handmade gifts for kids

December 7, 2010

image from shopbeatroad.com
My sister-in-law asked me if I was going to do another "gifts you can make for kids" post like I did last year. She ended up making the button hair clips and the t-shirt tote bag. I like these ideas because they are fairly inexpensive and fun to do.

These are the ideas that are on MY to-do list. I have very little time and energy this year (due to sleepless nights with a 2 month old!), but maybe I'll get to one or two this year or just wait till next year. Either way, I thought I'd share them with you.

I love the simplicity of these Glitter Initials (from Design Mom) and the very professional way they turned out! Juliet would be all over this craft.

Gabrielle has another beautiful idea in these Ribbon Flowers. I tried making them last year, but didn't have nice enough ribbon. She recommends buying the good kind by the yard at Michaels. It's still on my to do list.

Holiday scented play-doh sounds like fun. I'm sure Juliet would love participating in the making of this one.

I've been wanting to make one of these tie rattle snake buddies (from V and Co) ever since I saw him on Craft Camp at Skip to my Lou this summer.

Making your own crayons is and idea that is all over the blogworld, but I still haven't done it. It looks easy and fun if only I can find some fun holiday shaped silicone bakeware to use.

This personalized coloring book would be the perfect companion for the crayons. Disney from Ruffles and Stuff shares how to do this using photoshop. (You use your own photos!!)

Here's one I actually did make already fabric name bean bags. (Followed the tutorial on Lil Blue Boo.) 

And finally, I just spent some money BUYING these beautiful cabochon accessories as gifts only to discover that I could have made them myself! Ashley of Lil Blue Boo shares a fun tutorial and tells you where to buy the supplies.

If you are like me, however, with little time or you just don't want to buy a big batch of cabochons when you only want one ring....you can buy them very affordably at this cute etsy shop based here in Atlanta--Beat Road Accessories. Juliet and I saw her booth at a craft fair and fell in love with her stuff. Juliet picked out her first piece of jewelry a pink rose ring and I got some yellow earrings.

Of course, I think a booksling is the perfect gift you can make for a kid! Have you made one yet? (Follow the tutorial on Penny Carnival!) All you need is 2 yards of fabric and about 30 minutes of time to sew it up (if you are slow like I am!)

Tomorrow, I'm going to share some books that would go perfectly in your booksling.

Do you have any fun handmade gift ideas for kids? Leave a comment or a link or both!


Leigh said...

I am making your bookslings for my boys - I finally found the double curtain hangers! And I'm making these hats as well... http://iammommahearmeroar.blogspot.com/2010/08/upcycled-boy-hats.html

Chels said...

Time is ticking too fast already this month-- gotta get started on a couple homemade Christmas gifts for my kids!!

I'm pretty sure I just saw holiday shaped silicone bakeware at Walmart... but then again it could have been a different store.

Hope Lucia's sleeping at night improves soon!☺

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I love those hats, Leigh! Can't wait to see how yours turn out. Chels--thanks for the wal-mart tip! :)

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great list! I am thinking simple - felt sets and paper dolls. My daughter adores both.

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