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Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas

Super quick to make, great gift ideas for everyone on your list

I am by nature, a do it yourself-er.  You may have seen an image floating around on social media, that suggests why buy something for $5.00 when you can make it yourself for $90.00 in supplies? Yeah, well, there are a lot of crafters and do it yourself-ers out there.  I am totally not alone in this.  

A few people who love me dearly suggested I may be over doing it when I wanted to make my own marshmallows from scratch.  

Gifting items that are hand made is expensive.  Not to mention time consuming.  It can be all consuming depending on your personality.  And, sadly, more often than not the toiled over, expensive hand made item is met with something far less than gratitude.  

By now, I am asking myself, and I bet you are too… if it is expensive, takes up way too much time, and nobody likes it, why on earth do I / you / we do it?  Well – if you’re like me, you know the answer.  Quite simply, we can’t help ourselves.  We are do it yourself-ers.  It is what we do.  

In an act of solidarity, and in an effort to enable my fellow crafters, I have gathered a collection of quick to make, and totally cool gifts.  

Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

 

Indulgent

Vanilla Latte Sugar Scrub – Three Different Directions

Giant Chocolate Jazzies – Eats Amazing

Lavender Bath Salts – Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

 

Keepsakes

Washi Tape Silhouette – Kara Carrero

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub – Study at Home Mama

Christmas Luminaries – Kidz Activities

Gift Jars – Mosswood Connections

Birds Nest Necklace – Slapdash Mom

Memory Journal – Sunny Day Family

Fleece Blanket – Mama Smiles

Kid’s Pom Pom Hat – Nemcsok Farms

 

Fun

Painted Pots – KCEdventures

Felt Pizza Kits – Theres’s Just One Mommy

Handprint Baseballs – Sunny Day Family

DIY Coasters – Playground Parkbench

Slime Ornaments – Little Bins for Little Hands

Tetris Magnets – Moms and Crafters

 

 

 

Last Minute DIY Gift Ideas for Everyone on Your List

Craft on people, craft on.

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DIY Fabulous Holiday Decor

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Call up all of your crafty friends, or well, text them I guess, cause who really uses a telephone anymore?  Or tag them on Facebook.  PM them ( love how that is a verb), and invite them for an afternoon of crafting bliss.
There should totally be wine.  Or margaritas.  I’m way partial to the margaritas.

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath for your festive holiday season

 

It Happened One Day

So… my Fehrly Crafty friend, Ashley posted something on my timeline on Facebook.  You may have seen it.  It was a link she found on the Whoot for Bauble Wreaths.  It looked like a super fun project to try out, and we were in a surplus of Christmas balls.  How can you really go wrong with some DIY Fabulous Holiday Décor?

Win win. Right?

Supplies & Materials

We used a lot of ribbon, a lot of (plastic) Christmas balls, Styrofoam wreath forms, a lot of hot glue, a couple of fingerprints ( those grow back, right?) , some elastic cord, garland, and a couple of pins here and there.  And did I mention Christmas Balls?

As I mentioned, we were interested in making these Bauble Wreaths found on the Whoot. We decided to build and assemble ours differently.  You should totally head over to the link for the Bauble Wreaths to see how they made theirs.    

Prepare your Space

Prepare a buffet style lunch / snack ahead of time.  You will not want to stop what you’re doing to make sandwiches.  Plus, you may have very well glued yourself to the kitchen table by then.  True story.

Try to prepare a place to work that is free of pets, children and all of their things.  Hot glue guns and glass baubles do not mix well with little people and animals.  Even the plastic ones can make a terrible mess if shattered.   If you’re going to purchase a ridiculous amount of ribbon, pick up some colouring books while you’re out! Give the little ones a project to work on while you glue your fingers together, and your foot to the floor.  True Story.

Amass your Materials and Craft the Afternoon Away

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath for your festive holiday season

 
1. Cut a piece of elastic cord, and secure around the wreath form in a loop.  This will be how you hang your wreath up.
2. Wrap the wreath in ribbon, completely covering the white of the styrofoam.  
3. Secure the ends of the ribbon with pins, or with a hot glue gun.  Be sure to cover the ends of your elastic cord with the ribbon.
4. Wrap a strand of garland around the wreath form.  Or not.  In the projects we completed, the traditional coloured wreath has garland under the balls, the black and red version does not.  Both are in my opinion absolutely stunning.
5. *Know that this instruction  comes to you via the good old fashion formula of trial and error:  Lay the wreath on a flat surface that is hot glue friendly, start by gluing the balls to the outer edge of the wreath, letting the balls rest on the work surface. Mix up the size and the colours of the balls for some really eye pleasing combinations.
6. Work on the next ring of Christmas balls, by again glueing them to the wreath, but and letting them rest on the lower ring of balls.  Keep mixing colours / shades / sizes until you have covered your wreath, and until you are pleased with your creation!
7. Add a decorative bow ( ribbon or otherwise) or bells. 

