Who doesn’t love getting a DIY Christmas gift?  I would prefer something hand-crafted over store-bought anytime of the year.

I spent about an hour thinking up a “non-morbid” name for this diy Christmas gift idea and “The Demise of Frosty” was the only thing that kept creeping in.

Here are a few more ideas I came up with after the fact:

  • use tiny seashells instead of painting the buttons
  • you can find a round’ish pebble anywhere, the the flat rock might not be so easy to find.   So you can always take a piece of corrugated cardboard and tear it into shape you like, prime it with gesso to make it a bit more sturdy and then paint it white.  
  • the addition of twigs makes it really organic, but if you can’t find anything small, you can use
    • a pipe cleaner
    • bamboo sticks for shish-ka-bobs
    • toothpicks
    • cotton swabs (q-tips)

Ready to make this diy Christmas gift for yourself or someone special?

Below you will find the supply list and a video lesson showing you the entire process.

Feel free to substitute the materials to whatever you have on hand.

diy christmas gifts

Substrate: 1 slab of thin rock and 1 small rounded rock

Palette: DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics

  • Burnt Umber – DMFA03
  • Ultramarine Blue – DMFA43
  • Titanium White – DMFA39
  • Pyrrole Orange – DMFA21
  • Pyrrole Red – DMFA18

Prep, Mediums and Finish:

  • DecoArt Media White Gesso – DMM18
  • DecoArt Media White Texture Sand Paste – DMM23
  • Americana DuraClear Polyurethane Varnish: High Gloss – DS128

Brushes: Royal Aqualon

  • #8 & 12 Shader – 2150
  • #2 & 5 Round – 2250


  • E6000 Glue (optional)
  • Palette Paper
  • Palette Knife
  • Water Bucket
  • Paper Towels/Baby Wipes
  • Heat Gun/Hair Drier (optional)
  • tiny branches/twigs

Diy Christmas Gift Idea

What do you think?

Have you made a diy Christmas gift like this before?  What other pieces could you use to come up with something similar if you didn’t have flat stones like this?   I’d love to see a picture, so please post your comments/photo below by clicking the little camera icon.