It’s never too early to show children that a handmade gift is the best gift to give. They will learn new skills and have fun at the same time while learning the value of thriftiness. Over the past couple of weekends my granddaughter and I have been working on presents for her parents. This weekend we completed them and I can now show you the finished pieces.
This year I used quite a few of the cedar fence boards found under the shed and saved the end cuts to use for craft projects. I cut all the pieces the same size before putting them up for later use. Well, later came this fall when I showed my stash to my granddaughter and asked her what she might like to make with them.
She started by painting. We went through the leftover cans of paint and she choose white.
Once the pieces were dry, she used my stencils to spell out the word “JOY” on them.
I have paper stencils so I held them in place while she used permanent markers, which is much easier to use for a beginner, to fill in the stencil.
Finally, this weekend we finished up by drilling holes in each square and using yarn left over from a blanket I made last winter for my grandson to connect them. Here she is showing off her finished gifts.
Finally, I pulled out some Kraft previously used as a protective stuffing for shipping a package to wrap the presents which she then decorated.
Her parents are divorced so Mom and Dad will each receive one. She couldn’t wait to give her father his when he came to pick her up. He loved it and I’m sure her mother will too.
The total cost for this project was ZERO!
I received the ultimate gift from my granddaughter when she hugged and thanked me for having supplies around the house to make these gifts because she didn’t have a lot of money to spend on presents but wanted to give her parents something nice.
The countdown to Christmas is on, and I have a few more presents to make.
How about you? Are you ready for Christmas?