Ask Design Mom — Homemade Gifts Kids can Make

November 23, 2009

Ask-Design-Mom-Question: I was inspired by your site to have my children make gifts for one another this year. I was trying to find your previous posts about the gifts you have made in the past, but I was only able to find one. I would love it if you could gather all of these ideas in one place. Thanks in advance. — Kristin

Design Mom Answer: Thanks for the question, Kristin. I’ve actually been getting lots of similar requests — readers wanting to know what we’ve made in the past, and what we’re making this year. I’ll start with a short explanation — four years ago, based on the artsy-craftsy tendencies of my kids, we decided that the siblings would make each other gifts for Christmas. It’s become a fun tradition. One the whole family looks forward to. You can read my original post about it here.

What our plans are for this year:
Note: these plans are subject to change depending on my whims. Or if a better idea falls in my lap.

Ralph is making —
-Jump Ropes for Maude and Olive
The girls want to learn double-dutch, so we’ll be happy to have two long jump-ropes to add to the family sports equipment.
-Blurb Photo Books for Oscar and Betty

Maude is making —
-A Night Light Cover for Oscar and Betty’s room
-A Sketch Book with a Decoupaged Cover for Ralph
-Legwarmers for Olive (inspired by the comments on this post)

Olive is making —
Olive will be using potato stamps (a la Martha Stewart) and fabric ink to customize…
-Boxers for Ralph
-A hoodie for Maude
-A t-shirt for Oscar
-A t-shirt dress for Betty

Oscar and Betty are making —
Not sure yet, but I’m thinking about these darling cakes in a jar — both Oscar and Betty love helping in the kitchen, so this might be a perfect fit. They could give an individual jar to each sibling.

Links to what we’ve made in past years:
- Tutu, decoupaged bucket for matchbox cars, after-school bags, tiedye tees
- Flower headbands
- Wool mittens from recycled sweaters, embellished dragon mittens, sculpey bracelets, bibs, snowglobes and romper stompers made from cans 

I hope you find these links and ideas helpful. What about you Dear Readers? Do your kids make gifts for their siblings? What are they making this year?


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kristin November 23, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Thank-you, Gabrielle.


2 Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love November 23, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I asked the same question! Thanks for the info. I was just talking about this today with my daughter. I am also making the vanilla for teachers, just got my bottles today!


3 Kenj November 23, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I did a post on my kiddos' gifts here:

The biggest hit was the gallon-sized Ziploc filled with chocolate chip cookie dough balls.


4 Barb November 23, 2009 at 9:48 pm

My daughter is going to make a *tag* blanket for her baby cousin for Christmas. (like seen here:


5 Hinton's Headlines November 23, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Thank you so much for sharing! Great ideas!


6 Laura November 24, 2009 at 8:22 am

fantastic ideas, thanks! Love the flower headband!


7 stacie smith November 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm

We're making freezer-paper-stencil painted fleece scarves and my daughter drew up plans for a doll. This will try our sewing skills, but I found a great tutorial here:
I plan on changing the design to match her 7 year old's drawing. We also put together a few pots with paperwhite bulbs which we have given as gifts that will give throughout the winter season.


8 itmom December 3, 2009 at 12:40 am

SO MANY GREAT IDEAS!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!! Thanks for sharing :D


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