This is the only DIY gifting guide you'll need this Diwali


This is the only DIY gifting guide you’ll need this Diwali

By Nishtha Bhalla  November 12th, 2020

We know the festive season means meeting family, hogging on an insane amount of sweets, and cleaning the house. But we’re going to say it: the part we’re most excited about is the gifts. Whether it’s giving or receiving, the joy of gifting is insurmountable, and we can’t keep calm at the prospect of the exciting presents coming our way.

However, this year, it’s not the best idea to venture out and buy presents for your loved ones. But we’ve got you. Enter the OG form of gifting – DIY gifting. What’s not to love about it? It’s heartfelt, customisable, and let’s be real – these gifts will probably leave a lasting impact, rather than get passed on to the next person (come on, we’ve all done it).

Swipe through for the only DIY gifting guide you need this Diwali. PS: They’re super easy to make, sustainable, and light on the pocket too.

DIY gifting
Mason Jar Scented Candles
A scented candle is a great gift to give someone on Diwali. It smells great, you can customise it as much as you want, and it's super easy to recreate. Here's how you can make your own customised mason jar scented candles: 

What you'll need:

Mason jars
Pre-tabbed candle wicks
Scissors
Hot glue gun
Metal pouring pot and saucepan
Soy candle-wax flakes
Colour dye blocks or chips (optional)
Essential oils or candle scents (optional)

What you need to do:
1. Trim the wick to a few inches taller than your mason jars and use the hot-glue gun to stick the metal disc to the centre of the bottom of the mason jar.
2. Heat water in a saucepan and put the wax in a pot on top of the saucepan. Once the wax is completely melted, remove it from the heat.
3. After the wax has started to cool, add the colour and the fragrance. Pro-tip: Vanilla is always a crowd-pleaser.
4. Pour the wax into the mason jar. Once the jar has cooled, trim the wick 1/2 inch from the top of the candle.
And that's it! Decorate the jar with personalised notes, ribbons and sparkles for an extra personalised touch.
DIY Gifting
Agate Coasters
When it comes to home décor, these geode-esque coasters steal the limelight wherever they go, and are one of the most coveted accessories, for using and for gifting. 

What you'll need:
Polymer clay
Acrylic paint
Gloss glaze
Liquid gold leaf
Paintbrushes
Roller pin

What you need to do:
1. Pre-heat your oven to 135°C. While the oven heats, roll out the clay – and don't worry about making a perfect circle. Agate found in nature is usually an imperfect shape, so roll with it.
2. Once the clay is around 1/4-inch thick and 3 1/2 to 4 inches in diameter, place the clay on a parchment paper-lined pan and bake it at 135°C for fifteen minutes.
3. Once it's ready, let your inner artist go wild and paint it any colour you want. Let the paint dry after.
4. Line the edges of the coaster with liquid gold-leaf. 
5. To add shine to the coasters, brush on a couple of coats of gloss glaze and let it dry.
Bath Bombs
Whether it's stress-relief, relaxation, or just something to nourish your skin, everyone loves a bath bomb. They make for the perfect gift no matter the occasion. Here's how you can make personalised bath bombs to gift to your friends and family.

What you'll need: 

225g Baking soda
115g Epsom salt
115g Cornstarch
115g Citric acid
Large bowl
Small cup
Whisk
Biodegradable glitter and dried flowers (optional)
2.5 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon of water
2 tablespoons of essential oil
Food colouring
10-16 silicon moulds (optional)

What you need to do:
1. Start by measuring out and mixing the dry ingredients together in a large bowl with a whisk. (This includes the citric acid, the Epsom salt, baking soda, cornstarch and the flowers/glitter.)
2. Mix the wet ingredients together in the smaller cup. For the colouring, use as much or as little as you'd like. Pro-tip: Choose your essential oils according to benefit – for instance, use something like Ylang Ylang for relaxation, or Lavender for stress relief. 
3. Now this is the tricky bit – you mix your wet ingredients with the dry ingredients. Gently pour and mix your wet ingredients with the dry ones, and make sure it doesn't fizz up. (If it does, take a break and let the mixture calm down before you resume incorporating them)
4. Once mixed, you’re ready to mould – you can use your hands, or put the mixture into silicon moulds for a perfect shape. (And don't forget to have fun with the shape!)
5. Wait 24 hours for the mixture to cool, put 2-3 bath bombs in a box and wrap it up!
Macramé Planters
Maybe it's just our inner plant-parent talking, but plants may just be one of the best gifts you can give to someone for the festive season. Here's how you can make customised plant-holders, that are sure to blow your loved ones away:

What you'll need:
Metal or wooden ring
Yarn (8-10 feet)
Scissors 
Potted plant

What you need to do:
1. Cut 4 equal lengths of yarn, and make sure they're each around 2 feet long. 
2. Fold your yarn strands in half, then loop the folded end through your ring. Take the loose ends and pull them through the loop of yarn you’ve created and pull taut.
3.  Separate the yarn into 4 groups, with each group containing 2 strands of yarn. Measure out a few inches of the yarn from each group, and tie each of the groupings together, making sure all the knots are roughly the same length.
4. Take the left strand from each grouping and tie it to the right strand of the grouping next to it. Tie the knots a little higher up, only an inch or two from the first set of knots. 
5. Take the two outermost strands and tie them together, forming a circular net.
6. Tie one more round of knots, repeating the process of knotting the left strand of each grouping to the right strand of the next.
7. Tie all the yarn strands in a knot a little bit below the last round of knots you made – about an inch. Cut off the excess yarn to form a pretty tassel, and slide your plant right through it!

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