diy gifts for kids

DIY Toys You Can Make For Your Kids (Guaranteed To Be A Big Hit)

Present shopping is an expensive business, particularly when you’ve got multiple children to buy for. But some of the best presents don’t have to cost a lot - especially when you make them.

Cardboard Rocket

Forget a playhouse: You’ll be a big hit if you build your tot a rocket to wile away in the hours in. Instructions here. [Photo: Craig Work]

Superhero Cape

C’mon, every budding superhero needs one of these. Instructions here. [Photo: Jolly Mom]

Play Tent

You can make a play tent in whatever fabric you have lying around the house - and you don’t have to be a expert at sewing either. Instructions here. [Photo: The Feminist Housewife]

Dinosaur Tail

How adorable are these dinosaur tails? A must-have in every child’s dressing up box. Instructions here. [Photo: Running With Scissors]

Cardboard Washing Machine

If your little one loves helping you out around the house, this cardboard washing machine is a brilliant present idea. Instructions here. [Photo: Belles Bebes]

Hot Air Balloons

Whether you create these hot air balloons to decorate your tot’s room with or to house his or her cuddly toys in, they’re bound to be a hit. Instructions here. [Photo: Fabric Paper Glue]

Mouse In A Tin House

Perfect for taking on holiday or playing with on long car journeys, these tiny mouse homes are a great idea. Instructions here. [Photo: Peas In A Pod]

Toy Workbench

Got an old bedside table or chest of drawers lying around? Convert it into an epic toy workbench for your little one. Instructions here. [Photo: The Frugal Granny]

Jet Pack

Another great addition to your tot’s dressing up box. Instructions here. [Photo: The Pinning Mama]

Newspaper Fort

This is so simple to make and completely free (if you’ve got some old newspapers lying around). Instructions here. [Photo: Modern Parents Messy Kids]

Seesaw

A seesaw provides house of fun and can be painted and decorated in any style you like. Instructions here. [Photo: My Fix It Up Life]

Dolls House

This dolls house is fashioned from an old CD stand. Clever, right? Instructions here. [Photo: Sew She Sews]

Play Table

This is a project that will appeal to everyone in the family: Kids get a special surface (three of them, in fact) to play on, and adults can clean up faster because toys will be confined to one area, not scattered all over the house. Instructions here. [Photo: Martha Stewart]

Home Made Art

Are your walls looking a little empty? Art can be pricey so why not make your own. Here’s a few ideas you can try at home!

These canvases have been created using push pins. Simple idea but very effective.

 

This love heart was created using corks. Very cute.

Draw your design on each canvas and using a scalpel blade carefully cut out. Making each slightly different is more appealing. Just like these.

This heart was created using pieces of paper cut into triangles and joined together. This is a great idea for teenage rooms, renters or dorm rooms. You can simply blu tac the paper onto the wall for easy removal.

These canvases have been created using gold paper and a hole punch!

Head to your local hardware or paint store and pick up an assortment of paint chips/ paint samples. Using a butterfly hole punch, punch out the paper and arrange your design. Frame it and you’re done!

Scrabble pieces make great art. Either randomly displayed or spelling out your favourite quotes, words or names. Put them in a neat frame and display.

Using nails, wood and string this art creation is actually quite cool.

A great use of lace doilies. This would look cute for the inside of a tray or notebook covers.

Cover a wreath frame in string lights and paper doilies. Great for Christmas or all year round.

Framed branches. A very simple and quick way to jazz up an empty wall. You could even try spray painting them. 

Fringe Yarn Art. Created using a combination of polyester and cotton yarn. A very pretty wall hanging.

Another gorgeous example of coloured paper/ paint chip samples and hole punches. Choose your colours to suit your space. 

So there you have it. A few DIY art creations that won’t blow the budget to have your empty walls looking pretty! 

Photo Credit: www.pinterest.com

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Gift packing with earbuds? I don’t think so!

Did you do this as a child? Painting using earbuds?

We got back to it, this week and think it looks pretty cool in gift packing. Bonus for lazybones, its completely easy to make and takes only a few minutes. 

