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Craft Ideas for Kids: 10 Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make

Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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I have been making homemade gifts of all sorts since I was little and hope to introduce this notion of giving homemade items to my own kids someday. It's important to find projects that are simple enough that kids can complete the majority of the work on their own with getting frustrated. It's also important to find projects that product quality items for gift giving so the recipients will have items that they can use regularly for a number of years. I've rounded up 10 ideas that fit both of these criteria. Many of these projects can be completed with kids as young as six years old with customization options to keep them interesting through age 12 or so. Happy crafting!

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T-shirt Yarn Braided Coasters

I cannot believe how many great ideas there are for upcycling old t-shirts. This is a great projects for t-shirts that have one or two stains or rips but are otherwise in good condition. If you can't part with any of your own old shirts, pick up a few on the cheap next time you're thrifting. You may need to complete the final sewing portion of this project for younger kids, but older ones will be able to do it on their own.

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Bubble Fish Art

The supplies are inexpensive (and will generally be on hand already), the set up is minimal, and the result is beautiful. It doesn't get much better than that. This would be a great daycare, preschool, or elementary school group art project for Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Christmas. In just minutes, kids will be able to create a beautiful set of stationery for someone to use. Just make sure that no one drinks the bubbles through the straws.

Add Bubble Letters to Your Paper Crafts

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Fabric Wreath

There are a number of tutorials out there for different types of fabric wreaths. While they can get as complicated as you like, many involve simple weaving, wrapping, or tying as this one does, which can be easily completed by kids. You don't have to buy a new bundle of fabric for this project but can cut up fat quarters and smaller odds and ends, adding a few larger pieces that you have on end to bring the color palette together. This idea can be customized for any holiday or occasion.

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Bean Art

I would not recommend creating a bean art picture this complex for kids under 12 to fill in with beans (unless they have a lot of patience). However, it will give you a good idea for how you and your kids can create your own pictures and then fill them in with beans. There is no limit to the images and messages that you can use. Consider framing the artwork so the recipients will be able to hang it immediately.

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Scrap Letter Craft

I chose an example of a simple letter that kids can put together. You can include just about any type of embellishment (sequins, beads, glitter, etc.). Make small letters to turn into greeting cards or make a single large letter to matte and frame as wall art. Consider making a set of three initials for someone.

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Bird Cage Lanterns

This tutorial includes a bird template, making it that much easier for kids to complete this project on their own. String the bird cages to make a garland as the tutorial describes or create single cages for Christmas ornaments. Cages can sit on tables as décor without any strings attached as well. The tutorial has plain, white birds, but of course kids can decorate them any way they like. Consider adding faces and/or attaching feathers.

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Personalized Clay Easter Eggs

The careful marker lettering may be challenging for younger kids, but they will still be able to complete the rest of the process with minimal assistance. I have found these tiny letter stamp sets in the dollar sections of Target and Michaels before. They are not always available, but keep your eyes open. This is a really sweet idea for Easter with the little basket, but of course you can customize it for other holidays, too.

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Knit Sock Cup Cozies

Who knew that you could make coffee cozies out of knit socks? This is such a creative idea. The possibilities for decorating the cozies are endless. I advice against using fabric glue (such as the OK to wash it varieties) with heavier objects such as buttons and beads. In my experience, these glues do not hold up against repeated touching. They will work for lighter objects. Other alternatives include self-adhesive products and glue dots. Check out the blog post with this tutorial for more great kid Christmas craft projects.

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Paper Corner Bookmarks

Depending on the age of the kids, you may want to cut out the templates ahead of time or even assemble them yourself and then let the kids do the decorating. If possible, let the kids choose the papers that they would like to use for the bookmarks. I love the monster theme with these bookmarks, but as always, there are lots of other customization possibilities.

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Decorated Picture Frames

Pick up inexpensive blank frames from a big box store, dollar store, or craft store and let kids go crazy decorating them. Don't feel limited to the googly eye theme in the tutorial, although it is a lot of fun, especially for Halloween. Consider adding a message to the design and including a photo in the frame.

Another Idea for a Photo Frame That Kids Can Make

More craft projects for kids from the author.

© 2012 Rose Clearfield

Comments

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 27, 2014:

Thanks, CherylsArt! I'm glad that you found some ideas here that you like.

CherylsArt on August 27, 2014:

You've got lots of cool ideas here. I was especially impressed with the bean art design. I hadn't considered making art with beans before.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 23, 2013:

Yes, for sure, FlourishAnyway!

