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DIY roundup: Last-minute holiday gifts, entertaining tips, & more from our archives

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 23, 2013 01:00 PM

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Christmas may be in 2 days, but you still have time to make these homemade gifts, brush up your holiday table, and even put your feet up for a few minutes before everyone arrives. We rounded up our best 5 minute DIYs and tips to get you through the last minute rush:


1. Sriracha Salt
Someone on your list who likes it spicy? Make 'em some sriracha salt, especially if they're worried about the shortage.

2. Preserved Lemons
Though they need to preserve for a few weeks, you can get your recipient started on the way to this salty citrus condiment.

3. Homemade Nutella
You're just an hour away from chocolate hazelnut spread so delicious, you may never buy the imported stuff again.

4. Vanilla Extract & Vanilla Sugar
The easiest of easy homemade food gifts, it won't take you long to assemble, but the sugar and extract need about a month to absorb the vanilla flavor.

5. Hot Cocoa/Baking Mix in a Jar
Super trendy, super simple, and super delicious, make the sweet tooth on your list happy.

6. Sweater Sleeve Leg Warmers
Accidentally put a wool sweater in the dryer? Turn the shrunken mistake into winter leg warmers.

7. Marshmallow Gun
A little PVC piping makes a blow-powered marshmallow shooter that's kid-approved.

8. Washi Tape & Embroidery Floss Cords
Cover those cords (and be able to tell them apart) with trendy washi tape and versatile embroidery floss.

9. Cornhole Set
Get a head start on summer lawn games: this DIY cornhole set can be made in just 3 hours.

10. Painted Stick Art
What do you get your trend-conscious teen? We show you how to make painted stick art, which is so hot right now.

11. Easy Napkin Folding
Upgrade your table: these five fancy-looking folds will take you less than a minute each.

12. Wine Cork Stamps
Add some personality to the presents and make a hand-carved stamp from a wine cork.

13. Yarn-Wrapped Wreath
Deck your door with yarn-wrapped wreaths. Fa lalalala la la la la.

14. Spraypainted Ceramics
Grab some small bargain ceramics from the thrift or dollar store, and with a can of festive spray paint, your table or mantel will shine.

15. DIY Mercury Glass
Some thrifted glass, mirror paint, and water turn basic pieces into statement vases.

16. 13 Uses for Leftover Wrapping Paper
Just a little left on the roll? Here are 13 projects for all that extra wrapping.

17. DIY Coconut Oil Spa Treatments
Relax, you deserve it: whip up a mask, scrub, or body butter and take a moment for yourself.


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About the Authors

Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
Tara Bellucci is a Boston-based writer that lives for fonts, food, and flea market finds. Whether decorating jars of her homemade jam for The Boston More »

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