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December 2nd, 2013 at 5:00 am

Handmade Gifts Children Can Make

handmade-ornamentsMy favorite gift to receive from my children is always a handmade one. It is so fun to see all the care they put into it to make it special just for me! Here are some ideas for easy gifts that are perfect for your kids to make for teachers, family and friends.

Ornaments – The possibilities are endless. Use paper and photos, pipe cleaners or practically anything found in your craft box. Be adventurous and make salt dough ornaments you can paint.

Soap Dispenser - Use art work as the design for the transparency. Shrink it down and color copy it for an amazing design.

Candle  - I love this idea using children’s artwork on tissue paper. Great idea to spruce up a regular chunky candle.

Handprint Art – Pinterest has an amazing collection of everything and anything you can make with your hand. Make something and frame or upload to a calendar design. It’s great to collect kids handprints so you can remember when they were so little. I made adorable reindeer out of feet here.

Custom Canvas – Buy some white canvas and paint and have your child young and old create a custom wall hanging.

Food – Work with your child to create some cookies, bread, jarred mix, or even christmas candies or fudge to share. Snap a picture while they are helping and use it as part of the gift tag.

Now, I need to get start working on some gifts for my family. Be creative and have fun! It isn’t just about the gift but the quality time that you spend with your child while creating these!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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December 12th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Give the gift of Reindeer Feet

I love to give homemade gifts. First, they are cheap. Second, a lot of the time they hold so much more meaning than something that is purchased. Third, you can do a lot of them pretty easily, sometimes even easier than shopping.

I want to share something that is customizable and adorable. Grandma’s especially love this as a gift, but don’t rule it out for the sentimental aunt or godmother. It also works for all ages of children.


First I want to tell you how you can do this project and then we can talk about all the different uses. This design can be transformed into so many different things.

Materials you need:

  • Ceramic Tile (large or small)
  • Paint (craft paint)
  • Sharpie or Paint Marker

I used a large tile we had leftover from a home project. I cleaned the top and thoroughly dried it. You can also do this with a small tile. You can use craft paint; I used some leftover paint from the home improvement store for the brown. It was washed off my sons feet with water. I suppose any paint that doesn’t have to be washed off with paint thinner is a great choice.

Here is the tricky part (depending on the child’s age). Paint the bottom of your child’s foot and then press onto the tile. Make sure not to slide the foot while on the tile.

I then let this dry for an hour or so – better safe than sorry.

Finish up the tile with adding a reindeer nose in red or black and some antlers. I used a black paint marker to write and draw the antlers. Then I added the polka dots with some more leftover paint I had.

I didn’t seal mine as I just use it as a decoration and wrap it in bubble wrap the rest of the year. If you want to use it for something more durable then you can cover it with a clear gloss paint.

Other option: If you don’t feel comfortable with your handwriting you could use vinyl lettering instead.

So, what are all the different ways you can use this:

  • Use it as a display with a plate rack using ceramic tile or even a plate
  • Make little ceramic tiles  into coasters. Make sure to cover these with clear paint for durability. Add some felt corners on the bottom.
  • Do this design on anything from a serving tray to a piece of furniture
  • Use a canvas to create a wall hanging
  • Have your footprints on a simple piece of paper and frame for a great holiday display
  • Scan a piece of paper in with this design and use as christmas card. Upload the scan onto a christmas card site and mass produce
  • In line with the photo sites you can then use the design to make anything from a mouse pad to a coffee mug
  • If your child is a good foot maker, take the time to stamp the design on simple craft gift bags or wrapping paper for a great personal gift wrap
There are so many ways you can use this idea, whether on ceramic tile or not. What kind of homemade gifts are you making this holiday season?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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