Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts

Once your kids get started making gifts for others, they often find that they just don’t want to stop. My kids love to be creative and they have such big hearts. That’s why I love making the gifts we give instead of buying them — they really get into the spirit of generosity. Perfect.

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

Here are (more than!) ten more gift-making ideas you can do with your kids that will make wonderful Christmas gifts for family and friends.

1. 6 DIY gifts middle school girls can make for friends

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool SolutionsGot a middle school girl? Education Possible has six fun ideas for things she can make and give to her friends this Christmas. I love the duct tape clutch. Fun ideas.

2. Folded book art

Practice the art of book folding by following this free pattern at Craftsy. Best suited for pre-teens and up, kids will be able to choose a thoughtful old book for the recipient and turn it into a lovely gift.

3. Mixed media art class

Really get your creative on and sign up for the Winter Wonderland Mixed Media Workshop at Flourish with Alisha Gratehouse. I have heard great things about these classes and Alisha assures me there will be a number of projects in the class that will make fabulous Christmas gifts — framed and canvas pieces, ornaments, recipe blocks, and tiny wreaths to name a few.

Each week of the class (4 weeks total) will include four projects plus one bonus project! You don’t have to worry about being “behind” though because you will have access to the private class for a year.

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

The classes are video-based. Once you sign up you will get your supply list and information, then the first day of class the entire family can gather round and watch the tutorials online. Olivia and I are signed up, and I can’t wait!

Be sure to get your class this week because it is $48.00 until Nov. 30. After then the class goes to the regular price of $60.

4. Crochet mug cozy

Got a kid who crochets? This mug cozy is super-useful and an easy novice pattern. It’s also free!

5. Gifts in a jar

The best thing about gifts in a jar (other than the fact they are IN the jar) is that kids can totally help make them. There are very few gifts in a jar that are NOT kid-friendly.

Ten More DIY Christmas Gifts Kids Can Make Jar

Check out this round-up of Gift in a Jar ideas from Clare at the Super Mommy Club. Choose one that suits your recipient and have the kids making them. Actually, make more than one because these things are usually better done in multiples — much more cost-effective.

6. Nativity dishcloth

For your knitter: this Nativity dishcloth pattern is inexpensive, and I’m pretty sure even I could knit it up in no time.

7. Lemony sugar scrub

Our lotion bars have been such a big hit, I know you are going to love this Lemony Sugar Scrub from Fiber Artsy. Super-easy instructions and oh-so-handy for chapped winter skin for teachers and family members.

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

8. Handprint salt dough Christmas ornaments

It wouldn’t be a kid-made Christmas without a handprint gift!! These are something even your tiniest crafter can “help” with. Crafty Morning has a fabulous selection of salt dough ornaments. My favorite has to be the snowman family.

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

9. Peppermint soap

I just can’t get enough of peppermint body products, what can I say? (I have those peppermint essential oils so I might as well use them, right?) And this soap from Happiness is Homemade is so, so pretty too.

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

Heidi’s directions are clear and easy enough I think we could really make soap! Be sure to check out her other body-product tutorials as well.

10. Washi tape Christmas cards

You know we love washi tape around here (Washi What?!?) and these cute, super-fun cards are just another testament to the awesomeness of the tape that is washi.

Ten More Gifts Kids Can Make: DIY Christmas Gifts Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

What I love about these washi tape cards from The Mad House is how easy they are for them to turn out fabulous! Washi tape is easy to tear and quite forgiving. Plus these are just so cute.

And there you have it ten (plus) more ideas for gifts kids can make for Christmas. I hope you find something that inspires you and your little ones to create for the ones you love.

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  • Thanks so much for including us Pam. I love your list. I see lots more crafting in our future! My daughter loved how the clutch turned out too. It was super easy. She took it with her when we went to the American Girl store grand opening fundraiser. It was perfect for carrying her iPod and lip gloss!

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Fun, fun! I am wondering if it could be adapted to be a knitting needle case? I am going to have a closer look at it and see.

  • This is a great list, Pam! Thanks so much for including us! Just shared this on my FB page 🙂

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Thanks Heidi. Your soap is so pretty and will be a perfect complement to our peppermint lotion bars.

  • Just pinned your great stuff to my board http://www.pinterest.com/Qoftwignberry/

    Visiting from the weekend blog hop!

    Amanda

  • We’re doing a lot of DIYs this Christmas. I think my little kids would love the salt dough ornaments..and I agree, the snowmen are quite nice. 🙂

    We also have another ornament activity but it’s not salt dough, but a mixture of cornstarch and baking powder which I got from an ebook I downloaded 3 years ago. 🙂

  • Julie Groenendaal says:

    These are some great ideas. Thanks for sharing! I am particularly interested in the mixed media art class for my 8-year-old. I am just trying to clarify the cost…here it states that the class is $36.00 until 11/30 and then goes to $48.00. The course page, though, states the course is $48.00 until 11/30 and then goes to $60.00. Is there a special promotion through your site or is the above a typo? Thank you!

    • Dawn says:

      The original post is two years old and that information is likely out of date. Thanks! Dawn – Community Care Coordinator

    • Pam Barnhill says:

      Julie — Yes, the price of the course has gone up since this originally posted. Thanks for bringing that to our attention and I will fix the post to avoid further confusion. Best — Pam

  • ali says:

    one question, what is a lemon scrub?

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