Buy Less, Make More: Ten DIY Gifts
December 12, 2011
Wool & Faulk‘s wool camera wrap.
1. We all know it’s way more fun to make gifts than to buy them.
2. No more malls. 99%, Occupy Christmas, it’s a recession, etc. etc.!
3. We live in the age of the social network. There are hundreds of online communities with vibrant user bases, offering free tutorials on everything from knitting to 3D Printing. There has never been a better time to be an aspiring amateur craftsperson.
Check out ten of the best gift tutorials we’ve seen online this year. Please link us to yours in the comments, if you’ve got a great project!
If you’ve got access to a wood shop, DesignSponge’s Bud and Salt Vase tutorial is a beautiful little work of art.
A good-looking Ikea Hack using a 9-Ply and a $6.99 HEMMA Cord set, held together by the tension in the cord.
We really wanted to make this list a lo-fi one, full of easy-to-make every day objects. But we had to include this GRL-style Instructable for making your own Low-Cost Illuminated Signage for Todays Responsible Citizen.
For those of you with access to a laser cutter, here’s a great tutorial on how to make a lasercut gear clock.
An anachronistic way to store your mobile electronics: use an old book as a device organizer. Design Sponge has the tutorial here.
This one requires a bit more actual buying, but what better way to communicate your respect for your friend’s self-sufficiency than a Beer Making Starter Kit?
Getting meta here, DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide is a newly-published guide for the aspiring furniture designer, by Christopher Stuart of LUUR Design.
If you’re more into edible gifts, head over to Inhabitat and check out their Geodesic Dome Gingerbread House tutorial.
Are we missing any good ones?