"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom. "
- Theodore Rubin
Gifts are special. Buying a gift for someone is easy, and that’s what everyone does. But making a gift out of scratch and giving it to your loved one makes them feel even more special and treasured. And the gift, instead of just being an item becomes a precious thing for them.
But that doesn’t mean you have to spend so much money to buy the materials. You can make gifts out of waste materials.
Handmade gifts hold a different place in your heart, and it shows how much a certain person loves you. Unlike readymade gifts, homemade gifts are cheap. The investment in homemade things is made in terms of time, effort, creativity, and love.
So, to help you do it the best way, we’ve come up with a list of homemade gift ideas to make it easy for you.
Tin Can Lantern
Remember that Tin cans that you’ve put aside thinking it’s of no use?
It’s time to make use of it and make Tin Can Lanterns.
It is no rocket science. All you need to do is, wash the can, punch a few holes in it and put lights in it. Simple as that.
You can give these Tin Can Lanterns to your friends for them to hang it outside or inside their house.
1. Things required
- Tin Can
Wearables or accessories are the best things to give as people can use it for real instead of keeping them at home.
Also, it leaves a good impression on the person and makes it memorable for them. You can easily create a bracelet for your loved ones using buttons.
Thread the elastic with the shanks and buttons. Keep enough number of buttons in one bracelet, and once you’re done, squeeze the elastic with pliers and cut off the extra elastic.
You can make it in bulk and give it to kids in orphanages or sell them online.
1. Things required
- Metal crimp tube
Mason Jar Snow Globe
How beautiful it looks to have something enclosed in a container? It gives you the feeling of being at that place as you look at it.
It’s quite easy to create a scenic view inside a jar for someone. Take a mason jar and paint the lid of it in silver. Stick a few other things like ornaments, trees, or snowman inside the lid.
Next, fill the jar with water and add glitter to it.
Now, fix the lid to the jar and turn it upside down to see something magical.
Boom! There you go! A beautiful scenic view in a jar right in front of your eyes. Shake the jar anytime you want to see the snowfall again.
- Mason jar
- Water Paint
Egg Carton Lamp
One of the simple handmade gifts that you can make out of daily wastes is an Egg Carton Lamp.
Egg Cartons get stacked up in our homes every week. Why throw it away when you can use it and make something?
You can make an egg carton lamp by cutting off the cup from the cartons. Then trim the edges of the cup as it’ll make it look like petals. Spray paint of any color on the carton both inside and outside the cup.
Make a hole in it and put a light bulb with the help of chicken wire. You can cut the bottom of each cup and put light bulbs through it.
- Spray paint
- Egg carton
- Chicken wire
- Craft Knife
- A string of LED lamps
Pineapple Pen Stand
Pen stands are useful to everybody. You can give it to people of any age group.
You can make a pineapple pen stand using a regular plastic bottle. Just paint the plastic bottle yellow and leave it for drying.
Stick green wool to the bottle by cutting them into small strips. Take a green colored paper and make zig-zag lines on it. Then cut it in the shape of a pineapple leaf.
Stick the leaf on the head of the plastic bottle. And there it is, your pineapple pen stand.
- Plastic bottle
- Green wool
- Paints and brush
- Green paper
Turn those useless glass bottles into a vase. Take a glass bottle and clean it properly.
Paint the bottle and leave it for drying. For more decoration, you can make use of stripes or masking tape to create different patterns.
Make sure to stick the tape before painting so that you’ll get the same design when you remove the paint.
Put a flower into the vase and it is ready to beautify your room or uplift the mood of your beloved.
- Paint and brush
- Masking tape
- Plastic or glass bottle.
These are some of the ideas to use waste materials for making handmade gifts. You can easily find these materials in your house. With your creativity, add a personal touch to anything that you make.