The True Spirit of Giving: 5 Thoughtful (and Easy) Kid-Made Gifts
There’s no better way to express our love for family than giving a gift that truly comes from the heart. These five easy handmade gifts are particularly soulful—because they are gifts kids can make (with a little help from you, perhaps).
Even if they look a little less than perfect, these inexpensive, DIY handmade gifts are perfect for teaching the true spirit of giving.
1. Homemade Gifts for Grandparents: A Box Full of Art
Sometimes the most special gifts are also the simplest. Using a shoebox or photo-storage box, collect a series of your child’s artwork from the past year. (If your family is like most families with young children, you have a sizable art pile in your home!) Have your kids decorate the box, wrap it up, and give your grandparents the wonderful gift of creativity!
2. For Young Cousins: A Bagful of Crazy Crayons
This is a great way to reuse broken or short crayons. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have great, repurposed, crazy crayons in cute shapes and sizes!
- Broken or leftover crayons
- Silicone molds in fun shapes
- Crumble your crayon pieces into the silicone mold.
- Place in oven at 230°F for 15 minutes.
- Let cool and remove.
3. Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day (or Father’s): Popsicle-Stick Frames
- Popsicle sticks (regular or jumbo size)
- Printed photo
- Washi tape or markers (or anything you’d like to decorate the frame with)
- Glue (or a hot-glue gun)
- Glue four Popsicle sticks into a square and let it dry.
- Glue or tape a photo to the back of the frame.
- Glue the magnet to the back center of the top stick.
- Decorate with washi tape, markers, sequins, glitter, or whatever your child likes!
4. For the Quirky Aunt: Handprint Coasters
- Cardstock paper
- Double-sided Fusible Stiff Interfacing
- Brightly colored fabric
- Have your child trace their hand on a piece of cardstock paper and then cut out.
- Cut out 2 layers of rectangular shaped Interfacing and fabric. (Make them large enough to just cover the entire cardstock hand cutout.)
- Adults: Iron the fabric and interfacing onto the cardstock. This will make your coaster smooth, flat, and stiffer.
- Your child can then cut the excess fabric off, following the cardstock hand shape.
5. For Friends: Homemade Erector Set
Use Popsicle sticks, bottle caps, and Velcro to keep little builders occupied for hours!
- Large Popsicle sticks (24 or more)
- Circular Velcro
- Glue (a hot-glue gun works best; be sure to supervise!)
- Bottle caps
- Glue Velcro to the ends of each Popsicle stick.
- Glue Velcro to the bottle caps.
- Build a tower, a cabin, or any kind of sculpture!