diy gift guide

My Favorite 22 Melt and Pour Soap DIYs from truebluemeandyou. 2015 Spa Gift Guide Part 1. 

Why Melt and Pour Soap? It makes soap making quick and easy, so everyone can make soap that looks like it came from a boutique. 

You can combine DIY Boutique Soaps with sugar scrubs, candles and homemade beauty products for a wonderful spa gift. Check back for more Beauty Roundups.

For more DIY beauty and spa recipes including roundups from 2012, 2013 and 2014 go here.

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5 Unique Mother’s Day Gifts

By Mia Mercado

Mother’s Day is coming up, and this calls for a celebration of the women who have shaped us into the semi-responsible, adult blobs we are. Sure, you could pamper mom with a traditional breakfast-in-bed or some relaxing time away at a spa. But why not give Mom a day to remember with more unique Mother’s Day gifts? Here are some ideas for personal, one-of-a-kind presents that’ll have your mom saying, “You shouldn’t have. Really.”

Coupon Book

How can you pay Mom back for all the things she did for you in your formative years? Glad you asked, rhetorical question! A coupon book is the perfect way to acknowledge all the things your mom did for you while simultaneously returning the favor. Want to thank mom for training you not to literally poop your pants? Give her a coupon that’s good for one adult diaper change! Grateful for all the meals she provided for you, even through your pickiest phases? Say “thanks” with a dinner voucher to be redeemed for one homemade meal of grapes cut into fourths and peas you’ve hand-mashed! You could even give her some fun awards, if you are into that sort of thing.  

Her Favorite Flowers In A Pot Labeled “Grandchildren”

Perfect for any mom who can’t wait for you to have kids, even though you’re still trying to figure out how to keep yourself alive! Now, your mom can shower her love on her “grandbabies” without you having to have any actual human children. Also, peonies smell way better than a toddler.

Full Access To Your Facebook Profile For The Day

Whether it’s making public all those photos from your first year of college, adding her to the list of people who can see your political posts, or accepting her friend request in the first place, giving your mom free reign over your Facebook is truly a gift she’ll never forget, or rather unsee. Ever.

Personalized Office Supplies

Great for the mom-on-the-go! Give Mom a gift she’ll actually use with a fun, personal twist. She’ll definitely think of you every time she grabs a rubber band that says “Sorry 4 the STRETCH marks” or double-sided tape labeled “Wish your advice to not get that tattoo would have STUCK better” or a pencil that says “I only talk about you in therapy a little.”

24 Hours To Herself In The Bathroom

It’s never too late to make up for lost time. Let Mom enjoy a little peace and quiet in the bathroom. It’s the least you can do after never leaving her alone for one friggin second for 18+ years.

However you celebrate your mom on Mother’s Day, be sure to do it with love. Oops, I meant alcohol. Just give your mom alcohol.

18 Mini Bottle DIYs posted on truebluemeandyou.

Many of these mini bottle DIYs would make unique, quick, and easy gifts.

72 DIY Bracelets. DIY GIFT GUIDE from truebluemeandyou. *UPDATED - all 72 links checked and fixed.*

This used to be 8 separate posts, but I’ve consolidated them into 1.

2012 was an excellent year for DIY Jewelry from bloggers. There are bracelet DIYs here for every budget and skill level.

For other roundups of DIY Gift Guides from earrings to necklaces to spa gifts go here:

