Do you set a Christmas budget each year? Last year I set a Christmas gift budget of $500 for almost 30 people. When all was said and done, I actually did even better, coming in at $487.39! This isn’t because I utilized gift cards earned from Swagbucks or Mpoints. It was because of careful budgeting, smart shopping, and DIY gifts like this DIY home and heart cutting board. Those are the ways to have a budget Christmas without the remorse at New Years.
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- Small Handled Cutting Board (I got mine from IKEA)
- “Home and Heart” Printable
- Wood Burning Tool
- Leather Cord
Remove all of the packaging from your cutting board.
- If there are stickers on it, you want to make sure you get all of the sticky off. Use soap and water if you need to.
Print out the “Home and Heart” printable.
- Save on ink and print this with the ‘quick print’ or ‘draft’ option if you have it. You just need to see the letters are enough to trace them.
Color over the back of your paper where the words are.
Place the paper phrase so that it is centered on the cutting board, pencil-side down.
- You may want to cut out the design so that it is easier to center.
Trace over the letters with your pencil to transfer the design onto the cutting board.
Burn the traced design into the wood using the rounded tip attachment for your wood burner.
Thread your leather cord through the hole in the handle of your cutting board.
Tie a knot in the cord and trim the excess.
- I left 3-4 inches of excess to add a little bit of decoration to it. This is totally optional.
This is a seriously easy gift to make for Christmas or even as a wedding present. It comes together quickly and I already had all of the materials except the cutting board so it is inexpensive as well. That makes it perfect in my book. Feel free to change it up, too.
- You can try out different designs and sayings.
- You can also personalize it with the family’s name to make it even more special.
- Attach a different style of cord or ribbon to hang it from.
Before you start making your gifts it is important to create a written budget. Even when you DIY your gifts, you are still spending money and you want to keep track of that money. You can get a free copy of the exact gift budget I use in the VIP Library of Resources. It is the number one tool to keep your holiday spending on track.