Our list of DIY gifts for kids originally had only 101 gift ideas… BUT you’ve sent us more ideas and we updated it to reflect your new gift ideas!
Want some ideas for homemade, personalized, DIY gifts? Something from this list should inspire or help you!
Have any ideas that were not listed? Lets see if we can come up with more!
DIY Christmas Gifts for Friends
All of these gifts are thoughtful, cute, and a lot of fun. I’m sure who ever receives them will absolutely love them all! This Post contains affiliate links
Plus some of these are awesome gifts kids can make for others as well. While receiving gifts is great and makes you feel good, sometimes giving them is equally important if not more important.
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DIY Presents to Wear
1. T-Shirt Stencil Kit
Create a T-Shirt Design kit. Your kids can make wearable art!
2. DIY Leg Warmers
A young tot in your life would love some sweet legging warmers, re-purposed from a sweater.
3. Dress Up
Dress-up clothes – you can never have enough pretend things!
Capes – kids love them! And let’s be honest, so do you. I mean who doesn’t! Plus it inspires pretend play too!
5. Homemade Apron
Aprons (matching mother daughter ones are always nice). Here is a super simple apron pattern, easy enough for a new-to-sewing child.
Sew head bands for a gal in your life with this simple headband tutorial I used in the past. (Link unavailable)
7. Flower Hair Bows
These Flower Hair Bows are perfect as a gift for anyone who loves to wear bows in their hair.
8. Animal Barrettes
Have a gal?? Why not make her a set of hair clips? You can make them out of buttons, felt animals shapes, flowers and more!
9. Spin Art T-Shirt
Wearable art is always fun! Here is a tutorial on how to paint spin art T-shirts.
10. Knitted Hat
Learn to Knit and give a Scarf/Hat set for your child this winter!
11. Screen Print T-shirt
Screen print a T-shirt, tote bag, hat, etc. Don’t want to use paint? Consider embroidery – like this simple heart shirt!
Funny and Creative DIY Gifts
12. Silly Faces
Print up a set of silly faces. Add them to craft sticks to bring giggles to your kids faces.
13. Outdoor Kitchen
Create an “Outdoor Kitchen” so your child can create mud pies to their hearts content!
14. Pretend Kitchen Stove
Inspire your little cook with a storage tub that transforms into a play kitchen stove. Use black and grey acrylic paint to create the stove “rings”.
15. Make A Tent
Make a tent from PVC pipe and old sheets. If you don’t want to cut all the piping, consider getting a Fort Magic kit.
16. Balance Board
Got a active kiddo? Put a balance board together for them to bounce on.
17. Homemade Paint
Gift your young artist some color with a batch or three from our paint recipes (including our scratch-n-sniff paint)
18. Light Sensory Bin
Make a light box for a child to explore with. I don’t know how we lived without ours! Love them.
19. DIY Sock Monkey
I loved sock monkey‘s when I was a kid! They are on my to-do list this Christmas.
20. Monster Dolls
Make a monster doll (or an outline on a pillowcase) and provide fabric markers for your child to decorate their monster.
21. Doll Bag
For the doll-lover in your life design a bag for their doll – it’s a simple-to-create accessory.
22. Rice Bags
Rice bags are great as bean bags, as heat packs (just stick them in the microwave for half a min or so) and are fun for sensory play. Here are some triangle “Chick” rice bags – super simple!!
23. Kids Quilt
Sew a Quilt or Blanket for your child. use their favorite colors or them it around their favorite characters.
24. Picture Frame
Decorate a picture frame for grandma or another relative so they can remember your first day of school since they couldn’t be there.
25. Lego Puzzle Book
A DIY Lego Instruction Book, great for the budding architect in your life.
26. Melty Bead Nightlight
Melt a nightlight out of “melty” beads. This is a great melty beads craft that will benefit your little one the most!
27. Paper Mache Pinata
This is the perfect party gift! Model a homemade Paper Mache Pinata (here is a simple paper mache recipe), include a Styrofoam bat to complete the gift.
28. Facial Kit
Do-your-own facial kit – perfect for the prima dona gal.
29. Polly Pocket Bracelet
Create a bracelet for them from tiny toy pieces, or give a set of friendship bracelets. My girls love to accessorize!
Sentimental Homemade Gifts
30. Personalized Cozy
This one of our DIT gift ideas for kids to make! Help Dad keep his coffee hot with a personalized drink cozy.
31. Rag Doll
Sew a rag doll for the tot in your life. Make them new clothes, look silly, or make them look like your little one.
32. DIY Dollhouse Furniture
Do your kids have pretend mini-worlds? Make a set of dollhouse furniture for them to enjoy in their alternate reality.
33. Toy Soap
Homemade soap – add a toy to the soap for a fun kid twist, great stocking stuffer
34. Homemade Necklace
Give your child a homemade necklace or the supplies that they can make a necklace for a friend.
