Play: DIY Gifts on a Budget
I like Pinterest for many reasons- one of them being that I can find a lot of ideas for DIY gifts. We really like the idea of only giving homemade gifts (personable, intentional, hopefully meaningful), but we are so far from there (who has the time?!) So, for this holiday season, I decided that I would really like to make at least one thing for each of my kids, and a few things for some of my family members.
First, I wanted to share some of the things I came up with (some are borrowed, some are original). I’ve included both the cost of materials PLUS the amount of time (because we all know that time is money in many cases!).
1. Baby Doll Cloth Diapers
Ada is really into all things dolls/babies/etc. I have a feeling this is only going to increase when the new baby arrives. I thought it might be good to get her practicing changing diapers… :).
Using this template, I was able to keep this gift around a dollar per diaper.
3 pieces of felt (I used the fun patterns, so it was more expensive): $2.97
1 package of adhesive velcro (because I’d rather not sew): $3.00
**I used about 1/10 of the package of velcro total, so it averaged about $1.00/diaper
20 minutes to make 3 diapers.
2. Felt Tea Bags
I’m going to be gifting this with a tea set (from Green toys) for Aly. She’s getting to the place where this would be fun for her to use with stuffed animals…or with me and her sister!
Here’s a quick visual of how I did it:
|Cut the tea bag portion (x2)|
|Cut out the tag part (x2)|
|Add the ribbon, use double-sided tape to stick it together.|
What I didn’t include is a little wooden box that I’m going to paint to store the bags in, but here’s an idea of what I was thinking.
2 pieces of felt (I used gray and purple): $.66
1 spool of super thin ribbon: $.50
double-sided sticky tape: had it laying around the house
**Averaged about $.20/tea bag
For 5 tea bags, it took me about 20 minutes.
3. Picture Frames
|“Who are those people, mommy?”|
3 picture frames from A.C. Moore: $8.00/each, so $24.00. I did use a coupon that got me 50% off of one of them, so it was $20.00 for me.
Paint: had in our craft closet
Pictures (they are still waiting to be picked up :)): $3.00
**So, this one was more expensive, but still only about $8.00/frame.
The kids did all the work on this one! We did all the pictures at once, so it took about 30 minutes for everyone to get their turn to paint.
4. Felt Travel Chess Board
We will be traveling for the winter holiday season, so I thought a felt chess board would be perfect because:
1.) It can be rolled up and stored, not taking up too much room in the car.
2.) The felt pieces stick, so it won’t easily come off (and get lost) in the car.
3.) If we DO happen to lose a piece, not the end of the world- I can quickly make a new one in less than a minute.
|Started by measuring lots of 1-inch by 1-inch squares from a white piece of felt.|
|Then, I placed them on a black piece of felt in a checkered pattern.|
|I then cut out no-sew iron-on adhesive for each white square, and ironed them on.|
|I cut out each chess piece from felt, using the template below.|
4 pieces of felt: $1.34
No-Sew Iron-On Adhesive: I had it laying around for another craft project, but I think a new roll will cost you about $8.00. I used a tiny portion of a roll (maybe 1/20th or 1/30th of a package), so if you don’t want to buy it, you could easily snag a square from someone else. But I must tell you, I find LOTS of reasons to use this in craft projects, so it’s been nice to have around.
**total cost for me: $1.34
2 hours, but this time included inventing a way to make it, and searching for a way to make the pieces. Lucky for you, I am including a printable that you can just print off as is, and you can use it as a template in cutting your chess pieces out (it will fit a 1″x1″ square).
5. Homemade Playdoh
Flour, Salt, Cream of Tartar, Food Coloring: all on hand- so free for me! But probably it would cost about $2.00 for a batch of playdoh.
About 10 minutes a batch.
While I had many other ideas pinned, these are the ones that ended up being manageable for me to make. So many ideas, so little time, right? 🙂