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Easy Christmas Gifts for Kids to Make
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Easy Gifts For Children To Make
Children just love making their own gifts. With a little help from mom, dad or an older sibling, hours of fun lie ahead. Make sure you have a definite goal before you begin. Here are a few suggestions:
- Create a design on a plain coffe mug or paint a name on it.
- Hand paint red-clay flower pots - any size.
- Paint a picture for grandma and frame it.
- Decorate a plain picture frame.
- Frame a childs handprint.
- Design easy friendship bracelets. Use things around the house (buttons, 1 lone earring, a tiny bow, or add a small heart )
- Decorate a hanger - use yarn, crochet, rafia, paint - use your imagination
- Decorate and make your own book cover.
- Decorate a plain scarf. Add sequins, braided flowers, assortment of buttons. Take a look around the house. You'll be surprised by what you find.
- Add a decoration to the ceiling fan ( a feather, beads, a braid, tassel or ribbon ).
- Photocopy school pictures of the kids in black and white. Let the child decorate a plain wide frame of his own picture.
- Sketch an "I love you " 8x10 or 5x7 card to frame
- Grab some yarn and a couple of knitting needles and help your child learn how to make a simple pot holder for grandma.
- Flower pots are inexpensive and kids love decorating them. You might even have an old one laying around or you can always pick one up at a garage sale. I've bought several and only paid .25 to a dollar per pot. Clay pots work best but plastic pots will do if needed. Just be sure to provide your child with plenty of decorating options.
Bake delicious cookies and fudge and put them in a home decorated box or small basket. Shrink wrap and add a bow or raffia. Add a little bouquet of straw flowers to the bow.
As you can see, there is no end to coming up with very inexpensive Christmas gifts. Even more important are the good times and memories you are building to store in a child's memory bank.
And remember...be patient, forgiving and spread joy wherever you go.
Make a handprint
Easy-to-Make Gift Bag For Christmas
Make Your Own Gift Wrapping Paper
It doesn't make sense to make your gifts by hand and then wrap them with expensive store-bought Christmas wrapping paper and bows. Making your own wrapping paper is clever, unique, fun and saves money. Remember, you are also teaching your children to be frugal and not waste money. Here are some ideas:
- Buy plain wrapping paper in bulk. Ikea will sell you a recycled paper on a 10m roll for about $8.
- Recover a shoe box in wrapping paper and decorate. Odd shaped items fit nicely in a recycled shoe box.
- Allow children to draw their own decorations with crayons such as Christmas trees, snowmen, Santa, Bells and Reindeer. They can draw "Merry Christmas" on paper, Christmas packages, stars, The Three Wise Men - they love to use their imagination.
- Use pieces of jewelry, buttons, glitter, cut-outs and small-wrapped candy canes for decorations.
- Make a "ho-bo" bag out of scraps of fabric. Cut up an old shirt or sweater, fill it with goodies and tie with a clever bow.
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Gifts To Make That Cost Nothing
Everyone can always use a bookmark. Children can make these so easily and decorate them a number of ways. I've made these for years for Christmas, Birthday and other occasions. Just use your imagination. The sky is the limit. Here are a few ideas that I have used:
Steps For Making a Bookmark
1. Using a heavy cardstock paper, cut the paper into a bookmark about 2-3 inches wide. Be sure you don't make the bookmark longer that the book which is traditionally 6 inches long. For smaller size books, cut the paper shorter. Paint on both sides.
2. Now comes the fun part. Using just about anything around the house begin applying the design. I've used cute buttons, colored or painted macaroni, feathers, glitter and lace, photos, even jewelry. Kids love to draw pictures of their pets. Dried flowers work well and you can also print a favorite poem or recipe.
3, After decorating, you can punch a hole in the top of your bookmark and tie a ribbon, macrame or beads through the hole.
Children's handprints make an endearing and lasting gift for grandparents and family members.
1. Gather up paint and any other materials.
2. Cover area with protective newspaper.
3. Paint inside of child's hand using a brush. Be sure to get complete coverage of the fingers.
4. Guide the child's hand to the paper or wood and gently press down. Remind the child to hold their hand very still. Lift the hand and allow time for the paint to dry.
5. Repeat this process for the other hand. Remember to use non-toxic paint.
One thing is for sure these fine home made gifts will be treasured for years to come.
Teach Kids How to Make Christmas Gifts
Super easy Christmas gifts to make
Christmas is the best time of the year for kids. And it's even more fun and memorable when they learn how to make their own gifts.
And yes, It is the time for giving. It is also the time for receiving. When children learn how to make gifts for others, they receive as much or more joy than the recipient. "I made it myself", gives the child pride and confidence.
When teaching children to craft, keep it simple. The more they can do for themselves, the more they will enjoy the process.
- Avoid all criticism - Suggest instead. (What do you think about this idea?) Offer choices.
- Be patient and gentle. Allow plenty of time for the project so you won't feel hurried.
- Give praise along the way. This is not a time for perfection. In fact, the project won't look as though it was made by the child, if it looks store-made.
This is a wonderful and fun time for bonding with your children or grandchildren. Why not think about inviting someone who may be lonely, orphaned, homeless or needs somewhere to go to celebrate Christmas. Serve home made goodies and a nice cup of hot chocolate.
Merry Christmas to all ~
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© 2010 Audrey Hunt