From behind-the-scenes at Remodelista, here are our go-to homemade holiday gifts. Corral your helpers: These are projects for all ages and especially fun to do as a group.
Above: Follow New York party impresario David Stark’s lead and block print a stack of $2 bandanas as napkins—to bundle as presents and to create your own for a Holiday Table Setting. Photograph by Corrie Hogg of David Stark Design.
Above: Pair your just-made napkins with Alexa’s DIY Wooly Napkin Rings. Photograph by Alexa Hotz.
Above: A Potted Amaryllis Bulb can be delivered already planted or with all the ingredients (as Erin did here) so the recipient can time the blossoming. Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.
Above: Present your gift in a Japanese-style cloth wrap, which can be reused in all sorts of ways. See Leigh’s How to Wrap a Furoshiki Cloth. Photograph by Leigh Patterson.
Above: Another of Erin’s tricks: Festive (and Fragrant) Pinecone Fire Starters (just add cotton wicking and beeswax). Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.
Above: For perfuming drawers, closets, and rooms: Make Old-Fashioned Pomanders by patterning oranges with cloves. Use the same ingredients to concoct my Homemade Orange-Spiced Wine (it takes only minutes and everyone will think you’ve become an overnight vintner). Photograph by Erin Boyle for Gardenista.
Finally getting in the spirit? Go to 10 Favorites: No-Cost Holiday Decor Ideas.