Every year it gets harder to create the perfect handmade Christmas gifts for your nearest and dearest. There comes a point when everyone you know has what they want and you’ve bought them the most quirky and thoughtful presents that you can muster.
So what can you do? How are you going to show that person how important they are to you? A really cute way of creating gifts is to get your children involved. There are hundreds of gifts you could make depending on where your talents lie. Check out craft supplies from Homecrafts to get you started.
Christmas masks – There are plenty of well-known recognisable Christmas characters that we could make masks of, such as Father Christmas, Elf or even a reindeer. If you are feeling adventurous why not try creating masks based on one of the most famous movies of the modern era? Go ‘Frozen’ and let it go with the kids this Christmas and transform into Olaf, Elsa or Kristoff.
Snow ‘jar’ – This is a simple version of a snow globe but still as effective. All you need is a clean, empty jar, glitter and water. Ask your children to select some plastic toy characters, houses or Christmas trees that they can glue to the lid of the jar then add glitter and water. Pour it into the jar until it’s about three quarters full and securely screw on the lid. When you turn the jar upside down all the glitter will fall as snow inside your wintery scene.
Christmas tree handprint apron – To create this superb festive apron simply start at the bottom of the apron using the largest hands in your house. Make five large handprints for the base of the tree then the next largest hands are required for a row of four hands. Continue until you have formed a triangle shape with five tiers of green handprints. Add a few spots of colour for the baubles using your kids’ thumbs and your apron is complete. All you need is a white apron, fabric paint, a paintbrush and pairs of hands!
Christmas photo frame – Using a plain photo frame allow your children to decorate around the outside with Christmas sequins, Christmas ribbon and many other items. You can create a very unique and personalised photo frame. For an added touch print a favourite picture of you and your recipient, or draw a picture of one of their favourite things.
Festive bookmarks – A brilliant idea for book lovers. Children will love making these personalised presents. You need card, colouring pens, pencils or crayons, laminating sheet or sticky back plastic. You can also add a ribbon or tassel made of wool but don’t forget to punch a hole in the bookmark for this. Get the children to be creative by drawing their own picture on the front of the bookmark then they can write a personal message on the back – a gift that is sure to be treasured by close friends and relatives. Once finished, laminate or cover with sticky back plastic, add the ribbon or tassel if you wish and – voila!
These are just a few great ideas that could change your gift giving this year. Check out Pinterest for even more inspiration, or come up with your own creations. The only limit is your imagination.
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