DIY Holiday Gift Round-Up

Here on Mama Say What?!, we’ve shared a handful of DIY activities since our launch. Many of these would make excellent do-it-yourself holiday gifts this year.

Click on the title of each gift idea to read the instructions on how to make them. Check them out!


Cassie’s DIY “I Am Loved” Photo Book

Any young babies or toddlers on your gift list this year? How about one of these wonderful photo books? Fill the book with photos of parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends and even beloved pets. A friend of mine even included a photo of her child’s adored plush bunny. It’s a great way for a baby to learn the faces of loved ones, including loved ones whom they may not get to see very often. As a child gets older, it can be a great way for them to see how to spell the names of their family members and close friends.


Mary Ellen’s DIY Tile Coasters

These are such a wonderful and easy-to-make gift for anyone on your list this year. Make a set of coasters using wrapping paper or scrapbook paper to coordinate with the decor in someone’s living room, kitchen or maybe their office. Or make a couple of different sets to coordinate with a specific holiday or someone’s birthday. Who wouldn’t love a set of coasters just for Christmas or for Thanksgiving? Make some coasters with your favorite photos too. Commemorate a family vacation or the visit of a family member who came in from out of town. I made a set of coasters for my parents one year that had photos from when we went wine tasting in the south of France. The coasters come out when we’re trying a new bottle of wine. The possibilities are endless!


Laura’s DIY Silhouette Art

These can make wonderful gifts to give a mama who is looking for something fun and unique to hang in her little one’s nursery, bedroom or playroom. Choose the child’s favorite animals or character silhouettes that go with the theme of their bedroom decor.

How about tracing your little one’s silhouette onto a small canvas and sending it to a beloved grandparent? Project their shadow with a bright desk lamp onto a sheet of paper taped to the wall and then trace with pencil. (The real trick is getting them to sit still long enough!) Print them onto canvases just like Laura did and paint. Shrink the silhouettes and print onto small canvases that can be Christmas tree ornaments. Doing one every year (even just for yourself) can be a fun way to track your child’s growth.


Sam’s DIY Handprint Mold

This is a great gift to send to grandparents or a gift that your little one can give to your partner or spouse that they can hang in their office. Commemorate your child’s age and make one every holiday season making sure to write the year on the back. If your little one’s hand is small enough, this would make a great ornament for your Christmas tree.

For kids that are older, this clay recipe can be used for some fun sculpting activities. Use cookie cutters to make little gingerbread man, Christmas tree, or snowflake ornaments. Make sure to poke a small hole in the top to string some ribbon through. Paint them after they have been baked. Mold the clay around a bowl or an aluminum can that has a tiny bit of non-stick spray. After it has air-dried, remove the clay from the bowl or can and bake. Then your child can decorate the baked bowl. Depending on the size of the bowl it can be given as a candy dish, a candle holder or a little catch-all bowl for paperclips on someone’s desk.


Alex’s DIY Sleepy Book

This could make for a great gift for close friends and family and is a wonderful way to share all of those photos that you would likely only ever share on Facebook or on your phone. You don’t have to limit this kind of photo book to just sleeping photos either. How about a photo book documenting a family vacation, reunion or even something as simple as a fun day spent at the park or the beach? For a few close family members, how about a book that documents the holidays and events that your family celebrated throughout the whole year? If anything, what a great keepsake for your kids to have when they get older, like a family yearbook!


Sam’s DIY Wooden Growth Chart

This doesn’t seem like an obvious gift idea, but why not? For any friends or family members with kids, what a fun and interesting item to have in their house. Pick a wood stain that coordinates with the decor in the recipient’s living room, kitchen or playroom and it becomes a piece of art. The elegant look of a beautiful and polished wood grain and the classic font can make this elegant enough to display anywhere in the home, not exclusive to the kids’ room.




What are some DIY holiday gifts that you or your kids are making this year? 

By Alex T.

Alex is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area currently living in Utah with her hubby where she's a work-at-home-mom to her rambunctious son TJ (born Oct 09). She loves to travel, loves art and art history, soccer, photography, and is a little bit of a foodie. When she's not chasing after her son or working for Mama Say What?!, she's running her graphic design and illustration business. Check out her website ( and her Etsy shop ( to see the most recent projects she's done.

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2 Responses to DIY Holiday Gift Round-Up

  1. We are planning a hand made gifting Christmas this year. I am loving all the diy ideas!

  2. I love the ruler growth chart idea!

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