Quite a few years back, I came up with a small "puzzle kit" gift for kids which really seems to go over quite well with kids and parents too. Basically, it's a small-size child's puzzle from the dollar store or Walmart, packaged with a packet of microwave popcorn and one of hot cocoa mix. (If you know kids who can't eat popcorn, or their family doesn't have a microwave, you can just adapt this by using animal crackers, fruit treats, or something else instead of popcorn.)I designed Christmas packaging for the packets and a little instruction tag for the kit. Sometimes I will design new packets specifically to go with a a certain puzzle, like Cars, Toy Story or Thomas the Tank Engine. Here is the blog post where I tell about how to make the kits. Puzzle Kits
And here are some of the kits I gave this year. I tied them all together with some candy-striped yarn I found at a dollar store in Nevada.
I also made some more "His Eye is on the Sparrow" embroidered pillowcases. These are a slightly different design from the ones I did last year.
Here's where to find the bird designs: Bluebird Embroidery Designs. And, if you would like to read my post from last year about using the designs in other ways, plus learn exactly how I transferred the designs to the pillowcases, you can find that here: Bluebird & Sparrow projects.
Lastly, I did several crocheted pot holders. My daughters use these as hot mats on the table, and they keep them in a drawer, so I eliminated the hanging loop on these. This is the pattern I use: Scalloped Potholder. This easy pattern can look so different depending on your color combinations. I saw one done in red & white which I really loved. Future project!
|In Christmas colors|
|The reverse side of the hot mat below|
|More Christmas colors|
|The variegated color in the next few is called "Winterberry". I actually only made 2 mats, but they are double-sided.|
Hope you have enjoyed this look at a few little crafted gifts!