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath for your festive holiday season

 
* about halfway through this step, we needed to pack up, and get ready to collect our school kids… We started fresh on the following Sunday, and still managed to glue ourselves to everything.. but we completed our wreaths – and we love love love them!  Which on is your favourite?

DIY Christmas Ball Wreath for your festive holiday season

 
I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to prefer the traditional red and green wreath, but I must confess… the black and red combo is completely stunning.  And now I can’t decide.
 

 
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Cranberries, Sauced.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
 

 
Let’s say that you’ve been invited to a Thanksgiving dinner.  Obviously you offer to bring something, wine or bread perhaps?  Maybe you suggest a quick stop at the bakery to grab a dessert?  What if your host says “No, no we’ve got all that covered thanks – perhaps you can bring a side dish?”
Now, either cooking is easy for you or it’s not.  If the former is true, you’ll have no trouble whatsoever preparing the easiest side dish ever, and not to mention, yummy!  If dabbling in the kitchen is not your forte, you may be inclined to skip that dinner altogether and cozy up with a t.v dinner – or search desperately for something in a can to bring along.  

Stop. Right. There.

Even if the thought of slaving in the kitchen causes you to buckle at the knees, this is still the easiest side dish ever to prepare.
Before I go any further, let’s remember Buffy.  Yes, that Buffy.  In the eighth episode of Season 4, entitled Pangs, Buffy is trying to create a typical Thanksgiving celebration.  She has lost her mom, her first year at college isn’t going so well, and she just wants to her friends to gather round for a nice Thanksgiving Supper.  And Willow brings frozen peas. 
You and I both know that there is nothing wrong with frozen peas, just like there is nothing wrong with cranberry sauce from a can.  However, some occasions call for fresh, and some occasions call for homemade. 
Let’s say that this Thanksgiving Dinner invite you received, is one of those occasions.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Side Dish - Some occasions call for Homemade

 

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water

 

Seriously. That’s it.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

 

Directions

1. Combing sugar and water in small pot / saucepan, and bring to a boil.
2. Add cranberries to boiling water, and bring to a boil again.
3. Reduce heat, and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove from heat, cool and transfer to a pretty bowl.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce Side Dish - Some occasions call for Homemade

 
Let’s say you’ve been invited to Thanksgiving Dinner, and straight away you offer to bring some cranberries, sauced.

Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce

 
Told you it was easy 😉
 

 
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Homemade Pumpkin Pie

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You know Autumn has arrived when people start whipping out their pumpkin pie recipes.  It’s the ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flaky pastry, and to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream. 
 
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The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 
For tips on growing your own pumpkins read my post here How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins and if you’d like to learn how to make your own pumpkin puree, which of course you may as well, read my instruction here DIY Pumpkin Puree
 

Homemade Pumpkin Pie

Ingredients

Pastry
  • 1/3 cup lard
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 tbsp. cold water
Filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 cups pureed pumpkin
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
* Note that pumpkin pie is easiest to make in a heavy ceramic or glass pie plate.  If you don’t have one, and are using an aluminum pie plate, place it on a cookie sheet for before you fill it with the pumpkin pie filling.  You can put the whole cookie sheet in the over for baking, to avoid spilling the pumpkin-y goodness allover the place.  I have included some handy affiliate links for your convenience.

The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. Prepare the pastry:  Mix flour and salt into mixing bowl.  Cut in the lard with the pastry knife, or pastry blender until you get coarse crumbs ( see the image above) Add the cold water and mix it with your hand.  This is how you will get a nice flakey pie crust. When it can be made into a ball, it’s ready.
3. Roll out the pastry with a rolling pin into as large a circular esque type of shape as you can.  Don’t over roll it, you want to do as much as you can in as few rolls as possible.

The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 
4. Fit the pastry into the pie plate by gently folding it into a semi circle, and carefully lifting the pastry over and onto the pie plate.  Unfold and arrange to suit the pie plate.  Trim the overhang to about an ince from the edge, and roll the pastry under at the edges, all around the pie plate.  Use your thumb and index finger to pinch the pastry (as seen above)

The ultimate in comfort food, with a soft flakey pastry, and fresh from the garden pumpkin. Simply to. die. for. when you serve it up with whipped cream.

