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DIY Gifts For Kids

The Best DIY Gifts to Make For Kids

Store shelves are lined with shiny gifts that kids can't wait to see making their way into your home, but is there anything more cherished than a gift made by Mom and Dad (or their grandparents or aunts and uncles)? We think not!

Making a gift or two for your children this holiday is not only a way to show you care but also a great way to teach tots the value of handmade gifts. To get some handmade inspiration, check out these 24 ideas, some of which are included in this round-up of DIY gifts for everyone.

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1. DIY Guess Who

If your kiddos love the original Guess Who game — or if they're never played it — this DIY version makes the exciting game even more fun and personal.

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2. Sock Monkeys

Who wouldn't love this classic children's toy?

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3. Glitter Slime

What's better than slime? Glitter slime!

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4. Sidewalk Chalk

Give these homemade chalks to a kid who loves hopscotch.

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5. Washi Tape Car Track

This ingenious use of washi tape just may be a child's dream. Add a few different tapes to the floor and let your little one get to work with his cars or trains — in no time, he'll have the coolest car play-mat on the block!

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6. (Avengers) Pillow Cases

If their beds need a refresh but their hobbies and interests change faster than you can keep track, these DIY pillowcases are a great way to keep up while giving a thoughtful gift.

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7. Shark Purse

She'll love carrying around this deadly shark purse.

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8. Traveling Lunchbox Dollhouse

Your kiddo can bring their dollhouse anywhere they want if you make them this traveling lunch box dollhouse!

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9. DIY Playhouses

Elsie of A Beautiful Mess created these DIY playhouses for her daughter's second birthday party using large cardboard boxes, a box knife, wallpaper and wrapping paper, paint, masking tape, hot glue, and double-sided tape. So cute!

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10. Handkerchief Dolls

These adorable handkerchief dolls could be your tiny one's new favorite plaything.

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11. Jello Cookies and Play Dough

This recipe is so awesome because you can use it as play dough and make cookies from it.

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12. Constellation Flashlight

With these constellation discs, the stars will be at his or her fingertips.

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13. Colorful Shakers

Babies love toys that make noise, so why not go basic and create a colorful rattle for them? All you need are some dyed rice and some clean baby-food jars.

14. Dyed Wooden Blocks

These colorful, dyed wooden blocks are much cheaper than their store-bought counterparts.

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15. Minnie Mobile

Photographer and crafty mama Megan Kunkel made her daughter Elise this adorable Minnie Mobile — and she's willing to share her secrets.

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16. An Almost 100 Percent Completely Recycled Play Kitchen

Katherine Marie turned to a trained carpenter to create a shabby-chic kitchen for her daughter. Made from "almost 100 percent recycled products," the kitchen's knobs are from a nonworking stove, the faucet is from an old sink, and the oven has reused wire racks to make it feel realistic!

17. Photo Jars

Picture frames come in all shapes and sizes, so why not convert your jars into frames? Just add your favorite photo, turn it upside down, and voilà!

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18. Disney Autograph Book

Make cute Disney-themed booklets for kids who have a Disneyland trip coming up. They'll have a ball collecting signatures from Disney characters!

19. Button Bracelet

A pretty button bracelet will be a great addition to her jewelry box.

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20. Button Jewelry

A button necklace or bracelet is easy to make, inexpensive, and superfun! Have the tots help you sort, pick, and thread the buttons.

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21. Watercolor Japanese Windsocks

Ever heard of koinobori before? They're beautifully colored Japanese windsocks that your little one will love watching "swim" upstream in the wind.

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22. Hungry Monster Bookmarks

Have a serious bookworm in the house? Get out the craft scissors and fashion your very own slew of adorable monster bookmarks that ensure they'll never lose their page.

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23. Felt Unicorns

If you have an internet connection, then it's no secret unicorns are all the rage. Make your mini mes their very own rendition of their favorite mythical creature with a handmade felt unicorn.

Image Source: Delilah Iris

24. Baby Clothes Quilt

Once they're out of those newborn onesies — that they wore maybe once or twice before they grew out of them — save the memories of their baby years by turning their old clothes into a quilt with your trusty sewing machine (or cheat and have done for you by Project Repat for $110 — we won't tell anyone) that they can snuggle with.

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