Handmade This Season - DIY Holiday Gifts

Even though we are all social distancing, you can still add a personal touch to your holidays. Homemade gifts, decorations, and food options abound this season as a way to show your love (or to save money).  All books are available through the library’s curbside service. Custom craft ideas ahead!

Looking for video inspiration? Check out the DPL Dynamos page on YouTube for ideas on how you can make a terrarium, watercolors, vegan cornbread, cross-stitch, or even surprise someone with Dalgona coffee.

Browse the library’s videos to see if the Learn-Make-Share series is more your style or find one of our Friday 5 at 5 sessions for new book suggestions.

Homemade Holiday: Craft Your Way Through More Than 40 Festive Projects
This book covers it all, from decorations to gift wrap to last-minute ideas. While some projects are holiday-themed, others are appropriate for gifts year-round. Includes clear, step-by-step instructions to create fresh flower garlands, bake edible gift tags, paint authentic tree ornaments, and more. Aimed at beginners, this book uses simple supplies and basic techniques.
Taste of Home Handmade Food Gifts
Is love your special ingredient? These recipes can fill a gift basket or your own fridge. Prepare picture-perfect gifts that fit in a jar or create mixes to save time in the future. Find easy ideas for packaging your gifts, creating charming gift tags and—essential for 2020—how to ship your food with success. Munch on the surprises in this delicious collection and make someone's day with a gift from the kitchen.

Food Gift Love: More Than 100 Recipes to Make, Wrap, & Share
Edible gifts are both memorable and yummy. Classics like cookies and desserts are in this book but so are small-batch flavored butters, simple infused salts, vinaigrettes, and even ricotta. Drinks, both alcoholic and not, are covered for adults who drink their sweet treats, so discover rompopo and share your delight with your loved ones. This book will inspire cooks, food-lovers, and DIY fans to be year-round food gifters.

Half Yard Gifts: Easy Sewing Projects Using Left-over Pieces of Fabric
Do you have a basket or closet full of leftover fabric from previous projects? Put them to use! Make custom aprons for budding chefs, kneeling pads for gardeners, and tool belts for DIY enthusiasts. Follow instructions exactly or use the tips to tailor the size and fabric for your gift recipient.

Holiday Crafts for Young Ones

The Guide to Woodworking with Kids: Craft Projects to Develop Lifelong Skills of Young Makers
Is woodworking your skill? Teach it safely to your young ones in this comprehensive guide. Trains, puppets, cars, and even furniture are all projects included with step-by-step instructions to create with confidence. The kiddos won’t even notice they’re developing valuable life skills such as originality, planning, and resourcefulness as they build from scratch.

I Can Make Holiday Gifts
Using colorful pictures to explain and hold attention, this book of creative gifts will show young readers how to make photo coasters, papier-mâché animals, birdhouses, and fridge magnets. Basic techniques are taught along with chances to practice in fun ways.

Share the Love : Projects You'll Love to Give
While step-by-step instructions are wonderful, some creatives need only inspiration and loose guidelines. This book can help you with either type of project! Each one has details for a finished item along with open-ended ideas for a fully customized gift using easy-to-find supplies. Keep this one for easy, medium, and challenging projects that use leftover materials from previous crafts.

Ebooks and Local Shopping

Prefer to download your books or listen to them? Explore what’s offered in the craft section of Overdrive. Place your hold today!

Want to buy from local crafters? Try this list of holiday markets or look at the map of regional #shoplocal campaigns.

Have a great cheap and cheerful holiday gift idea to share? Put it in the comments!


Written by sgrijalva on November 23, 2020

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