If I had to say one positive thing about myself, it would be that extremely thoughtful. I am constantly looking to make meaningful gifts for all of the special people in my life, and the Pinterest app has given me the ability to do so. Although I’m still leaning how to actually use this app, I do know how to navigate using the search bar to find cool DIY gift ideas. I will be the first person to tell you I am not the craftiest person in the world, but most of the projects come with step-by-step instructions so that you can’t mess it up. With my two-year anniversary coming up this month, I am starting to look and see what projects I can put my personal touch on to give to the love of my life. However, I’d like to share some of the DIY projects that I have already made this year.
The first DIY was a little good luck gift for my boyfriend. He was studying for an exam that took months and months of prep and although he put a tremendous amount of hard work, he was still a little nervous and so I wanted to make something to show him I see how hard he is working. I decided to make him a good luck pot of gold. Now this is great for your kids, friends, family members, and pretty much anyone whom you’d like to show your appreciation for. I got cute quotes off Pinterest and decided to combine all the candy in this DIY into one basket.
Supplies I used to make this basket:
1) Candy (check your local candy store or even party city)
2) Cut Out stars- (purchased from Michaels craft store) if you are artsy you can make your own shapes, but as I said my craft talent is minimal
3) A sharpie
4) Candy bags( you can also use cutup zip lock bags as well )
6) Pot of Gold Basket (feel free to use any basket, I happened to find this one at party city)
Look up any cute candy sayings or use Pinterest like I did or even come up with your own. My boyfriend loved the candy & how cute the messages were.
The Second DIY project was for my boyfriend’s Birthday. I decided to take him on vacation. He has been working so hard and he needed to take a nice relaxing vacation to unwind (of course I also benefitted from the gift as well!). Instead of giving him the tickets in an envelope, I wanted to throw him off a bit. I love to surprise people. I also rather give gifts then receive them; I get more joy out of seeing other people smile. So I went back to the drawing board (the Pinterest board) and started to search. I decided I am going to give him a “trip in a box.”
Supplies for my box:
1) A big box (my dad actually got one for free from the back of a supermarket, he is awesome)
2) Wrapping Paper
3) Travel items: toothpaste, soap, mouthwash, etc..
4) Confetti / grass for bottom of box
5) Themed items
6) Balloons (I got the Jamaican flag colored balloons)
7) Sign (I put a picture of a Jamaican beach and wrote WE ARE GOING TO JAMAICA!!)
We were going to Jamaica, so in party city I lucked out and bought themed items for our vacation. I bought cute sunglasses, and some pineapple and coconut cups. My boyfriend was definitely surprised because the box was so big! So many people commented on my Instagram/ facebook post about this idea. I even had some people replicate my own idea with their twist!
My most recent DIY project I did was for my coworker’s daughter. It was her dance recital and being a former dancer and cheerleader myself, I felt it was only right to give back and reminisce to when I was a little girl. I love to going to these recitals and competitions, and seeing how such raw talent evolves over time from one season to the next, plus they are absolutely adorable. With that said, instead of giving flowers as a gift like everyone else, I decided to make my own candy bouquet, similar to the one I received when I was younger. I still remember it to this day because it made all of my teammates at the time cry over their real flowers because they wanted my candy bouquet instead. But, since I was pressed for time to make mine I did my best to make my own little version.
Supplies for Candy bouquet:
1) Bouquet handle (I bought mine from Michael’s in the wedding aisle)
3) Plastic sticks
4) Tissue paper/ cellophane wrap (next time I am going to use some fabric for the outside decorating)
Needless to say this little girl was oh so happy with her candy bouquet. I included all her favorites such as lollipops, and Swedish fish (guilty I ate some in the making). This was a perfect little treat for the tiny dancer.