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!
- 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.
- 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”).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Gift your kids a one-of-a-kind T-shirt and a kit of craft supplies so they can create their own apparel.
- 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!
- Bracelets are loved! Gift your child a bracelet along with a bracelet-making kit so they can make more for themselves and their pals!
- Create a card-making kit, along with a stamp pad and paint. Include stamps to encourage your future pen-pal to write more.
What DIY Gifts are on your older kids “must-do” list?? We’d love to hear about them!
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