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Gifts from the Art




With a few craft supplies, you can turn kids' art into gifts. Commission a drawing from your little artist, or use one you've saved.

A hand-drawn decoration makes a practical gift precious. With fabric crayons, kids draw on an ironed handkerchief. Parents press with an iron to set the image (follow instructions on crayon package).

Scan drawings into the computer, and print onto shrinkable plastic film made for inkjet printers (available at craft stores). Cut out, and punch hole at top. Bake according to package directions; add hooks.

Checkbook Cover
Make bill-paying a pleasure. Using a clear checkbook sleeve (available at stationery stores) as a template, trace over artwork. Cut out, and slip picture inside sleeve.

A custom calendar is a gift you can count on. Apply peel-and-stick laminate to a picture (follow package directions). Remove a calendar from its original backing, and attach with double-sided tape.

Tote Bag
Use your children's favorite drawings to decorate canvas bags. Scan drawing, and print onto iron-on transfer paper, following the directions on the package. Cut out the design, and use an iron to fuse the image to a plain canvas bag. Or kids can draw directly on bag with fabric pens.

Martha Stewart Kids, Winter 2004



Reviews (3)

  • Jelamb 6 Dec, 2010

    I I have scanned my kids' artwork and printed it on cardstock for either as thinking of you cards for relatives or family friends or for birthdays. My mom frames them.

  • lisawalters 4 Dec, 2010

    Thanks for the information, I will definitely check it out! I have also scanned artwork and made a photo book of all their creations. Great way to have a memory of everything, and be able to keep just a few really special pieces.

  • BetsyABrady 6 Nov, 2008

    kids artwork can also be scanned and made into a canvas art print for display instead of hidden in a drawer. these prints archive longer than photographs. i gave one of each of my children's artwork pieces to my mother. she began to tear up when she unwrapped the prints. i ordered mine form if anyone is interested.