“Mom, I want to make gifts for my friends to give them for Christmas.”
After I heard that statement, I immediately got a vision of glitter all over my kitchen, tiny little scraps of paper all over the floor, and a tornado storm pile of every craft thing we own thrown into one big heaping mess on the kitchen table.
Then, I saw myself hiding in my bedroom closet pretending that there wasn’t a gigantic craft storm in my house.
My kids have been working all summer to save their money for Christmas to buy and make gifts for friends and family. I love their generous giving spirit and definitely want to cultivate that and encourage it. BUT—— I DON’T want to spend hours making crafts and then spending even more time cleaning it up.
Just an honest confession there.
So, I started thinking and came up with an idea. This idea was something that I could do with them that was simple, festive, easy, and fun, and one of which they could take ownership and assemble themselves for gifts. It is the perfect pair.
I’m all about simple, easy, and fun when it comes to crafts with the kids. I like spending time with them and doing things with them, but the thought of a big, huge, mess or craft that I’m left to do alone doesn’t sound fun. It actually makes me want to run and hide just thinking about it.
Kid crafts (in my opinion) need to be age-appropriate, quick and doable for them or they will lose interest.
So, I headed to Walmart with my oldest to put my plan into action because Walmart has pretty much everything we could need to make this idea a reality. We strolled the Christmas section and then headed to find some containers.
We grabbed the ZIPLOC® Brand Twist’N Loc Small 1pint 3 count containers for her to decorate and fill with Christmas treasures for her friends. (Hint: If you want a coupon for the containers CLICK HERE)
We picked the ZIPLOC ® Brand containers because they were the perfect size for what we were going to fill it with and you can use them for crafts or food. The lid was easy to screw on and off, so that my six and seven year olds could assemble the gifts without help.
We made peppermint ornaments, pony bead ornaments, and homemade bracelets to go in the ZIPLOC ® Brand containers.
(Scroll to the bottom of the post for directions on how to make both ornaments)
But, not only did we fill the containers with the ornaments and bracelets my daughter made, but we threw in all the supplies for her friends to make their own too!
DIY Christmas Gifts for Kids
So each ZIPLOC ® Brand container was filled with
- a metal Christmas cookie cutter
- pony beads
- string for a bracelet so they could make one for themselves
- peppermint ornament
- pony bead ornament
- beaded bracelet
They got all the ingredients so they could make the ornaments and bracelets themselves plus the ornaments and bracelets that we made for them to keep.
We also included the directions and a personal note to go with it.
It ended up being the perfect, most appropriate gift for that age group.
AND—- it wasn’t messy! It was very easy to assemble and not time consuming! It was PERFECT!!!!
We decorated the ZIPLOC ® Brand containers with a Christmas ribbon and bow that took less than 5 minutes and Viola- an easy, festive, fun, Christmas gift, that was fun to assemble.
We used hot glue to secure the ribbon and the festive bow on top. So now, all we have to do is hand them out to friends.
Or maybe, we will have a Christmas tea party and they can give them as party gifts. Either way, the gifts are a success.
Oh, and because I knew my boys would lose interest in the “fru fru” project after the ornaments were finished but would still want to give gifts to their friends, I picked up the Ziploc ® Brand snack bags 240 CT and a package of Whoppers ® so that the boys could give away some “Reindeer Poop”. Sheesh, what is it with little boys and poop that is so entertaining to them??? I don’t get it.
But, anyway, the boys loved this and assembled their ZIPLOC ® snack bags with ease to give their friends. The bags were the perfect size to fit the perfect amount of Whoppers ® in it.
And because I was about crafted out, I went ahead and ordered these cute “Reindeer Poop” gift tags from Etsy to have them attach to the bags. EASY!
I have included a free printable for you that you could put inside the ZIPLOC ® containers if you want to do this too! Scroll to the bottom for the printable for the directions to make the ornament.
Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
Homemade Peppermint Ornament Directions
- Heat oven to 350 Degrees
- Arrange metal cookie cutters on a cookie sheet
- Spray the inside of the cookie cutter with cooking spray
- Fill with one layer of peppermints
- Cook in oven for 7 minutes
- Immediately when they come out, take a toothpick and make a hole at the top to be able to put a piece of string
- Let candyharden for about 10 minutes
- Take out of cookie cutter
- Give away to friends or hang on the tree
Homemade Pony Bead Ornament Directions
- Heat oven to 400 degrees
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on the cookie sheet
- Lay metal cookie cutters on parchment paper
- Arrange beads in a single layer inside the ornament
- Put in oven for 20 minutes until the beads are melted
- Let cool for 5 minutes
- Take of of cookie cutter
- Glue string on the back to make ornament hanger
- Give away to friends or hang on tree
Click below for a printable version of the directions
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