I know, I know, it’s a little early for some to be seriously talking about Christmas presents. But I’m talking DIY gifts, and they can take a little time to knock out. I love DIY gifts, I don’t do them as often as I would like to for adults, but I love, LOVE doing them for the littles.
Toys are freaking expensive and most get played with for such a short amount of time. If I can make something for a fraction of the price and customize it to my kid, then I’m all about it! Last year Hollis got a few DIY gifts and she plays with them constantly.
She got this sweet, pint-sized picnic table that my dad made for her. She eats lunch/snacks here, paints, colors, and does about a hundred other things here every day. Plus I love that she has something that she knows her Papa made for her.
This baby cradle wasn’t DIY’d so much as it was upcycled. It belonged to me when I was her age and I pulled it out of my parents attic and gave it a fresh paint job and new fabric. Now it’s brand new to her and she loves it as much as I did.
She also got this ‘dollhouse’ that was a shadowbox made by my grandpa. I just gave it paint and wallpaper to jazz it up. Again, it’s brand new to her, but has great memories for me of her great-grandpa.
There are so many great finds at thrift stores and flea markets that could be made to feel brand new with a little TLC and elbow grease without breaking the bank. And a lot of things that could be made from scratch if you have the time and patience. Here are few of my fave finds from Pinterest.
These colored blocks would be a great gift for any toddler and they would be so simple to make with some scrap wood and a table saw.
This crayon holder is so cute! You could even put the child’s name on it instead, or make one for markers or colored pencils. It also looks incredibly simple.
How cute is this bean bag chair?! It’s cuter than most of the store bought ones I’ve seen. You could use any fabric you like to customize it. It does however, require some sewing skills. My sewing skills aren’t the best, but I may have to try this one of these days.
I have to make this for Hollis and her brother-to-be. The kid is obsessed with tools and hopefully baby boy will be too! I have seen many plans on Pinterest to build your own tool bench from scratch. This one re-purposes an old end table, which I love because it would save a lot of work and make this a pretty simple project.
I’ve been seeing this pin for years. I love this idea. I was at the Re-Store the other day and saw at least 20 nightstands without a mate that would be so perfect for this project. I definitely plan to make one of these when Hollis is done with Duplos and ready for Legos. I think her dad will be excited to play with it too….
More Lego fun! I really like this portable Lego project too. Talk about simple. It would be so great to take on trips to play in the car or hotel room, or to take to grandparents house.
Spoiler alert: Hollis is getting a new play kitchen for Christmas from my parents. Specifically, she is getting the Ikea play kitchen and we have plans to customize it for her and her playroom. I thought it would be fun to make or re-purpose something into a fridge or pantry to go along with her new kitchen. She really needs something to hold all of her play food, plates, cups, etc. I found a cabinet at the Re-Store that I think will be perfect. I will let you know how it turns out!
Are any of you planning on doing in DIY gifts for kids or adults this year?