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12 days of DIY Christmas with gift ideas using Goodwill finds

Sure, you could take it easy on yourself this holiday season and go to a retailer and buy a new $50 sweater for everyone on your list.

Or … you could give something much more meaningful that also is homemade, adorable and inexpensive.

Even better, you won’t have to come up with the ideas. We’ve got 12 DIY gift suggestions that lead you to Black Friday that feature items you can find for a few bucks at your local Goodwill that will make for a personal and memorable present.

Your recipients will be glad you did.

 

Turn a beautiful teacup into a candle.

Turn a beautiful teacup into a candle.

1. Teacup candles

These beautiful teacups are too dainty not to be displayed. Load up on your favorites and let others show them off as useful candles that almost are too pretty to light. Scented? Unscented? The choice is yours.

Directions: designsponge.com/2008/11/diy-project-kates-teacup-candles.html

Photo: Design Sponge

 

2. White faux ceramic and milk glass vases

Turn ordinary glassware into extraordinary pieces with the help of glossy white spray paint. Give one or several for a showstopper.

Directions: thehappierhomemaker.com/2012/05/diy-white-faux-ceramic-and-milk-glass

 

Transform a T-shirt into a scarf.

Transform a T-shirt into a scarf.

3. T-shirt scarf

Old T-shirts find new life as beautiful layered scarves. The more strips you use, the thicker the scarf is. Make a rainbow of colors to reflect your gift recipients’ favorite shades.

Directions: http://rabbitfoodformybunnyteeth.com/diy-multi-strand-scarf

Photo: Rabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth

 

4. Monogrammed mugs

These personalized mugs, based on popular ones from Anthropologie, would be even cuter filled with homemade hot cocoa or cappuccino mix.

Directions: designmom.com/2010/11/diy-monogram-mugs

 

Used sweaters find new life as decorative pillows.

Used sweaters find new life as decorative pillows.

5. Sweater pillows

Transform old sweaters into warm and cozy pillows that will make any couch or chair more welcoming. Save the sleeves from the sweater for another project below.

Directions: brassyapple.com/2011/01/diy-sweater-pillows-cozy-up.html

Photo: Brassy Apple

 

6. Chic tray from frame

Find the frame that speaks to you and go from there. Add a piece of fabric or paper and two pulls and you have a gorgeous tray that can be practical or decorative.

Directions: athoughtfulplaceblog.com/how-to-create-chic-tray-rustic-glam

 

Turn sweater sleeves into boot cuffs.

Turn sweater sleeves into boot cuffs.

7. Boot cuffs

Put the sleeves you saved from the sweater pillows to use with these cuddly boot socks. Make them as a decorative top-off for boots or to provide warmth, but just make them! Winters in Wisconsin are cold, and we’ll be wearing boots for a long, long time. These will help keep boot boredom away.

Directions: thesitsgirls.com/diy/diy-boot-cuffs

Photo: Try It On Me

 

8. Mirror serving tray

Update an out-of-style mirror with a coat of paint and cabinet handles to use as a way to display treasured items. If you are feeling generous, add a white faux vase (see above).

Directions: diyinspired.com/diy-serving-tray-a-mirror-makeover

 

A cutting board becomes a tablet holder with a little DIY help.

A cutting board becomes a tablet holder with a little DIY help.

9. Kitchen tablet holder

This Pottery Barn knock-off only requires a few items — wood cutting board, building block and Scrabble tile holder — to make something so wonderful. The lucky recipients of this gift will be able to use it when cooking and following the recipe on their tablet.

Directions: mamiejanes.blogspot.com/2013/03/another-kitchen-tablet-holder.html

Photo: Mamie Jane’s

 

10. Phone bookends

Go retro for the oh-so-cool person on your list who will appreciate this nod to yesteryear. Made from old phones, this gift will appeal to anyone who loves a vintage look.

Directions: abeautifulmess.com/2012/10/diy-telephone-bookends.html

Photo: A Beautiful Mess

 

A circular frame finds new life as a wreath.

A circular frame gets another use as a wreath.

11. Frame wreath

An old frame becomes a welcoming wreath for the front door with the help of a coat of paint and the addition of a ribbon and some artificial flowers or succulents. Stunning!

Directions: diyinspired.com/repurposed-thrift-store-frame-wreath

Photo: DIY Inspired

 

12. Dessert stands

Anyone who likes to entertain will appreciate a one-of-a-kind dessert stand for sweet treats featuring a candlestick, plate and glass holder. Go all out and include some homemade Christmas cookies.

Directions: diyinspired.com/upcycled-thrift-store-diy-dessert-stands

 

For more: Find more DIY craft and gift ideas on our Pinterest page at pinterest.com/goodwillncw.

Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2014 helped improve the lives of more than 68,600 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin, through 27 programs and services. The organization includes 26 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, and as far north as Rice Lake and Rhinelander, as well as provides a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store. It offers seven Donation Express sites and 45 donation bins located throughout the Fox Cities and surrounding communities. Goodwill NCW uses the revenue from stores to fund a variety of innovative programs and services that serve north central Wisconsin communities.

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2 Responses to 12 days of DIY Christmas with gift ideas using Goodwill finds

  • Love the ideas! Snagging several for later projects. It would be helpful if the directions had working links to the sites instead of just the web addresses, but copying and pasting worked too.

    • So happy you found some ideas that you loved! Sorry about the links. I appreciate you pointing that out. I added the links now so it should be improved. Happy crafting!

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