Edited by LittleSoulMama - 9/24/12 at 4:27pm
I am new to Mothering, just got my first magazine a few weeks ago, I love it!
Anyways, I just came across this thread and thought I would share a blog I started recently.
I would love to use some of your ideas, email me if you wouldn't mind me posting your picture or a link to your picture in my blog.
email is in blog
Rather than going through all seven pages looking for ideas, I thought it might be convenient to have one list to look over for those of us considering home made holiday gifts. I tried to remove duplicates. Let me know if I omitted something. I'll update the list occasionally, and add links to patterns if you post them.
The List To Date
Play clay and rolling pins
Memory cards with family photos
Crayon roll-up case
photo album (my youngest stole his grandma's because he loved looking at the pictures so much!)
craft kits (put them together yourself)
Tree fort for toys
Floor mat with a road painted on it
I Spy bottle
I Spy bag
Puppet theatre (hanging in a doorway would be fairly simple)
Animal costumes (they had great ones at a children's museum near us - basically just vests in verious fur fabrics some with hoods, etc made to look like different animals)
Bean bags & game for tossing
Hopscotch rug (could paint on canvas)
Patterns for knit toys
Knit "little dudes"
Giant building blocks from reused cereal boxes
Plastic water bottles filled with sea shells, beads, etc.
Felt board with felt characters
puppets and finger puppets
doll beds and quilts for them
lace up/buttons/snap dolls - I made a black velour bug with all kinds of bug outfits
bendy doll sets
fleece scarf and mitten sets
A rope swing
a wooden square board with 4 casters underneath
aprons or smocks with pockets for crayons, etc.
cool magnets and a cookie sheet
homemade play doh
lil folk made of spools with acorns for heads, adorned in felt
Beanbags with activity cards
Dancing ribbons (got gold hoops at Hobby Lobby, tied fancy ribbons to it) and a jingle bell bracelet to wear while dancing
dinosaur soap (grated bar of soap, mixed with some dry oatmeal and enough water to make it gooey, packed it around small dinos for my friend's ds who loves dinos)
Water color paints
Wood with nails and screws to hammer and screw
Roll up chalk boards
Doll cradle from oatmeal container
Slip n slide
Fastener board with string to tie and braid, snaps, hook and eye, buttons, buckles, velcro, frog closure, and whatever else I can salvage off of clothing I use for recons.
Doll cloth diapers
Fabric food from 1980 McCall's Holiday pattern 7274
Sound matching game with film canisters filled with different materials (salt, rice, beans, buttons, coins, small safety pins, etc)
Box of textured fabrics for matching game
Frog shaped beanbags wtih lily pads to throw them onto
stepping stone floor mat
Fabric tic-tac-toe game
Tangram or pentomino puzzles out of wood
Canvas map of town
Child sized plates to finish
Rainbow dolls made with pipe cleaners and beads
Cloth shopping bags for "store"
Mail carrier set, with blue shirt, envelopes, cardboard boxes, stickers, markers, address labels, mail carrier bag, mail box.
Garages for toy cars out of boxes
"Superhero lair" collapsible play house
Rattle made from lentils or beans in a handled bottle
Reused bottles for grocery cart
Cake sprinkles bottle with glitter, beads, sequins, superglued tops, for shapers in play kitchen
baby quilts and wall quilts (one for each child)
fur slippers (we lived in the north country then)
other sewn quilted slippers
bunting dolls and waldorf dolls
stilts made from cans
dollhouse dolls and little people
dollhouse furniture and rugs and such
all their halloween costumes
pop up doll (wooden dowel pushes the doll up from inside a cone)
felt patchwork balls
memory game from lids from frozen juice cans
rainbow ribbon streamers
felt shooting stars (filled with beans and a ribbon tail)
Sewn Advent calendar
Puppets on popsicle sticks
Fabric covered foam blocks
Bath boats made with Scupey clay
Craft or cooking apron and chef's hat
I thought for sure I had posted this before- a tutorial I did on freezer paper stencils- http://panjokids.blogspot.com/2008/0...-stencils.html
Then again, they're not toys... but they are handmade kids gifts.