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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Homemade Holiday Gift Tutorials

Eek---it’s the 2nd week of November already!  If I’m going to make any homemade gifts for Christmas this year, it’s time to get my crafting on.  I feel a need to create and so are the kids. 

In case you are looking for some crafty gift ideas, check these out. 

Homemade Holiday Gift Tutorials at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

There are all gifts I’ve made over the years. And if you’re not particularly crafty, don’t worry---I’ve included some full-blown tutorials with complete step-by-step instructions!  Plus, many of these you can do together with your kids.


kaleidoscope coaster stackkaleidoscope bookmark

Kaleidoscope Coasters

With a little yarn, a needle and a sheet of plastic canvas (all available from my local Walmart or fabric store), you can make a set of these pretty coasters---a practical gift that any adult family member will appreciate.  Kids about 8 and up can also make these with some instruction.  I’ll show you how, step-by-step

Bonus instructions are included for Kaleidoscope Bookmarks.


fort kit

Fort Kit

For any kids in your life, even if you aren’t particularly handy with a sewing machine, you can put together an inexpensive tent/fort kit using either lengths of fabric or inexpensive sheets and velcro strips.  A teen or tween could also make this for younger siblings. I’ll show you how.


duct tape short sword

Duct Tape Short Sword

A little something to make for the kids on your gift list or that your kids can make for their friends.  All you need to do is raid your recycling bin and grab a roll of duct tape.


beaded bookmarks

Beaded Book Marks

The book lovers in your life will love these stocking stuffers.  They are easy and inexpensive to make, plus even young ones can thread pretty beads on a string or ribbon.  Includes a video tutorial.


beaded door hanger

Beaded Door Hangers

Add some festivity to your home or use these as decorations on gifts.  Very easy , even for little ones.  Video tutorial included.



Easy Cloak

Depending upon the fabric you choose, this can be a fashionable wool cloak for an adult or teen or a dress up cloak for a kid.  To get a finished looking adult garment, you will need to sew, for the kids version you could pink the edges or use iron on tape.  The tutorial covers the basic technique and measurements.  To get the finished effect of the cloak on the left, choose a medium to heavy weight ool or wool blend with an obvious weave.  On the ends, pull out some widthwise threads to make a fringe (about 1/2” to 1”) and then do a multiple step zigzag just above the fringe to keep it from further fraying.  Zigzag the cut edge around the neck and front opening---you can make this in an hour.  Some day I will update the original tutorial (I have had this cloak for years and it is still going strong).


drop earrings

Classy Drop Earrings

Even if you’ve never made jewelry in your life, you can learn how with this step-by-step tutorial.  My 12-year-old daughter makes jewelry now and this is one of the first things I showed her how to do.  The technique is simple, but it does require a simple stool. If your local Walmart has a craft department, chances are they have what you need, but you can also find the materials at a craft store.  You can also get clip on earring findings for those without pierced ears.

Do you like craft tutorials?  Leave me a comment to let me know---I’m thinking about doing more.

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