Gifts Children Can Make
by Nicole Munoz
Handmade gifts are a fun way to encourage
children to give to others. Gifts children can make are usually simple and
inexpensive, but are often treasured by the recipient. Making gifts is
also a good way to teach children the importance of giving, rather than
monetary value of the gift.
Enhance your child's gift making with a
craft kit, like the Galt Silk Painting Set, or try one of these fun and
simple ideas for gifts children can make.
You will need: White
pillar candles in various sizes Dull pencil or yarn needle Permanent
marker Fine tipped paintbrush Acrylic paint Colorful ribbon
Draw designs on the candle with a permanent
marker. Stars, Christmas trees, and snowflakes are nice for Christmas
candles or try flowers and swirls for spring. This gift children can make
can be adapted for most any season or occasion!
Use the dull pencil to carefully etch out
the pictures. Brush paint into the etched grooves and let set for about 5
minutes. Clean away excess paint with a cotton swab. Decorate with a
coordinating ribbon tied around the middle of the candle.
"Hand"y Kitchen Accessories
grandparent doesn't love showing off their grandchild's artwork,
especially when it's a dear handprint? These adorable gifts children can
make are sure to please!
You will need: Solid colored dish towel and
oven mitt Fabric paint in coordinating colors Paint pen for fabric
Brush fabric paint on your child's hand and
make prints across the towel and mitt. Get creative and use fingerprints
to make a candle and flame or handprints in a circle to represent a
wreath. Finish off your creation by adding your child's name and the date
with the fabric pen.
Designer Picture Frames
Picture frames are
simple gifts children can make for any occasion. Use a plain, wooden frame
and add your own embellishments with a hot glue gun for a cherished one of
a kind gift creation. A few ideas:
Glue small dog bone treats around a frame
for a dog lover. Paint jigsaw puzzle pieces in bright colors and glue
creatively around the frame. Use colored buttons in various shapes and
sizes Craft stores offer a wide selection of sparkly and decorative
embellishments to create even more unique picture frames.
Luxurious Scented Bath Salts
You will need:
4 cups Epsom salt 2 cups rock salt or sea salt ¼ tsp glycerin Food
coloring Essential oil fragrance (vanilla, peppermint, strawberry, etc.)
Combine all ingredients using 2 to 3 drops
of food coloring and 5 or 6 drops of fragrance. Mix well and spread out to
dry. Spoon the bath salts into decorative jars and enhance with a colored
ribbon. Clean, dry baby food jars or candle jars work well for this easy
gift children can make. You can also let your child paint the jar with
acrylic paints or stitch a fabric piece to cover the top for an extra
Helping Hand Flower Pot
This is an adorable
gift children can make for relatives, teachers, and more! It can be used
as a photo holder or in the kitchen to hold a recipe!
You will need: Small flower pot or
decorative pail Florist foam to fit bottom of pail Moss Assortment of
small, stemmed silk flowers (5 to 8) Short wooden dowel Heavy cardstock
Wooden spring clothespin
Decorate the flower pot with paint or
stickers, then place the foam in the bottom. Cover with moss and arrange
flowers in the foam. Trace a hand onto cardstock and cut. Use hot glue to
attach the clothespin to the hand and then glue the hand onto the top of
the dowel. Insert the dowel into the center of the pot with the clothespin
upright and to the back of the display.