Christmas Craft for Kids that Doubles as a Homemade Gift!

This Christmas craft for kids doubles as a homemade gift.  Isn’t that just the BEST?  You know you have gifts that need to be created and kids that need to be entertained so combining the two is magical.  Kids Activities Blog just LOVES when a plan comes together.

Christmas Craft for kids

Christmas Craft for Kids

I dread the avalanche of unwanted presents this time of year or the thought of having to purchase gifts for my never-ending list that seems to multiply every year.

As much as I wish I could just rewrap last year’s gifts that have been sitting untouched in the closet, I can’t bring myself to regift at Christmas.

If you’re looking to solve the same dilemma, we’ve got you covered.

What’s another – more environmentally friendly and socially savvy – word for “regifting”?

Upcycling!

Homemade Gift

If you happen to have old drink coasters or ones your mother-in-law may have given you five years ago and you’ve never wanted to open (ahem) and some holiday tissue or wrapping paper, then you have the makings of the perfect upcycled Christmas gift that your toddler and preschooler can craft all by themselves.

Materials

  • Coasters (or square tiles)
  • Tissue Paper or Wrapping Paper
  • Mod Podge (sparkle, matte, or gloss)
  • Brush or Sponge (for applying Mod Podge)
  • Scissors
  • Sealant (optional)

How To Create a Homemade Gift

Step 1

Brush a thin layer of Mod Podge onto your coaster.

Tip:  The thinner the coats the better, but of course, young children won’t have a great handle on the brush or even want to put on a thin layer.  Don’t worry, if you use the Sparkle Mod Podge or make yours in a collage-style, the wrinkles won’t show as much.  Plus, it’s the thought that counts and your coasters will carry that made-with-love look!

Step 2

Lay down one large square of wrapping paper or several square tissue paper cutouts.

Tip:  If your original coaster has a vibrant pattern and you’re making the tissue paper collage coaster, you’ll want to lay down an extra tissue paper square layer or two that covers the whole coaster to form a more opaque base that blocks out the original pattern.

Step 3

Add another final layer (or two) of Mod Podge.  

Tip:  If your recipient is going to use the coasters with cold beverages, make sure to use a sealant to waterproof the coaster like we did here.

When your coasters are dry, trim the edges, tie with a ribbon, and you’re ready to gift!

Christmas Craft for kids makes homemade gift

What homemade crafts are your children giving for the holidays this year?

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Need another Christmas craft for kids?  We even have some more that create homemade gifts!  Here at Kids Activities Blog we love being helpful!



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