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.
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
Got 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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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