The following post is by editor Kara Fleck. It originally appeared in November 2010 and has been updated for 2011.
Last year, I wrote about homemade gift ideas and shared with you what I was working on Christmas 2010. Since I’m a knitter and I dabble at sewing, many of the gifts on that list were related to those skills.
I got a request for ideas that don’t involve knitting or sewing and I thought that would be a helpful idea for a post. So, here you go: a round- up of homemade gifts ideas that don’t involve any sewing or knitting – updated for 2011.
Handmade Gift Ideas: The No-Sew, No-Knit Version
I have been going through my bookmarks, my Pinterest boards, as well as some of my favorites from this year’s Weekend Links posts, and have pulled together a list of no-sew, no-knit gift ideas for kids. (Note: I have not personally tried all of these).
This year our family has been doing some woodworking and my oldest two kids are helping their Dad make a set of blocks for our youngest. The blocks we are making are simple rectangles and squares that the kids are measuring and cutting (with help from Mom & Dad). Max and Jillian are sanding the blocks smooth and we will give them a light beeswax polish finish before giving them to Lucy.
2011 notes: these were a big hit and have turned out to be a terrific present idea that we can add to. This year Jillian and her dad have been busy in the woodshop and we’ve got a few more blocks, including some arches and longer pieces, to put in Lucy’s stocking this year.
Tree blocks (blocks with the tree bark intact) are also a favorite of ours and I found a tutorial for making them here at Counting Coconuts.
Other Wooden Gift Ideas:
- Homemade Spinny Speller ::: Counting Coconuts
- Travel Lap Desk ::: Simple Organic
- Painted Peg People ::: Ancient Hearth
- Fairy Ribbon Ring ::: Wee Folk Art
- DIY Toy Grill ::: Ohdeedoh
- A Box ‘o Princesses or Boyville tutorials and downloads ::: Lil Blue Boo
- Toadstool Pencils ::: Scissors.Paper.Wok.
No Knit Yarn Doll
Here is a simple yarn doll that you can create without knitting or crocheting - Wee Folk Art has instructions for creating a girl doll and a boy doll.
Playsilks are one of our favorite things to play with. I shared on Rockin’ Granola the different colors we’ve achieved by dying them with flavored drink mix. The basic instructions I use come from Make Baby Stuff.
- There is a very detailed Kool Aid Color Chart from Tried & True that might help you dye your own silks
Use Your Printer
I think these ABC and 123 posters from Sprik Space would be adorable printed and framed as artwork in a child’s room. (And I love her hint that an 11×14 print at Costco is less than three dollars, making this a frugal gift, too!)
- Alphabet Flashcards ::: Homemade by Jill
- Paper dolls (my girls love the Betsy McCall dolls)
- Journal Pages from Grace is Overrated ::: I think that a selection of these, printed out and bound together, would make a very nice gift for an older child. Perhaps with a nice set of colored pencils or pens?
- Coloring Pages from Your Photos in 3 Easy Steps ::: fototiller blog
When printing, I like to use a heavy weight paper or cardstock. Laminating might be a good idea, too for the flashcards or paper dolls. This is the laminator we have. If you don’t have your own laminator, check your local library. Ours will laminate items for you for a dollar a sheet.
- Molded Crayons ::: Homemade by Jill
- Cardboard Playhouse ::: Make Baby Stuff
- Story Stones ::: Red Bird Crafts and another take on this idea from Beneath the Rowan Tree
- DIY Pixie Hollow ::: Filth Wizardry
- Repurposed Boxes: Notebook Fun ::: Family Economics
I’m sure this list is only the tip of the iceberg and I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas for homemade gifts for kids that don’t require knitting or sewing skills.
Do you have a favorite no-sew, no-knit gift idea for kids? Have you blogged about it? Please, share in the comments.