35. Magnet Paper Dolls
Paper dolls are a blast to create and play with! Add magnets to your paper dolls and a storage tin for extra “fun”
36. Decorative Tote Bag
Decorate a tote bag using handprints to decorate them – perfect for Grandma (or Mothers Day).
37. Pretend Food
Pretend felt food.… and coupons for “cooking classes” led by your child for you to take.
38. DIY Paperweight
This is another homemade gift idea kids can do for others. Gift Grandpa a one-of-a-kind paperweight, colorful rock art.
39. Decorated Mugs
Decorate a set of mugs with art work – they are washable!!
40. Christmas Ornaments
Make a set of Christmas tree ornaments or fridge magnets with this easy tutorial using clay.
41. Taggies Blanket
Taggies Blanket – these are loved by toddlers and are super simple to make!
42. DIY Scarf
Your kids can sew this super simple scarf out of fleece.
43. Personalized Peg Dolls
A family of Clothespin or peg dolls to inspire pretend play!
44. Christmas Craft For Kids
Coasters are useful and easy for even young tots to make. They also look great.
45. Christmas Nativity Play
Celebrate Christmas with your own nativity set.
46. DIY Cloth Napkins
Decorate some cloth napkins for their dinner table.
47. DIY Christmas Cards
This Set of homemade cards is perfect to hand out during the holidays.
48. Fabric Keychains
These Fabric Key Chains are so much fun to make and make awesome gifts.
49. Felt Tote Bag
Decorate Tote Bags for a special someone in your life – here is an easy pattern if you want to make a tote bag out of felt.
50. Keepsake Handprint
Make a handprint keepsake for family members in your life. Great as Christmas Ornaments! (Link unavailable)
51. Family Scrapbook
Scrapbook of your family for a distant relative (snapfish lets you make them digitally)
52. Kid’s Journal
Design a mini-book of memories that you share with that person – Here is an example of a journal you can create with or for your child.
53. Drawing Journal
Create a drawing journal for a child to use to write their own book. Add a flower pen for extra pizazz. This crafty person creates covers from cereal boxes and even the carton of a Dora toy!
54. DIY Picture Frame
Decorate a picture frame and include a photo. Crafty Chic, has great instructions on how to make a scrapbook styled frame.
55. Edible Lip Balm
Edible Lip Balm – cause with kids you can never have enough chapstick! (Link unavailable)
56. Personalized Pencils
Give a set of upcycled pencils to your budding student.
57. Kid Made Candle Holder
Make a candle votive holder out of a glass jar and tissue paper – brilliant glow.
58. Homemade Christmas Gifts
Create a work of art with your children’s silhouettes. Love the way this example mixes melted crayon art with paper cut outs.
59. Photo Bookmark
Photo Book Mark (maybe add a favorite book to go along with it).
60. Beach Tote Bag
Let your kids go Jackson Pollock and make a canvas painting, use Fabric Markers to decorate a totebag.
61. Braided Rug
Create a rug out of old clothes and blankets. Here is another variation
DIY Gift Ideas to Play With
62. 52 Reasons I love You
52 Reasons I love you – Personalize a deck of cards for your child by writing the reasons you love them on each one of them!
63. Homemade Playdough
Whip up a batch of no-cook play dough for a quick gift – these small containers are perfect – whip up a batch and gift.
64. DIY Juggle Balls
Make a set of juggling balls from balloons. These are great makeshift “hacky-sacks” for an energetic child.
65. Homemade Drums
Add some bang to their lives with a set of homemade drums. Be sure to include a pair of drum sticks.
66. Building With Nature
Homemade tree blocks hewn out of the branches from a tree we chopped down.
67. Fort Kit
The perfect gift for every boy – a build a fort kit including sheets, bungee cords, clamps, flashlights and more!
68. Indoor Swing
Looking for something different? Why not make an indoor swing for your kids?
69. Pirate Sword
Use some scrap wood and create a sword – help your kiddos “become a pirate“.
70. Marble Run
Use plastic bottles and colorful duct take to make a marble run to explore gravity.
71. Sponge Jenga
Construct your own Jenga game from cutting up sponges. The perk – it’s a great game for quiet-time.
72. Toddler Clipping Toy
This Toddler Clipping Toy was/is one of my tots favorite mom-made gifts. You can get the buckles online.
73. Building Discs
Create a set of building discs from recycled cardboard – a simple homemade toy.
74. Velcro Building Sticks
Use Velcro, Popsicle sticks and bottle caps to make this building toy.
75. DIY Instruments
For the musical child in your life, design an instrument from PVC pipes for them to create melody.
76. Coffee Can Stilts
Transform two coffee cans into stilts with this simple tutorial.
77. Tin Can Xylophone
Assemble a xylophone from a collection of tin cans. Spray paint them to make them colorful!
78. Play-Doh Kit
Assemble a play-doh kit of items to add creative fun in play dough play.
79. Mop Stick Horse
Every kiddo needs a Mop-Stick Horse! I loved the one I had as a child!
80. Weaving Kit
Assemble a weaving kit for your kids to experience patterns as they work on fine motor skills.
