April 18, 2014

Christmas Gifts You Can Make With Kids

By contributing writer, Debra

I always love crafting for Christmas gifts. This year, I really want to keep it simple, and I want to include the kids. As nice as it is in theory though, sometimes crafting with kids can get a little stressful for me. It takes time to get supplies, set up for a craft, and make something. I want something simple, that results in low mess and yet a nice gift.

A few weeks ago I tried ceramic painting for the first time. It was crafter’s love at first stroke. I was able to get out of the house for a few hours and paint something beautiful. They fired it for me, then I was able to pick it up a few days later. I did not have to get supplies. I did not have to set up a place to craft and I did not even have to clean up from crafting. Everything was already set up.

I knew this would be the perfect avenue for allowing the kids to make some Christmas gifts. My son and I went in and made a huge mug for daddy. It has a portrait of Mark and I (can you see us?), the words “I love dad” written by me, and Christopher’s  scribble signature on the bottom. My two year old daughter and I went in a few days later and made some things for her grandmothers. They have lots and lots of pink.

It was simple and fun!  I chose to get mid-range items but could have spent as little as $3. Every store will have it’s own prices, but buying the pieces also covered the firing costs and the cost of the paints.

A few ceramic painting tips:

  • Make sure you know if there is a firing fee or if the piece  you buy also covers cost.
  • Go with ONE kid at a time.
  • Make sure that they have a way to make it safe for food before you choose a mug or serving patter.
  • Don’t go on a Saturday’s afternoon or Friday evening.
  • This is not just an idea to do with kids. I made a vase for my sister for her bridal shower. 
  • Wear clothes you do not care about.

More Christmas Crafts With Kids

I asked some blogging friends for some ideas they had for Christmas Gifts kids can help make. They gave me some great ideas!
Note: For the gifts in the jar I suggest measuring out the ingredients and letting the kids dump them in. A canning funnel would help immensely with this.

Salt dough hand prints here @ The Marathon Mom


Cinnamon Ornaments @ Natural Living Mamma


Vanilla Sugar Scrub @ More Than Mundane


Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar from Simple Homemade


lip salve

Raw Honey Lip Salve @ Nourishing Faith and Family
Note: this would best be done with older kids as it uses hot ingredients.

Gifts in a Jar @ The Nourishing Home


Handprint Calender (there are ideas for every month) @ Pocketful of Posies
Then of course you will need to wrap your gift.

DIY Wrapping Paper with Kids @ I Thought I Knew Mama

Have you ever made Christmas gifts with young kids? What did you make?

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About Debra Worth

Debra Worth is first and foremost a daughter of the king of kings. She lives in mid Missouri with her dashingly handsome husband, two adorable children, and one on the way. She spends her days keeping up with two toddlers, growing a baby belly (currently), reading, drawing, crafting, cooking healthy foods, keeping a home, teaching kids and then chronicling the ensuing excitement on her blog Sweet Kisses and Dirty Dishes.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing my gifts-in-jar ideas. And I am excited about the other ideas you shared such as the salt dough handprints and homemade wrapping paper. SO cute! You are such a blessing!

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