There's nothing more meaningful than a gift bearing the unmistakable touch of a creative kid. These easy, crafty gifts will make any adult smile at Christmas.
A hand-drawn decoration makes a practical gift precious. With fabric crayons, kids draw on an ironed handkerchief. Parents then press with an iron to set the image (follow instructions on crayon package).
There's no better gift for a teacher or neighbor than cookies or candy packaged in a keepsake tin. Print a child's drawing on a water slide decal (some decals have a transparent background; others, white). To protect the image, spray decal with the coating spray; let dry. Trim it to desired shape. Soak decal in water until backing separates from it. Then place decal on a tin; push out excess water with a tissue, and let dry. Spray with the coating again. Long after the sweets are gone, the tin will hold the memory of a child's gift.
This recipe is quite simple, which makes it ideal for helpers of all skill levels. Depending on age, a kid might measure, mix, and shape the dough, or simply decorate the cookies that you've prepared, adding a festive pinpricked message of "noel" or "joy" to shortbread dough just before it's popped into the oven.
Give the teacher a stamp of approval with personalized stamps, ink pads, and blank note cards in warm, vivid colors. Print the wording from the computer and have an office supply store create a name stamp. You can also make a second imprint using an apple stamp, and give the pair.
Handcrafted end papers featuring kid drawings transform basic journals into keepsakes. A journal of any size will work. Measure the book's original end paper, then cut picture so that it's slightly wider to accommodate the fold. Next, use a paintbrush to apply white glue evenly over the end paper. Lay artwork over glued area and press, starting at center and working out. Wipe off any excess glue; a parent can trim the edges with a utility knife if needed. Close the journal, and stack heavy books on top. Let dry overnight.
Here's a new twist on the familiar refrigerator-cum-art gallery: Let kids' turn their drawings into magnets that can be used all year long. They can draw helpful refrigerator reminders or a Christmas tree and ornaments. Print onto magnet sheets, and cut out. To give magnets as presents, affix them to a greeting card with double-sided tape.
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