10 DIY Gift Ideas for Older Kids

Not only do my older kiddos like making gifts for others – they also love making gifts for themselves! These are some of the gifts that after making one for a friend, our kids created another one (or three) for themselves.

I know it’s a fun gift when they go bannanas crafting replicas!

DIY gift Ideas for older kids

  1. Transform a tiny treasure into a necklace.  All you need are trinket toys from the dollar store, gold paint (or gold leafing), a tiny eye-hole screw and a necklace chain.
  2. Make mini-canvases featuring their art – add magnets to the back and you have a great way to keep notes on the fridge (or on the back of your front door – we use ours on our door “messaging center”).
  3. Create a locker-kit for the older child in your life.  Spray paint a bunch of containers, a mirror and some clippies.  Your kids will want them to match.  Then gift along with a collection of funky pens or wacky post-its.
  4. Create a hooded scarf/mittens.  My neighbor made one for herself and we loved it so much she made them for us!!  If you aren’t handy, you can also purchase them with animal themes.
  5. Grab a block of wood and drill holes into it – transform the wood into a decorative pencil holder.  Gift with a collection of colored pencils.
  6. Make a giant beanbag chair.  We made ours over 3 years ago and it is still one of the loved “nesting nooks” in our house!
  7. Gift your kids a one-of-a-kind T-shirt and a kit of craft supplies so they can create their own apparel.
  8. Keeping things tidy is a struggle for older kids, help them out with a nifty tote that lets your kids see the items while at the same time containing them!
  9. Bracelets are loved!  Gift your child a bracelet along with a bracelet-making kit so they can make more for themselves and their pals!
  10. Create a card-making kit, along with a stamp pad and paint.  Include stamps to encourage your future pen-pal to write more.

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What DIY Gifts are on your older kids “must-do” list??  We’d love to hear about them!



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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).