  1. Leather Cuff from Think Crafts! here.
  2. DIY Inspiration: Rings’ Bracelet here. Old rings, rings that don’t fit, cheap rings etc… joined with O rings and a toggle clasp.
  3. Cardboard/cereal Box Bracelets for Kids from A Fanciful Twist here.
  4. Fisherman’s Sailor Knot from Etsy here.
  5. Chain and Rhinestone Bracelet from I SPY DIY here.
  6. Anthropologie Knockoff Weights and Measures Bracelet by Flamingo Toes here.
  7. Chan Luu Knockoff Bracelets from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar here.  
  8. Memory Wire Spiral Bracelet from Yellow Blackbird here.
  9. Two Styles of Leather Braided Bracelets from Maryjanes and Galoshes here.
  1. Wrapped Scrap Felt Bracelet from Bugs and Fishes here.
  2. Metallic Wrapped Leather Cord Friendship Bracelet from Dismount Creative here.
  3. Kabiri Knockoff Ombre Bracelet Using Plumbing Parts from inspiration & realisation here.
  4. Floss Wrapped Leather Bracelet from El Cuaderno de Ideas here.
  5. Betsey Johnson Knockoff Half Stretch Bracelet from Crafting Rebellion here.
  6. Easy Charm Bracelet with Button Closure from Wobisobi here.
  7. David Yurman Knockoff Pearl and Multi Chain Bracelet by Flamingo Toes here.
  8. Tie Dye Like Friendship Bracelet with Charms from Quiet Lion here.
  9. Polymer Clay Braided Bracelet from Delighted Momma here.
  1. Ladder Stitch Bracelet from Lima Beads here.
  2. Textured Polymer Beads Tutorial from Jibby and Juna here.
  3. Heart Friendship Bracelets from Purlbee here.
  4. Button Bracelet from quelinda crafts here.
  5. Masculine Bracelets Tutorial Roundup from Thanks, I Made It here.
  6. Book Page Bracelet from Happy Hour Projects here.  
  7. Knockoff Les Nereides Pom Pom Bracelet from Small Good Things here.
  8. Knockoff Matthew Williamson Neon Drawstring Bracelet from inspiration & realisation here. *All supplies from Home Depot.
  9. Hemp Twine Wish Bracelets from Happy Hour Projects here.
  1. Galaxy Cuff from Pretty Quirky Pants here.
  2. Braided T-Shirt Bracelets with Magnet Closures from Hello Natural here.
  3. Easy Rope Knot Bracelet from Belrossa here.
  4. KIDS CRAFT and fund raiser LEGO jewelry links. LEGO Bracelet from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! here.
  5. Star Beaded Bracelet from Happy Hour Projects here.
  6. No Sew Easy Trim Bracelet from Momtastic here. *Velcro closure.
  7. Rhinestone Embroidery Thread Friendship Bracelet from all the good girls go to heaven here.
  8. Woven Friendship Bracelet Using a Circular Cardboard Loom from Michael Ann Made here.
  9. Yarn Wrapped Rope Bracelet with Button Closure from cut out + keep here.
  1. Bead and Leather Bracelet with a Button Closure from Happy Hour Projects here.  
  2. Braided Bead Bracelet from Pretty Quirky Pants here.  
  3. Multi Strand Rope Bracelet from inspiration & realisation here. *You can use ribbon crimp ends for almost any material.
  4. Leather Studded Bracelet from Fashionrolla here.  
  5. 2 Easy Bead and Crystal Bracelets with Sliding Square Knot Closures from Wobisobi here.
  6. Knitted Wire and Pearl Cuff from COCO Knits here.Photo: inspiration & realisation who used this pattern.
  7. Hardware Store Brass Hinge Bracelet here. Top Photo: DIY from The Stripe, Bottom Photo: DIY from Sprinkles in Springs.
  8. Polymer Clay Chanel and Pamela Love Crystal Cuff from Dream, Create here.
  9. Diamond Hex Nut Bracelet from Trinkets in Bloom here.
  1. Diamond Beaded Bracelet from Wild Amor here.
  2. Braided Bracelet With Charm from Happy Hour Projects here.
  3. Leather Studded Wrap Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It here.  
  4. Gold Tube Bracelet with Sliding Knot Closure from Honestly…WTF here.  
  5. Gold Lace Cuff from Runway DIY here.
  6. Beyond Easy $1.50 Ball Chain Bracelet from Bettina’s Blog here.
  7. Pearl and Tube Bracelet from inspiration & realisation here. *Amazing knockoff of a designer who doesn’t want to be named.
  8. Jean Inseam Bracelet from Mich L. in L.A. here.
  9. Roundup of Fifty DIY Bracelets from Saved by Love Creations here.
  1. Bungee Cord Hardware Store Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It here.
  2. Cord Wrapped Leather Bracelet by lebenslustiger here.
  3. Easy Ribbon, Suede or Yarn Wrapped Bangles from Studs and Pearls here.
  4. Rose Gold Chain and Wire Bracelet and Anklet from Love Maegan here.
  5. Shell Bracelet or Any Charm with Sliding Knot Closure from Happy Hour Projects here.
  6. Sliding Knot Closure Evil Eye Charm Bracelet from Honestly WTF here.
  7. Cord Charm Bracelet with Knotted Closure from Passions for Fashion here.  
  8. Morse Code Bracelets Using Crimp Beads from Fall for DIY here.
  9. Rhinestone Wrap Bracelet from LuLu’s here.
  1. Spike Bracelet from The Stripe here.
  2. Ribbon and Silk Wrapped Charm and Bead Bracelet from inspiration & realisation here.
  3. Marc by Marc Jacobs Knockoff Sporty Turnlock Bracelet by Swellmayde here.
  4. Leather Cord Bead Bracelet from Happy Hour Projects here.
  5. Two Easy Braided Bracelets with Beads from Lines Across here.
  6. Fishtail Friendship Bracelet with Button Closure from Typical House Cat here.
  7. Button Bracelet from Cosmo Cricket here.
  8. Tube Bracelets Done 2 Ways  from Small Good Things here.
  9. 4 Easy Knit Cuffs from A La Sascha here.

