Wishing You A Thrifty Christmas!
There’s no need to go out and spend a fortune on plastic to plump up the Christmas stockings, why not try your hand at making a few special homemade presents. When your children are young it’s the time to be thrifty, you may want to splash out but be warned as they get older they become very costly and prefer the latest technology…best to save for that time and pull your purse string tight at the beginning. You’ll be thankful of this 12 years down the line when the presents they yearn for only fill a toe of the stocking and begin with an i.
Make these Christmas Stockings from old jumpers yourcozyhome.blogspot.co.uk
Style My Party adore crafting, we’ve a passion for making things either for the need for personal creativity, to make your home a more beautiful space, or for lovely birthday and Christmas gifts. We’ve been out on our Santa sleigh weaving in and out of cyber space grasping wonderful tutorials along our way. Come and meet some truly creative individuals who may just spur you on to be a craft saver!
The simplicity of this rag doll makes it really sweet, faces can be hard to get right but with just a few circles this will look lovely. You can hand sew if you don’t have a machine, just make sure the seams are strong and there’s no chance of splitting.
Tutorial by womansday.com
Old Jumper Toys
Old pilled jumpers make the cutest critters, just cut out your pieces from the best parts. Here’s two lovelies which would make very cuddly life long friends.
Recycled Fabric Hobby Horse
Hobby horses are for children who enjoy galloping around the garden or around the house going clippity clop. Made from recycled fabrics of outgrown clothes it should only cost pennies to make.
Tutorial by lulastic.co.uk
Fairy Rag Dolls
These fairy rag dolls have been made to look like their owners, it’s a novel idea and one sure to please. You could make a little certificate with your dolls, embroidered or with paper, with making date etc…
Tutorial by StyleMyParty.co.uk
Felt Fairy Wands
Your children can grant lots of wishes by making them these special felt fairy wands. You may have to wait for them to grant you wish of a cup of tea for a few more years yet though.
Tutorial by StyleMyParty.co.uk
Felt Finger Puppets
You can make these when the children have gone to bed and you have that quiet time to relax. They are an ideal sofa craft, with just a few bits of felt and hand stitching, oh and a cup of tea for refreshment.
Tutorial by thealisonshow.com
Find a colourful tin to pop them in or decorate a shoe box like a pop-up theatre and pop them inside. Hey presto…theatrically gift wrapped!
Tutorial by repeatcrafterme.com
Don’t you just adore this little upcycled chest of drawers made into a little kitchen? For children who love to bake, they would dream of having such a lovely play station, they can enjoy playing cooks and inventing pretend recipes. How about painting it in their favourite colour?
Tutorial by honeybeevintage.com
Felt Play Food
Felt makes the perfect play food and comes in such a large range of colours now, supplied at most craft stores at a reasonable price, you could be producing these little lovelies for ever and a day.
What food stuff could you dream up next? There is a whole grocery shop of ideas here at piecesbypolly.com
Get them knowing their cabbages from their cauliflowers and their onions from their aubergines. This is the cutest grocer’s and it can be transformed into a variety of shop types by just changing the canopy. Make a pink & white stripes canopy for an old fashioned sweet shop, a cake shop or ice-cream stand. This would be a great party idea too!
Great for inside and outside when it’s warm, this little A-framed tent is the perfect hide-away for little ones to play out their adventures. It can be made out of an old bed sheet or choose a fun pattern from your local fabric shop.
Tutorial by mycakies.com
Homemade Play Dough
Play dough is probably best made the week before Christmas so that it doesn’t go past it’s best before date. Made with fun colours it will surely be busy being pulled about and rolled all over the place, it’s always a favourite.
Tutorial by modernparentsmessykids.com
Homemade Pavement Chalk
A little hopscotch or pavement art was a great past time for many a kids of the 60′s & 70′s…a good bit of out door fun and it washes away with the rain, hurray!
Featured on alittleartsy.blogspot.co.uk
DIY Giant Garden Chalk Board
If you’ve a big family how about making a giant chalk board for outdoors or on the garage wall. There will be no fighting for space here as they can all get creative together.
Featured on projectdenneler.com
Something to put it all in, it’s an essential part of toy organisation and keeping parents from tripping up or standing on stray pieces of lego. Here’s a colourful and fun idea for toy bags, take a look at the tutorial by seekatesew.com