DIY Gifts for Kids Book List

DIY Gifts for Kids - a book list

Creating gifts for kids can either be exciting or overwhelming. Kids have a wide range in likes, but knowing the kid will take you far in deciding what to make. While some kids may be harder to find a gift to MAKE, the reward of giving a gift that is tailored to the receiver is always worth the effort.

Today’s Crafty Christmas installment is a list of books to help you create those perfect gifts for kids. DIY gifts for kids is the name of the game today!

As always, you can look for these books at your local library or find them on Amazon.

DIY Gifts for Kids Book List


Ultimate Papercraft Bible: A Complete Reference with Step-by-Step Techniques edited by Marie Clayton – Papercrafting isn’t just awesome cards. This may be a great book to consider using as an experience gift for a kid, taking the time to make something out of the book would be a great gift for a crafty kid who simply wants to spend time with you.


The Big Book of Socks: The Ultimate Beyong-the-Basics Guide to Knitting Socks by Kathleen Taylor – Most kids I know love funky socks. If you can knit, this could be a great option.


Pattern Making for Kids’ Clothes by Carla Hegeman Crim – If you are a sewer, making some clothes may be the option you want to take. There are so many awesome choices for fabrics – beautiful fabrics for tween girls, fun and funky for boys, and sweet prints for toddlers. You can easily customize a clothing gift to the child.


Palm-Size Softies: Patterns and Ideas for 44 Stuffed Pets and Dolls That Fit in the Palm of Your Hand by Hitomi Jakahashi, Mikiko Matsui, and Akema Tsubo – These little critters are adorable.


Chic & Unique Beaded Jewelry edited by Naomi Abeykoon – If you have a tween girl on your list, this could make a great gift. Actually, this would make a great option for just about any girl on your list.


Felt Toys for Little Ones by Jessica Peck of Sweetie Pie Bakery – I just love felt food. This book is a great collection of ideas for play sets to spark imaginative play in toddlers and preschoolers.


Washi Tape: 101+ Ideas for Paper Crafts, Book Arts, Fashion, Decorating, Entertaining, and Party Fun! by Courtney Cerruti – Washi tape has been all the rage in the crafting world for a while now. This books has a lot of fun ideas to try.

Don’t let crafting for kids intimidate you! Think about the kid you are giving the gift to and then try to find some ways to make them something special. A little extra thought goes a long way!

DIY Health & Beauty Gifts

DIY Health & Beauty Gifts for gift giving fun!

Crafty Christmas was born out of my ever-present desire to make the gifts I give. Don’t get me wrong, I love to shop for gifts, too. There is just something about adding a handmade gift to the mix that makes it extra special to me.

Last time, I covered books with ideas for gifts kids can make and give. This time, we are talking about DIY health and beauty gifts for your gift giving needs. Next time, I will cover books with ideas for homemade gifts to be given TO kids.

Now, this series may be called Crafty Christmas, but these gifts are not seasonal in nature. They would make excellent birthday or even just because gifts, too. Don’t feel limited to this time of year, spread the love all year long!

Many of these gifts will have ingredients that you may not know where to find locally. Here are a few resources for buying them online:

  • Bulk Herb Store – They sell a variety of bulk herbs and mixes. They also sell heirloom seeds.
  • Mountain Rose Herbs – They also offer a selection of herbs and other ingredients, but they also have a great selection of containers, too.
  • Amazon – They truly have just about everything you could ever need it seems.

Now, on to our list!

DIY Health and Beauty Gifts

I’m organizing these a bit to make them easier to reference. If you find one you really like, be sure to pin it on Pinterest so you don’t lose it!

Body Needs

For the Face

Bath & Shower Gifts

Health Related Gifts

Any one of these would make a simple gift for a friend or you can bundle them together in a cute basket and really make an impression. You can see these and many more options on my DIY :: Health & Beauty Pinterest board. So be sure to follow that (and the rest of my boards).

