Simple Gifts to Make & Give

Oh Monday, you beast….here already!?! We had such a great weekend celebrating the season and soaking up all the festiveness (my full Christmas house tour is up tomorrow!), that it’s even harder to return to the real world today. I hope yours was equally lovely!

I’ve found that when life gets particularly hairy, it does my soul good to stop for just a little bit, and reconnect with my creative side. That usually entails getting a little messy, and getting my craft on. This weekend I whipped up some simple vases that would make a perfect gift.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Squiggle Art Vase

As seems to be the case lately, I was inspired by something fun I discovered on the Furbish website (like this project and this one). These Stoneware Squiggle Vases are sold out, but there was just something about them I loved…so I created them myself in a simple and quick project afternoon.

{What You Need}
DecoArt Chalky Paint in Everlasting White
3D Paint in Royal Blue (back in the day, we called this Puff Paint)
Glass Vessels (I found these at Michaels)
 Craft Brush

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Squiggle Art Vase

I’ve shown you guys this product before, in this chest makeover…the great thing is it sticks to absolutely anything, with no sanding or priming. Normally I might be tempted to spraypaint glass vases, but I wanted the matte finish this paint gives, plus this time of year isn’t conducive to outside spraying!

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Squiggle Art Vase

The paint dries quickly, so I was done with two coats in no time at all. It also washes off with soap and water, so you don’t have to be overly careful when painting inside.

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Squiggle Art Vase

Once they were fully dry, I just loosely scribbled squiggly lines using the fabric paint. The small tip made it easy to control where I wanted it. #twss

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Squiggle Art Vase

I love the abstract shape and pop of blue and white, and the texture of the paint imitates stoneware. And how about my $8 orchid from Home Depot!?! Both the vases and the orchid would be great gifts, don’t you think?

Hi Sugarplum | DIY Squiggle Art Vase

Did you know I have an entire gallery of Simple DIY Gifts? Some of my favorites…

Some of you may be past the DIY at this stage of the game, so I rounded up some easy gifts that are suitable for just about any of the ladies on your list. Santa, feel free to bring any of these to me!

b. Color-Block Gloves ~ only $10!
g. Stripe Infinity Scarf  ~ already packaged & only $12!

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53 Comments

  1. I love how your vases turned out!

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  2. Kandace wrote:

    I like to make and buy, though buy has been my m.o. For the last few years.

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  3. Olivia D wrote:

    love those vases! Too cute!

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  4. I make some and buy most!!! Thank you for the give away!

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  5. Swati Aggrawal wrote:

    Depends on the time available, I switch between buying and making gifts. But there is no joy more profound than making something special for the special people in life.

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  6. I love how the vases turned out!! So cute! I would love to make some projects with the paint. I hope I win!

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  7. Kelly wrote:

    I love to make homemade gifts with my sewing machine, but sometimes there just isn't enough time!

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  8. I love making gifts, but I often have to buy because I don't have enough time.

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  9. Eann Tuan wrote:

    Make gifts!

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  10. Jillian wrote:

    i usually buy gifts…but i'd love to start making some! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  11. Haley wrote:

    These are so cute. I would love to do this for a bowl.

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  12. I love that confetti vase every time I see it!!!!!

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  13. Mo wrote:

    Cute idea – if I could find time I would make up 10 confetti vases!

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  14. Love the links to other ideas! My favorite is the no sew fleece scarves. I really want to host a gingerbread house decorating party and these would be super cute party favors! Thanks!

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  15. aclame wrote:

    such a nice blog) i love the base with little dots:) really cute:)

    http://alexandraclame.blogspot.com/

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  16. Allison wrote:

    The squiggle vases are fun Cassie! Love the simplicity of them. Your gold dot and confetti vases have always been favorites of mine. I usually do a combination of both for gifts, handmade and store bought. Happy Monday!

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  17. Fun idea…I think alot of these would be great for my daughters first apartment. I am going to try out chalk paint for the first time over the holidays..can't wait!

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  18. Kelly wrote:

    I find that sometimes making gifts looks too homemade to give away. I love them for myself, but unless it looks really amazing, I prefer to buy gifts.

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  19. I love to be crafty, but for gift giving, I usually purchase gifts.

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  20. Wow- I love your version of these cute vases and can't wait to try this!

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  21. I love to make gifts especially when my kids can be involved but some people you just have to buy for 😉 good luck everyone!

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  22. I love the vases. I always do a combo of make & buy for the holidays.

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  23. Leslie wrote:

    You always have the best ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I'm split 50/50 on making/buying gifts. Make for the kiddos and girlfriends, buy for the men!
    xo | thesequinedspatula.blogspot.com

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  25. Lindsay wrote:

    Buy, but only for lack of creative skills! 🙁

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  26. joen wrote:

    I wish I had more time to make gifts. I love to sew and I certainly love making gifts for my friends – I've been a few scarves, wristlet, cell phone case, and a clutch

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  27. Kathy Lang wrote:

    I wish I was more craft-oriented and had more time to make beautiful gifts, but I don't, so I do most of my buying online.

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  28. Alyssa wrote:

    I usually purchase, but like to add a little personal touch when I can 🙂

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  29. Katy wrote:

    I do a little of both, but mostly buy gifts.

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  30. Both! If I buy gifts I add a personal touch somewhere!

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  31. Love to buy thoughtful gifts. I try to listen throughout the year to what people REALLY want.

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  32. Carrie wrote:

    A little of both, depending on my time. I can't believe how smooth that paint went on those glass vases!

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  33. ANNA wrote:

    I prefer to make. love to make things.

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  34. It's easier to just buy something… but there is something special about a homemade gift!!

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  35. !!!!!!!! Great giveaway! !!!!!!!

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  36. Anonymous wrote:

    I usually prefer to do a combination of the two.hampsonya@aol.com

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  37. Cheryl wrote:

    Love the giveaway!

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  38. This turned out so good! I don't usually make gifts, but I do on occasion. My family prefers bought gifts 😉

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  39. Amy C wrote:

    Love these! I especially love the gold dot vase! Every year I say I'll MAKE more of my gifts rather than buy but usually run out of time! This is a great (and quick) option! 🙂

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  40. Erika wrote:

    Love these! While I love making things, when it comes to gifts I'm definitely more likely to buy!

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  41. Would love to win.

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  42. Teri wrote:

    Definitely buy…"ain't nobody got time" for DIY this time of year!

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  43. Angela wrote:

    Definitely buy! Love the DIY vases – thanks for the inspiration.

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  44. buy gifts

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  45. Sara wrote:

    I love making presents, and have made almost everything this year… And not one crocheted toilet paper cover in the bunch! 🙂

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  46. l8blmr wrote:

    I love making holiday decor and usually purchase most gifts.

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  47. I love making gifts, especially Christmas gifts! Thanks for the chance!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  48. I'm a gift buyer, not a gift maker. Love your blog!

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  49. Ninny wrote:

    I love your style 🙂

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  50. Caroline wrote:

    I usually buy gifts, but this year I'm trying my hand at making a few.

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  51. I go back and forth every year between making gifts and buying gifts
    This is a buying gift year.

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  52. Emily Y wrote:

    I usually buy gifts, but wish I could make more!

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  53. Afton wrote:

    i like to do a little bit of both!

    Posted 12.11.14 Reply