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Ideas: Gifts for Little Kids to Make for Christmas

What better gift to give than a gift made from the heart by tiny hands.

From grandma and grandpa to aunt and uncle, these 12 handmade toddler crafts are sure to please this holiday season.

Reindeer hand print antler frame

What you’ll need: Unpainted wood frame, nontoxic brown washable paint, brown construction paper, a red pom pom and two big googly eyes. 

Directions: Have toddler paint wood frame. Trace toddler’s hands onto the brown construction paper and cut out. Glue on hands, eyes and pom pom. 

Plastic cup snow globe

What you’ll need: Clear plastic cup, cut-out photo of toddler, pipe cleaner, white card stock sheet to make the cup bottom, and fake snow.

Directions: Poke a hole in the bottom of the cup and pull the pipe cleaner through and tie. With the help of the toddler, place the cut-out photo in the cup. Together, place a few pinches of fake snow in the cup. Glue the cup top to the card stock circle. 

Salt dough hand print keepsakes

What you’ll neeed: 4 cups all, purpose flour, 1 cup salt, 1.5 cups of warm water and clear glaze finish or mod pdoge.

Directions: Preheat oven 250 degrees. Combine ingredients and kneed for 10 minutes. Roll out dough to the thickness you want. Use a large cookie cutter to cut our different shapes as you desire. Place your child’s hand into the salt dough shape. Optional: using a straw make a hole in the top to pull through a ribbon to make an ornament. Bake 1 to 2 hours. Once cool, the toddler can decorate by painting with acrylic or kids paint. The toddler can even add glue and glitter. Spray with a clear glaze finish or finish with mod podge.

Snowman finger ornament

What you’ll need: Plain round ornament, and white, red, orange and black paint. 

Directions: Paint your toddler’s hand with white paint place their hand with their palm at the bottom around the ornament.  Let dry. Add a hat, eyes, buttons, and scraf to each finger.

Dried pasta ornaments

What you’ll need: Several varieties of small dried pasta, thin cardboard, cookie cutters, and paint.

Directions: Trace cookie cutter shapes on thin cardboard and cut out. Let toddler drip glue all over the shape. Add the pasta pieces. Once dry. Paint the desired color.  

Pine cone owls

What you’ll need: Pine cone, feathers, felt sheets and googly eyes.

Directions: Cut out shapes for the feet and face from the felt. Let toddler glue on felt pieces. Glue googly eyes on face and glue feathers on either side for wings.

Button tree ornaments

What you’ll need: Christmas tree cookie cutter, multi-colored buttons, thin cardboard and green paint.

Directions: On cardboard trace and cutout the Christmas tree shape. Help your toddler use glue and stick on the buttons. 

Ice cycle ornaments

What you’ll need: Large cleaners, beads and ribbon.

Directions: Together add beads onto the pipe cleaner. Bend the pipe cleaner in a spiral. Add a ribbon at the top.

Garden wind chime

What you’ll need: Small or medium-sized clay pot, colorful beads, water-proof string, two washers and water-proof sealant. 

Directions: Let the toddler choose how to decorate the clay pot with paint, stickers, etc. Add beads to the string. Tie a knot at the bottom of each string. Once everything is dry, tie your bead strings securely to your first washer, leaving a few inches free at the top, and then poke the strings through the top of the garden pot and tie them secure around a second washer. Tie all of the strings into a knot toward the end of the strings, forming a loop to hang the wind chimes. Add water-proof sealant. 

Painted votive

What you’ll need: A votive candle and paint.

Directions: Let your toddler get creative with their design. 

Finger print key chain

What you’ll need: Key ring, Polyform Sculpey Original Polymer Clay and optional wire and beads.

Directions: Purchase Polyform Sculpey Original Polymer Clay (a Google search will provide buying options). Follow instructions to prep clay and press toddler’s finger print. You can shape the clay inot various shapes. Optional: Use wire covered in beads to connect the clay finger print.  

Santa cotton ball face

What you’ll need: Red and white construction paper, a close up photo of toddler’s face, cotton balls and white card stock sheet.

Directions: Cut out a Santa hat from the red construction paper and a beard from the white construction paper. Glue the photo on the card stock. Let the toddler glue the hat and beard on the picture. Using glue, let the toddler stick on cotton balls to cover the white construction paper. Don’t forget to add a cotton ball to the tip of the hat.

-Melissa Reinert, RCN contributor