DIY Gift – How to make the ultimate grilling gift box – Handmade Holidays 2016

Product for this project was provided by Walnut Hollow, DecoArt, and Hepps's Salt Co.. The project ideas and opinions are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links – if you click and then buy something, I get paid a commission with no extra cost to you. Your purchase helps me to keep this blog filled with lots of new projects just for you!

Welcome to the 6th annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! When I could not find amazing handmade gift ideas in one place online, I started this hop. After 6 years, we've amassed over 500 awesome handmade gift ideas from some of your favorite bloggers and craft brands. But something was missing. So this year I added a day for holiday decor and another day for holiday recipes and food gifts. I am so excited to share the amazing projects from all of the brands and bloggers on the hop this year… as their project ideas and photos were pouring in to my inbox over the last few weeks, I had a hard time keeping it all secret!! So grab a cup of your favorite holiday drink and get ready for three days of holiday inspiration, starting off with holiday gift ideas. Today I am sharing how to make the ultimate grilling box personalized for that guy or gal who LOVES to grill!


We're also giving away 11 different prizes worth over $50 each to 11 winners on the hop!! This year we really wanted to spread the holiday cheer so we split the prizes up so more of you can have a chance to win.


Be sure to use the widget at the end of this post to enter to win. You can even WIN some of the supplies we used to make this gift, like the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool Kit and Hepp's Salt Co. artisan salts! And make sure you scroll all the way down the page to see the hop list so you can continue on to see more inspiring holiday decor ideas.


DIY Ultimate Grilling Gift Box

If you have a person on your list who loves to grill, this DIY gift box idea is perfect! My husband is one of those guys who absolutely loves to grill. Every year, people give him sauces and grilling tools, special spice rubs and bags of exotic wood for meat smoking. These gifts are great. But you only need so many barbecue tools, know what I mean? This is the same challenge we have with my mom around the holidays and on her birthday – she loves gardening but she does not need to be gifted a new trowel and set of gardening gloves every year. Stop phoning it in when it comes to gifts for your friends with passionate hobbies! Make this instead:


The “special” element to this gift is the personalization – it's easy with Walnut Hollow's Hot Stamps – Uppercase Alphabet!


We used these wood burning stamps to not only personalize the wood crate but also the wood handles of the barbecue tools as well as the leather grilling gloves and leather grilling apron.



We created a DIY Grilling Gift Box but you can use this same concept to make a gift box around anyone's passion or hobby. For example, for the gardener, make this crate into a stool they can sit on while weeding and then fill it with personalized items for their garden, like these DIY garden markers. If you can build on gifts you gave them in the past, even better! Like I already gave my mom garden gloves but maybe this year I could add in some coordinating gardening shoes in the personalized crate.


No matter the idea, you can put it together in a crate! Here's what you'll need:


Crate Supplies:


Inside the Crate:


You can use the spices to make your own custom spice rubs and then package them in the tins with the gift set. Or just include the spices and the recipient can make their own spice rubs.


Watch this video to see how we put this project together from start to finish:

Once you've finished creating all of the elements, you'll need to assemble the box. Add shred to the bottom of the crate. Line the crate with paper or a piece of cardboard to prevent the shred from falling through the slats on the bottom of the crate. Then arrange the items inside. Wrap with clear plastic and tie with a big bow to gift!


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I owe a big big big thank you to the hop sponsors who help make this hop possibly every year. I am so grateful for their support and really honored to share their amazing products with you. Check out each sponsor using the links below:

And finally, before you hit the road to blog hop land, be sure to enter our giveaway for ELEVEN prizes, all pictured above!!! Use the handy dandy widget below – there are lots of ways to enter and you have a few days to complete all the tasks to get the most entries possible. And as always, we bloggers really appreciate you pinning and sharing our content with your friends and commenting on our blogs. That is the fuel that keeps us going!

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Next, follow the links in the list below to continue on the hop – be sure to visit every blog and leave a comment! You never know what amazing ideas await 🙂

Thank you so much for stopping by today. Who will you be giving handmade gifts to this year? Let me know in the comments section!

Jennifer Priest has some of the best craft ideas on her site Just JP and previously, Hydrangea Hippo. She shares tons of free tutorials and YouTube videos showing all kinds of crafts and DIY.

Find over 50 DIY gift ideas, holiday decor projects , holiday recipes, and food gift ideas from your favorite DIY bloggers and craft product companies. Win one of 11 prizes worth $50 each from amazing sponsors! EVERY blog post has a tutorial showing how to make each project to help you make this holiday handmade.Find over 50 DIY gift ideas, holiday decor projects , holiday recipes, and food gift ideas from your favorite DIY bloggers and craft product companies. Win one of 11 prizes worth $50 each from amazing sponsors! EVERY blog post has a tutorial showing how to make each project to help you make this holiday handmadeFind over 50 DIY gift ideas, holiday decor projects , holiday recipes, and food gift ideas from your favorite DIY bloggers and craft product companies. Win one of 11 prizes worth $50 each from amazing sponsors! EVERY blog post has a tutorial showing how to make each project to help you make this holiday handmadeMake a DIY personalized grilling gift set! Wood burn into wood and leather to customize an apron, crate, grilling tools, and gloves with the Walnut Hollow Creative Versa-Tool. VIDEO TUTORIAL! Plus, this post is part of a blog hop with over 75+ handmade gift ideas for the holidays.

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. Wow! What a great gift pack. I have a couple of men on my Christmas list that this would be perfect. The stamping is such a great idea!

  2. I’ve given my husband bbq stuff before, but this really takes it to the next level. The wood burning (and leather burning) personalization looks so cool.

  3. I love this gift basket, complete! It looks well presented and is a great combination of products. I once received a grilling and BBQ gift basket from my family that they ordered from https://auntlauries.com/product/grilling-gift-basket-for-men/. I was very delighted because this is not a usual gift for a birthday. It was so pretty and well put together, and the food selection was excellent and delicious. Since then, whenever I gave some gifts, I make sure that all will be something usable or edible and unique.

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