Cheap and Easy Toddler Made Gifts
If your grandparents, parents, aunts and uncles are anything like mine when it comes to gift giving for holidays and birthdays, they would much rather receive a handmade gift from my daughter than anything we could buy for them from her. Any time our daughter makes a piece of artwork for the family, it goes straight up on the wall or fridge for admiring (and doesn’t come down anytime soon). When it is time to make room for new art, they never throw away the precious treasures our daughter has made for them but instead store them in a place for safe keeping (I imagine to pass back to her down the road). These handmade items are absolute treasures to my family so I decided to compile a short list of handmade crafts we will be making for birthdays and holidays this year. These gifts are different than many we have done in the past because they can be done almost entirely by our daughter. We have gifted items in the past that I helped make with my daughter and although they were huge treasures to my family, the completion of those crafts relied heavily on my involvement on the project (cue the “better than salt dough” ornaments and sewing projects). Below are a few projects that my daughter can create on her own with a bit of help with setup and verbal direction along the way.
Isn’t this succulent planter the most gorgeous thing you’ve ever seen? I am not sure about you but I would LOVE receiving this gift - especially if it was made by a sweet toddler that I hold dear to my heart. This little succulent garden would look gorgeous just about anywhere in your home. The thing about being gifted potted plants is that they’re gifts that keep on living. Succulents are some of the most resilient plants which make them the perfect plant to gift. Even people with no green thumb whatsoever can manage to keep a succulent alive. This project would also be great with cacti, however adding those to the mix completely takes away the toddler DIY aspect of this project. So, for that reason alone, we will stick with succulents. I feel like anyone who receives this gift would be in total awe of the beauty and simplicity in this piece. You can make them as small or large as you would like. I can see a downsized version on display on the counter of a restroom or up alongside my favorite novels on a bookshelf. For directions on how to help your toddler create this beautiful succulent garden, read below.
1- Begin with a small layer of pea gravel at the bottom of your tray - for drainage.
2- Add the copper pipes in any orientation you like, giving a bit of space between each one.
3- Fill the tray with more pea gravel until the copper pipes feel they’re set “in place”.
4- Add one small succulent to each copper pipe and top with decorative white rocks or moss.
Feeding your backyard birds is one of the most simple ways to enjoy and enhance the natural beauty of your home. Watching birds at a feeder (or in this case, feeding on a birdseed ornament) is one of the best ways to enjoy wildlife from the comfort of your home as well. If you’ve never stopped to watch the birds, I encourage you to try it sometime. Take a moment to soak in the miraculous beauty that surrounds you. You won’t regret it and in fact, I would be willing to bet that you'll be amazed at the variety of birds that will come to your feeder throughout the year. The joyous songs they’ll add to the atmosphere of your yard will be some that are completely unmatched, bringing a smile to your face. You’ll create your own little haven right in your own yard. These bird seed ornaments are a gift that has the potential to bring truly immeasurable joy to the special people in your life. Being hand crafted by the sweet toddler in their life makes it that much more precious and treasured. If you’d like to know how to help your child create these wonderful gifts for their loved ones, read on below.
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup water
3 tablespoons of corn syrup
1- Mix all ingredients well.
2- spray doughnut pan with cooking spray and pack seed mixture inside.
3- let air dry for at least 6 hours.
4- remove, add ribbon and enjoy!
Beautiful art doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive piece in the world. Sometimes, all it takes is to gather a few things that you may already have lying around your home to make a one of a kind masterpiece. I like the bubble artwork because no two are alike. Each piece is unique in its own special way. The art has an abstract aspect about it making it fitting for just about anyone’s home. You can have your child choose colors that go specifically with the giftee’s home decor to add an even more extra special personal touch. Add your finished product to a matted frame and I promise you, this will be a treasure to be admired for years to come.
1- Mix 2 tablespoons of tempera paint with 2 tablespoons of dish soap and 1/2 cup of water in a shallow bowl. Insert a drinking straw into the mixture and blow into it until the bowl's surface is covered in bubbles.
2- Lay a piece of plain white paper across the bowl. The bubbles will pop, leaving prints on the paper. Allow to dry and repeat with another color. Play with the color intensity and size of the bubble prints by tweaking the paint recipe and number of bubbles to pop.
3- Take your dried, final work to a local copy store and enlarge the best results from your experiments.
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