21 Crazy Easy DIY Gifts to make in time for the holidays.  Roundup by truebluemeandyou. 

These are all “stick and glue” DIYs - the easiest crafts I have posted on truebluemeandyou.  

DIY Saskia Diez Knockoff Rope Bracelet and Necklace from Facing North with Gracia here.

DIY Marble Ring from Marte Ravn Tovik here.

DIY Wrapped Crystal Cuff from Thanks, I Made It here.

DIY Gold Leaf Headband from Witchery here.

DIY Easy Miniature Dollhouse Jewelry from Morena’s Corner here.

DIY Dolce & Gabbana Inspired Keyhole Bag from Dare to DIY here. The keyholes are scrapbook embellishments which makes this a cheap and easy “stick and glue” DIY.

DIY Lucky Number 7 Ring from I Always Pick the Thimble here. Package with a deck of cards.

DIY Attached Double Ring from Hapy Friends Shoppe here.

DIY Easy Wire Wrapped Jewel Ring from Jewelry from Home here.

DIY Easy Stacked Chain Necklace from Fall for DIY here. The layers of chain are glued together - see the GIF I made.

DIY Ribbon Bow Earrings from Lana Red here.

DIY Loren Hope Knockoff Jeweled and Studded Cuffs from Life In Mod here.

DIY Cotton Ribbon Rhinestone Bracelet from A Pair & A Spare.

DIY Rhinestone Ring from Behind My Desk.

DIY Torque Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It here.

DIY Scrapbooking Brad Ring Tutorial from Life in Mod here. These are super cheap rings as they use scrapbooking brads, making them perfect to give as kids’ jewelry. Even better, make a kit of brads and ring bases.

DIY Knockoff Iosselliani Fused Stone Skull Studs from Thanks, I Made It here.

DIY Tea Time Dollhouse Miniatures Tin from The Cottage Market here.

DIY Book Necklaces (Easiest Book Cover Pendants Ever) from Two Butterflies here.

DIY Miniature Teacup Ring by a pair & a spare here.

DIY Knockoff By Boe “Leather Reminder Earrings” from Small Good Things here.

12 Favorite DIY Rings. Part 1. Annual Gift Guide 2014. There are DIY rings for every skill level and price range - from cheap and easy wire rings to a “cold enamel” ring (#12). *For the 2013 Gift Guide of 18 DIY Rings go here. For the 2012 DIY Gift Guide of 18 DIY Rings go here

DIY Snow Globe Ring from Henry Happened.

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DIY Nail Polish Ring from Ice Frost Beauty Diary.

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DIY Stitched Air Dry Clay Ring from Little Button Diaries.

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DIY Double Pearl Ring from Honestly WTF.

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DIY Easy Leather Ring from Lana Red.

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DIY Superhero Shrink Plastic Ring Tutorial and Templates from Glitter Mint.

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DIY Chanel Button Ring from Stripes & Sequins.

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DIY Easy Wire Wrapped Jewel Ring from Jewelry from Home.

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DIY Antrhopologie Knockoff Wire Double Pearl Ring Tutorial from Swellmayde.

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DIY Stamping on Shrink Plastic Tutorial from Craft and Creativity.

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DIY Easy Wire Circle Ring Tutorial from Emerging Creatively Tutorials. Excellent tutorial for beginners.

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DIY Gold Enamelled Ring Tutorial from Fall for DIY.

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12 Favorite DIY Earrings. Part 1. Annual Gift Guide 2015. There are DIY earrings for every skill level and price range - from miniatures to wrapped crystals to easy knockoffs. To see other roundups of DIY gifts go here: and for an excellent archive of DIY earrings (lots of knockoffs) go here.

DIY Easy Miniature People Jewelry from Instructables’ User spunk.

Easy Embroidery Floss Tassel Earrings from Gina Michele.

DIY Knockoff Joomi Lim Rhinestone Wrapped Spike Earrings from Thanks, I Made It.

DIY Vintage Inspired Rhinestone Earrings from Anna Evers.

DIY Easy Chain and Bar Earrings from Thanks, I Made It.

DIY $10 Knockoff Dannijo Earrings from Bromeliad.

