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40 Amazing DIY Christmas Presents


The countdown to Christmas is on, but you still have time to create some really special handmade gifts. Take a look at our exciting round-up of present ideas, featuring step-by-step craft tutorials from Tuts+. Handmade presents are almost always the most loved, and best of all, you'll probably save a bit of cash at the same time. Win, win!

Presents for Her

Crochet Colour Block Cushion

In this tutorial you'll learn how to crochet a graphic colour-block cushion. Perfect gift for mums!

Crochet colour block cushion tutorial

Gorgeous Envelope Clutch

This zip-free clutch is a cinch to whip up on the sewing machine.

Envelope Clutch Tutorial

Polymer Clay Bead Necklace

Learn how to make two different styles of polymer clay beaded necklaces in this tutorial.

Polymer Clay Bead Necklaces Tutorial

Vanilla Sugar Scrub Cubes

Who wouldn't love to receive a jar of luxe homemade vanilla sugar scrub cubes?

Sugar Scrub Cubes tutorial

Modern Dreamcatcher

Make this modern dreamcatcher for someone who loves beautiful design and homewares.

Modern Dreamcatcher tutorial

Natural Solid Perfume

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to combine beeswax and essential oils to create a custom fragrance.

Solid Perfume Tutorial

Presents for Him

Bow Tie

Make your favourite guy a smart bow tie with this pattern and step-by-step tutorial.

DIY Bow tie tutorial

Wooden Bottle Cap Opener

If you love working with wood, try your hand at making this clever little design.

Wooden handled bottle opener tutorial

Perpetual Calendar Blackboard

Upcycle an old chopping block with blackboard paint to make a handy perpetual calendar.

Perpetual Blackboard Calendar Tutorial

Long-Stitch Leather Journal

In this tutorial, you'll learn bookbinding techniques to create this stunning leather journal.

Long Stitch Leather Journal

Peppermint and Thyme Foot Scrub

Spoil your favourite menfolk with a tub of homemade foot scrub.

Peppermint and Thyme Foot Scrub Tutorial

Presents for Fashion Lovers

Stranded Colorwork Knit Headband

Fair Isle is enjoying an extended moment in fashion, and this gorgeous headband will keep ears cosy throughout winter.

Knitted headband pattern tutorial

Paper Bead Geo Necklace

Inspired by a designer piece, this stunning necklace is made with rolled-up strips of paper. Genius!

Paper Bead Geo Necklace Tutorial

Leather Cloud and Raindrops Key Ring

Learn some basic leather-making skills and make this cute and clever key ring.

Leather Rain Drops and Cloud Key Ring Chain

Easy Stretch Pencil Skirt

If you know your way around a sewing machine, this stretch pencil skirt would make a gorgeous gift.

Stretch Pencil Skirt Pattern and Tutorial

Easy-Sew Tassel Clutch

Your favourite fashionista will love this bright and colourful tassel clutch - especially if it's made by you!

Tassell clutch tutorial

Knotted Necklace

This stunning neck piece would make a unique gift for any follower of fashion.

Knotted necklace tutorial

Presents for Geeks

Wooden USB Cover

This wooden USB cover would make a very handy Christmas present. Make a batch of them for everyone on your list!

Wooden USB Cover

Woven Felt iPad Sleeve

This is a very simple iPad sleeve design, using some basic weaving and sewing techniques. Great gift idea for iPad devotees!

Woven felt iPad sleeve tutorial

Computer Keyboard Magnets

This is a quick and easy craft that results in a rather clever present for your resident geek.

Computer Keyboard Magnets Tutorial

Tetris Cross-Stitch iPhone Cover

Who doesn't have a soft-spot for Tetris? This cross-stitch design makes a rather cool iPhone cover.

Tetris iPhone Cover Tutorial

Doctor Who Adipose Softie

Know a Doctor Who fan? They'll love this handmade Adipose softie plush for Christmas.

Adipose Softie Tutorial and Pattern

Crochet iPad Sleeve

If you love to crochet, this iPad sleeve pattern is super-fast to make! Just use self-striping yarn and you'll be done in no time.

Crochet iPad sleeve tutorial and pattern

Presents for Kids

Puppy Pillow Softie

Delight a little one with a handmade puppy pillow - perfect for travelling in the car.

Puppy Pillow Softie Tutorial and Pattern

Tutti Frutti Pom-Poms

Need a small present for a small person? Whip up these gorgeous pineapple and watermelon pom-poms for instant present success.

Tutti Frutti PomPoms Tutorial

Wooden Boat Shelf

This wooden boat shelf makes the perfect present for little ones - just follow the step-by-step tutorial for a gorgeous nautical-themed design.

Wooden Boat Shelf Tutorial

Origami Doll House

Need a present that's super-fast to make? You'll whip up this easy origami doll house in no time. Why not gift it with a packet of colour markers for DIY fun?

Origami Doll House Tutorial

Paper Animal Finger Puppets

This tutorial comes with a template you can download and print out for a super-easy handmade present.

Paper Animal Finger Puppets Tutorial and Templates

Easy Bunny Softie From an Old Sweater

Got an old sweater lying around? Transform it into a cute bunny softie with this step-by-step tutorial.

Bunny Softie Tutorial

Presents For Teen Girls

Decadent Floral Crown

Get instant kudos from your favourite teen girl with this delightfully decadent floral crown. It's the party accessory to be seen in this season!

Faux Flower Crown Headband Tutorial

Sparkly Hair Pins

A girl can never have too many accessories, especially pretty handmade ones that sparkle!

Sparkly Hairpins Tutorial

Beaded Chain Friendship Bracelets

These super-fine friendship bracelets tick all the right fashion boxes. Make a bunch of them in various complementary colours for the ultimate gift.

Fine Chain Beaded Friendship Bracelet Tutorial

Totes Awesome Tote

It's like, totes awesome! Download and print out this playful tattoo-style pattern and embroider it on to a plain tote.

Totes Awesome Embroidered Tote Bag Pattern and Tutorial

Natural Lip Balm

Make up your own batch of natural lip balm with this step-by-step tutorial.

Natural Lip Balm Tutorial

Cute Cat Cell Phone Cover

Use a brightly-coloured sock to create this rather cute cat cell phone cover.

Cat cell phone cozy

Presents for Tricky Types Who (Seem to) Have Everything

Geo Cement Planters

Geometeric designs are bang on trend this season, and this cement planter makes a delightfully unique present.

Geo Cement Planter Tutorial

Whipped Shea Butter

This receipe for whipped shea butter makes a decadent bath and beauty treat.

Whipped Shea Butter Tutorial

Personalised Passport Cover and Luggage Tag

You can't go past something personalised for ultimate present success. This cross-stitch passport cover and luggage tag is perfect for a jet-setter.

Cross Stitch Personalised Passport Cover and Luggage Tag

Matchbook-Style Notebook

A handmade notebook is always a thoughtful - and eternally useful - gift, and this matchbook-style design makes it really special.

Matchbook style Notebook tutorial

Paper Polyhedron Mobile

You don't need any special craft skills to make this stunning mobile. Just following the paper folding instructions to create this unique gift.

Geo Paper Mobile Tutorial
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