Public Health Crafter’s Corner: Last-minute DIY gifts

During this festive month, are you in a pinch for gifts for all those parties and get-togethers? Fortunately, we have some DIY ideas that will express “I care” and also announce “I am really, really craftsy!” So let’s get started.

We bet our Director, Patty Hayes, will be making these for everyone on her list this year.

Bedazzled hand sanitizer bottle

Any party host will appreciate this glamorous and practical gift! Truly, nothing ruins a celebration like the spread of an infectious disease (trust me, I know.) Watch the short video to see how easy this gift is to make!

Crochet microbes

Are you familiar with amigurumi (little crocheted critters)? If your answer is yes, you probably have the skills to make these artisan microbes, perfect gifts for any occasion. If you are as fast at crochet as our colleague Kristen Wilson-Weiberg (who made these adorable little germs), you can whip out The Black Death during the span of a webinar.

Clockwise from top left: “The Black Death” (yersina pestis), “whooping cough” (bordatella pertussis), salmonella, and meningitis. Handcrafted by Kristen Wilson-Weiberg in our communicable disease epidemiology section. Amigurumi patterns by the Soft Scientist.

For scintillating dinner party conversation, make small talk about the germs and the microbes shown. You’ll be sure to be invited back next year!

Condom earrings

With syphilis and gonorrhea cases on the rise, these earrings can be both stylish and functional on a date night. And they couldn’t be simpler to make! Just put a pin prick in the packaging (make sure to put it in the outer edge so you don’t break the seal) and attach an earring wire using needle nose pliers.

Ready for NYE! And STD!

Lit Bike Helmet

For the dedicated cyclist in your life, simply weave a string of battery-powered LED lights through a bike helmet and voila! Increased visibility and the ultimate street sartorial statement all in one!

Kate is serving up a festive bike lewk. LOVE!

Look for more editions of the Public Health Crafter’s Corner in 2020. It’s our gift to you! From everyone at Public Health, we wish you peace and joy in the New Year!

Originally posted December 20, 2019.

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I am a risk communications specialist at Public Health - Seattle & King County.

6 thoughts on “Public Health Crafter’s Corner: Last-minute DIY gifts

  1. LOL, I *love* these!!! Thank you SO much Meredith, STI and CD epis for your awesome sense of humor and willingness to share the public health love! 🙂

  2. This is awesome, thank you! Now, to decide whether to make the microbes or the condom earrings first…

  3. It’s so nice to smile and be happy about stuff I learned about from “the insider”
    I absolutely doing the earrings first and think I can manage a condom belt buckle to complete the look.

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