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Emily Carrick

August 5, 2016


Summer is going by so quickly! With September just around the corner and school starting up again, plenty of people are moving into new houses. Whether your friends are getting their first Adult Apartments, moving in with significant others, or just changing addresses since their leases are up, housewarming gift ideas are always good to have in your back pocket. Read for five fun and easy DIY housewarming gifts!


1. Initial Doormat


Every house has a front door, and every front door needs a doormat, am I right? Personalizing makes them special for your friends, and painting initials takes hardly any time. See directions here.

2. Pineapple Planter


Succulents! And pineapples! Two amazing things! These yellow planters are perfect for brightening up a room or adding a pop of color to a desk. Plus, succulents are a great gift to give, plant-wise—much less likely to die than other plants. See directions here.

3. Chalkboard Serving Platter


Man, I love cheese. Everyone can use an extra serving platter, and chalkboard paint makes this dish whimsical and customizable. You can even wrap up some chalk as an additional gift. But I gotta say, this is most compelling to me for the cheese I see in its future. See directions here.

4. Cleaning Supplies Cake

Look, I know this isn’t the most #aesthetic thing in the world, but HOW useful are cleaning supplies, especially when you’re moving into a new place? And who doesn’t like objects shaped like cakes? They’re almost like real cakes. See directions here (but I mean you can probably figure it out). Maybe add a cupcake on top so they can treat themselves after they’ve Swiffered their entire house.

5. String Art

string art

Personally, one thing my new apartment needs is more wall art. This string art with its delicate lettering and wooden background looks elegant, but making it is surprisingly easy! Minimal effort, maximum effect. My favorite kind of craft. See directions here.


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