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 23, 2013:

Especially with Christmas around the corner, kids should be really interested in making their own homemade gifts for relatives and other special people in their lives. Thanks for suggestions and inspiration!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 23, 2013:

Thanks! Enjoy.

alexmk from Canada on June 23, 2013:

Great ideas, the braided coasters is something I haven't heard of before.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 21, 2013:

Thanks, Pinkchic! Yes, for sure!

Sarah Carlsley from Minnesota on May 21, 2013:

This is very neat! I love the fabric letters, very cute for a bedroom door!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 06, 2013:

That's great, sginteractive and Toytasting! Have fun with the bookmarks. :)

Toy Tasting from Mumbai on May 06, 2013:

Randomcreative, these are some wonderful ideas here. I really like the Paper Corner bookmarks. I am going to try those. Thank you sharing these ideas. Cheers!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 02, 2013:

Thank you!

lovingcraft on May 02, 2013:

there all nice........beautiful

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 30, 2012:

Thanks, Crafty! That's great. :)

Cecelia Kramer from Everywhere but mostly Cali on November 30, 2012:

love the bean art. I remember when I was young enjoying doing crafts that is why I still love to do them. Great projects for any age.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 29, 2012:

That's great, insp! Thanks.

insp on November 29, 2012:

Really a fab hub. I tried one of the above and my friends appreciated a lot!!! Thnxx for great ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 08, 2012:

Thanks, Cyndi! Haha I hear ya. :)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 08, 2012:

Beautiful ideas! I love doing crafts...and lots of times they look like a kid did it! LOL.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 30, 2012:

Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! That's great.

Claudia Mitchell on June 30, 2012:

Love craft ideas and I can use these for all ages. Thanks!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 12, 2012:

Thanks! :)

LetitiaFT from Paris via California on June 11, 2012:

Cute ideas! I love that 1st one in particuliar. It would probably sell for a million bucks at the Basel Art Fair!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 28, 2012:

You're very welcome! I hope that some of these ideas are helpful for you.

GDiBiase from Portland, ME on March 28, 2012:

Thank you for sharing these cool crafts for kids. I am always looking for new ideas!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 2012:

Thanks so much delaxshi! Have fun.

delaxshi from Toronto on March 27, 2012:

Very creative hub! Awesome ideas for special occasions and holidays. I'm definitely going to utilize some of these ideas. Voted up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 2012:

Thanks Alice! That's great that you have so many opportunities to do crafts with kids. I'm glad that some of my ideas are useful for you.

Maria Alicia Cardenas from Spain on March 27, 2012:

Thanks for the ideas... I will use some of them and share with my kids since they will be on vacation for easter time. I have seen your hubs and take a few ideas for my kraft class, I work with kids and do birthday parties and sometimes we make craft for special ocassions like easter, mother or father's day, christmas and more... thanks again for sharing!!!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 06, 2012:

Thanks! Yes for sure!

FallonGleason from Mobile, Alabama on March 06, 2012:

I love these ideas! These should keep me busy for a while!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 05, 2012:

Thanks Om! Many of these projects would definitely be fun for adults.

Om Paramapoonya on March 05, 2012:

These are all very cute ideas, especially the bird cage lanterns and sock cup cozies. I think they might be fun for adults, too. Rated up, up, up!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 05, 2012:

Thanks dilipchandra12!

Dilip Chandra from India on March 04, 2012:

Useful and Nice hub, well written. Voted UP...

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 04, 2012:

Thanks Suzie! I appreciate you sharing the ideas.

Suzie ONeill from Lost in La La Land on March 04, 2012:

Great ideas! I'm going to have to try some of these with my nieces and nephew! Thanks for sharing!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 04, 2012:

Thank you for the feedback everyone! I'm so glad that this is useful for so many people.

paralegalpro on March 04, 2012:

I love the bean art and decorated picture frames. What wonderful suggestions for spending some time making something with your children. Great hub!

Samad Aslam Khan on March 03, 2012:

Amazing ideas! wow, just awesome hub. Good thing that I read this on Sunday so I may try out these as I love such stuff. Thanks for giving me an idea to use my leisure time. Following you so I may get back to read more stuff from you!

CreateSquidoo on March 03, 2012:

This is a very nice idea for kids that wants to create their own gifts.

BDhire on March 03, 2012:

wow nice crafts idea I will try these