Inside: 4 Last Minute Gift Ideas. DIY for Kids
As it gets closer to Christmas you might be scrambling for some quick and easy gifts for your kids to make for their parents, grandparents, or any other significant people in their lives.
If that’s the case, then you’re going to love these DIY gifts! You need to purchase a few supplies but nothing’s too expensive and they’re all easy to make and beautiful to look at. Not to mention, very useful, too!
These 4 adorable gifts can easily be made at home with your own children or at school. I think these gifts are perfect for 3 to 7 year olds to make.
Let’s get started!
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Aren’t these candle holders sweet?
These ones were actually made last year by our little grandson when he was 5 years old.
- Mason jars
- Self-stick foam Christmas stickers: I usually buy mine at Michaels but Amazon has lots, too. Just be sure they’re not too big or they won’t stick as well to the jar.
- Wide ribbon
- Glue gun: At school I always use the little glue guns because they don’t get quite as hot as the big one.
- Little candles
- Just let the kids stick the stickers to the jar.
- When it’s decorated then an adult will need to hot glue the wide ribbon to the top of the jar.
- Pop a candle in and you’re done!
FRIDGE MAGNETS OR TOUCH STONES
I made these this morning and it only took me about 10 minutes to make all five magnets.
This project would be super easy to do in the classroom and the materials are cheap enough that you could let the kids make a few magnets each.
- Translucent glass pebbles: Use 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter with a flat bottom and round top.
- Circle hole punch: This is optional. But if you use one, make sure it’s the same size or slightly smaller in diameter than your glass pebbles.
- Mod Podge: Be sure to get the gloss finish.
- Scrapbook paper, high quality wrapping paper, or the childrens’ artwork (a piece they don’t mind cutting up).
- Magnets: You need something small but powerful if you want to turn these into fridge magnets.
- Choose your paper
- Use the hole punch to cut out a circle OR just trace your pebble onto the back of your paper and carefully cut out with scissors
- Add some Mod Podge to the top of the circle cut-out. I just used my finger. You want a light coat that covers the entire right-side of the circle.
- Place the circle under the flat bottom part of the glass pebble
- When the Mod Podge is dry use a glue gun to attach your magnet
Watercolor bookmarks are so much fun to make. There’s really nothing that can go wrong with these.
They’re quick and easy to do, and they only take a little bit of drying time.
- Watercolor paper: I like to use Arches cold press, 140 lbs. I buy single sheets at one of our local art shops, but if you don’t have access to a shop then it’s easy to order on-line. The paper can be a little expensive, but the nice thing is you don’t need a lot.
- Watercolor paints: I just use a cheap set of Prangs that I bought at Michaels. They actually have amazingly bright colours! If you’re doing this in the classroom, then I would buy just one set and call over two or three kids at a time to paint their bookmarks.
- Watercolor brushes
- Hole punch (optional)
- Raffia or gold cord (optional)
- Table salt (optional)
- Tear your paper into the appropriate size. I like the torn look, but obviously you can cut them to size with scissors if that’s your preference. Two of mine are 1.75 x 7.5 inches and one of them is 1.5 inches wide.
- Wet the bookmark completely with your brush. Don’t leave any dry spots, but also don’t leave puddles.
- Use your brush to add some colours of your choice. Be sure to use lots of paint and not much water and watch the colours blend together. You don’t need to paint a specific image; they look great with random drops of colour.
- If you’d like to add some interesting texture, then sprinkle a bit of table salt on the wet paint and watch what happens. Leave it there until everything is dry.
- When the bookmark is dry, brush off the salt, punch a hole in one end and tie a bow with your choice of raffia or gold cord. Skinny ribbon would probably work well, too!
HAND PRINT SANTA CARD
I always like hand print crafts because they make such lovely keepsakes.
- green paper
- red paper
- googly eyes
- red, white, pink and black tempera paint
- Paint your child’s palm and fingers with white paint.
- Place their hand on a folded green piece of paper (I usually use construction paper).
- Cut out a little red hat (I always let the kids free-form it).
- When the paint is dry glue on the hat.
- Use fingers to dab on the pink cheeks, black mouth, red nose, and white fluff on Santa’s hat.
- Glue on two googly eyes.
BTW, if you’re interested in the little stocking ornaments, they’re made of foam and came from Michaels. I did an on-line search and couldn’t find the same ones, but Oriental Trading has lots of Christmas ornament kits you might like.
You might also like this roundup of Christmas gifts.
WE ALSO MADE GINGERBREAD HOUSES!
One of the Christmas activities we did last week were these adorable gingerbread houses. You definitely need to purchase this from Tangled Up in Teaching.
Before we made the houses, we read the Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett.
When the book was finished, I gave the kids a piece of paper full of ornaments. They chose a selection to colour and then glued them onto their little houses.
The house was then glued onto the sheet of paper you can see below.
It was a fun, easy activity that also involved some graphing (see below). And, dare I say, it took my kids quite a while to complete (most of the morning) so it’s one of those perfect lessons during the last crazy week before Christmas.
May all your Christmas shopping be finished!
Thanks for stopping by!
PS If you like clip art, be sure to check out these gingerbread cuties I made!
Just click on the image to see them in my store 🙂