Hello fellow DIYers, it’s Martin with you this week. I just realized that there are (gulp!) only 53 days until Christmas. That means I have to plan my handsomely homemade gift list now before I run out of time. As you know, I’m very passionate about giving people gifts that I’ve made. For me, it’s a chance to use my hands and my mind to make something unique that connects with an individual friend and family member on a personal level. Wow, that was deep. That and I just really like cutting and nailing stuff. But I know how traumatic it can be when you get a homemade gift from someone and you have no idea what it is…and of course you can’t ask. Well, I promise you, you won’t get that response with these DIY gift ideas. All three of these projects use Inteplast Building Products Accent Planks that you can buy from your local Lowe’s. The reclaimed or weathered wood look is a favorite right now. These Accent Planks can do the job without the splinters or the hammer and nails. If you plan accordingly, you’ve got time to make all three of these for those on your ‘Nice’ list.
Weathered Wood-Look Chalkboard
I’m a huge retro and vintage décor buff, and old-school chalkboards are awesome in my book. A couple of months ago I made this chalkboard message board for my own kitchen, and since then have had numerous requests to make them for others. With the Accent planks, a few other materials, and just a couple of hours of time, you can pull this project off in plenty of time for the holidays. Check out the instructions on Design Next Door here.
Accent Plank Picture Frame Backdrop
This picture frame backdrop made from Inteplast’s Accent Planks adds the same weathered character to any wall in your house as the chalkboard does. The best thing about Inteplast’s Accent Planks is they aren’t permanent. They’re completely removable and replaceable because you use Command Strips by 3M® to install them. I used the multicolor kit for these projects, but you might want to go a little lighter with the whitewashed pine kit. Here are the complete instructions.
Stylish Weathered Spice Rack
I made this for my mom—my favorite cook—because her spice rack…well, she didn’t have a spice rack. She just threw them into her kitchen cabinet in an unorganized mass of bottles and jars. Not only is this spice rack functional, it’s stylish in weathered wood-look Accent Planks. This is the perfect DIY gift for the person in your life who loves to cook. Again, this is a get-it-done-in-a-couple-of-hours project.
I guarantee these DIY gifts won’t get the eye roll or the confused look of what to do with it. With 53 days, you've got plenty of time. For more DIY gift ideas, check out the Design Next Door blog and get inspired. Thanks for reading!