Instead of taking your kids shopping for things to give as Christmas gifts, get a few materials together and help them make something at home. Homemade gifts will always have more charm than anything bought at the store, and feeling connected to the gifts they are giving will help kids appreciate the gesture even more.
Here are a few simple Kids DIY projects to get you started:
Cornstarch Dough Ornaments
If you've tried the salt dough before and ended up with broken ornaments that were difficult to decorate, this recipe is for you. Cornstarch dough makes ornaments that are softer, smoother and easier to decorate and they are super easy to roll out and cut using cookie cutters. Once they're ready, paints, glitters, or simple markers give a personal touch.
Popsicle Stick Frames
Use jumbo-sized sticks, glue, and a favorite picture for a personalized frame. In this tutorial, they used washi tape to decorate the sticks, however, markers and paint would work just as well. Add glitter embellishments or pick up some scrapbooking decorations for easy add-ons. Glue a magnet on the back to stick it to the fridge, or a hook to hang it on the Christmas tree.
Recycled Lid Magnets
My 7-year-old loves to dig things out of the recycle bin to try to make something new from them before they're taken away. Lid magnets are a cute way to reuse drink lids and easy enough for kids to create with a little help.
Personalized Coffee Mug
Dollar store mugs and a Sharpie are all you need to create these adorable mugs. Sharpies come in tons of colors so only your kids' creativity will limit the creations.
A Big Fat Hug
If you have family that lives out of town, sending a giant hug is the perfect way to send some holiday cheer. This tutorial uses simple TP for the arms and construction paper for the hands so it's super easy for kids to make themselves. Use paper for the arms if you want something more durable, or easier to decorate.