DIY Projects: Gifts for Makers

Paper Doll Kit

I LOVE this idea from Lisa at Grey Luster Girl. Not only is it clever, it’s obviously made with love. This idea brings together two of my favorite gift ideas: something handmade and a project to do together.

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Craft Kit

If you don’t have anyone to give paper dolls to, consider another kind of craft kit you can put together and design yourself. You could even re-purpose old mint tins or cigar boxes to hold your crafty tools and supplies. Another take on this idea is a project-specific tool kit. Always hanging pictures? Put together everything you’ll need for that project together in a photo box. The applications of this idea are endless!

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Roll Up Pencil Case

Inspired by our friend **Marianela** whose mother made these for her daughter’s birthday party, I made a version of this pencil case last year. Martha Stewart has this specific tutorial but do a quick web search and you’ll find dozens of diverse variations.

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Photo Transfer Tote

People who make things often have a lot of stuff to tote around: supplies, inspirational books, magazines, and tools. What better way to celebrate the maker in your life than with a tote bag you personalize with a photo. This tutorial is from Martha Stewart and can be adapted for any number of gifts made of fabric from t-shirts to sunglasses cases.

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Crafter’s Apron

You might remember this adorable apron from my post about Bari J. and her Keeping it Real Sewing Series. I made it last April when we were fixing up Charlie the Camper van and it came in handy to keep all of my tools and supplies on hand.

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