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Easy Gifts Your Kids Will Love to Make – from our friends at

Handmade Presents Kids Can Make

Help your child create thoughtful presents for her friends, teachers, or babysitter. These easy crafts come straight from the heart.

Button Jewelry

String buttons and felt and paper flowers onto yarn and chenille stems to make adorable necklaces and rings.

What you'll need: Narrow chenille stems, mini hole punch, felt and paper flower embellishments, scissors, assorted buttons, yarn or thin cord

Make it: To make rings, cut a short length of chenille stem and bring ends together to form a loop. Punch two holes in the center of felt and paper flowers and stack them onto the chenille stem loop (keeping the ends together): Thread one end of the chenille stem through one hole in the flowers and button; repeat with the other end of the pipe cleaner on the second hole. Twist the ends together, trim excess if needed, and make sure there are no sharp ends sticking up. To make necklaces, thread yarn through stacked flowers and buttons.

Ink Blot Prints

A series of simple folded Rorschach paintings are festive and fun for little ones to make.

What you'll need: Medium-weight art paper, small paintbrushes (optional), tempera paints, colored cardstock for backing, picture frame

Make it: Fold paper in half and generously drizzle or dab paint onto one side of the paper fold. Fold the other side of the paper onto the painted side and press down. Open to reveal design and let dry flat. Mount print onto colored cardstock and frame.

Mini Clay Bowls

Press small rubber stamps or chipboard letters into air-dry clay to make this cute little catchall.

What you'll need: White air-dry clay, wax paper, small rolling pin, water, cooking oil, non-washable ink pad, rubber letter stamps or chipboard letters, cotton swab

Make it: Knead a piece of clay for a few seconds, then flatten it on wax paper and roll it out so it's ⅛" to ¼" thick. To smooth the surface of the clay, wipe a little water on top and let it sit for about ten minutes. Use your finger to apply a thin film of cooking oil to the surface that you're going to stamp. Ink your stamp and press it into the wet clay. Use a cotton swab to clean up any undesired impressions or excess oil. Mold the edges up to create a bowl or dish and let it dry for two to three days on wax paper.

Jolly Java Jackets

Kids can fashion a striped or solid sock into a reusable sleeve for coffee or hot cocoa to go.

What you'll need: Old socks, fabric scissors, buttons, felt, felt stickers, fabric glue

Make it: Cut 4 inches from leg of sock to form a cup cozy. Add embellishments using fabric glue.

Bottle Cap Magnets

Fill a bottle cap with mini-fingerprint artwork or wrapping paper scraps to make these adorable magnets.

What you'll need: Inkpad, markers, clear Con-Tact paper, 1-inch circle punch, glue, small magnets, assorted metal bottle caps, scraps of gift wrap or photos, white cardstock

Make it: For fingerprint art, have children make designs using inkpads, their fingers, and markers. Set aside to dry for a few minutes. When ink is dry, cover the fingerprint design with a small square of clear Con-Tact paper, then punch out using a 1-inch circle punch. Glue the small paper punch to the inside of the bottle cap. Glue a magnet onto the top of the bottle cap. If using gift wrap scraps or photos, glue the gift wrap (or photo) to white cardstock, cover with a square of clear Con-Tact paper, then punch out and attach to bottle caps.