Making a gift/craft always has a special, heart felt message behind the gift. Anytime I received a gift that was handmade or crafted it always stuck out in my head more than any other gift for some odd reason. I think it is the thought and patience that is put into making gifts instead of just going to the store and buying something common. Lets take a look at a couple of ideas I have for the little ones to keep busy with these rockin’ crafty gift ideas!
First on my list is a homemade pinata; these never go out of style, they are always fun and kids love them. The materials are quite easy also, you can make big pinatas out of balloons/newspaper/glue/water or you can miniature pinatas for a party out of paper bowls. One particular project I did which turned into a really cute gift idea for a child’s party is taking two styrofoam bowls and turn them so they close in together. When you do this, you will get a “flying saucer like shape”, from then on the kids can decorate them with all kinds of tissue paper/glitter/sequins. I particularly like to inspire the kids to make their favorite cartoon or sesame street characters. Previously we made Hello Kitty, Elmo, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pinatas. If you are going to opt to make a big pinata I would let 2 or 3 kids work one together. Blow up the balloon, and cover it with newspaper strips dipped in glue and a water/flour substance. Cover the balloon in the strips about 4 layers, this will ensure the thickness and hardness of the pinata. When the pinata drys, cut the end of the balloon, the balloon will then deflate and you will have a spherical shape. The kids can decorate the pinata as they like and then of course, fill with candy and fun little prizes for when they bust it open!
Another great gift, for girls is a One of a Kind Doll project. Young girls love fixing up their dolls so that they resemble themselves or their friends. I have found that if you explain that the doll “looks” like the owner they feel more inclined to make the doll into something neat. My neighbor’s daughter and I made a couple cool dolls that she liked making. She made a fairy doll and she is making a cheerleading doll that will resemble her also. Dolls are fun because their are so many ways to create the look you want the doll to have. Plus they can be recycled or very inexpensive to buy a nude barbie and make outfits for the doll. Wrap her up in a cute box, make a gift tag for her, and ta-da!!!
Finally for the busy little guys I would recommend a crafty gift the guy can play with, of course. Boys will boys and are always interested in how his “toys work.” I found that boys love the idea of being a pirate in search of a treasure when they are sitting around the house. One crafty project I have done is made an old wooden box look like a real sunken treasure chest. We glued gemstones/skulls/shells, and filled with prizes. You can even hide the box and draw up a map so the boys will have to navigate the box when it is hidden. They will love the idea of making something special but they will also love the fun that goes with “finding the treasure” as well, it is like a realistic video game for them!
Well, I hope these ideas have helped. Thinking and coming up with crafty gifts can be tricky but definitely fun. Let this holiday season be a heartfelt and enjoyable time with little loved ones with their cute gifts their very own little brains can make!