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Handmade holiday gifts kids can make

Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.

Simple gifts from little ones

There is nothing more special than a handmade gift at Christmas time. It is even better when the gift is handmade by a child. Help your child get into the spirit of giving at Christmas time with these four simple gifts that kids can make.

Puzzle piece wreath picture frame

What you'll need:

  • a small round picture frame
  • puzzle pieces
  • green craft paint
  • paint brush
  • glue
  • red pom poms
  • red ribbon

What you'll do:

  1. Lay your puzzle pieces out on a protected surface, and paint one side of each puzzle piece green. Allow the puzzle pieces to dry.
  2. Start gluing the puzzle pieces around the frame. Glue a single layer and allow that layer to dry completely before adding more layers. Keep adding more puzzle pieces until the frame is completely covered.
  3. Glue red pom poms around the frame, then tie a bow with red ribbon and glue it to the top of the frame.

Color your own plate

What you'll need:

  • clear glass plate
  • card stock
  • printer
  • colored pencils, crayons or markers
  • Mod Podge
  • sponge paint brush

What you'll do:

  1. Head over to the SheKnows Activity Center and print a Christmas coloring page on some card stock. (Note: You may need to resize your image depending on the size of your plate.)
  2. Have your child color the coloring page with colored pencils, crayons or markers. Cut the page down so that it is the same size as the bottom of your plate.
  3. Paint a layer of Mod Podge on the underside of the plate. Place your child's drawing into the layer of Mod Podge, so that the design can be seen through the plate, then allow it to dry.
  4. Coat the back side of the card stock completely with Mod Podge. Allow it to dry completely, then add a second coat to seal.

Marble painted bookmark

What you'll need:

  • card stock
  • red, green and yellow paint
  • a marble
  • a shoebox
  • decorative scissors
  • a hole punch
  • red and green ribbon

What you'll do:

  1. Lay the card stock in the bottom of the shoe box. Trim it down if it does not fit.
  2. Dip your marble in the red paint, then drop it into the shoe box. Roll the marble back and forth around the box so that it leaves a trail of paint across the card stock. Dip the marble in the paint a second time, and keep rolling until you are happy with the design.
  3. Allow the paint to dry, then repeat the process with the green and yellow paint. Let the paint dry each time you change colors.
  4. Once the paint has completely dried, use your decorative scissors to cut out a piece of the card stock that is 1-1/2 inches wide and 6 inches tall.
  5. Punch a hole toward the top of the bookmark with your hole punch.
  6. Cut two pieces of red ribbon and two pieces of green ribbon that are each 4 inches long.
  7. Fold the ribbons in half and thread the folded end through the hole in the bookmark. Feed the tail ends of the ribbon through the loop and pull the ribbons tight.

Hand-drawn tile coasters

What you'll need:

  • white ceramic tiles
  • permanent markers
  • an oven

What you'll do:

  1. Have your child draw a picture on each of the white tiles using the permanent markers.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F, and bake the tiles in the oven for 20 minutes to set the design.
  3. Allow the tiles to cool completely before handling.

More great holiday crafts

Christmas crafts for kids
Edible Christmas crafts
Kid-to-kid Christmas goodie bags

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