October 04, 2011

Baby & Kid Week: DIY gifts for young children

I know I'm not alone when I say that kids just seem to have so much STUFF (and I'm not even in the toddler phase yet!)

The site Paperbox Press Parties features a great tutorial on making moulded sidewalk chalk.  I think some of these, beautifully wrapped would make a wonderful toddler birthday gift (who doesn't love sidewalk chalk?)

Image source: Paperbox Press Parties found via CAKE.
I also love the idea of a full set of homemade alphabet crayons.  I found the tutorial for these on the blog Life in Grace.

Image via Life in Grace

Homemade playdough also makes the list (and would probably also make a cute "loot bag" alternative - see yesterday's post!).

Image Source: Eighteen25

Eighteen25 has as really cute packaging idea and recipe.  I love the idea of package up different colours of homemade dough, and then adding fun cookie cutters, rolling pins and other play dough-friendly accessories for hours of fun.

Image Source: Creative Party Blog
You could even include a child-sized apron.  A simple, thoughtful, homemade gift.

For anyone who likes to sew, I am OBSESSED with this homemade plush alphabet - full tutorial at Chez Beeper Bebe.  I'm not sure if I have the patience, but I think they are so fabulous.

Image via Chez Beeper Bebe

For slightly older kids, I love the idea of putting together an art kit, like this one from Dear Lizzy (I would have LOVED this as a kid)

Image Source: Dear Lizzy

Do you have any unique gift ideas for toddler or kids parties?  Please share!!


  1. I love the homemade chaulk idea! Have you seen the silicone molds at Michael's or anywhere else locally?

  2. I haven't noticed them, but it doesn't mean they aren't out there! - I will keep my eyes open!

  3. lovely ideas. thanks for including my tutorial