10 DIY Gifts for Kids (Including No-Sew Options!) These adorable DIY gifts are perfect for Christmas or birthdays!
I’ve mentioned before how much I love DIY gifts. They’re a thrifty alternative to store bought gifts, which is a blessing when working with a limited budget. Some of my most treasured gifts are handmade items others have made. I appreciate knowing that someone put the time and effort into making something just for me.
I’ve looked at hundreds of DIY gift ideas on Pinterest this year. Below, I’m sharing my favorite DIY Gifts for Kids, sorted into Sew and No-Sew categories. Each gift idea includes a link to a free tutorial and/or pattern!
No-Sew DIY Gifts for Kids:
This recipe from www.tinkerlab.com is easy, inexpensive, and makes excellent playdough! G loves it, and I can’t tell the difference between this playdough and the store bought stuff.
To make it extra special, consider making “Magic Playdough”. Use the recipe from tinkerlab.com to create plain playdough. Separate playdough into four balls. Using your finger, make a cavity in the center of each ball and add 3-4 drops of food coloring. Press the uncolored playdough over the cavity, hiding the food coloring inside. Package the playdough in small snack containers from the dollar store, or in zip top bags.
Explain to the recipient that this is Magic Playdough. As they play with it for the first time, the color of the playdough will be revealed. I used to do this with my kindergarten students on the first day of school and they loved watching the color appear as they played!
2. Make Your Own Playdough Christmas Tree
How adorable is this Playdough Christmas Tree Kit from www.learnwithplayathome.com? The tutorial even includes printable labels for the bag!
These adorable no sew capes are perfect for the superhero fans on your list! This tutorial from www.jollymom.com includes a free template to trace, making this a quick, low stress, project!
Head over to www.kidscraftroom.com for full instructions, including a free printable template for this adorable dragon puppet!
Teach your little one to knit with this easy DIY Toilet Paper Roll Loom. Visit www.amomstake.com for the full tutorial, including a YouTube video teaching you and your little one how to use the loom!
6. Felt Peppermint Swirl Hair Bows
Though these would be adorable all throughout the year, I hope to get a chance to make some for G to wear in Christmas pictures. I love that these are no-sew. These also make cute stocking stuffers! Grab a glue gun, felt scraps, clip and fabric scissors and you’re good to go! Get the full tutorial at www.cutesycrafts.com
DIY Gifts (To Sew) For Kids:
I hope to make several of these doll diapers for G for Christmas. At almost 20 months old, she loves to try to dress her dolls. Get the tutorial for these adorable diapers, as well as wipes, at Craftaholics Anonymous.
I absolutely love how unique these handmade dolls are, and they can be made using mostly scrap material! Get the free pattern and full tutorial at www.whileshenaps.com
Who doesn’t love foxes? Especially a soft and cuddly fox sewn just for you? Get the free PDF pattern and instructions over at www.stitchedbycrystal.com. Love the idea of making your own stuffed toys? I’m also totally in love with this adorable Kawaii Yeti.
This free quiet book template and tutorial includes several fun pages, like this classic Mr./Mrs. Potato head page. Get the full tutorial at www.jocelynandjason.blogspot.com
Mother of 3
Such cute ideas!
I love all these ideas! The dolls and fleece fox are really cute. Visiting from Snickerdoodle Sundays party.
These is a great list. Love the make your own play dough Christmas tree
I love giving some kind of a homemade gift to my kids each year. You’ve got some cute ideas here. Thanks for sharing on Funtastic Friday!