Craft Ideas for Kids: 10 Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make
I have been making homemade gifts of all sorts since I was little and hope to introduce this notion of giving homemade items to my own kids someday. It's important to find projects that are simple enough that kids can complete the majority of the work on their own with getting frustrated. It's also important to find projects that product quality items for gift giving so the recipients will have items that they can use regularly for a number of years. I've rounded up 10 ideas that fit both of these criteria. Many of these projects can be completed with kids as young as six years old with customization options to keep them interesting through age 12 or so. Happy crafting!
T-shirt Yarn Braided Coasters
I cannot believe how many great ideas there are for upcycling old t-shirts. This is a great projects for t-shirts that have one or two stains or rips but are otherwise in good condition. If you can't part with any of your own old shirts, pick up a few on the cheap next time you're thrifting. You may need to complete the final sewing portion of this project for younger kids, but older ones will be able to do it on their own.
Bubble Fish Art
The supplies are inexpensive (and will generally be on hand already), the set up is minimal, and the result is beautiful. It doesn't get much better than that. This would be a great daycare, preschool, or elementary school group art project for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Christmas. In just minutes, kids will be able to create a beautiful set of stationery for someone to use. Just make sure that no one drinks the bubbles through the straws.
Add Bubble Letters to Your Paper Crafts
There are a number of tutorials out there for different types of fabric wreaths. While they can get as complicated as you like, many involve simple weaving, wrapping, or tying as this one does, which can be easily completed by kids. You don't have to buy a new bundle of fabric for this project but can cut up fat quarters and smaller odds and ends, adding a few larger pieces that you have on end to bring the color palette together. This idea can be customized for any holiday or occasion.
I would not recommend creating a bean art picture this complex for kids under 12 to fill in with beans (unless they have a lot of patience). However, it will give you a good idea for how you and your kids can create your own pictures and then fill them in with beans. There is no limit to the images and messages that you can use. Consider framing the artwork so the recipients will be able to hang it immediately.
Scrap Letter Craft
I chose an example of a simple letter that kids can put together. You can include just about any type of embellishment (sequins, beads, glitter, etc.). Make small letters to turn into greeting cards or make a single large letter to matte and frame as wall art. Consider making a set of three initials for someone.
Bird Cage Lanterns
This tutorial includes a bird template, making it that much easier for kids to complete this project on their own. String the bird cages to make a garland as the tutorial describes or create single cages for Christmas ornaments. Cages can sit on tables as décor without any strings attached as well. The tutorial has plain, white birds, but of course kids can decorate them any way they like. Consider adding faces and/or attaching feathers.
Personalized Clay Easter Eggs
The careful marker lettering may be challenging for younger kids, but they will still be able to complete the rest of the process with minimal assistance. I have found these tiny letter stamp sets in the dollar sections of Target and Michaels before. They are not always available, but keep your eyes open. This is a really sweet idea for Easter with the little basket, but of course you can customize it for other holidays, too.
Knit Sock Cup Cozies
Who knew that you could make coffee cozies out of knit socks? This is such a creative idea. The possibilities for decorating the cozies are endless. I advice against using fabric glue (such as the OK to wash it varieties) with heavier objects such as buttons and beads. In my experience, these glues do not hold up against repeated touching. They will work for lighter objects. Other alternatives include self-adhesive products and glue dots. Check out the blog post with this tutorial for more great kid Christmas craft projects.
Paper Corner Bookmarks
Depending on the age of the kids, you may want to cut out the templates ahead of time or even assemble them yourself and then let the kids do the decorating. If possible, let the kids choose the papers that they would like to use for the bookmarks. I love the monster theme with these bookmarks, but as always, there are lots of other customization possibilities.
Decorated Picture Frames
Pick up inexpensive blank frames from a big box store, dollar store, or craft store and let kids go crazy decorating them. Don't feel limited to the googly eye theme in the tutorial, although it is a lot of fun, especially for Halloween. Consider adding a message to the design and including a photo in the frame.
Another Idea for a Photo Frame That Kids Can Make
More craft projects for kids from the author.
- Craft Project for Kids: How to Make Coasters
Coasters are a fun handmade craft project that kids can make as gifts. There are tutorials using ceramic tiles, paint, cork, felt, and much more.
- Spring Crafts for Kids: Easy, Fun Ideas
This article is filled with spring crafts for kids. It has easy, fun ideas for a wide variety of spring topics including birds, flowers, insects, vases, wreaths, and more. There are lots of photos and resources.
- Easter Crafts for Kids: Easy Ideas for Homemade Projects
This article is about Easter crafts for kids. It contains over a dozen easy ideas for handmade projects. There are lots of photos, links, and resources.
© 2012 Rose Clearfield