 
5. Use the scraps from your pastry to cut out little pumpkin shapes to decorate your pie, set aside.
6. Combine all of the ingredients for the filling into a large mixing bowl.  Mix until well blended.  Pour into prepared pie shell, and place pastry pumpkins on top of the filling.  The filling will be very runny.

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7. Bake for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 F, and bake another 45 minutes.
8. Let cool, and serve with whipped cream.  Refrigerate any leftovers.
 

More Than Pumpkin Pie

Got more pumpkin?  Try Mini Pumpkin Muffins, or this super duper yummy (and very rich) Pumpkin Fudge and this family favourite Deep Dish Baked Pumpkin.

And I would be remiss if I did not include 40 Ways to Decorate, Craft, Cook and Play with Pumpkins, from our It’s Friday We’re In Love Series which you should totally be checking out!

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Deep Dish Baked Pumpkin

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.
 This baked pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert!  It is THAT good.
 This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 

 
For tips on growing your own pumpkins read my post here How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins and if you’d like to learn how to make your own pumpkin puree, which of course you may as well, read my instruction here DIY Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 
  • 1/3 cup softened butter / margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups mashed / pureed pumpkin ( butternut squash makes an excellent substitute)
  • 1/2 cup crispy rice cereal
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter / margarine

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 F
2. Lightly grease a deep baking / casserole dish
3. Cream butter and sugar.  Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla
4. Stir in pureed pumpkin.  The mixture will be very runny.
5. Pour into prepared baking dish, and bake uncovered for 45 minutes. 

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 
* Note that you can make ahead up to this point.  Refrigerate baked pumpkin up until 1 hour before you’d like to serve it.  Just add the topping and pop into warm oven for 20 minutes.
6. Mix together the remaining ingredients, and sprinkle over the top of the baked pumpkin.  Cook 5 – 10 minutes longer.
 

This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.

 
Got more pumpkin?  Try Mini Pumpkin Muffins, or this super duper yummy (and very rich) Pumpkin Fudge.
And I would be remiss if I did not include 40 Ways to Decorate, Craft, Cook and Play with Pumpkins, from our It’s Friday We’re In Love Series which you should totally be checking out!

 

 This fresh from the garden Baked Pumpkin has been served and enjoyed in our home as a side dish, main dish, breakfast and dessert! It is THAT good.
Enjoy!
 

 
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Fresh Pumpkin Fudge

Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge
 

I’m not kidding.  The great big taste of pumpkin pie, wrapped up in a sweet little indulgent square of fudge.  This pumpkin fudge is the ultimate in pumpkin desserts.

 

Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 

If you thought growing your own pumpkins was the cat’s pajamas (See my article here on How to Grow Your Own Pumpkins) You can’t even begin to imagine just how happy you will be when you use that same pumpkin that you grew yourself to make your own Fresh Pumpkin Fudge.  Yep.  THAT happy.  For more on Preserving Pumpkins, read my post on DIY Pumpkin Puree

Ingredients

Ingredients for this Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
  • 3/4 cup chopped cold butter
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk (not sweetened)
  • 2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 12 oz white chocolate
  • 7 oz marshmallows

 

Directions

1. Combine all ingredients, except the chocolate and marshmallows, in a large heavy pot.  Prepare a 9×13 pan by lining it with foil

Combining the Ingredients in the large pot for this Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
2. Affix your candy thermometer to the side of your pot, and heat on low to medium, until boiling. 
3. Use a pastry brush to wipe the inside of the pot, sweeping the crystals back into the candy ( this is one part of what helps to get that fudgy texture, as opposed to the brown sugar candy texture) 
4. Watch closely!  When your candy mixture reaches 235 on the candy thermometer, removed from heat, and beat in with a wooden spoon the chocolate and marshmallows, until all is melted. Beat the mixture with the wooden spoon until it looks glossy.  This is the second part to making fudge fudgy instead of sugary.

Boiling this Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
5. Carefully pour the candy into the prepared baking pan, and level smooth, cover and let harden at room temperature.  Once hardened, cut and serve. 
 

Rich Creamy Fudge made with Fresh Pumpkin Puree perfect for gift giving or indulging. Like a whole lot of pumpkin pie stuffed into one tiny piece of fudge

 
Check out all of our Garden Fresh Recipes, and all of our Vegetable Growing Tips and Ideas
Don’t forget about our Nature Themed crafts as well – such as our Brilliant Cornucopia