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3 Great DIY Gifts for Friends

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Need a mental break from gift shopping and have a crafty side you’d like to share? We’ve got 3 DIY gifts you can make for your friends (or even your coworkers). They take only a little bit of time to put together, a handful of supplies and ingredients, and your own sense of creativity.


1)  Lavender Chamomile Tea Soap

If your friend loves Jane Austen’s timeless classical romances (Is that Mr. Darcy we see approaching on his handsome steed at this very moment?), she will likely be enthralled by this deliciously scented lavender soap. A Pumpkin and a Princess has the how-to.

tea soap

You will need:

Goats Milk Soap Base – Chamomile Tea (2 bags) – Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender Flowers – Large Pyrex Cup – Silicone Mold


2) Wrapped Monogram

This classic craft can be created using any variety of supplies, from twine to yarn, to ribbon and beyond. Apply some faux or handmade florals or other decorations to finish it off and you’ve got a showpiece that a stylish friend can display on a mantel or hang upon a door. You’ll find the tutorial here.

 twine initial

You will need:

Twine, yarn or ribbon – felt and/or faux florals


3) Bacon Jam

Who doesn’t love bacon? (Vegetarians and Vegans, we understand if you must look away.) We suspect you have at least one male friend who would be willing to test-taste this easy-to-whip-up blend for you, if your girlfriends don’t snag it first. Just be prepared to make this one over and over again. Check out the recipe on BlackberryBabe.com.

 bacon jam

You will need:

2 lbs. bacon, raw, chopped – 2 tsp. butter – 2 large yellow onions, diced
1 tsp salt – 1/4-cup brown sugar – 1/4-cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. dried thyme – 1 tsp. black pepper – 1 pinch cayenne pepper
1/2-cup water – 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar – 2 tsp. olive oil


What DIY gifts do you and your friends love to give and receive? Let us know by commenting below, or share your story.

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