30 minute or less Homemade Christmas Gifts

DIY tealights

Homemade presents are a great idea – when they’re done well – but then reality sets in and you realise you’ve zero time.  That’s where these simple, easy-to-do, quick homemade presents come in. You should be able to get each of these crafts done (excluding buying ingredients / equipment) in 30 minutes or less.

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Tealight Candles

Above are two little tealights that I made using cups bought in a charity shop and left-over candle wax. Here’s how I did it.

  • Melt the wax in a bowl over simmering water.
  • Pour melted wax into a jug. If it’s second hand wax, i.e. the ends of used candles, you may need to strain it.
  • Slowly pour the wax into the teacup
  • Place a new wick into the centre of the cup
  • Set aside to set. Easy peasy!

Floating Rose Candles

DIY Rose Candle

Haven’t got a tea cup? Worry not, how about these super cute home-made rose candles featured on Fab DIY. I haven’t made these myself yet, but they’re on my to-do list.

Homemade Cookie Dough

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If you know someone who would love to bake but has zero baking skills, home-made cookie dough is ideal. All they have to do is slice off pieces with a wet knife, place on a baking tray at 180 degrees Celsius and bake for approx. 12 minutes. What could be easier?

My recipe for cookie dough is as follows;

  • 100g butter
  • 100g sugar (light muscovado if you have it)
  • 1 tbsp golden syrup
  • 150g self-raising flour
  • 85g of dark chocolate chopped up into pieces

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl until creamy. Beat in syrup. Work in half the flour. Mix well. Add remaining flour and chocolate pieces. Shape into a sausage and cover with greaseproof paper. Then wrap to look like a cracker!

Homemade Liqueur

Homemade Orange Liquer

I’ve made a homemade orange liqueur for-my-father in law one year. It was delicious and so easy to make. I just soaked orange peel in vodka for a couple of weeks then diluted it with sugar syrup (sugar dissolved in water) water and bobs your uncle, homemade (sort of) orange liqueur. If you’re using a litre of vodka, use 10 oranges and make your sugar syrup with 500g sugar and 1 litre of water.

Homemade Non-Greasy Body Moisturiser

Homemade moisturiser

My easy 3-ingredient homemade moisturiser is a huge hit with family and friends and doubles up as a great gift at this time of year.

Alternatively you could make homemade lip balm in wee little tins.

Homemade Laptop Case

This tutorial on how to make a felt laptop case is the easiest I’ve come across online and if you’d like to make it even more earth positive use a leftover button and wool felt.

Homemade Gift Bow

DIY Paper Bow

And what you need to decorate your fabulous home-made gift? Why a fabulous home-made bow, that’s what. Click the link for the full tutorial.

More Tips & Tricks for a Sustainable Christmas

If you’d like lots of other Tips & Trick for a Sustainable Christmas click on the link


Published by Elaine Butler

I am a circular design consultant helping manfacturers prepare for the circular economy

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