December is approaching, and many of us are thinking about the gifts we want to give to our family and friends. Christmas is one of the best holidays of the year, but it also comes with many expenses. Natural timber can turn out to be the perfect material to design your DIY gifts.

Veneer DIY Wooden Sunglasses

This is the unique gift anyone can give to their loved ones, Nowadays wooden sunglasses are really in trend, but at the same time, they are costly, so making DIY timber sunglasses would be the perfect Christmas gift for anyone. Following are a few steps that would help you to get the idea of making it.

This is what you need:

  • Timber Veneer
  • PVA wood glue
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper
  • A little manual dexterity
  • Lenses

Step 1: Define The Shape
First, you need to design a shape. For that, place a piece of paper on the veneer and try to create the profile of your choice. Using a laser cutter and following the design drawn on the form to cut out the desired shape.

Step 2: Enhance the Texture
The advantage of using plywood is that you can coat layers of different materials and colors to create patterns in thickness, for example, by inserting darker or lighter materials between the inner layers of the material. Or you can cover the wood in a coat of Danish Oil to enhance its natural properties 

Step 3: Support Binding To Fix the Lenses
If your front frame is bent, then you must build adhesive support. If you don’t have CNC it is not a problem, you can cut two shapes. Now, fix the lenses of your choice.

Step 4: Glue
Now sprinkle the glue layer and press it into the mold just made.

Stretch the glue slightly with water for two reasons: it is easier to push more liquid to penetrate the more robust wood fibers layer. 

Step 5: Shaping the Profile
Now remove the two inner parts of the lens with a drill, and then I finish it with a jigsaw. For convenience, install the jigsaw under a flat surface to precisely use it as if it were a band saw. The laser cut on the first veneer helped to follow the contour and the shape; you would like to give it circles or oval. Then soften the wooden texture with the sandpaper.

Step 6: Finishing
To make it shinier and protect the wood, wipe it with Timber oil (much better than linseed oil), which tends to polymerize, making the fiber more impervious to water.

Timber Oil

A Timber Photo Frame 
This can be another perfect gift for your loved ones. Photos are really special, as they are the only visual memories one can have. Following are the steps to follow to make a timber photo frame.

Step 1: Draw timber frames design on the wooden planks, labels, and cut out the wooden letters. Then set them aside to dry.

Step 2: Then, by taking a cutter, try to cut out the rectangular shapes designed on the plank.

Step 3: Using a hot glue gun, paste the label and wooden letters on the frame’s bottom.

Step 4: Add gem stickers or glitter glue dots in the background to decorate your frame.

Step 5: Now comes the time to add a beautiful photo of the person to whom the gift is intended.

Step 6: After adding the photo, take a thin glass frame, and stick it with a hot glue gun.

Either of these Timber DIY gifts would be perfect for a loved one this Christmas. If you don’t like either gift you can use the skills and steps explained throughout this piece to construct the DIY timber gift of your choosing!