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    24 Thoughtful DIY Gifts That Won't Cost You A Ton Of Money

    Customize a notebook, build a desk zen garden, and print out some temporary tattoos.

    1. Prep your favorite pancake recipe in a Mason jar so they don't have to leave the house to have a delicious Sunday brunch.

    Layer all of the dry ingredients and stick the instructions on the back. Learn more here.

    2. Turn a painting that's lost its luster into a new work of art.

    Use letter stickers to lay out their favorite quote or lyric, then paint the entire canvas white. Let it dry overnight, then carefully pull off the letters. Learn more here.

    3. Drive nails into a stained board to make a rack they'll actually want to hang their ties from.

    Stagger the rows so the ties don't hang over each other. Glue a ledge to the top and hammer a sawtooth hanger to the back. Learn more here.

    4. Stitch a pattern onto a notebook if they love journaling or just need a new agenda book.

    Lightly draw out the design on the cover and then poke holes along the lines with a thumbtack. Erase the lines, then pull the thread through. Learn more here.

    Get a six-pack of notebooks from Amazon for $14.98, so you can make one for each of your friends.

    5. Or stitch a fun image onto a baseball cap if you can't find one that suits their personality.

    Just draw the shape out and stitch the pattern on with a needle and thread. Learn more here.

    6. Mix up a natural balm to help them keep their beard smooth and smelling fantastic.

    Place beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, and sweet almond oil in a saucepan to slowly melt. Give the ingredients a stir, then mix in bourbon oil, cedar essential oil, and rosemary essential oil to give it a musky scent. Learn more here.

    7. Mix together a few spices to make a seasoning that they'll want to put on everything.

    Mix them all in a small, airtight jar and attach a cute label that you can either print or draw. Learn more here.

    8. Make succulents float with four pieces of wood, jars, and a few lengths of rope.

    Drill three holes in the longer plank, making sure they're equally spaced. Next, glue all four pieces of wood into a rectangle and nail them together. Tie the rope around each jar and then thread them through the holes. Pull each rope through until the jar is hanging off the ground and then make a knot to hold it in place. Learn more here.

    9. Tie together this no-sew pet bed if they talk about their cat like it's their child.

    Cut three-inch tassels all around both pieces of fabric. Knot the corresponding tassels together, but leave a small section open so you can stuff it with batting. Learn more here.

    10. Put together this simple calendar so they can count down the days until you get to see each other next.

    Twist three small c-hooks into a board and glue that board to the base before securing it with wood screws. Turn all those Polaroid photos you took together into the month cards. Learn more here.

    11. Pick all the marshmallows out of a cereal box to send them lots of luck.

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    It's a tough job, but c'mon, they're worth it. Learn more here.

    12. Cut clay into geode shapes to make cufflinks, so they can keep your heart on their sleeves.

    Roll the clay and use an X-Acto knife to slice small slices until there are no more curved sides. Bake them and let them cool before you glue them onto the cufflinks. Learn more here.

    13. Dry out their favorite flowers to make them a new phone case they'll never want to drop.

    Shut the flowers in a heavy book for a few days, protecting the pages with sheets of construction paper. Lay them on the plastic case and pour a little nail varnish on them. Spread the varnish over the case and let them dry before wrapping them up. Learn more here.

    14. Fill a bowl with sand to make a zen garden if work has been stressing them out.

    Include some pretty pens, plants, or crystals to stick in the sand. Learn more here.

    15. Trace images onto Shrinky Dink paper to make lapel pins that are just as cute as the ones you'll find in the store.

    Draw or trace the designs onto the paper and color them in. Bake them and then glue them onto pin backs. Learn more here.

    Get a pack of 10 sheets of Shrinky Dink paper from Michaels for $4.99.

    16. Pour concrete into Death Star ice molds to make planters, tea lights, or bookends, so they can decorate their house with their fandom and still keep it classy.

    Use a funnel to pour the concrete into the molds and let the concrete dry for 24 hours before opening them. You can fit tea lights or mini planters in the molds with the concrete or leave them whole to make bookends and paperweights. Learn more here.

    17. Or pour the concrete into a bucket to make an extremely sturdy side table for their home.

    Stick dowels in the concrete while it's drying. After 24 hours, you'll be able to pull the concrete right out by the legs. Learn more here.

    18. Customize a neon sign that you know will make their face light up.

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    Bend wire into the shape or phrase and then hot glue the neon light wire to the metal. Learn more here.

    19. Tie a bunch of paper cranes to an embroidery hoop to give the bird lover in your life a dreamy mobile.

    Folding paper cranes is pretty easy to learn — once you get good at it, you won't want to stop. Poke thread through the top of the bird and knot it on the embroidery hoop. Learn more here.

    20. Set a rivet on a leather strap if they're always losing their keys.

    All you need to do is fold the leather around a key ring, set the rivet, and paint it. Learn more here.

    21. Paint mugs or tea cups so they can sip their favorite drink in style.

    Use a porcelain paint marker to make simple patterns, or porcelain paint to add a swipe of color. Learn more here.

    22. Print out some temporary tattoos if they really want one but they're too nervous to get the real deal.

    You can draw them out or find designs online and print them out on temporary tattoo paper. Learn more here.

    23. Give them the gift of Quidditch pong that they'll probably use for years on end.

    Fill soda bottles with sand and poke a hole the size of the dowel in the cap. Attach the dowels to sewing hoops and stick them through the holes. Hot glue the caps to the bottles before you spray-paint the whole thing. Learn more here.

    24. Dress up these adorable bath bombs to look like their favorite treat.

    All you have to do is mix up a few ingredients and push them into doughnut molds, then dip them in melted soap. Add a few sprinkles to make them extra cute. Learn more here.

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