4 Useful Handmade Gifts

 

 

Homemade gifts are a wonderful way of bringing the Spirit of Giving into Christmas. Most kids love getting crafty and making something special for a loved one, and it can be a really lovely family experience to sit down and create together. While we encourage everything crafty and love coming together to create, handmade gifts have one major drawback: they can become dust collecting trinkets.

Most of us have a spaghetti necklace tucked away in a drawer or a painted plaster elephant sitting on the shelf, and eventually these end up boxed away in the garage or in the bin. With this in mind, I’ve put together a list of really useful gifts that kids can make (with a bit of adult help) that will stand the dust collecting test!

 

  1. Teatowels: So very useful! and if the recipient is particularly in love with it, they can frame it and display it.

dsc_1539 Fat Quarter Teatowels (pictured above)

http://www.sewcanshe.com/blog/2014/2/8/easy-fat-quarter-tea-towels-new-tutorial

Potato Stamp Printed Teatowel

http://www.kidspot.com.au/printed-tea-towels/  

 

2. Picture Frames: because everyone loves a one of a kind picture frame!

messy-frames-wrapping-and-writing

Painted Wood Frame using paintbrushes (pictured above) http://blog.consumercrafts.com/decor-home/painted-frame-craft-for-kids/

Painted Wood Frame using corks

http://www.sunshinewhispers.com/easy-cork-paint-picture-frame-keepsake-craft-for-kids/

 

3. Tote Bag: because everybody shops!

no-sew-t-shirt-bag-tutorial-3

The Quick Sew Bag

http://www.molliemakes.com/craft-2/tutorial-tuesday-20-minute-tote-bag/

The No Sew T shirt Bag (pictured above)

http://www.mommypotamus.com/no-sew-t-shirt-tote-bag-tutorial/

 

4. Rope Baskets: for keys, fruit, collecting. And so many different ways to decorate them! Paint them, dye them, use coloured string, attach buttons, glue bits and bobs on them.

img_4866-1Lots of ideas here

 http://www.soulemama.com/soulemama/2015/04/a-basket-for-everything.html

Standard Sewn Bowl (pictured above)

http://flossieteacakes.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/a-tutorial-sewing-rope-bowl.html

No Sew Just Glue Gun Bowl http://www.brit.co/diy-rope-bowls/

 

5. BONUS BOWLS! Just a couple of extra ways to make beautiful bowls that are so very useful! bowl2

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Bowl (pictured above)

https://littlesliceoflife.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/‘stained-glass’-paper-bowl-tutorial/

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Bowl made from Magazine Paper (pictured above)

http://www.frugalupstate.com/recipes/tutorial-coiled-magazine-paper-bowls/

 

There you go! Hope you’re inspired to make some useful gifts!

L.xx

 

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