Give homemade gifts to kids
How many shopping days until Christmas? You have plenty of time to make some gifts for the children on your list. Odds are you have some of the supplies already. Visit www.frugalvillage.com/2009/08/21/easy-homemade-gifts-for-kids/ for some ideas.
Try these fun homemade gifts:
In a child’s room, you can suspend a curtain from a tension rod hung in a doorway or a closet to make a puppet theater. Make puppets by removing some filling from stuffed animals that have been forgotten. Simple puppets can be made from paper bags, socks, gloves or felt, too.
Kids can use a suitcase as a dress-up box or to hold activity books. One reader, Debbi from New Jersey, shares: “Pick up an old hard-sided suitcase at a yard sale or thrift store. Decoupage pictures on the side to give it a theme. I did this for my daughter to hold her American Girl dolls and accesories. You can also create a personalized suitcase to hold Legos or for craft or scrapbook supplies, especially if you find an older suitcase that has the little interior pockets.”
Use a sheet to create an indoor hopscotch course or a checkerboard game. Milk caps or pompoms make fun game pieces.
Yarn surprise ball:
A creative way to wrap and give a small gift or money is to wind yarn around it. These work well for Secret Santa gifts for co-workers or to have on hand for any last-minute gifts. You can embellish the outside with a jingle bell, silk flower or gift tag that tells the recipient to unwind the ball. Hang them from your Christmas tree, tuck them into stockings, give them as party favors or use them as place-card holders. You can use crepe paper streamers instead of yarn, too.
Another reader, Denise from Illinois, shares tips for a fun holiday treat: “Make fudge as usual and pour it into a circular pie pan. Cut the fudge into pie-shaped wedges (like a pizza) and wrap each wedge with plastic wrap. Leave extra wrap at the top and tie each corner with curling ribbon to form antlers. Glue two googly eyes on the wedge and add a red pompom at the bottom for the nose.” You can also make the antlers using chenille stems.
Buy root beer or any bottled beverage such as cola, apple juice, Frappucino, etc. Twist pipe cleaner antlers just below the bottle cap, add a red pompom nose, wiggle eyes and a thin piece of fleece as a scarf. These make quick, cute gifts and can be given in the root-beer carton or individually. You can place the bottles on their sides and make the bottlenecks and bottle caps the noses of the reindeer, too. Add a pompom nose to the bottle cap. Glue on wiggle eyes and wrap chenille stems to form antlers.
Turn a T-shirt inside out and sew the bottom and sleeve openings closed. Turn the shirt right-side out, stuff it and sew the top opening closed. Or cut the body of the shirt and use it to create a square-shaped pillow.
You can make a pillow snowman using a white pillowcase stuffed with polyfill. Sew the opening to close or use double-sided sticky Velcro so it can be washed easily. Tie a scarf around the pillowcase one-third of the way down to form the body. Add a winter hat and use glue to attach wiggle, button, pompom or fabric-paint eyes and a felt nose.