My daughters love to create things. They are constantly crafting, using one medium or another. One week they’ll be making bracelets and next they’ll move on to food for their American Girl dolls.
Luckily, they have a bunch of friends who also love to craft, so they are always constructing things for each other.
They make gifts all year for their friends, but they especially enjoy creating them during the holiday season. I love this because handmade presents are cheaper than store bought ones and much more personal.
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With the holidays quickly approaching, we have started putting together the list of things the girls want to create.
If the girl in your life likes to craft like mine, hopefully our list will inspire her to surprise her friends with some fun gifts. And not just for the holiday, but all year long!
These bracelets are definitely all the rage right now. Abigail had been admiring them for a couple of months, but had no idea how to make them.
You can imagine how excited she was to receive this loom for her birthday!
She has been making bracelets for everyone ever since. With this kit and the endless band colors, she can make dozens of patterns, in little time.
2. Duct Tape Flower Pen
Both of my children LOVE duct tape. We regularly have a large selection of patterned duct tape in our house that they use for various creations.
One of their favorite projects is making flowers to add to the end of their pens.
This tutorial shows you step-by-step how to complete one of the popular flower styles.
3. Marbled Paper Bookmarks
Remember when I shared about making marbled autumn leaves? Well, I was determined to figure out the process so we could use it to make some beautiful bookmarks for our friends.
I let my girls each choose three acrylic paint colors to swirl, as well as a roll of coordinating ribbon for the tassel. Then we added some beads to the end of the ribbon.
4. Flower and Gem Hair Clip
Buying these in the store can be very expensive. That’s why I was so thankful when a friend, who makes these for her daughter, shared her process with me.
It’s very easy, which I always appreciate!
Marianna loves to wear these flower clips, but to be honest, I think one of her favorite parts is the big gem in the middle!
5. Charm Bracelet
While doing some research for a co-op class, I came upon these charm bracelets. We think they are cute, so we eagerly added them to our list this year.
I used buttons from my large button tin so all we had to purchase were charms and cording. Simple and inexpensive!!
6. American Girl Backpack
My daughters have wanted a backpack for their dolls for quite a while. After making an Afikomen bag with the girls for one of our American Girl clubs, I figured I could turn it in to a backpack by adding straps, like this backpack.
This is an easy no-sew project when you use hot glue.
I cut these dimensions out of felt:
- backpack – 1 piece 5 1/2″ W x 10″ L
- straps – 2 pieces 1″ W x 11 1/2″ L
I glued the sides of the backpack, leaving about a 2″ fold over for the flap. Then the straps went on the back, evenly spaced. I attached a button to the front flap, using glue.
Even though I offered to add some Velcro to the bag to keep it shut, my girls wanted to keep it open.
I hope my list has encouraged you to start thinking about gifts your girls can make for their friends. I’m regularly adding crafts for older kids to my Holiday Craft Pinterest Board, so make sure you follow along for some holiday inspiration!
What kinds of gifts do your children like to make to give to friends and family during the holidays?
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