Here's a list of gifts to make or to buy for the elementary school-age kid on your holiday list. Some of the crafts are easy and some may take a lot of planning ahead (ahem ... the toolbox craft).
These baby bird bean bags (say that five times fast) make great stocking stuffers: they can be juggled, cuddled and hopefully (but possibly) not hurled at each other. You'll need dried beans, a shrunken sweater or wool socks, bits of felt and a needle and thread. Get the pattern and more advice from Captain Crafty.
Felt Story Board
This gift can be made with any story in mind ... Spiderman, Cinderella or something you make up with monsters. The felt story board is also great for travel. To make this gift you'll need cotton, felt, needle and thread, cardboard, backing, a button and elastic. Check out the whole how-to from Maya*Made.
No Mess Apron
Know a little one who loves to "cook" and paint? Here's a pattern from ShisoMama
to make a mini-sized apron. In her design she uses coated cotton so you can wipe off the messes.
For this craft you'll need felt, needle and thread and lots of time. Check out how to make one of the screws from FairyFox,
buy a toolbox pattern from GulfCoastCottage
($5.99) on Etsy or buy the whole dang thing from Yellowmedaisy
Assembly Required Horse
Handy with a saw and drill? Here's a homemade gift idea for you from Paris Bourke
You'll have to give this gift right away, but who doesn't love Christmas come early? You'll need a regular orb-shaped ornament, primer, a sharpie and acrylic paint. Check out the whole how-to from The Cheese Thief
Dino Time Planter
A decorative item perfect for a dino lover's room. It could be hard to instill the idea that this is not a toy, but if you can overcome that obstacle, this makes an adorable addition to his or her bedroom. The dino planter ($15, BloominHappy2009
) comes with an air plant, which means no dirt and just a spritz of water now and then.
Well, we don't know any 7-year-olds who know how to play dominos, but we do know a few kiddos who are pretty great at making up their own games. Here's a way to get the kids clean and let them play ($7, BubbleCitySoap
Not So Scary Green Monster
Hey you needle and thread gurus out there, here's a little inspiration. Make a stuffed animal for the little one you know or buy this adorable creature ($22, KellyKreatures
Making a costume was never easier. Sew a circular band to fit your recipient's waist, then tie tulle ribbon all the way around. And that's it. You're done. Check out this how-to from mamaliciousfinds or buy one ($17.50, TutuDoll).
Peter Pan Bookmarks
Never grow up with these bookmarks ($9, SixPenny
). Also, you could personalize the gift by drawing his or her favorite cartoon character or finding a picture online and then laminating it.
Paper dolls can keep kids occupied for hours. Visit The Toymaker
for a variety of different paper doll printouts, from monsters to the whole set and scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
P.S. Check out lots of crafts for kids from Crafty Crow.
Picture credits: CaptainCrafty.com, Mayamade.blogspot.com, Shisomama.wordpress.com, fairyfox.wordpress.com, parisbourke.com, thecheesethief.blogspot.com, etsy-BloominHappy2009, etsy-bubblecitysoap, etsy-kellykreature, etsy-tutudoll, etsy-sixpenny, and thetoymaker.com.