15 Cool Homemade Wedding Gifts Anyone Can Make

The next time you're invited to a wedding or bridal shower, give one of these perfectly personalized presents that won't break your bank.

By Alison Caporimo
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    Courtesy A Beautiful Mess

    Song Lyric Art

    A Beautiful Mess has created a swoonworthy DIY print that would make for a great homemade wedding gift. Find out the couple's first dance song—or, another memorable verse—and spell it out with vinyl letters on a prepared canvas. After a quick coat of spray paint, peel the letters free to reveal the patterned prose.

    Courtesy Delightfully Noted

    Memorable Map

    Track where the couple came from, met, and got married with this homemade wedding gift from Delightfully Noted. Easy enough: Cut shapes from a map and coat with Mod Podge, then adhere to colorful cardstock and frame.

    Courtesy Marieken Hoefnagel of Your Invisible Crown

    Patterned Plates

    Though there are a few examples of permanent marker plates out there, nothing compares to this modern, creative pattern from Always Wear Your Invisible Crown. Using a black permanent marker, draw simple shapes onto a porcelain plate, then pop into a 300ºF oven for about 15 minutes. Make a set of eight if you can.

    Courtesy Alejandra Ramos

    Blackboard Glasses

    Newlyweds who entertain will love that these glasses come with built-in drink "tags," from Always Order Dessert. How to: Wrap painter’s tape around stems and apply a layer of blackboard spray paint to glass bases. For a bonus wedding gift, give with a nice bottle of wine.

    Courtesy A Beautiful Mess

    Marker Mug

    Does he like one lump of sugar or two in his morning joe? How does she prefer her tea? Make personalized mugs for a homemade wedding present with this easy craft from A Beautiful Mess. Pick up two porcelain mugs (or, gift eight for a full set) and a permanent marker, design, then pop in the oven.

    Courtesy A Beautiful Mess

    DIY Portrait

    It’s surprisingly easy to transfer a printed image onto a canvas—and make it look like you painted the realistic pic yourself. With some crafty supplies like Liquidex (available online), you can create this fun project from A Beautiful Mess to give to the happy couple.

    Courtesy Heather Freeman of The Lovely Cupboard

    Paint-Dipped Pots

    Put old paint samples to good use with this two-second craft from The Lovely Cupboard. Turn flower pots upside down and pour paint onto their undersides, rotating slightly so that some paint spills over the side. Let dry upside down on a piece of newspaper. Gift with a houseplant that they can care for together.

    Courtesy Brit+Co

    Watercolor Pillows

    Make your friends some throw pillows for a gift with this simple step-by-step from Brit + Co. With permanent markers in various colors, draw designs onto cotton pillows. Soak a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and trace along your design to create a bleeding effect.

    Courtesy A Beautiful Mess

    Gold Honey Bear Vase

    Recycle honey bottles the way that A Beautiful Mess does and you’ll craft gorgeous gilded vases. All you need is a thoroughly washed bear-shaped container, a paintbrush, gold leaf, and 10 minutes. Want it faster? Opt for metallic gold spray paint instead.

    Courtesy Sugar and Charm

    Magnet Silhouette

    Here's a quirky wedding gift for those who are good with scissors: Silhouette the happy couple (maybe even their dog?) for a fun fridge accessory. Eden Passante of Sugar and Charm prints a portrait onto a sheet of paper, cuts it out, and traces it onto magnet sheets. A few snips later, you'll have a pristine profile.

    Courtesy My Handcrafted Home

    Playful Pillows

    Take two minutes and make these “Dreaming of You” pillow cases from My Handcrafted Home to add as a gag to a more significant bed or bath wedding gift. Simply slip a piece of cardboard inside a pillowcase, and draw with a black fabric pen. When your friends put their heads down, it will look like one is dreaming about the other.

    Courtesy Karina from Maple Ash and Oak

    Patterned Napkins

    Use the couple’s favorite colors to create unique linens for entertaining. Follow Karina from Maple Ash and Oak through this simple tutorial on Poppytalk to make napkins, table runners, placemats, and other pretty wedding gifts.

    Courtesy Brit + Co

    Wine-Shot Glasses

    The creative geniuses at Brit + Co. came up with a cool way to relive your college years when celebrating a classmate's wedding. Attach shot glasses to cup bottoms with clear hardware glue, and you've got a set of fun DIY stemware for a gift that’s anything but crystal.

    Courtesy Rebecca Gallop

    Personalize Coasters

    Trendy, patterned coasters can cost big bucks at a nice home-goods store, but not if you make this gift yourself. In this beginner-level craft from A Daily Something, you start with tiles and acrylic paint, then let your imagination go—maybe incorporating the happy couple's names and wedding date. 

    Courtesy Penelope and Pip

    Color-Blocked Coasters

    Dress up wooden or cork coasters from any craft store with a coat of color and this cool tutorial from Poppy Talk. Just whip out the acrylic paint, a paintbrush, and some tape to get the cute look.

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