Five

Christmas Countdown : 5 Days

With less than a week to go until Christmas, it's time to break out the DIY gift ideas. Handmade gifts are actually frequently the best kind of gifts. They are one of a kind and made specially with the recipient in mind. What says "I love you" more than a personalized gift? And no one does DIY (in my opinion) better than Geneva Vanderzeil of a Pair & a Spare.

Here are links to some of her most giftable projects like a tulle skirt for your little sister, an embroidered trip map for your travel buddy, a hardware clutch for your BFF, a vintage style frame for your brother, and hanging baskets for mom. For more inspiration you can check out all Vanderzeil's projects here.

However, if you are really strapped for time or cash there is one DIY project you're bound to already have the supplies for. Thought up by my brilliant sister Liz, these tampon ornaments are sure to be the hit of the day. Or at least they were for us. I don't recommend making these for your man friends, but your lady friends and family will find them just as charming as we did. All you need is a box of tampons, felt, embroidery thread or yarn, googly eyes, a sharpie, glue, and scissors. 

Just loop the pull and attach it to the top of the tampon with glue, along with embroidery thread for the hair. Next add on the eyes (which you can obviously do with a sharpie if you don't have googly eyes), mouth, and other extras like glasses. If you really want to get fancy you can add clothes like my sister did in the wedding ornament version she made for her and her husband. If I remember correctly the mini wedding dress came off a 3D card and the tux is made of construction paper. Lastly, write the names of the recipients on the back in either a colored sharpie or glitter paint if you have it. And voila! A one of a kind ornament sure to at least give your friends a good laugh.

see more DIY gift ideas on Lady Gray here, here, and here.