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101 DIY Gift Ideas: Handmade Gifts You Can Make

Make a little handmade treat for someone you love.


Need something a little more unique than that basket of bath gels at the local Walmart? Here are some top picks for totally original gifts that are easy to make. Handmade gifts have a personal touch that means so much more than commercial items.

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1. Tie Dye Shirt

Tie Dye
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Use your friend's favorite colors to create a tie-dye shirt that recalls summer fun and crazy times. You can also tie-dye socks, underwear...anything!

2. Fairy Wings

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Little girls and grown up ladies alike love to wear a pair of fairy wings every now and then. This is an imaginative gift for the dreamers on your list.

3. Yarn Party Hair

Yarn Party Hair
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A punk 'do doesn't mean having to permanently dye every strand of hair. Give your buddy a crazy look with these fun party locks made out of yarn and ribbon.

4. Bell Bottom Jeans

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Use an existing pair of jeans to create funky bellbottoms. This is a great gift for a friend who has their own sense of style.

5. Apron Top

Apron Top
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Apron tops can be made out of medium-weight quilting fabrics, so they have a lot of possibility for patterns and colors. This one makes a great gift because the long straps ensure they'll fit a girl of any size.

6. Fleece Anime Hat

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If you know an anime fan or just someone who is into all things cute, then an animal-themed anime hat may just be the perfect gift. It's easy to sew, and can even be made out of a t-shirt.

7. Spraypaint a T-Shirt

Spraypaint Shirt
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Instead of giving any old t-shirt as a gift, try designing your own. With a little bit of spray paint and some stencils, you can create a one-of-a-kind present.

8. Dresses to Make

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If you're feeling especially generous and happen to have her measurements on hand, you can create a dress as the ultimate handmade gift for your girl.

9. Skirts to Make

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Learn how to create a simple skirt from a t-shirt, an old pair of jeans or just a piece of great material. There are lots of choices here so that you can create a skirt that will make the perfect gift.

10. Fabric Collage

Fabric Collage
With just a few pieces you can pick up at a used clothing store, you'll be able to cut out an infinite number of options for a fabric collage. Learn how to design a beautiful and unique fabric collage that'll adorn almost anything you choose.
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