DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts

Updated: September 2018

I have always liked giving functional presents for these holiday season as well as for birthdays. And most of the years I make some time to create the gifts myself, maybe is only the wrapping (not that I create the gift per se) but something that makes it unique and more personalised. I have collected some ideas, a few but quite not so common, that I hope they inspire you.

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DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Painted Rocks as paper weights. Check their 40+ Gifts Kids can Make for Grown-Ups ideas!

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Beer bottles cut to create beer glasses!

💚 Find more ideas to reuse glass bottles here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is a quick image tutorial on how to turn an empty beer bottle into a drinking glass.

💚 Find more ideas to reuse empty glass bottles here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Old Shirts as pillow covers!

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old shirts here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is another way of making pillow covers out of men’s smart shirts (VIDEO).

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old shirts here!

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Old jeans as pillow cover + pocket for the TV remote control!

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old jeans here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
I love this! Make yarn with old shirts and create a no-sew head band.

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old shirts here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is a quick image tutorial on how to make yarn from old shirts, quite easy!
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Following the use of a shirt to create yarn, you can also make a beautiful fringe necklace!

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old shirts here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Or a different kind of necklace, also from shirts! (Portuguese)
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Or this one. For more old shirt yarn necklace variatons click here
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
I can imagine you can make this with a washer. I find plenty on the street out of nowhere. What do you think? Unfortunately I don’t find the source to this image, but check these bracelets made with washers on Etsy!
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is a different necklace: black leather, washer & hex nut (no tutorial, unknown original source)
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Following the washer idea: Here is a Washer Necklace With Map {Etsy}
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is a gift idea for your pet: How To Make a Denim Doggy Bed.

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old jeans here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Or this idea for your dog: A dog toy out of old shirts! (creating yarn, see ideas above)
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Fabric beaded necklace. I personally made two necklaces with washed balls from roll-on deos wrapped in fabric.
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Same principle here: You can use giant beads or the balls from roll-on deodorant (very well washed)
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is another tutorial. I loved this idea because finally I found a way to reuse the deo balls from roll-on. If you have any other ideas, please let me know on the comment box below!
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
What about an old jeans beaded necklace? Blue Denim Fabric Bead Necklace. This is quite original!
DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Moving on with the ideas, I recently had a nephew and I wanted to make something special, not just buying some outfit he will end up suing just for a couple of months. I found this idea perfect! Baby bibs out of shirts!

💚 Find more ideas to reuse old shirts here

DIY: Upcycled (& original) Holiday Gifts | ecogreenlove
Here is another tutorial to make baby bibs out of old shirts

Trash is the failure of Imagination 😉

Trash is the failure of Imagination | ecogreenlove

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