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Start a Santa's Workshop in Your Home With Your Kids

Updated on September 14, 2017
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She happily lives in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

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Fall is the perfect time to start a Santa's Workshop in your home. Are you a concerned parent who thinks your children are too self-centered at Christmas and only think about themselves and what they will receive instead of what they will give to others during the holidays? Well there's no time like the present to start thinking about presents ( yes, pun intended!)

Pick one night or one afternoon per week and have your children make crafty gifts for relatives that they will give as Christmas gifts. Before officially starting your Santa's Workshop sessions, bring your kids to the crafts section of your local department store or crafts stores such as A.C. Moore or Michael's. Have them look around for craft ideas to make and give to people that are close to them. Make sure to look in your Sunday newspaper flyers before going to the stores to check for coupons. Often both Michael's and A.C. Moore have coupons in the flyers for 40% off. If you have neighbor's or relatives save flyers for you as well, each child in your family can pay for craft items separately. If your children are young and don't have money of their own, you can provide the money for the crafts but the coupons are usually one per customer, so they would have to go through the register on their own with their supplies.

Many craft stores have marked down areas, so check those out before making purchases. Once one craft is completed, head back to the store to pick out the next one for them to start on. But always bring coupons to save money. Not only will your child love giving a gift from the heart, but it will be even more exciting to watch their loved one open and appreciate a gift made with love.

Here are some ideas for crafts that can be created and given as gifts:


* Picture frames with mats inside that can be taken out and painted with the child's own design, then inserted back into the frame when dry. The frame can either be left empty so the recipient can choose what picture they want to put in, or your child can insert a picture of themselves alone, or with the recipient for an extra personal touch.


* Homemade candle kits that will create 2 - 6 candles are convenient, make beautiful products and can be given to more than one person.


* Potholder looms make nice homemade pot holders, and many female relatives can use those. Also, blank white pot holders are sold in stores, that children can decorate with permanent paint, with a hand print for young ones, or they can create their own design. My son made one of these for me for Mother's Day when he was two years old, which was 19 years ago and it has held up well and is my favorite pot holder. Using it still, makes me smile today.


* Knit scarves are great winter time gifts. My daughter learned to knit when she was 12 and started creating soft knit scarves for me, her grandmother and her aunts in their favorite colors or to match their winter jackets. They are still favorite gifts although she is almost 18 now.

Painted Clothing and Tote Bags

* T-shirts, sweatshirts or painted tote bags with designs the kids came up with on their own are frequent reminders of their love and creativity to gift recipients. Also, if kids are too young to come up with a design, hand prints and footprints are really cute and easy to do.

Wood Products

* Painted wood products that are useful are always nice too. Wooden frames, napkin holders, key holders, and other items that are helpful in the home will be bright and colorful gifts of love and creativity.


* A scrapbook of a special pet or special memories of a trip taken with the recipient is always nice. And every time the recipient looks at the gift, the memories will come back again and again. It's truly the "gift that keeps on giving." (See the scrapbook kit below to get your children started)

Making Your Crafting Time Memorable

For a nice extra touch during your Santa's Workshop time, take a picture of your kids making the craft, and tuck it in with the present. The recipient will appreciate it even more.

For extra added fun, play Christmas carols and drink hot chocolate while everyone is working on their gifts. Not only will the gift be memorable to the recipient, but the crafting time your kids do together will be a special time to remember. And if you have crafts you would also like to give, don't forget to join in the fun.


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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I am a goal setter, and I am quite disappointed in myself for not finishing those 30 hubs. Especially because if I had hit 30, I would have reached the 100 hub mark! I worked hard before our challenge started to get my hub count up to 70 so when I completed the challenge I would be at 100. I am at 97 now...and counting. I have about 6 in the works, but they are all rather detailed so I don't want to shortchange my writing for the sake of publishing a hub I am not happy with. 25 is certainly better than if I hadn't entered the challenge at all. Thanks for commenting on that.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This would be a good time to get a start on this idea. it seems that once school starts, the time really flies. You can 't start too early making gifts and preparing for Christmas. By the way, you did an amazing job in the past 30 days -- even though it was 25 for the finish.

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      Karen Hellier 5 years ago from Georgia

      billybuc...ha ha's not your imagination, and thanks for noticing. I was in a 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge which ended last night at midnight. Unfortuntaely, I was only able to complete 25 out of the 30 hubs in 30 days. I am very competitive, and so quite disappointed in myself for not completing 30 hubs in time. Now I am determined to complete them all as soon as I can after last night's deadline. I have 3 more to go! Thanks for noticing. I do believe you are the writing machine my good sir. You write like crazy all the time, and you aren't even in a 30 hubs in 30 days challenge!!! My hat's off to you. I don't know how you do it, especially because they are all well written and enjoyable hubs as well.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Karen, is it my imagination, or are you a writing machine this past week? I swear, every single time I log on there is a new hub by you...sometimes twice in one day. Pretty impressive! Great informational hub, full of wonderful suggestions.