DIY Knokoff Max & Chloe Rhinestone Wrapped Pearl Earrings from Thanks, I Made It.

DIY Knockoff Chain Connecter Earrings from Thanks, I Made It.

DIY Mise en Dior Inspired Earrings by Fashionrolla with a twist.

DIY Delicate Hoop Earrings from Hello Whimsy.

DIY Earring Packaging Inspired by Briolette Jewelry.

DIY Rough Crystal Earrings from and then… there was Gwen.

12 Favorite DIY Bracelets. Part 1. Part 2 is here. Annual Gift Guide 2014. There are DIY Bracelets for every skill level and price range - from easy “stick and glue” bracelets to rough crystal cuffs. *For the 2013 Gift Guide of 72 DIY Bracelets go here. For the 2012 DIY Gift Guide of 72 DIY Bracelets go here.  

DIY Crimp Bead Crystal Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It.

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DIY 2 Easy Leather Bracelet Tutorials form El Cuaderno de Ideas.

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DIY Melted Perler Beads Braided Bracelet from Pink Stripey Socks.

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DIY Easy Nautical Knot Rope Bracelet from Etsy.

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DIY Leather, Crystal and Metal Wrap Bracelet from How Did You Make This?

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DIY Shamballa Bracelet from Happy Hour Projects.

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DIY Tiny Friendship Bracelet with Charm from I Spy DIY.

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Easy DIY Stick and Glue Torque Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It.

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DIY Cotton Ribbon Rhinestone Bracelet from A Pair & A Spare.

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DIY Leather Arrow Bracelet with Button Closure from Lebenslustiger.

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DIY Free People Inspired $12 Wrapped Rough Crystal Bracelet from Chic Steals.

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DIY Knockoff Aurelie Bidermann Braided Cuff from Honestly WTF.

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Crafts Kids Can Make for the Holidays Part Four. Some of these projects require the help of an adult depending on age. Gifts for parents, friends, family etc…

For more DIY gift ideas go here:

  1. Snowball Soap Tutorial from Greenbean’s Crafterole here.
  2. Baseball with Handprint Tutorial From The Gaines Gang here.
  3. Unicorn Rainbow Poop Mini Bottle from hubbytofu on DeviantART here. Help a child fill a bottle of cheap colorful charms, beads and glitter.
  4. Googly Eye Rings Tutorial from Makes and Takes here.
  5. Perler Bead Hair Bows Tutorial from Hello Whimsy Blog here.
  6. Mess Free Sharpie Pen Tie Dye Tutorial from Sun Scholars here.
  7. Constellations In A Jar Tutorial from Design Mom here.
  8. Stamped Dry Clay Pendant Tutorial from The 36th Avenue here. *You can also use salt dough.
  9. Potato Stamp Angel Wings Tutorial from the Swedish Blog Pysselbolaget here.

2013 DIY 18 Cheap and Easy Spa Gifts Part 2. Part 1 is here. From 2 of my blogs: diychristmascrafts and truebluemeandyou. I never post recipes that require special order ingredients. TIP: read the posts and comments to see which DIYs need refrigeration.

  1. 3 Ingredient Honey and Coconut Oil Hair Mask Recipe from Mad in Crafts here.
  2. 2 Ingredient Lotion Bars Recipe from How Did You Make This? here.
  3. 4 Gentle Sugar Scrub Recipes from Smart School House. 3 of these are made out of cheap baby products.
  4. Mini Roundup of 4 Easy Coffee Scrubs here.
  5. 4 ingredient Mint Milk Bath Recipe from Coordinately Yours here.
  6. 3 to 4 Ingredient Mango Sugar Scrub Recipe from Henry Happened here.
  7. 3 Ingredient Sugar Scrub for Crafters and Gardeners Recipe from By Wilma here.
  8. Lightweight Spa Kit That You Can Mail from 4 You With Love. This post includes: Chocolate Body/Hand Scrub, Lavender Milk Bath Recipe, Lavender Bath Salts Recipe and a Foot Soak Recipe,
  9. 2 Ingredient Lavender Massage Oil Recipe and Tutorial from Behind My Desk here.

A Roundup of 72 Necklace and Earrings Tutorials I made for my 2012 DIY Gift Guide. For other DIY Gift Guides go here:

  1. Part 1 necklaces here.
  2. Part 2 necklaces here.  
  3. Part 3 necklaces here.
  4. Part 4 necklaces here.
  5. Part 5 necklaces here.
  6. Part 6 necklaces here.
  7. Part 1 Earrings here.
  8. Part 2 Earrings here.