Source: Delineate Your Dwelling
This Christmas, you can save money without sacrificing style. These chic and luxurious-looking gifts are handmade with inexpensive materials so your loved ones will feel spoiled while your bank account is spared. And if you want ideas on how to wrap them — this post has lots of them!
Don’t miss out on fantastic ideas from our ultimate holiday gift guide for 2015! If you’re heading to the mall with kiddos in tow, you’ll also appreciate these tips for shopping with kids and some clever mall hacks!
1. Extra Long Cashmere Mittens
These extra cozy opera-length mittens look chic and feel luxurious — but cost less than $20 to make! Use a thrifted cashmere sweater and homemade tissue paper pattern for an inexpensive and doable project that your favorite fashionista will love receiving.
- Thrifted cashmere sweater (you can find them for as little as $10 at Goodwill and other secondhand shops)
- Fleece lining fabric (I used a super soft beige microfleece)
- Tissue paper
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine and thread
- First, make your pattern. Lay your upper arm onto the tissue paper with your palm facing down. Trace around your arm from elbow up, making a mitten shape around your fingers. Trace with a very generous amount of space around your arm and hand to allow for the seam allowance and to make for a roomy mitten. You can also add a bit of length past your elbow so the mittens will have a cozy bunched appearance.
- Cut out the pattern from your tissue paper.
- Lay the cashmere sweater out flat. Pin the tissue paper pattern through both layers of the sweater (front and back), and cut out around the pattern. Repeat for the second mitten.
- I like to use the cashmere that I’ve just cut as the pattern for cutting out the lining so they’ll be closer to the same. Pin one of the cashmere mitten pieces, right side up, through two layers of the fleece lining (stacked right sides facing each other), and cut them out. Repeat for the second mitten.
- To make a bottom hem at the elbow, sew the bottom edge of one lining to the corresponding cashmere piece, with their right sides facing. Turn right-side out. Repeat with the remaining three bottom seems.
- Layer together one of the mittens as follows: One lining piece wrong-side up, one cashmere piece right-side up, one cashmere piece wrong-side up, one lining piece right-side up. Pin through all four layers and make sure the edges are even.
- Sew around the perimeter of the mitten using a quarter-inch seam allowance. Trim into the thumb seam so it’s freed up a bit. Repeat for the second mitten.
- Turn mittens right side out. Package in a pretty box and gift away!
2. Gold & White Bowls
Source: Le Zoe Musings
All you need to transform wooden bowls into works of art is a fresh coat of paint — white on the outside and gold on the inside. The lucky recipient will love storing their most precious baubles in these fancy-looking dishes.
3. Abstract Brushstroke Mug
Source: The Sweetest Occasion
This stunning mug looks like a pricy piece of art, but it’s really a simple white cup jazzed up with porcelain paint. It’s modern, vibrant, and dishwasher safe!
4. Gold Foil Brushstroke Clutch
Source: Delineate Your Dwelling
This snazzy little bag looks like a splurge, but it’s actually a quick and easy project. Brush gold leaf foil onto a faux leather clutch and give it to your most stylish girlfriend.
5. Agate Slice Vase
Source: Transient Expression
Rocks and minerals instantly create a fancy vibe. Gluing a slice of agate to the side of a clear glass vase transforms it from ho-hum to statement-making.
6. Gold Foil Glass Tumblers
Source: This Heart of Mine
These chic glasses make any sip of wine or cocktail a celebration. Just a bit of gold foil gives an instant upgrade to plain glass tumblers.
7. Leather Detailed Cutting Boards
These super stylish kitchen accessories are really just fancified Ikea cutting boards. Turns out, adding strips of leather to handles is amazingly transformative.
8. Marbled Hexagon Coasters
Source: Homey Oh My
Just as stunning as real marble, but without the hefty price tag. These two-toned coasters are made from swirled black and white clay, cut into a modern hexagonal shape.
9. Monogram Charm
Source: Woods of Bell Trees
Make a personalized pendant using just wire and pliers. The tutorial will show you step-by-step instructions for bending to get your desired letter shape.
10. Watercolor Clock
Source: Makers Society
This stunning piece doubles as time teller and wall art. But all you need to make it is wood, paint, and a mechanical clock mechanism.
This Christmas, combine fanciness and frugality. These lovely presents are all inexpensive to make, but look like designer goods. Recipients will love receiving something that combines a handmade touch with a touch of luxury.