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.

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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)

DIY sugar scrub in mason jars with printed labels.

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

This lavender sugar scrub is great for stress relief and exfoliates and moisturizes dry skin at the same time! The best part is…it takes less than 10 minutes to make! Plus, get FREE printable labels and tags. You can also use a similar recipe for peppermint sugar scrub.

Handmade Earrings with Cricut

Leather earrings with mandala design hanging from wooden box.

Learning how to make earrings with Cricut doesn’t take long, and these leather earrings make a great gift for any occasion!

You can find all types of lovely leather (real or faux) to customize your earrings in various shapes. Add foil iron-on vinyl for extra bling like the mandala motif above.

Pounded Flower Art

Framed flower pounded art made with fresh flowers and hammer.

Who knew pounding flowers with a hammer could create such beautiful results? This DIY flower pounding art is simple enough for kids to make (with adult supervision), and you’ll have loads of fun in the process.

Lavender and Rice Heating Pad

Finished DIY lavender rice heating pads.

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 beginner 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.

Learn how to make homemade potpourri to give as gifts or preserve special memories. Get tips on drying flowers for this craft and making your DIY potpourri last longer.

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.

Decoupage Wooden Spoons

Three decoupage wooden spoons shown with tea towel.

Make beautiful decoupage wooden spoons using Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, and bamboo kitchen utensils. This makes a great DIY gift in a matter of minutes! Use these decorative spoons as a hostess gift, birthday gift, housewarming gift, or Mother’s Day gift.

DIY Farmhouse Flour Sack Towels

Flour sack dish towels hanging on farmhouse style bench.

Make DIY flour sack dish towels for French country or farmhouse style decor. These striped kitchen towels make a great home decor accent, and you can give them away as gifts for birthdays and holidays!

Lavender Room Spray

Hand spraying a bottle of DIY lavender spray.

The soothing scent of lavender is always a good idea for a gift. This diy room spray recipe requires only a few ingredients and can be used on pillows, linens, or sachets.

Magnetic Picture Frame Project

Upcycled picture frame with printable recipe cards and washi tape pencils.

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 corresponding recipe cards.

Painted Tote Bag with Stencils

Hand painted tote bag with patriotic stencil and bandana on park bench.

Upgrade a plain canvas tote bag with just a little paint and a stencil. Check out these tote bag painting ideas and learn what technique and paints to use. A tote would make the perfect personalized gift for someone.

DIY Farmhouse Sign

DIY farmhouse wood signs.

Make beautiful DIY farmhouse signs to give as gifts for friends or family. All you’ll need is a piece of wood and a few simple materials! 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 DIY wood signs the easy way with this quick beginner project. This is such an easy decoupage project, 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.

If you’re looking for Cricut Valentine’s Day shirt ideas, here’s a free heart SVG you can pick up. Get tips on making a DIY t-shirt with heat-transfer vinyl using a cute buffalo plaid pattern.

Fingerprint Flower Pots

Flower pot with ladybug fingerprint design and garden stake reading "Love Bug" shown with gardening gloves.

This ladybug fingerprint flower pot makes such a sentimental gift! I chose to decorate it with ladybugs, but you could choose another insect like butterflies or bees.

DIY Pressed Flower Art Using a Microwave

DIY pressed flower wall art hanging on a wall with cabinet underneath and small faux lavender plant on top of cabinet.

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 Pressed Flower Wall Art

Pressed flower wall art shown in white frames next to faux floral arrangement on fireplace mantel.

Make your own pressed flower wall art to display as home decor using a completely different technique. This easy one-hour project is budget-friendly and completely customizable. Choose any color and any style of herb or flower to coordinate with your decor.

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 bird house with scrap wood. The birds will love it, and it looks adorable in a garden, too!

Elegant DIY 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 Engraved Cutting Board

Personalized cutting board that reads "Grandma's Kitchen: Where Memories are Made".

With a laser engraving machine, you can make personalized charcuterie boards for any occasion. Once you have the xTool M1 machine, you can whip up a custom laser cut cutting board in about an hour.

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.
Fabric Covered Charger Plate

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!

Easy Mosaic Flower Pots

Mosaic flower pot with watering can and gardening gloves on wooden bench.

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.

Painted Terracotta 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 on how to paint terracotta pots to give as gifts to teachers, family, and friends.

Fabric Covered Flower Pots

Trio of fabric covered flower pots with wooden stakes in the shape of butterflies and dragon flies.

Learn how to make your own fabric flower pots using Mod Podge. This is a great way to use up old fabric scraps and beautify your patio garden.

Decoupage Flower Pots with Napkins

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

Learn how to make beautiful decoupage flower pots with paint, napkins, and Mod Podge Outdoor. This is a great way to upgrade plain terracotta pots to create a stunning container garden on a covered porch or patio.

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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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    1. Thanks so much, Jen! I hope you enjoy Mother’s Day with your family. Sometimes I get so swept up in preparing for the holiday I forget it’s supposed to be for us, too. Ha!