{Do it yourself gifts} Make a Craft Kit

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Do it yourself gifts can help keep gift-giving costs down {and be a LOT of fun}.  We love homemade Christmas gifts that help kids develop new skills as they interact with the world around them.  Make a craft kit to give as gifts are great to spark kids’ imagination.

Printable gift tags available below can be attached to any homemade Christmas gift!

Make Gift Kits for the kids this year.  This tub includes items commonly found in kitchens to make a sparkling salt dough kit.

Do It Yourself Gifts

We have given and received gifts of Goop Ingredients, Mask Making Kits, Monster Playdough Supplies, Cookies in a Jar and many more! We thought it would be fun to make a craft kit with sparkly salt dough that can be baked into pretend cookies.

Today we are featuring the Country Crock tubs that we use to store (and gift) the activity kits at our house.  We go through lots of spread over here and have LOTS of tubs.

They are so versatile!

How to clean the "image" off of tubs to re-use them

To remove the image from the side of your spread tubs you will need acetone (nail polish remover) and a rag.  The ink comes right off with just a rub!

Be sure to rinse your tub with very hot water after you remove the ink.

How to clean the "image" off of tubs to re-use them

If you want to have removable labels stating the contents of your tub, use a dry erase marker.  For the meals we have stored in the freezer I write the contents on the lid, and wipe after you eat that meal – it is great on busy days to have something we can just pull-out and reheat.

Country Crock has a recipe book filled with fun kid-friendly meals ideas that you can make with their spread (and later store) in their tubs.

Super easy and "sparkly" salt dough recipe for kids

Make a Craft Kit

To make your own sparkly salt dough craft kit for kids you will need:

  • 1 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Glitter – fine is best.

Mix the ingredients together.  If they are still dry, add more water by the teaspoonful.  Let the dough sit at room temperature for about an hour so it becomes more smooth before beginning to work with the dough.

At this point you can seal it into a plastic bag and add it to your craft kit with instructions as to how to play and bake:

Roll the dough out like you would cookies.  Remove carefully and bake at 250 degrees for 15 min.

We have a convection oven, so the times might be a little different with a regular oven or dependent on the thickness of the end product.

salt dough ornaments - a fun Christmas craft for kids

Printable Gift Tags

Isn’t EVERYTHING more fun with a printable?  We have some really cute ones to share.

printable gift tags

  1. Click here to download the colorful gift tags:  Colorful Printable Gift Tags
  2. Click here to print the coloring page gift tags:  Coloring Page Gift Tags
  3. {BONUS} Click here to print the precious reindeer bubble ornaments:  Coloring Page Reindeer Ornaments

Homemade Gifts

Have you made an activity kit as a gift for a child?

Do you have any ideas on other activity kits we can make?  I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks again to Country Crock for sponsoring this post – we love their spread, low in saturated fats and loved by my dairy intolerant kiddos.



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An original "Quirky Momma" blogger and "Mommy" to six kids under six, when Rachel is not wiping crayon off the walls or wading through laundry, she can be found exploring and creating with her kiddos. She hopes to be someone who acts justly, loves kindness and walks humbly before God (Micah 6:8).

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