Doable Pinterest Projects that Make Great Gift Ideas

Pinterest is full of home decor do-it-yourself projects. Sometimes, though, when you actually try one yourself, the end result looks nothing like the picture.

That’s why I put together a short list of doable Pinterest DIY projects that make great gift ideas any time of year.

Monogrammed Tea Towels

Image via Martha Stewart
Image via Martha Stewart

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

  • Set of tea towels
  • Letter stencil
  • Fabric paint
  • Medium sized paint brush
  • Piece of paper

Almost any homeowner can use a new set of kitchen towels. This easy project turns an ordinary household item into an extra special gift. You can really use your imagination and creativity here, but to keep it simple and foolproof, a letter stencil is the way to go. Here’s Martha’s version to see how to do it perfectly.


All Natural Linen Spray

Image via Lincoln Barbour
Image via Lincoln Barbour

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

  1. 30 drops essential oil
  2. 1.5 cups Distilled water
  3. 3 oz. Vodka
  4. Spray bottle
  5. Funnel

Homemade linen spray is a great hostess gift. You’d be surprised of its many uses. You can use linen spray to freshen up bed linens, soft furnishings, and clothing between cleanings. You can even spray it on fabrics while ironing to for a fresh, calming scent. It works as an air freshener too.

A bottle of linen spray can cost anywhere from $5 to $50– or more! But it’s usually less expensive (and more fun) to make your own. You can even create your own combination of essential oils to make your own scent.

This tutorial from Apartment Therapy has been a huge Pinterest success.


Lemon Candles

Image via mimiloush
Image via mimiloush

Difficulty: Beginner

You’ll need:

(Makes 24 candles)

  • 1 dozen lemons
  • Knife
  • Melon baller
  • Candy thermometer
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon oil
  • Wicks
  • Wick holder
  • 1 pound beeswax
  • Small paintbrush

Lemon candles add a pop of color and warmth to a dark room in winter. Lemon candles are bright and easy to make from hollowed-out lemon skins and beeswax. Pinners say they actually smell like lemons!

This article from Martha Stewart shows you how to make them in 5 steps.


Desk Calendar

Image via Annabode blog
Image via Annabode blog

Difficulty: Intermediate

You’ll need:

  • Gold rub-on transfers (letters & numbers–can be found at Target)
  • 1 sheet of patterned paper
  • Small, white wooden box (try Michaels)
  • 3 small C-hooks
  • White eyelet gift tags
  • Modge podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Watercolors & brush
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors

This DIY Ombre Calendar is a little more involved, but one of my favorites and worth the effort. The end result is beautiful. Since it doesn’t include the year, this calendar can be used over and over.

The Annabode + Co. blog has the full rundown on how to put these together. To make it even easier, she includes a link to buy all the supplies as a kit on Darby Smart.

Ready to DIY?

Author Bio: Erin Davis is lead designer and co-owner of Mosaik Design & Remodeling in Portland, Oregon.