Christmas 2015: DIY Style

LEXI RODENCAL, FEATURES EDITOR

With the campus Christmas decorations officially up and heralding the holidays, it is safe to announce that the Christmas season is finally upon us. Yet with the Christmas season rapidly approaching, we face the following terrifying question:what are we going to give our friends and family for Christmas, especially when us college students are strapped for cash?

One way to save your bank account the hassle and give memorable gifts is to simply make them yourself! The DIY culture has become increasingly popular over the years, especially with the rise of social media websites such as Pinterest. There is an almost overwhelming amount of ideas for DIY Christmas gifts, and below are some ideas that seemed to be the most popular.

One easy Christmas gift idea is to make decorated coffee mugs. Simply buy a white ceramic mug (you can find them at any dollar store) and Sharpie markers. Consider drawing holiday images on the mug, such as Christmas trees, Santa Claus or any other holiday messages. After coloring on the mug, bake it at 425 degrees to make the mug dishwasher-safe.

Another great idea (especially with the cold weather) is to make a fleece tie blanket. These are easily personalized by choosing unique fabric patterns and prints to make it perfect for the person you are making it for. To make a fleece tie blanket, you first need to buy anywhere from 1.5 to 3 yards of two different fleece fabrics at any craft or home goods store. Then place one of the fleeces on top of the other and cut roughly one-inch strips along the border of the two fleeces. After the strips have been cut, tie the strips together with a secure knot. Finally, you would trim any extra material.

It is also easy to make homemade body or facial scrubs. One holiday-themed idea is a peppermint-chocolate face scrub. To make this sugar scrub, just mix one part almond or grape seed oil with two parts sugar. Then, either mix in melted cocoa butter and peppermint essential oil, or consider using a food processor to grind up peppermint candies and then add instant hot chocolate powder mix. After adding the peppermint and chocolate component of the scrub, mix well and then package it in a Tupperware container or Mason jar so you can give it away as a gift.

Above are just a few of the many DIY ideas that can be found online. Consider doing something different this Christmas and make gifts yourself this season to make both your loved ones and your wallet happier. Merry Christmas!

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