homemade gifts for littles

January 5, 2012

There are a ton of kids (nieces & nephews) in my family.
7 1/2 on my side.
5 1/2 on my hubby's side.
{Guess who the 1/2 is! ;) }
And, with all of the birthday & Christmas celebrations we have,
I get really tired of buying generic toys from the store
that usually break in less than a week anyway.
So I always try to be creative with their gifts,
but that often gets me into trouble,
as I tend to second guess myself, run out of ideas, start projects too late,
and then spend too much time on them.
But this Christmas I did decide to do homemade gifts
for 3 of my nieces & nephews.

The first was for my nephew Lane
who literally has everything.
Including a gocart my brother built for him!
So I thought I'd try out the fort kit
that has been circulating the blog world here lately.
Emily at the Jones Design Company posted one
and my friend Jami did a super cute and easy tutorial not long ago.

Here's my version...
The only item I purchased to make this kit was the sheet!
I had some camo fabric on hand
(cause that is a very NORMAL thing to have on hand in my family...)
that I used to make a quick little drawstring bag.
I used rope from my hubby's tools for the drawstring.
The sheet I bought came in a little khaki colored bag of its own.
I printed letters off my computer, used Heat-n-Bond and the fabric
from the sheet bag to personalize the camo bag.
I cut 8 pieces of ribbon and stitched 2 on each corner of the sheet.
Then I covered them with buttons and burned the edges of the ribbon
so they wouldn't fray.
I decided to embellish the "reinforcements"
by modge podging them with little strips of camo fabric.
{I almost skipped this step but I'm so glad I took the time to do it,
I think they turned out so cute!}
I wound up some more rope from my hubby's stash and tied it with a ribbon
and bought a little flashlight to tie on the outside of the bag.
I was super pumped with how this gift turned out
and Lane loved it! :)

Next are the gifts for my nieces.
They're the same age and both very girly
so I thought I'd do the same thing, just personalized.
I bought little lotions from the travel section at Target,
some nail files, clear nail polish & glitter.
I found these pencil holders at Walmart.
The purple one was actually dark blue so I painted it purple.Then I made some personalized labels for the clear nail polish
and glitter and put the glitter in little containers I had.
I lined the pencil holders with tissue paper,
wrapped them with scraps of ribbon I had on hand
and tied the whole thing up with cellophane and tulle.
Pretty simple and the girls loved them!

2 comments:

allyson said...

you are the best at beautiful, thoughtful, useful gifts. i just love that about you.

Nicole said...

Great gifts. Congrats on your newest little one.

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