gifts kids can make

November 24, 2010

It's time for the holidays, so I thought I would repost some of my favorite "gifts kids can make" ideas. These are ones we have done over the year and turned out well for us.

We made these as Christmas presents for Juliet's friends last year. They were easy and fun and the recipients loved them!

A frame makes any piece of kids art look gift-worthy. I love how this M turned out for me--"Mom." 
Perfect for kids who can't draw yet--Juliet had a blast just gluing buttons, flowers, and gems all over this tin cookie lid that I covered with faux wood contact paper. This piece is still hanging proudly in our hallway--I love the colors!
This is easy for a young child--although, you will do all the work. Just trace his or her hand on some pretty paper and frame it for grandma!
These are fun and green, too! Reuse berry boxes or any other clean boxes in your recycle box by adding pretty ribbons, stickers, and papers for embellishment. 
The interview is the best part of this gift. Sit down with your child, ask questions, record the answers, and then type them up to share with a loved one. 
Save up your bottle caps and let your child choose a fun message to spell out. Then let him stick the stickers inside the caps and your are done!
This website allows for infinite card-making possibilities!
I know this seems a bit ambitious for a kid's project, but Juliet really helped me with the entire thing. If you have a child who likes to "paint", then this is a really easy and fun project. You can't mess up with mod podge! Just find some pages you want to glue on and let her do all the gluing! (This collage is very large, but with smaller canvas, it could be more manageable.)
If your child can use scissors and cut straight lines, then have her print out some letter pennants and make name banners for her siblings or friends!
Again, if you have a scissor user, search the web for free printable book plates or browse through my site (I've got quite a few links to bookplates!) Print them out, and tie them up with nice ribbon. Pick out a few books to go along with them and you have the perfect gift!

Those are our ideas, what about you? What are your go-to handmade gifts that kids can make? We are always looking for ideas! Leave a comment or a link so I can check it out!


welcome to our wonderland said...

LOVE all these ideas!!! thanks for the suggestions :)

Belle said...

These are great crafts. I especially love the Interview and the large collage.

Infant Bibliophile said...

Great ideas! I especially like the idea of a bottlecap message to Daddy. We might have to do something like that! I need new ideas this year. I will probably make some handprint ornaments out of model magic again (like the ones here:

Love and Lollipops said...

Thanks for these suggestions!!Love your ideas!!

Anne@LittleSproutBooks said...

Fabulous ideas as always, Vanessa! Gifts made with little hands are sure to be treasured by friends and family. Sharing your brilliance on my Must See Monday post!

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