Crafts to Make for Your Boyfriend

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Crafts to Make for Your Boyfriend
Show your boyfriend you love him with homemade crafts. (PhotoObjects.net/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Crafts you make yourself have a special significance that bought items can't match, and you can personalise them for the special people in your life. For your boyfriend, get away from the normal shirts, ties and tool kits and craft something special that he would never get if you hadn't made it for him. Base craft ideas around his hobbies, interests, pastimes or favourite colours to make something that he will treasure.

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Photographic Crafts

Photographs are frozen moments in time, and most of us have dozens of them cluttering up the hard drive and lurking in boxes under the bed. Coasters are practical and are easy to make by decoupaging photos onto ready-made coasters, or crafting custom-made ones from wood or stone. A tough varnish over the top will protect them from heat and drips. Hand decorate a plain photo frame by painting and gluing on relevant embellishments, such as shells for a beach scene. If you're skilled with the computer and printer, you can print out favourite pics on special canvas paper to create original wall hangings.

Edible Crafted Gifts

Bake a batch of cookies for your boyfriend if you're handy in the kitchen. You don't have to make them entirely from scratch if you're not too confident. It's the finishing touches that makes them a special gift, such as using different cookie-cutter shapes to reflect your boyfriend's hobbies or interests. Decorate themed cakes, such as heart-shaped for valentine's or hobby-based for birthdays, with handcrafted icing shapes, then finish with a hand written message in either piped icing or with edible food decorating pens.

Soapy Gifts

Go one better than the store-bought shaving kits and accessories for men by crafting handmade soap for your boyfriend. You'll need a mould, a bar of glycerine soap, any soap dyes and whatever additional scents or exfoliating ingredients he'd like. Poppy seeds are small and hard, making them ideal exfoliants. Use soap moulds or candy moulds for an individual twist. Melt the soap in the microwave for a few seconds (depending on how much you're using) then add the personal extras and pour carefully into the moulds.

Knitting

Knitted craft gifts for your boyfriend can range from the practical hats and scarves to the more quirky, original ideas such as golf-club covers or iPad and laptop protectors. If your boyfriend is athletic, knit him a cotton headband, or for those cold winter nights knit a pair of socks or slippers or even a hot-water bottle cover. Other knitted craft ideas are novelty items such as knitted food, burgers or cookies, or small knitted household gifts like egg or tea cosies.

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