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27 Cheap And Easy Gifts To Make With Kiddos

Thrifty homemade gifts that are good for the environment and keep children entertained? ‘Tis the season.

1. Build these prehistoric bookends.

Old toys, paint, scrap wood and hot glue are all you need for this colorful gift. (Consider other plastic figurines you could swap in in place of dinos!)

2. Turn old toys in to DIY snow globes!

Tutorial HERE.

3. Send relatives a fun and modern advent calendar.

Instructions HERE.

4. Make a sand bowl to hold tsotchkes.

If you’ve got a sand box and some school glue, you’ve got a gift. Instructions HERE.

5. Turn leftover toilet paper rollers into ornaments and wall art.

Find the instructions for tons of surprisingly classy toilet paper crafts HERE!

6. Recycle your magazines into ornaments.

Or use colored or patterned paper you have lying around for a more monochrome look. See the full tutorial HERE.

7. Turn an old phonebook into a desktop organizer.

Instructions HERE.

8. Make mittens out of a shrunken sweater.

9. Make homemade shrinky dink jewelry and decorations out of snack containers.

Number 6 plastic is the key to proper shrinkage. Find out more HERE.

10. Make a family of sock monkeys together.

This project involves a sewing machine, so it may be better for older kiddos, but even young kids can get in on creating the face and piecing these cuddly guys together.

11. Make this driftwood artwork.

Instructions HERE.

12. Create a tennis ball “helper” from balls that have lost their bounce.

Tennis ball, rivets, suction cup, GO!

13. Make peppermint candy christmas ornaments.

If it’s as easy as it looks, it’s easy.

14. Use the spines of dilapidated books to create clever and camouflaged storage.

Could be a great use for all those well loved children’s books you’ve been saving. Instructions for this and other cool book-based DIYs HERE.

15. Give stunning paper bouquets.

Use your old magazines, books, newspapers, or wrapping scraps to create these beauties (via Rock N Roll Bride).

16. Make this leaf bowl using a balloon.

Instructions HERE.

17. Make this Anthropologie inspired desk organizer.

Simple and sure to thrill anyone who receives it. Instructions HERE.

18. Fingerweave this necklace out of old t-shirts.

Take that rainbow loom! Instructions HERE.

19. Make your own flavored lip gloss!

Just add Kool-Aid to coconut oil! (Recipe HERE.)

20. Grab some old blocks and make timeless decor.

Photo squares are the destiny of discarded toy blocks. Instructions HERE.

21. Create stocking stuffers from old crayons.

Switch out hearts for trees, stars, or dreidels and attach a holiday message!

22. Homemade candles are another great use for broken crayons.

Add essential oils to scent them. Instructions HERE.

23. Make amazing DIY seed bombs grow wild flowers.

 

Grow the rainbow. Instructions HERE.

24. Build this colorful chime using defunct keys and paint.

Instructions HERE.

25. Make a pencil holder out of a shampoo bottle!

So much fun for kids and grown ups alike. (Scissors should be used with parent supervision.)

26. Repurpose puzzles as colorful wall art.

Puzzle short of a few pieces? None of that matters when you sort by color!

27. Make grandparents a keepsake mirror.

Toys, dolls, whatever small items you can find around your house can be repurposed in to treasured decor with just a little elbow grease.

Happy Holidays!

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