Who doesn’t enjoy giving gifts that come from the heart, or from your own two hands?
Sure, you can buy just about anything these days, but this year, why not try some unique DIY projects to create unforgettable garden-themed holiday presents that are sure to wow your loved ones.
Stephanie Rose, author of Garden Made: A Year of Seasonal Projects to Beautify Your Garden and Your Life, started out teaching gardening to children and non-gardeners, and developed a passion for crafting with nature. We asked her to share some fantastic projects from her blog, Garden Therapy, that are as much fun to make as they are to give. Most of Stephanie’s craft materials were either grown in the garden, or found outside, so these gifts are perfect for budget-conscious families.
Once you’ve gathered the hundreds of acorns that have fallen from your oak trees, put a few aside and pick up some modeling clay to make these lovely clay acorn ornaments. Got a fallen tree in your yard? There are many ways to up-cycle the wood, such as making some branch coasters. Everyone loves the sounds and smells of Christmas – family and friends will love receiving scented pinecone potpourri or a set of these stunning wind chimes, especially when they find out you made them yourself!
If you want to attract more fine-feathered friends to your windows, try making this adorable edible birdhouse with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry! This craft, featured on Rebecca Dillon’s blog, is sure to please both the gardeners and bird-watchers on your holiday list.
Need some shortcuts? You can always buy a kit to create your garden gifts (don’t worry, we won’t judge you!) For the culinary gardener in your life, why not make a string herb garden – a living sculpture that you can hang anywhere, making it a perfect gift for people who have tiny kitchens! Or, for wine lovers, help them grow a fragrant hydro garden from a recycled bottle of vino!
Getting creative for the holidays is easy and fun – inspiration for garden-themed presents is literally right outside your window! So take a walk through your local park, a nearby forest or your own backyard, and find the materials you need to make this year’s gift giving season a memorable one!