I love making gifts, in general, but I really love making gifts for my kids. I just finished the gifts and the wrapping…and I’m so excited to see the girls open them!
What did I make?
For my 2 1/2 year old…
I got this idea from Pinterest. I made different items for matching, like the letter that begins each color, painted in that color, Handmade pompoms, Sticks with the color written out, and a design in that color on the handle. I think this will be fun to play with her, and may be something the girls can play together.
Number fishing game, with two fishing poles. Each pole has a strong magnet on the end, and each fish had a washer in it’s nose. I figure this is another game that we can play with Istra, or she can play with her sister. She could fish for the single numbers, and we could do addition with Eowyn.
I love making embroidered dolls. This is the first I’ve made for Istra, but I do like them for milestones, like Eowyn’s first Ballet recital, and going to see the nutcracker together. It’s super easy. Find an image you like, copy it onto your fabric with a pen made for such a purpose, or however you like to apply the image. Then embroider. Once complete, lay face down on backing fabric and just stitch around the outside edge of the image, leaving a hole somewhere to turn it right side out. You will hand stitch the hole closed. I often find images on Google, but this one is from a pattern I bought from Weewonderfuls, that I enlarged on my copier.
I added a little something that I have not done before. A pocket on the back that houses a little chicken. Istra loves the animals, and I thought she’d like her doll to have a chicken, and now she has a place to store it, too!
For the 5 year old:
Eowyn is in her second year of ballet. She loves it, but does find the studio to be a little cool in the winter. I knit up this ballet sweater, and made the button for it. Now she’ll be cozy during her winter classes.
Eowyn has learned how to finger knit, which she’s been enjoying. She even made a scarf for her grammy. I thought she might also like spool knitting. This will make an i-cord that can be used for several projects. I decided to make my own spool knitter. I bought a spool, ball, and pegs. Drilled holes, glued and painted. I completely love this! I want one too…
Seek and find. I saw these in a store and thought they were cute, but that I could make them for next to nothing…turns out I could make them for actually nothing. I got a sample tube from the company I purchase all my packing supplies from. The rice was given to me for crafts from a friend who let the rice go stale, and the items inside were all found objects around my house…I splashed in some glitter I purchased for another project! I think this seems like a good car activity…we’ll see.
Another nearly free gift. I printed fairy puppets online from Phee McFadden, added some sticks for the puppets to be glued to, and some brads for the joints. Eowyn loves to color and cut, so I think she’ll love this… Then she and Istra can use them in their joint gift:
Puppet Theater. Another inexpensive gift. A couple yards of fabric, 2 tension rods, and you have a doorway theater. We have the perfect door, right off the living room. They love to perform puppet shows, but the lack of a proper stage creates a little frustration from time to time. This should do just the thing.
Well, the elf is done, and we are celebrating Christmas tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, so it’s time to go to bed. Merry Christmas!