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A Little Early... DIY Christmas Presents

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I'm thinking way in advance about what to make for my dh and dd for Christmas. Hayley will be 1 on the 21st of December so I want age appropriate toys (maybe wood?) that we can make for her.

All ideas are welcome.

Thanks,

Jen
post #2 of 177
I am making my kiddos a tee pee! I got the pattern from here
http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/p-patterns.html
post #3 of 177
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I like it! Looks pretty easy too. For dh's stocking I'm doing hot drink mixes again.

This site has tons of them.
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another idea I have for a little one(though I probably won't ever get around to making it just throwing this out there for you more motivated crafty mamas) is a fabric barnyard bag/set with little fabric animals. you could also do noahs ark with animals (2 of each) and make the bag boat shaped. just use animal shapes (coloring books are good for shapes or draw your own!) and sew them using scrap fabrics/ribbon/yarn!
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This has turned into a multi-year project, but I'm making us all coordinating cross-stitched stockings. I started on dh's before I even got pregnant, and I really think I could have done ten of 'em by now if only life didn't keep getting in the way, LOL!
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I am making my kiddos a tee pee! I got the pattern from here
http://www.sewzannesfabrics.com/p-patterns.html
That looks great! Have you started on it yet? I am a medicore seamstress at best, but can sew a straight line. If it isn't too hard, I might have to try to make one or maybe 3 or 4. I can think of a handful of kids that would like one for Christmas.
post #9 of 177
nothing fancy but we are making pine cone hangers to hand on your door. we are adding bells, nice ribbon and glitter. we are also collecting leaves (leaf lace) for spraying with glitter as well.
post #10 of 177
We are making ds a bean bag toss game..That might work for your dh...All the adults around here love them!!!!!
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nothing fancy but we are making pine cone hangers to hand on your door. we are adding bells, nice ribbon and glitter. we are also collecting leaves (leaf lace) for spraying with glitter as well.
that sounds lovely! can you post photos of what you mean? or is there a website that describes it?

is anyone doing layered things in a jar, like cookie mix or soup? anyone starting cookies early and freezing them?

pamela
post #13 of 177
I'm making DS a teddy bear from an old sweater. I have two little cousins (6 & 9) and they're getting small crazy quilts.

DH and I aren't doing gifts, at least not yet, but we've been saving money so that we can go to some hot springs that are a few hours away. That's our gift to ourselves.

Last year we did homemade organic soaps, massage oils and herbal teas for everyone and that was a huge hit.
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We were just sorting through and organizing our Christmas stuff yesterday, and we got to thinking about this! I have a few vague ideas of what to do for certain people on our list (peanut butter bread for my brothers, buttermilk pie for my grandma), but would like to figure out what I'm doing now so I can plan. We've been trying to do a homemade gift for each family, a nice, small gift for each niece/nephew, and then winging the rest--we usually end up getting something for our immediate family, which adds up quick. I'd like to do homemade for immediate family this year, too. So I need lots of ideas! Thanks!
post #16 of 177
I've decided to make everyone a blanket this year. MY son gets a complete star wars bedroom set (he loves darth vader). My niece gets a princess one. My nephew gets a spongebob one( my sis says that he is obsessed with him). MY newborn nephew gets a nice cozy winnie-the pook blanket. I think I am making my sister a snow leopard one(if I can find material). My mom gets a wolf quilt. My other sister will get a very feminine blanket. A good family friend(may as well be a family member) will get a nice flannel blanket. My husband and I have decided to pay off some credit cards as a gift to ourselves.

We are also going to "adopt" a family in need. I think they will get things like clothes, shoes...maybe a nice cozy blanket
post #17 of 177
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I'd love to sew some stuff but I still haven't figured out how to thread the old kenmore machine I bought.
post #18 of 177
DH and I are going totally DIY this year. We're going to record a Christmas album of about 5 songs to give to everyone. Very basic stuff And we grew birdhouse gourds last year that have finally dried, so we're going to make birdhouses.
Oh, and for grandparents we're giving plaster handprints of DD.
post #19 of 177
Young children gifts:

Block puzzles: Get 4 plain 2" blocks from a craft store and paint each side to make a six picture puzzle. You could also just paint each side a different color which would be fun for arranging to make patterns, or just stacking. It ought to be feasible to do the six sided puzzle with actual photos, by decoupaging or something, keeping in mind to use non toxic materials/finish.

First Word Book: Take pictures of things around the house and make a book so child can have a first word book with her own clock, grandma, etc featured. This can be done simply using a small photo album with clear pages.

Story Tapes: Get loved ones to read favorite stories onto an audio tape.
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