to etch glass using a Cricut machine and glass etching cream. This step-by-step tutorial with video shows you all the tips to get great results.

You can make your own DIY wine glass, plate, or vase to give away as personalized gifts.

Fabric Charger Plates

DIY charger plate in tartan plaid with painted "Joy" plate on top, shown with Christmas ornament and copper mug

Give plain charger plates an upgrade with your favorite fabric. Find out how to make these DIY charger plates for the perfect giftable decor item. It’s easier than you think!

Painted Terracottta Pots

Painted terracotta pots and decoupage pots stacked with flowers on outdoor patio fireplace

These painted terracotta pots add charm and elegance to any patio. Get tips for painting flower pots to give as gifts to teachers, family, and friends.

Decoupage Flower Pots with Napkins

Stacked decoupage flower pots by outdoor fireplace with mosaic snail and other potted plants

Coordinate your painted flower pots with matching decoupage flower pots using napkins. You won’t believe the results!

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Drop me a comment to let me know which of these homemade gifts you plan to try! Happy gifting!

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