CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The holidays are just around the corner, which means stores are stocking their shelves and marking up their prices. But why pay expensive retail prices when you can make the same must-have items yourself for a fraction of the cost? Here are some trendy DIY gift ideas to put a smile on the recipient's face without hurting your wallet.
Infinity scarves are the hottest trend this winter, and it will only cost you the price of one yard of fabric to make one. All you'll need is a 60-by-36-inch piece of fabric (jersey cotton works well) and a needle and thread or sewing machine.
Fold the fabric in half, so you have a 30-by-36-inch piece. (If your fabric has a design, make sure that's facing inward.) Then sew the long side together and turn the fabric right side out. Bring the two short ends together (so you have a circle) and sew them.
Ta da! You've got a cute infinity scarf that will make the perfect gift.
Practical yet stylish, an earring display is a perfect gift for anyone with pierced ears. To make one, you need a picture frame, wire, wire cutters and a staple gun or tacks.
After you've picked out the perfect frame, pop out the back, so you just have an empty frame. Cut two pieces of wire so they are about an inch longer than the frame on either side.
Next, twist the wires together loosely (so there is space between the wires for studs to hang). Finally, staple or tack the wires to both sides of the back of the frame and trim the excess.
You can repeat with more wire, depending on how many rows you want on your display.
Decorated tote bag
Tote bags are essential accessories, making them great gifts. To put a creative and personal spin on a plain canvas tote, all you need is a blank bag, paint, paper, scissors and paintbrushes or a pencil/pencils with a fresh eraser.
First, decide on your design, and trace it on paper. Next, cut out the design so the paper around it forms an outline. Finally, simply place the outline on the tote bag and start painting!
To add some creativity, use a pencil-top eraser (unused) instead of a paintbrush. Dip the eraser into some paint and dot in the outline, so your design is made of dots.