In researching this post, I came across what looks to be a fabulous resource for those wanting to make their own health and beauty products. It is an eBook called DIY Organic Beauty Recipes and you might be interested in checking it out.

DIY Organic Beauty Recipes

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting with Socks

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting with Socks from Vicki-Arnold.com

The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Supplies

I am happy to be partnering with 50 other bloggers to bring you the Ultimate Guide to Craft Supplies. Each blogger has taken a craft supply and created a guide for crafting with that supply. The project started on January 1st with Craftulate’s guide of Googly Eyes.

A sample of the guides you won’t want to miss:

You can see the entire list on The Ultimate Guide to 50 Craft Materials!

I chose socks. This may seem odd, but once you see some of the cute things you can do with them, you’ll love it! I have rounded up over 40 craft ideas to put those mate-less socks to use. Or those super cute holiday socks that you found on clearance for 10 cents.

These crafts can be made with kids, but there is a wide range of skills required. I aimed to make this a guide you can return to again and again.

The Ultimate Guide to Crafting with Socks

Toys Made from Socks

Stuffed Animal Sock Toys

Sock Puppets

Gift Ideas

  • Soapy the Sock Fish – This cutie would make a cute addition to a baby shower gift.
  • How to Make a Sock Bouquet – You can make this for any occasion or holiday, for any age. A cute practical alternative when real flowers wouldn’t work.
  • Can Cozy – A handy gift for someone who drinks a lot of canned beverages.
  • Lavender Rice Compress – For those stress-filled days.
  • Diaper Babies – Have fun making a basket of these with your kids the next time you need a baby shower gift. Or consider donating it to your local pregnancy care center to brighten someone’s day.

Socks for Decor

Clothing & Accessories Crafts with Socks

Holiday & Seasonal Sock Crafts

Other Sock Craft Ideas

  • Baby Sock Cat Toy – Make a simple toy that will drive your cat crazy. Very easy project.

MORE Sock Crafts!

You can follow my Pinterest board for sock crafting fun – Crafting With Socks

Crafting with Socks (a Pinterest board)

I would like to invite all my blogging friends to link up any sock crafts that they may have on their blog. Thank you for sharing your creative genius with us!

5 Super Simple Last Minute Valentine’s Day Activities

5 Super Simple Last Minute Valentine's Day Activities for Kids from Vicki-Arnold.com

Did you realize that Valentine’s Day is this coming Friday? If my kids weren’t constantly reminding me to sign up for our homeschool group’s party, I might have forgotten. I’m not much on holidays, aside from Thanksgiving and December.

I’ve been working on some things around here and in the process I rounded up a few super simple activities to try with my kids this week. I thought I’d share them with you, too. And tomorrow, you are getting my first C post (I’m really rocking this routine, aren’t I? <insert eyeroll here>).

Most of these came from my fellow Kid Blogger Network bloggers. You should see those Pinterest boards! No, really, go look. And then look at this board, too. You’re welcome.

Simple Valentine's Day Art Project from This Sweet Life of Mine

Simple Valentine’s Day Art Project from This Sweet Life of Mine

Easy Valentine's Day Craft for Kids from One Perfect Day

Easy Last Minute Valentine’s Day Craft from One Perfect Day

Simple Valentine's Day Heart Craft for Kids from Inspiration Laboratories

Simple Valentine’s Day Heart Craft for Kids from Inspiration Laboratories

Fine Motor Valentine's Day Painting from Learn Play Imagine

Fine Motor Valentine’s Day Painting from Learn Play Imagine

The blog Hogar-Mujer has these really cute heart bookmarks that are easy to make, but the blog is in a foreign language so I don’t know if I have permission to share one of their photos or not. So, you will just have to head over and see the photo tutorial for yourself.

This final one may not qualify as “super simple” so I am just including it here as a bonus. I am hoping to have some puffy paint left to make these DIY window clings from The Connections We Share.