3 Handmade & Recycled Gifts

With a little over a month left until the winter holidays it’s time to start crafting some handmade gifts! Today we have three tutorials to share for amazingly beautiful and recycled gifts! These gifts will show just how much you care about the person receiving, and the planet… all without breaking the bank. So onwards to the tutorials!

Recycled Woven Rag Rug – We love this rug tutorial from craft passion! It is so adorable and really only costs you some time (if you have 3 old sheets). This would make a great birthday, christmas, or housewarming gift 🙂

Recycled Woven Rug from Craft Passion

Tin Can Planters For Succulents – These succulents would make great gifts for the holidays, or again for a housewarming party. This fantastic tutorial comes from ElizaKPrints!

Tin Can Planters for Succulents by ElizaKPrints

DIY Teacup Candles – This tutorial comes from Martha Stewart. What a sweet homemade gift—it would be the perfect relaxation gift paired with some homemade bath salts or body scrubs 🙂

DIY Teacup Candles by Martha Stewart

Are you having a handmade holiday this year? If you are looking gifts for someone in particular and would like some help let us know! We can help find some ideas to help you out!

DIY Craft: Recycled Newspaper Beads!

It’s been a little while since we posted some fun crafting ideas, so here is one that we’ve done before! All the materials are super cheap, and all it takes is a little time. If you wanted to make this a party craft, make the beads ahead of time, then give the kids some paint and string to create their own unique jewelry!

This tutorial comes from a wonderful blog called A Storybook Life, and is very easy to follow. We will summarize, but it is worth checking out her step by step instructions (that include pictures!)


  • Old newspaper
  • Water
  • Glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Craft paint
  • Sealant such as Mod Podge or varnish
  • String or ribbon for creating a necklace


  1. Gather old newspaper, shred into small pieces and place in a large stock pot and pour enough boiling water in the pot to cover the newspaper.
  2. Let sit for one hour stirring the paper to help break it down.
  3. Drain the water as much as possible.
  4. Add enough glue to the paper to keep the beads together while drying (Elmer’s glue works great).
  5. Roll the paper into round balls (any size your heart desires) and squeeze out the excess water.
  6. Let them dry for a few days (rolling them every few hours) until they are dry. It took my beads about 2 or 3 days to be totally dry.
  7. Sand each dry bead to smooth some of the edges and drill a small hole through the center of the bead. This is a good stopping point if you want to use the craft as a party activity.
  8. Paint the beads with craft paint, then seal with Mod Podge or another sealant.
  9. When dry, string the beads onto ribbon or pretty string to create an awesome necklace!

We love this affordable and eco-friendly craft idea! What do you think?

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