Geoboard – simple to make with nails. Add a pack of rubber bands or some yarn. Want to make one appropriate for a toddler? Use buttons on a felt covered board.
82. Homemade Bean Bags
Make a collection of bean bags with different colored and textured fabrics – don’t have fabric? Try stuffing balloons with various textures.
83. Ball And Cup Game
Play Catch with an upcycled toy made from items in your recycle bin.
84. DIY Wooden Blocks
Your kids will love making a set of colorful blocks for their friends to build with.
85. Dinosaur Bean Bag Game
Have a tyke obsessed with Dinosaurs? Maybe they would like this felt dinosaur bean bag game (with a volcano – too cool)!
86. Felt Car Mat
Want a place for all the matchbox cars? Make a felt car mat for them to drive around on!
87. Felt ABC’s
Create a set of felt alphabet letters or numbers for the tot in your life – these are really simple to create.
88. Botany Kit
Give the gift of botany. Create a kit for planting herbs (seeds, dirt, pot & spade) or making a terrarium (moss, container, rocks & dirt).
89. Rainbow Fluff
Rainbow fluff is a fun craft for the child in your life!
90. Cardboard Doll House
Make a doll house out of cardboard boxes destined for the bin! Maybe include interesting pages of paper so they can “redecorate”
91. DIY Stove
Help your child keep their pretend dishes picked up with this DIY Pretend Stove/Storage Bin.
92. DIY LEGO Table
Feeling industrious? Create a Lego Table that your children will enjoy for years (and years!)
93. Cake In A Jar
Yummy! Make them a Cake-in-a-Jar – here are some jars to gift the mix in. (Link unavailable)
94. Box Of Cookies
Box of assorted cookies (Biscotti always looks fancy!). These boxes are great to feature cookies.
95. Marshmallow Pops
Give a yummy gift, a collection of marshmallow pops. These are great party favors!
96. Homemade Lollipops
Homemade Lollipops are tasty and an easy party favor to make for a crowd.
97. Fruit Leather
Dehydrated fruit or jerky. Fruit leather is a prized treat over here.
98. Cookie Kit
Cookie Kit in a jar (or in bags wrapped up in a mixing bowl)
99. Smores Bars
Make a smore’s kit or you can give them the fixings to bake their own campfire cones. Or if they’re too little you can make these smores bars for them.
100. Kid’s Cookbook
Assemble a recipe book for your budding chef. Fill it with lots of simple, kid-friendly recipes (like our edible playdough/noodles recipe)
101. Peppermint Bark
Give Yummy kid-baked Candy (peppermint bark, Peanut brittle, Almond Roca, flavored marshmallows, etc.)
102. Snickerdoodle Chex Mix Gift
Snickerdoodle Chex Mix – a great recipe for your child to do, and gift to a neighbor!!
103. Homemade Dog Biscuits
Bake your own homemade dog treats for the dog-loving kiddo in your life!
Last Minute DIY Gifts
104. Free Printable Coupon Book
Create a coupon book of activities you can do together for the holidays. It’s perfect!
105. Silly Putty Recipe
Create a DIY Goop Kit for the kiddo in your life.
106. Popsicle Stick Puzzles
Design puzzles for them out of Popsicle Sticks. Make them easy, make them hard, and use any colors or images!
107. DIY Crayons
Homemade Crayons. Recycle old crayons to make fun new ones!
108. DIY Bathtub Paints
Create a kit so a child in your life can create their own Bathtub Paint (or give them jars of colorful fun).
109. Family Movie Kit
Movie Kit (DVD or gift certificate for movie rental with popcorn, soda, candy, etc.)
110. Fizzy Sidewalk Paint
Give them a can of fizzing sidewalk paint.
111. I-Spy Bottles
Create a set of discovery I-Spy Bottles for the tot in your life.
112. Homemade Puzzle
Take some pictures and create familiar puzzles from them!
DIY Gift FAQs
The good news is that any handmade gift made by a child will be viewed as thoughtful from those who love them! It is a valuable lesson for kids to know that time and energy spent on making something for someone they love can create and strengthen bonds. Many kid made gifts may not be perfect or even close, but to the recipient, it really is the thought that counts.
Any homemade gift is going to have a special meaning to the recipient. Younger kids can make gifts more meaningful by telling the recipient how they made it and why they made it for them. This could be a retelling when the gift is given or a simple video made during the gift making process. Older kids can do the same with more detail and customize the handmade gift with details they think would make the gift more special to the recipient.
DIY gifts are a super fun way for kids to show their love and appreciation through gift giving. Whether it is as simple as a handmade card or as complicated as a customized craft project made specifically for the gift recipient, it really does come down to it is the child’s thought that counts! When deciding on a DIY gift project with kids, here are some things to consider:
-age and skill level of the child
-you have the appropriate craft supplies on hand
-there is enough time to finish the project without stress
-the gift recipient will appreciate the effort!
Leave a comment with one of the gifts you have made in the past (or one you hope to make).