Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Hand-made gifts for Christmas

I have come across some wonderful hand-made gifting ideas for this Christmas.  I'm going to try to make these this month, at least they are marked on the calendar to do!  I love hand-made gift giving.  It's nice to weave a little love into a gift right before you give it.




Felt Cookies with Sprinkles
First of all, a woman that never ceases to amaze me with the thoughtful ideas that she comes up with is Angie at Many Little Blessings. I absolutely fell in love with these hand made felt cookies, and I think they should be a staple in every little girl's play kitchen.




Modge Podge Jars
A great craft for kids to make are these tissue paper and modge podge jars.  When they dry, they are so colorful.  I think grandmas everywhere should have one.  Let's Explore gives easy step-by-step instructions on how to make these little treasures.

 


Apple Juice Jar Terrariums
Thanks to a friend of mine that made gorgeous terrariums with her daughters, we've been looking out for just the right glass jars.  I can handle these mini apple juice jar terrariums.  They are cute and un-intimidating.  Go here for step-by-step video instructions on building your own terrarium.





Salt Dough Ornaments
These are so Martha Stuartesque that I have to try these.  Aren't they delightful?  Almost pretty enough to eat.  Please visit Stephanie's step-by-step instructions on how to make these.  All you need is salt, flour, water, rolling pin, a red pen and cookie cutters.  How cheap, yet satisfying.





Wagon Wheel Snowflake Ornament
These snowflakes might remind you of something you made as a child.  You know throw the macaroni in a bag with food coloring?  Well, adapted for a little older age group would be these sparkling ornaments.  If you're afraid of glitter, just skip on past this one at Even Cleveland.





Child-art Placemats
If you are a little handy with a sewing machine, these are darling little canvas' to grace the table of relatives or friends that adore your children.  To see how easy these are visit this blog.


A few extras:
A home-made memory game for kids
Flower holiday hairpins for girls
Nature prints in Sculpey for nature lovers

This post was written for Works for Me Wednesday and I'm also participating in the 2009 Virtual Advent Tour.  If you'd like to follow the tour visit:  http://adventblogtour.blogspot.com/



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25 comments:

Marg said...

I am thinking those felt cookies are good for having in the cupboard for when you need a fix - definitely not fattening!

Thanks for some great ideas, and thanks for participating in the Virtual Advent tour this year.

Nymeth said...

I love the cookies and the snowflakes! I'm so in the mood to do some crafting...now I only need to make time.

AlleluiaLu said...

Your post was very creative! I've been thinking I should do some crafting before Christmas comes. My little girl will be 18 tomorrow. Wish I had a little one to make those cookies for...hmmm I'll have to think about that.

Thanks for participating in the Advent Tour.

Krissi said...

So much fun to see all the crafty ideas that the holidays inspire. Ohh for the time to do it all. What a cute blog. Merry Christmas.

Leya said...

Great ideas! :D Thanks! I'll have to try the snowflakes...

Happy holidays!

Aarti said...

Wow, those are great! I love the modge podge. And I think in school, we made ornaments like that... don't remember now :-)

Meryl said...

Those salt dough ornaments are gorgeous!

Nan said...

Beautiful, beautiful.

Melissa said...

Wow, those are beautiful. I especially like the salt dough ornaments. I may have to try those. Thanks!

Kerry said...

The salt dough ornaments are lovely - although I think the maker's cookie cutters and drawing skills had something to do with that. I doubt they would come out so beautifully if I made them.

But the one I love the most is the placemats with kids' art on them. That is such a brilliant idea.

kkfea74 said...

Fun crafty ideas. I might have to try the terrarium idea myself...

-sprite
spritewrites.net

Jo said...

What great ideas! There all so awesome! I'm not brilliantly craft, so I don't think I could go so far as to make these, but as money is tight this year, and I'm a little crafty with paper, I've decided to make all the important people Christmas cards this year. I have two left to do, and they don't look too bad if I do say so myself - and everyone I give a hand-made card to always appreciates them for the thought and effort that's gone into them :)

Kailana said...

Homemade gifts are a great idea! I used to enjoy making them when I was a kid, not so much now, but I should!

Happy Holidays and thanks for joining in for the Virtual Advent this year!

CindyS said...

I'm off to follow the link on the Snowflake - now that looks like something I haven't seen before.

This year on the Eve I'm going to have 5 square like pots for the dining table - I'll set out a bunch of flowers and we'll make small flower arrangements for Christmas dinner and then everyone can take their home.

Great fun!

Cindys

Jane of JaneZworld said...

These Apple Juice Jar Terrariums look great. Always good to have things grand children can make when they visit. Anytime of the year.

Jane of Janezowrld

Jenn said...

I love those felt cookies. They make me want to make real cookies with brightly coloured icing. Great first post of the Virtual Advent Tour. Thanks!

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

Oh Brenda, I just love you. :) Thanks for the sweet words, and sharing my felt cookies. I have to admit -- I keep opening the box just so I can look at them. LOL

kiirstin said...

Okay, those snowflakes are so going to be on the craft menu at my library this year. Or next year, if I can't get to it this year. The kids will think it's awesome!

These are some excellent ideas, thank you!

cat said...

I always ate the salty dough during art when we did salt dough ornaments. I am surprised I was never banned from art class when I was a kid. ;)

I love the child art place mats though! Awesome idea - I think my sister would enjoy doing that!

Julia Smith said...

Great ideas for fun things to make with kids, perhaps also for the Christmas break when they may need something to do while they're off of school.

Louise said...

I wish I was able to make stuff like this. But I can't. I can't even knit, let alone draw or sew or anything. I consider myself a rather good cook, but I've never been able to bake...I admire those of you who are crafty! Wonderful things.

readerbuzz said...

I think we will try to make salt dough ornaments in the library this week. Thank you for the ideas.

readerbuzz said...

And stop by my blog if you get a chance and take a look at my list of favorite children's Christmas picture books. A winter storm knocked out our Internet connection yesterday, so I ended up posting today.

www.readerbuzz.blogspot.com.

Jacqui said...

Wow, those gifts are awesome and so creative! A friend of mine has a little girl so I totally need to make those cookies for her. Thanks for the awesome ideas!

kaye said...

very fun gifts! I always try to give something homemade too.