Wedding registries definitely exist for a reason. After all, without them, the nuptial-gift tradition would devolve into utter chaos: Couples would be sorting and returning piles of bed skirts and picture frames while living sans basics like wine glasses or plates. But if you’re shopping for a couple whose tastes you know really well — especially a quirky, creative, nontraditional couple (you know, the ones who go for cotton candy instead of cake on their big day) — why not make them something? It’ll add a more personal element to your gift that they are sure to love. Check out these 29 DIY gifts to get inspired. And if you don’t have time to DIY, we’ve also got you covered with these unique Etsy finds.


1. Painted Basket: Baskets: They’re something that every couple needs but rarely think to register for. Pick one up and paint a boldly colored design for a gift that is sure to impress. (via Brit + Co)


2. Color Blocked Wooden Bowls: Add a pop of totally on-trend color to your fave couple’s home. You can even thrift mismatched bowls, serving trays and plates and tie it all together using color. (via Brit + Co)


3. Hand-Painted Dishes: “Dishwasher-safe” is the magic word here, guys. These beauties will get used all the time, and we are loving this mix ‘n’ match, non-traditional set. (via Delia Creates)


4. Hand-Stamped Textiles: Use a DIY stamp, or go the kindergartner route and make a potato stamp, to create bold graphic prints on napkins, tablecloths or blankets. You could even stamp a small diamond shape and frame it. (via Brit + Co)


5. Cement Coasters: Pick up a few supplies from the hardware store, and before you know it, you’ll be crafting a grown-up coaster set that will impress all their party guests. These bad boys set in under 30 minutes with quick dry cement, after which you can customize ’em to your liking. (via Brit + Co)


6. Metallic Print Glassware: No home is complete without a beautiful bar, and the newlyweds will love you for helping them stock it with unique glassware. Throw in a vintage ice bucket, some DIY booze and pretty cocktail stirrers if you want to go all out. (via Sarah Hearts)


7. Wood-Burnt Spoons: You can never have too many wooden spoons, amiright? Take that gift to the next level by wood-burning your own cool designs. (via Brit + Co)


8. DIY Modern Art: If you’re familiar with your couple’s decor, an abstract canvas painting made with gold will add a ton of flair (and a major conversation starter) to their abode. No expert drawing or painting skills required! (via Dans le Lakehouse)


9. Geometric Planters: Give the gift of succulents with these cute li’l planters. They are super simple and easy to make. So easy, in fact, that you should probably make some for yourself as well ;) (via Brit + Co)


10. Woven Wall Art: This cozy wall hanging adds warmth (and an ever-so-subtle ’70s flair) to modern spaces. No loom required, either; you can make your own using cardboard! (via Brit + Co)


11. Pop-Up Photo Box: We’re sure you snapped a ton of pics at their wedding (or can find a bunch with their wedding hashtag). Collect all those pics and make an adorable pop-up photo box they’re sure to love for years to come. (via Brit + Co)


12. Infused Olive Oil: For the couple that loves to cook, this set of infused olive oils is the perfect gift. All you’ll need are some cork jars from the craft store and whatever ingredients you choose to infuse. (via Brit + Co)


13. Knitted Wool and Wood Bench: There’s no need to be intimidated by this project. The bench is easy to make, and all you’ll need are some novice knitting skills for the rest. Bonus points if you add paint to the wood and choose a contrasting color for the wool. (via Brit + Co)


14. DIY Wine Rack: For a fraction of the cost of a store-bought rack, make a modern DIY version that’s customized to their kitchen, bar or dining room. Don’t forget to include a couple bottles of their favorite pinot. (They’ll need it to get through the mounds of thank-you notes.) Wall-mounted versions are trickier to make, but have at it if you’re handy with a sander. (via Lowes)


15. Custom Serving Board: Make it monogrammed or go with a simple design. Either way, a wood-burned board (available as a Brit Kit) is an easy way to fancy up a cheese tray. (via Brit + Co)


16. Copper Pour Over Coffee Maker: Bring the pour-over cup of joe to your favorite couple’s kitchen. They’ll be thanking you for months to come. (via Brit + Co)


17. Embroidered Napkins: Even those who recoil at the sight of a sewing machine (guilty as charged) can totally deal with this cute embroidered-napkin project. We recommend buying some bright napkins and using a fun contrasting color for your simple stitch. (via Design Sponge)


18. Paint-Dipped Brass Candlesticks: Brass candlesticks are easily harvested at thrift stores. Simply unscrew the bases and paint them in hues your couple will love for a modern-meets-vintage dining room accent. (via Inspired by Charm)


19. Faceted Concrete Hooks and Shelves: We all need ’em, so why not DIY some up for the newlyweds? These concrete hooks also function well as a mini shelf or can be used as brackets for wood shelves. Either way, they’ll look great in your friends’ home. (via Brit + Co)


20. Etched Kitchen Containers and Jars: Trust us, glass etching is *super* easy. And since every newlywed couple needs kitchen goods, etch them a set of containers or bottles. (via Brit + Co)


21. Homemade Candles: A batch of homemade beeswax candles can accompany your DIY candlestick gift, or wow the newlyweds on their own with a set in non-obnoxious scents like chai or fresh herbs. (Photo via Oh Happy Day)


22. Gold-Dipped Glassware: These definitely aren’t dishwasher safe, but gold-dipped wine glasses, goblets or champagne flutes will take a tablescape to the next level. All you need is some non-toxic spray paint, strategically placed painter’s tape and plastic bags. (via Honestly WTF)


23. Hand-Lettered Cocktail Napkins: Instead of having your friends’ next cocktail party be filled with paper cocktail napkins, whip up some of these hand-lettered ones. You can experiment with colors, phrases or patterns — the possibilities are endless. (via Brit + Co)


24. Chalkboard Cheese Trays: For the cheese-lovin’ couple, these chalkboard trays are the ultimate party platter. You could even pair it with some fancy cheese, crackers and spreads for a sweet foodie gift basket. (via Brit + Co)


25. Tripod Camping Stool: This stool can be used pretty much anywhere — camping, festivals, Sunday Funday adventures, you name it! Just be sure you make two. (via Design Sponge)


26. DIY Tea Bags: Who doesn’t love tea? Pair a few sets with some pretty teacups and your couple is ready for the ultimate cuppa tea. (via Brit + Co)


27. Fabric Coaster: These are so easy you might just want to whip up a few batches for other gifts… or for yourself. (via Brit + Co)


28. Gilded Leather Valet: Help your fave couple keep their bits and bobs contained with this catch-all tray. It’s a great necessity for any home. (via Brit + Co)


29. Etched Champagne Glasses: Go with their initials, an abstract design or even “Mr” and “Mrs” if you like. The happy couple surely will toast to you and your thoughtfulness. Don’t forget to provide the bubbly — maybe they’ll even have you over for mimosas. (via Brit + Co)

Will you DIY any wedding gifts this year? What will you make?