Whether you need a gift for your running buddy, or you just want to make something special for yourself! Check out our list of crafts perfect for runners!  We tried to include tutorials where we could. and tried to make them “easy” for everyone however we offer ways you can ramp it up if you are an experienced crafter!  We hope you enjoy :)

Christmas Ornaments

Runner Ornaments - perfect for runners or runner gifts!This is a super inexpensive craft but a chance to make an awesome memento from your race!

Supplies

  • A glass (or plastic – these are plastic!!) ornament.  I found these at Michaels for 70% off making them around .75cents each!
  • A photo of you or your friend
  • Things to embellish the ornament!  Ribbon, glitter, confetti, charms, beads, etc are all great!
  • Optional: A circle cutter (for those who are OCD like myself) Circle sizes will vary based on the ornament

Pop off the medal hanger at the top.  Cut your photo in a circle – make sure it will fit with room inside the ornament.  Carefully roll up the photo and insert into the ornament.  Sometimes it’s easier if it’s printed on a piece of paper instead of a photo paper, but you can experiment what works for you.  Once the photo is in you may need to apply pressure to the back of the photo with a pencil or something to get it to lay flat.  Drop in some glitter, confetti, or if you want something super sentimental – save a little dirt from the finish line area ;)  Put the top back on.  Tie it up with some pretty ribbon and add a hook or use a loop in the ribbon to hang it by.  You are DONE!

Runner Ornaments - perfect for runners or runner gifts! Runner Ornaments - perfect for runners or runner gifts!

Runner Ornaments - perfect for runners or runner gifts! Runner Ornaments - perfect for runners or runner gifts!

Elastic Hairties

DIY Elastic Hairties - perfect for runners or runner gifts!Supplies

  • Pretty elastic.  You can find it at most craft stores.  I got mine at Wal-Mart but there is a HUGE variety online! You may need to search for “fold over elastic” – that’s what most people call it.
  • Lighter or Matches (to seal ends)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Cut 10″ of the elastic.  Seal each end with the flame of a match or lighter.  You just barely need to touch the edge to the flame and it will melt the edge so that it wont fray.  Fold it over and tie a knot. That’s it!  Now repeat with other colors and patterns to make a little collection for you or your friend!  If you want to have a fun get together with your friends tell everyone to pick an elastic and make a bunch of hair ties.  Bring them to the party and everyone swaps ties.  If you have 20 people and swap, by the end of the party you will have 19 new hair ties (plus the one you have!) It’s just a fun reason to get together ;)  You can wear them in your hair (obviously) or wear them on your wrist as a reminder of someone special during races or training!

DIY Elastic Hairties - perfect for runners or runner gifts! DIY Elastic Hairties - perfect for runners or runner gifts!

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DIY Elastic Hairties - perfect for runners or runner gifts!  DIY Elastic Hairties - perfect for runners or runner gifts!

Running-Needs Basics Kit

Supplies

Fill your ziploc with things your friend may need during her next race or to keep in her car to have on hand.  Top it with a pretty topper and you are done!

Runner Basic Needs - DIY Bag Topper - A perfect gift for your running buddy Runner Basic Needs - DIY Bag Topper - A perfect gift for your running buddy

Runner Basic Needs Kit - perfect for runners or runner gifts!

Epsom Bath Salts

This one is SUPER easy and something every runner could use!  Epsom salt is a mineral that was first extracted from sea water in the British town of Epsom in 1618.  When added to warm bath water, epsom salt can help alleviate muscle pain.  It has also been shown to reduce swelling, relieve stress, improve circulation, soften skin and improve mood.  Epsom salt baths increase perspiration, helping to get rid of toxins and impurities.  The minerals are absorbed effectively through the skin, providing almost instant relief from muscle aches and pains incurred on long training runs or other activities causing overexertion of large muscle groups. Just add 2-4 cups of epsom salts to warm bath water and soak for about 15 minutes (longer may reabsorb the toxins). Shower immediately after to rinse the salts from your skin.

Supplies

  • Epsom Salts (these small bags came from Dollar Tree costing only $1 each!) You can find them at almost any drug store, convenience store or supermarket
  • Cute container (the short glass came from Hobby Lobby – all of their glass containers were 50% off which they have often.  This one only cost $2.50!)
  • Optional: Essential Oil to fragrance if you use plain salts, although some come already scented! Ribbon, fabric, decorations, etc.  I used 4 hair ties to hold the fabric on the large jar!

Just fill the jar with salts, close the lid and decorate!  EASY!!!!!

Epsom Salt Bath for Runners - Runner's gift Epsom Salt Bath for Runners - Runner's gift

Epsom Salt Bath for Runners - Runner's gift

Cotton Tote/Drawstring Gear Bag

Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bagEVERYONE needs a gear bag to keep all their fitness gear together in.  Why not DIY one with a little trick using freezer paper!  Yup, you read that right, freezer paper!  My mom showed me this trick a few years ago and there are actually a few uses for it!  If you want to get a little crazy with the freezer paper, you can iron some on to fabric, cut an 8.5″x11″ sheet of the ironed on paper/fabric combo and actually send the FABRIC through your printer!  You could print a race bib and sew it as a pocket to the back of the tote bag!!  Think of the possibilities…..
Want MORE ideas of how to use freezer paper in crafting? Check this out!

Supplies

  • Freezer paper cut to 8.5″x11″ OR you can actually buy sheets of freezer paper cut to this size already.  Some craft stores have it but you can find it online.  I’m cheap and will cut my own ;)
  • Tote bag or drawstring bag
  • Paint
  • Sponge brush and/or paint brush
  • X-ACTO knife
  • Iron

Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag

Directions

  1. Type out a word or picture on your computer.  Remember you are going to have to cut it out so keep it simple!
  2. Put the 8.5″x11″ sheet of freezer paper in your printer.  Print the word/shape on to the MATTE side of the freezer paper (not shiny side)!
    Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag
  3. Use the X-ACTO knife, cut the picture or word out carefully – make sure you have a cutting mat under it!  If you have numbers or letters like 6 or 0 you will need to keep the little middle circle too so cut carefully!
    Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag
  4. Place the SHINY SIDE DOWN on your cotton bag and IRON it to the cotton.  The shiny side will stick to the cotton but it can be peeled right off!!!  You will use this as your stencil!
    Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag
  5. It’s best to use a sponge or sponge brush to dab on the paint.  You can also use the end of a paint brush and dab dots on and around the numbers for a fun effect!  Use a thicker round sponge brush for larger dots or just have fun experimenting with ways to make the bag fancy.  I was sticking to the basics here :)
    Tip: Before painting you may want to put some cardboard between the fabric layers so it doesn’t go through
    Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag
    Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag Running Gear Tote Bag or Drawstring Bag - DIY running gear bag
  6. When the paint is dry just peel off the freezer paper and BOOM! You have a race bag!  If you need to clean up the edges – esp if it’s a black tote – just take a black permanent marker and go around the edges.
    Tip:  If you you are using a black tote you can actually paint BLACK first and that will create a “seal” so that nothing leaks under the stencil. Then when it dries you can paint your regular color on top.

 

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