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Today’s post written by Cassi from The Crafty Crow

Happy Holidays Everyone!

On my last post I gave you some ideas on how to make your toddler’s artwork into gifts. This post features items that older kids can make for gifts. I’ve pulled together a variety of ideas so you should be able to find something that is suitable for siblings and grandparents as well as teachers and neighbors.


1 – Zach Aboard shares a tutorial on how to make felted soap. My son made these last year as gifts and everyone he gave them to has requested another one for this year! Choose a hard-milled soap and use a little patience to learn the technique.

2 – A geoboard is a wonderful gift for friends and siblings. Colored hairbands or rubberbands are used to make the patterns. Find the tutorial at Mama Jenn.

3 – These colorful cork coasters are featured at Let’s Explore. The technique used is super easy and the colors chosen could be coordinated to a person’s home or you could use their favorite colors.

4 – Juggling balls are fun for adults and children and simple to make too! Instructions at Pepper Paints.

5 – Libby Dibby shows you how to make these fabric covered candles – such a great way to use your fabric scraps. No fabric? Try colored and printed paper.

6 – I think a customized hand soap bottle would be a thoughtful teacher’s gift. See how to do it at Giver’s Log.

7 – Personalized pillowcases are something even your youngest child can manage. You can use fabric paints or markers and draw freehand or give freezer paper stenciling a try. I Have To Say tells you how they made theirs.

8 – Peg dolls are a popular kid-made choice and for good reason – they’re adorable! I love the idea of a peg doll family that looks like your own. Get the details at Colorfool.

9 – Sewing School specializes in sewing projects for young kids and this soothing eye pillow is a perfect gift for moms and grandmothers.

10 – Try making some sand candles with this tutorial from That Artist Woman. Visit the beach or make them in a bucket of sand at home.

11 – I love these driftwood sculptures at Craftzine and think they would make a nice gift for dads and grandfathers.

12 – Ordinary Life Magic shows you how to make these wonderful tin lanterns that would make a nice gift for anyone!

13 – You can buy kits to preserve hand prints, but By Little Hands shares how you can just as easily do it at home. A great gift for a parent or grandparent.

14 – Last, but not least, is this amazing chocolate playdough. We’ve made several batches of this and it always makes the house smell just like a chocolate factory! Friends and siblings would be thrilled to receive some and parents can make it for a stocking stuffer. The recipe is at Foothill Home Companion.

You’ll find many more ideas like these at The Crafty Crow, I hope you’ll come by and say hello! If you have a project that you would like to submit then send it my way – details are in the right column on The Crafty Crow.

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