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These cleverly personalized coasters offer a fun, open-handed expression of your child's generosity: "Here," they seem to say. "I brought you a drink." For extra appeal and versatility, we've applied different fabrics to the sides of the coasters.
Trace your child's hand on a piece of card stock and cut it out to make a template. Use a pencil or chalk to trace the desired number of coasters on one of the fabrics. Trim the fabric into a rectangle that contains all of your tracings, then trim the second fabric and the interfacing to match its size.
Following the interfacing package's instructions, fuse it between the two fabrics with an iron (an adult's job). Cut along the traced lines with scissors.
Create a secret hollow book. Find a cheap musty old classic at your nearby Goodwill or used bookstore. Glue the pages together, use an X-Acto knife to hollow out the center of the book. Now the recipient can store his treasures!
Whether you’re artistic or not give a memory drawing: “Draw a very simple black-and-white picture of a memory that you have of you and the person (e.g. me and my dad playing NES back in the day). This could be a very simple drawing. Frame it and gift. The great thing about this (besides being cheap) is that you can give it multiple times to the same person. They will have a growing collection of ‘memory drawings’ from you.” Beck reports this gift is very well received by family members.
Cobblestone offered a great idea: “For my cash hungry nephews and niece I make sure to do something creative to get the money. This year is going to be a family trivia game with questions that make them talk to other family members. It is much more interesting than a $20 bill.” Of course, it’s also possible to do this without the monetary reward.
Leanne has an idea that might be useful for college students looking for gifts on a budget. “I have a friend…who compiles a mixed CD every year and mails them out to all his friends. It serves as a holiday card, gift, and moment of reconnection (we get a sense of how his year has been/things he’s been dealing with or excited about based on the music he chooses) plus we get introduced to new music we might not have picked up ourselves.”
Knip has a fantastic idea for a grandparent or other older relative: a memory jar. “The most wonderful gift I’ve ever given (it’s still talked about years later) cost me almost nothing. I spent a few months contacting friends and family members and asked them to send me memories and old pictures of my grandfather. Then I wrote one memory (or printed one picture)on each of 365 business card sized pieces of cardstock. I folded each in half and secured it with a bit of tape, then placed them all in a big jar I decorated. Every morning for the next year, my grandfather would take out a paper, open it, and see what other people cherished in him. He loved it.”
Give someone an usual gift with this bead and button teacup. It's a great craft activity for kids who enjoy decorating things with fashion accessories.
This is for all you Sock Monkey Fans!!!
1 pair of men's extra large (size 12-13) socks; preferably Original Rockford red Heel (r) socks.
1 bag of poly-fiberfil stuffing or cotton batting.
1 spool of white thread
black embroidery thread
Optional two white buttons for eyes
Sock #1, body and legs:
1 Pot holder
Fan Fold the dishtowel lengthwise (Fig. 1). Fold in half and tie off about 2 to 3 inches from fold, this forms the head (Fig. 2).
Fanfold the washcloth (Fig. 3). This forms the arms.
Fanfold the potholder with the loop along top edge (Fig. 4). This forms the wings.
Place the washcloth on top of the potholder and secure in the center with a ribbon (Fig. 5).
Lay towel on top of potholder and washcloth. Bring the arms (washcloth) around and tie together 1 inch from ends, this forms the hands and holds all the pieces together.
An angel in the Kitchen
Watching the stew
Blesses your cooking
And all that you do.
These funky art magnets put the "fun" in functional! Package them sweetly in a neat jewel case, then present them to a loved one you're just plain stuck on.
Remove the plastic CD holder and paper insert from the jewel case. To line the case, trace the insert on decorative paper and cut out that shape. Tape the lining inside the case.
To make the magnets, adhere your child's drawings to a magnetic sheet and cut them out.
Arrange the magnets on the decorative lining and secure each with a small piece of tape.
Great gifts for siblings, cousins, and friends, these friendly-faced pens are so simple to make, your child can create a zoo in an afternoon. Just be sure he keeps one for himself -- it might encourage him to write those postholiday thank-you notes!
Cut a strip of felt as shown.
Run a thin bead of hot glue along one edge, roll up the pen in the felt, and glue the other edge.