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Clearly Christmas: Se7en Gifts Kids Can Make For Adults.

November 15th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Painted Dish Towels and Aprons: Hand printed dish towels are simple and pretty and easy enough to achieve. Aprons are fun, let them loose with fabric markers and you have a time stamp of who was drawing what at the time.

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Coasters: We have a shop nearby that allows you to put photos onto t-shirts, mouse pads, mugs and coasters – nice enough but really only a doting parent would want to wear a t-shirt with a photo of your kids and even then it would get relegated to car wash days – and you know how often we wash cars! However artwork is great, we put artwork onto coasters and they looked great and they are useful. I chose a theme and medium (butterflies and fat markers) to level the playing fields so that they all turned out similarly to form a set.

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Painted Clay goods: These are great gifts but you need to think of a simple design so that they can actually be used… I don’t want to serve tea to visitors in mugs my toddlers have smudged with black paint, and another child has practiced his drawing of yet another cartoon character… think aesthetically pleasing folks and something that even little kids can do. One year we put star stickers onto mugs and then sponge painted them dark blue. Once the paint was dry we carefully peeled the stickers off leaving little white stars – simple and effective.

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Calendars: I usually give a calendar to grannies and very close friends – smothered in pictures and artwork of the kids – only they will be interested in this – not your bosses cousin mind you! – I also pop the birthdays onto it – they want to remember but I can’t expect them to remember se7en! I make them printable, using free calendar templates from the web. I certainly don’t want my kids spending weeks drawing calendars in triplicate… I am not going to have much luck with that and I sure don’t want to be decorating calendars.

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A great way to embellish them is to let your kids make stickers to mark special events. All you need is a box of blank stickers and a couple of markers and give your kids a few to decorate every day while you are making supper and within a week you will have one hundred bazillion stickers that are useful for a number of things (decorating gifts and christmas card envelopes and so on), not least of all calendars!

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Tie-Dyes: Bandana’s, T-shirts, socks, shoelaces, lanyards, anything that’s fabric – its easy, its fun and you can really get all your Christmas crafting done in a mornings work. Here’s how.

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Stress Balls: These are bright fun an easy to make. You need a small handful of playdo and a couple of balloons. Here’s How.

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Cushions: Fabric paint is fun and my kids love the slushy thick paints, it is easy to whip these into cushions – even if you are not a natural seamstress – like me!

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Happy Crafting.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 T-maze // Nov 19, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    Ok, I am trying to make a calendar. So what is the best option ? To print the calendar part onto A4 and then make separate photo/art pages which you scan in, so it opens to and A3? do you put cardboard on the outside and how do you get the whole thing to hang together?
    Tammy

  • 2 T-maze // Nov 19, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Also where do you get fabric markers and Teddy fabric dye?

  • 3 se7en // Nov 21, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Tammy

    Calendars: I print them on A4 pages: one page of pictures and one month on another. And pin the two up on a pin board, making a double A4 calendar.
    Fabric Markers: We use Crayola fabric markers that we get sent to us as gift from my kids godmother in the states.
    Fabric Paints: I would send anyone in Cape Town to Merrypac – there is a link on my site. In Fish Hoek there are two craft stores and they both stock these paints.
    Hope this all helps!

  • 4 Olivia // Nov 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve made the stress balls filled with just flour and it workd great.

  • 5 se7en // Nov 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Hi O and do I have a story about those… when staying at a friends apartment in Rome, well an acquaintance, packed with lovely antique things… the father person was playing with a flour filled stress ball when I heard oops… and he was covered in flour. I went out onto the balcony to breathe and came back to discover him wiping the flour “off” the antique navy/velvet/corduroy chair with a wet cloth… waahhhaaa. I went outside to breathe some more and heard him vacuuming. I couldn’t remember seeing a vacuum, so dashed back in to find him “vacuuming” the chair with a floor polisher. Ahem, with little mettle brushes on it. I didn’t go out for any more air… I stayed right there, there was heap of wailing and gnashing of teeth… we got it more or less right… died a thousand deaths and moved on! I think I will stick to play-do within!!! Have a great day!!!

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