Materials:

  • Earbuds
  • Colored paper
  • White/Beige Paper
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Steps to follow:

  1. Measure out a small white panel for the gift that has to be covered. And cut it out.
  2. Plan your design on it. By this we mean, with a pencil draw out a rough outline of the design you would like.
  3. Using the earbuds (nicely dip and twirl them in paint), dab single dots based on your design onto the white paper. Let it dry.
  4. Draw over the pencil lines with a black marker (or paint, if you’re comfortable with that).
  5. Rub out the pencil marks
  6. Wrap the gift in colored paper.
  7. Wrap over the colored sheet with the white paper that has been made. 

What we did to make it look cuter, is we overlapped the white sheet over the colored sheet and pasted it to the white sheet itself. So the the cover that be removed and saved.

Or maybe, go smaller and make gift tags for the packaging as well!

Happy Packing y’all!

Navel Orange and Anise DIY Tea Sachets  

Homemade tea sachets make a special gift for any occasion. Dried orange peel adds the pleasant twist of citrus to this tea that is flavored with star anise. Keep a few bags for yourself and package the rest in a pretty tin to brighten someone’s day.

SERVINGS: 24

TIME TO TABLE:
30 minutes prep, 1 hour drying.

INGREDIENTS:
Peel of 1 Paramount Citrus navel orange
24 teaspoons (about 1.5 oz.) loose leaf English or Scottish breakfast tea
24 star anise
48 cardamom pods
24 disposable tea sachets

PREPARATION

1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Cut the orange peel into thin strips and arrange in a single layer on cooling rack placed over a baking sheet. Dry in the oven for 1 hour, or until crisp. Let cool completely.

2. Cut the orange peel into small pieces with scissors. The pieces should be small enough to fit inside the tea bags.

3. To prepare each bag, add 3 to 4 pieces of dried orange peel, 1 teaspoon of loose tea, 1 star anise and two cardamom pods. Cinch the bag at the top and tie in a knot. Store in an airtight container.

21 Crazy Easy DIY Gifts to make in time for the holidays.  Roundup by truebluemeandyou. 

These are all “stick and glue” DIYs - the easiest crafts I have posted on truebluemeandyou.  

DIY Saskia Diez Knockoff Rope Bracelet and Necklace from Facing North with Gracia here.

DIY Marble Ring from Marte Ravn Tovik here.

DIY Wrapped Crystal Cuff from Thanks, I Made It here.

DIY Gold Leaf Headband from Witchery here.

DIY Easy Miniature Dollhouse Jewelry from Morena’s Corner here.

DIY Dolce & Gabbana Inspired Keyhole Bag from Dare to DIY here. The keyholes are scrapbook embellishments which makes this a cheap and easy “stick and glue” DIY.

DIY Lucky Number 7 Ring from I Always Pick the Thimble here. Package with a deck of cards.

DIY Attached Double Ring from Hapy Friends Shoppe here.

DIY Easy Wire Wrapped Jewel Ring from Jewelry from Home here.

DIY Easy Stacked Chain Necklace from Fall for DIY here. The layers of chain are glued together - see the GIF I made.

DIY Ribbon Bow Earrings from Lana Red here.

DIY Loren Hope Knockoff Jeweled and Studded Cuffs from Life In Mod here.

DIY Cotton Ribbon Rhinestone Bracelet from A Pair & A Spare.

DIY Rhinestone Ring from Behind My Desk.

DIY Torque Bracelet from Thanks, I Made It here.

DIY Scrapbooking Brad Ring Tutorial from Life in Mod here. These are super cheap rings as they use scrapbooking brads, making them perfect to give as kids’ jewelry. Even better, make a kit of brads and ring bases.

DIY Knockoff Iosselliani Fused Stone Skull Studs from Thanks, I Made It here.

DIY Tea Time Dollhouse Miniatures Tin from The Cottage Market here.

DIY Book Necklaces (Easiest Book Cover Pendants Ever) from Two Butterflies here.

DIY Miniature Teacup Ring by a pair & a spare here.

DIY Knockoff By Boe “Leather Reminder Earrings” from Small Good Things here.

DIY Wednesday!

To turn old bottles into beautiful decorations simply pour paint into them, place upside down on a drying rack and let the bottles dry!

Enjoy, Robin x

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featured: horned owl embroidery kit by kirikipress

in this fun crafting kit, your gift recipient will get a screen-printed owl that they get to sew, stuff, and embroider. kirikipress has all kinds of animals and objects to choose from, but i’m partial to this pretty woodsy owl. also … the raccoon!!