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Thread: Easy gifts for kids to do?

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    Super Member sewmom's Avatar
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    I'm looking for ideas of something I can help my DGS to make for their Mom for Christmas. They are 8 and 5 1/2. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks so much in advance

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    When my granddaughter was little, I had her pose for a photo. I had it printed and then had her do a handprint (with poster paint) on a piece of paper. We combined the photo, handprint and a ittle poem in a frame. http://www.preschoolplaybook.com/200...rint-poem.html

    We also put photos of her in either tiny handmade or bought frames for Christmas ornaments each year. (Magnets are easy too!) She has also hand- stitched pillow-style pincushions, but boys might not like so much. Bookmarks are also fun to make---using cardstock, stickers, or little photos. (Recently she helped mold soap for her mom!)

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    Go to www.familyfun.com I have alwasy found some kind of great idea or project to do with my kids even my older ones.

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    I made this little Christmas ornament in school when I was 5. My mom loved it and still has it. We did it with plastic eggs that panty hose used to come in but I don't know if they are still made anymore. You could use styrofoam balls. Anyway, cut colored tissue into little squares. Thin out some Elmers glue and dip the tissue in it and glue all over the ball. Add a photo and some ribbon to hang.

    Here's another one but this one takes a lot more prep work. You will need wooden skewers and the plastic rings that hold six packs. Cut the six pack rings apart into individual rings. Fold them in half so they form curved rings. Poke the skewer through the ring so the plastic on the skewer pointing up (the pointy end of the skewer is the top). Keep adding rings, twisting and overlapping them. You should end up with something that has the shape of a hyacinth. Spray paint the plastic and cover the skewer with floral tape.

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    Have seen Quilt blocks made recently that were drawn with permanent pens, could be turned into a potholder, or have them paint a pre maid one ?
    or painting a reusable tote bag, apron, still have my imprented handprint from K, ceramic glazed, turns out some of my fingers were always crooked LOL :)

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    Painted salt dough ornaments! I think that would be good for both ages.

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    painted hand prints on an apron that says mommy's little helpers and the year.

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    Wow, what fun ideas. I 'm going to try some with DGD this year.

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    Just remembered that granddaughter, Eris, last year made mug mats for Dad and Mom. We cut (with pinking shears) square of muslin and printed square of fabric, both about 4 inches. She colored picture with crayons of family pet (flower or anything ok) She signed art, of course. (I pressed it with paper towel on top to set & added a few outline strokes with black permanent marker). Then we cut square of batting about 1/4" smaller. The backing, batting and top were pinned together. She used big needle with embroidery thread to sew about 1/2 inch from edge. Stitches pretty large but it stayed together.

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    Last year I purchased a wire frame for making a wreath. I cut strips of fabric about 1" wide and 3" long. The grands (then 6 and 3) tied the strips on the wire frame and now I have a lovely Christmas wreath.

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    How about ornaments made from cinnamon, applesauce and Elmer's glue. Just put a container of dollar store cinnamon in a bowl. Add applesauce and Elmers glue to make a dough. Pat to flatten and cut with cookie cutters. I usually used little gingerbread man cutters. Put a little hole in for a hanger and let them air dry. They smell good and last for years. Might require some experimentation to get it right, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cherylynne
    How about ornaments made from cinnamon, applesauce and Elmer's glue. Just put a container of dollar store cinnamon in a bowl. Add applesauce and Elmers glue to make a dough. Pat to flatten and cut with cookie cutters. I usually used little gingerbread man cutters. Put a little hole in for a hanger and let them air dry. They smell good and last for years. Might require some experimentation to get it right, though.
    Here is the recipe for the ornaments you gave , I had it and they make such cool things for the children to do, hope this helps..
    APPLESAUCE - CINNAMON ORNAMENTS

    2 lbs. cinnamon
    70 oz. jar applesauce
    4 oz. Elmer's glue

    Place cinnamon in large bowl. Add glue and gradually add enough applesauce to get a slightly firm dough. Roll out to 3/8" to 1/2". Cut out with cookie cutters. Use a straw to make a hole in top of ornament for ribbon. Let dry at room temperature or bake at 200 degrees for 1 hour and then let dry completely.
    :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by grammyp
    Last year I purchased a wire frame for making a wreath. I cut strips of fabric about 1" wide and 3" long. The grands (then 6 and 3) tied the strips on the wire frame and now I have a lovely Christmas wreath.
    Did a similar project years ago with my boys, but it was a heart shape.

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    Have them each do a silhouette of themselves. They will need to sit sideways in a chair with a light shining on them. You will can trace their silhouette onto a black piece of paper then cut it out and glue onto a white piece. We did this in 1st grade and I thought it was just great!

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    Make ornaments for the birds & they can decorate a tree in the yard.Many ideas online.

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    Firstly, bless you for thinking of this. My mother in law would never in ten million fits think of working with my children to make something for me!

    My kids are about that age and will make ornaments for each tree in our extended family this year, as their gift to all the adults. (I beleive in unconditional love for children, but I also believe they should learn early to think that the person who loves them would also love to receive something!!!)

    They are very keen to work with styrofoam shapes. I have bought a few cones to experiment with. I am thinking to just glue on layers of different greens, starting with darks at the bottom and working towards the topand then letting them go wild sticking (or maybe pinning) on sequins, little strongs of seed beads, etc, Hopefully this will end up looking something like a Christmas tree!!

    We'll try something with styrofoam balls too.

    If you are really adventuroius, I think you can get wreath shapes!

    We have had great times in previous years with salt dough. Just roll it out and use your Christmas cutters to make nice shapes, bake, and paint! (Dont forget to make the hole to hang the ornament +before+ you bake it- they are like rocks when they dry)

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    Have you tried the ornament where you use a blunt pencil to poke little pinked scraps of fabric into the styrofoam. It comes out great.

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    I've been working with my four and a half year old on sewing. She does really well at embroidery when I draw simple designs in that blue washable marking pen. So I'm having her make the grandmas tea towels for Christmas. I put it out and let her work on it whenever she feels like it, so she doesn't get burned out. She usually does about 5 minutes at a time.

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