Do you know someone who just bought their first home? Or maybe you’re looking to spruce up your own living space? Either way, we have ten awesome DIY housewarming gifts that make great additions to any home. These homemade presents are inexpensive, easy to make, and truly thoughtful. And best of all, they don’t take too much time to put together! Browse through these DIY housewarming gifts and find one that’s perfect for the special someone in your life who just bought their first place!
1) Salt Coasters
Did you know that salt used to be so valuable in ancient times that it was often used as currency? And did you know that salt is actually good for your health? Why not commemorate your move into a new home with some DIY housewarming gifts and double up on these two handy household items at once. All you’ll need are ceramic tiles, salt, and food coloring—and a few hours to spare! It’s super easy: 1) Paint the tiles 2) Pour melted salt onto each tile 3) Add food coloring 4) Allow to dry 5) Enjoy!
2) DIY Succulent Garden
Succulents are trendy and for good reason. They’re hardy plants that are almost impossible to kill. If you already have a green thumb, why not grow some houseplants yourself? Your new homeowner friends will thank you. And if they don’t—well, then they don’t deserve your DIY succulent garden anyway. The process of making a succulent garden is quite simple and can be completed with items you likely already have around your house.
3) Copper Foil Picture Frame
Anybody can make a picture frame, but you can really wow your new neighbor with a one-of-kind frame. A great place to find inspiration is online, where many crafty people have shared their awesome creations. To make it yourself, you’ll need some copper foil tape, which you can pick up at any hardware store. Once you’ve found your pictures, simply use an X-ACTO knife to cut them out and then adhere them to your beautiful new frame.
4) Scented Soy Candles
Nothing says home like a nice candle and few things feel quite as personal as making it yourself. Soy candles are an excellent DIY project because they’re inexpensive, easy to make, and can be made in any scent that you can imagine. A great idea for homemade housewarming gifts, all you need is beeswax, soybean oil (or another type of vegetable oil), fragrant essential oils, and a wick. You can get everything you need from Amazon or even at your local craft store if you have one nearby. The process isn’t complex—you just have to melt down some wax over low heat with about 10 drops of oil per 1 ounce—but it will take some time since soy wax takes longer to melt than paraffin wax. This is one of the best housewarming gifts
5) Small First Aid Kit
A small first aid kit, that includes bandages, antibacterial ointment and any other necessary materials will be very helpful. You can buy a pre-made kit or create your own with some simple items. A clean bucket is another good item to include as well as some sort of disinfectant. If you don’t have a bucket, maybe your recipient can make use of it. Your gift will be much appreciated by everyone in need of it and it might save someone from having to spend money on buying a medical kit later on down the road. Small First Aid Kit: A small first aid kit, that includes bandages, antibacterial ointment, and any other necessary materials will be very helpful.
6) Floating Herb Garden
There’s something a little unsettling about giving people live plants as gifts. They’re weird and unpredictable, so your friends might be confused about what to do with them. (This is especially true for live houseplants that need constant care.) But if you want to give something living, it doesn’t get much easier than an herb garden floating in a little glass jar of water. A couple of weeks later, your gift will have access to fresh herbs whenever they feel like it. It’s easy to make one of these herb gardens at home—just grab a few tiny plants from your local florist and some pretty glass jars from Amazon or Etsy—and you don’t even need any fancy tools or expertise to do it right!
7) Honey Beeswax Candle Molds
Honey beeswax candles are a fun and exciting DIY project. They smell great, burn clean, and are wonderful for both your health and home’s air quality. You can customize them any way you like using different essential oils or color blends, but here’s a quick recipe to get you started: 1 part honey (preferably raw local honey), 1 part beeswax, 2 parts coconut oil, 10 drops of tea tree oil (optional). If you’re not sure how to make candles using these ingredients or even if it’s safe at all.
8) Wood Crate Planter Boxes
Just because you live in an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t garden. Flowering plants make great housewarming gifts, and these DIY planter boxes made from reclaimed wood crates are a great way to start. If you have a bunch of old boxes lying around, or know where to find some for cheap, all it takes is a bit of time and elbow grease to create an attractive gardening gift that will grow as your friend does. Here’s how to do it: Find some old wooden shipping crates (or order them online if necessary) and cut them into slats about 12 inches long, with each slat about 1 inch wide. Paint or stain each board, then screw three boards together into a box shape using flathead screws.
9) Chalkboard Wall Art
If you know someone who’s just moved into a new home, a gift like chalkboard wall art is sure to make them smile. There are tons of different designs to choose from and they make great pieces for entertaining guests—simply invite them over, grab a glass of wine, and let your creativity flow. For ideas on how to personalize your own chalkboard wall art visit Handmade Charlotte! They’ve got tons of ideas and designs for even non-artists. You can customize everything from colors to quotes so it’s absolutely perfect for any room in their new home. If you’re not pro and want to know how to draw on chalkboard: Click here!
10) Colorful Dishtowels
Sometimes it’s fun to get creative with a simple, inexpensive item that you can make yourself. An easy way to do that is by turning dish towels into colorful works of art for your new home! Use your creativity and turn some plain dish towels into something special. You could add fabric paint or paint pens, or even add buttons or other craft materials to make them unique and show off your personality.