TIS THE SEASON…(PART TWO)

TIS THE SEASON…(PART TWO)

So I’m finally back with some more inexpensive, thrifted, and handmade gift ideas.  Today’s focus is on children’s gifts.  You never know, they may inspire you to create a grown-up version.

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We will begin with the humble train case.  I picked this little cutie up for only two dollars.  It is really easy for the kids to open and it holds quite a bit.  (I find train cases to be absolutely indispensable for storage of every kind.)  Next, get creative and have fun with what you put in it.

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You can find all these fun dress-ups at the thrift store for just a few dollars.  Hats, glasses, scarves galore, clip-on earrings, fur stoles…whatever your little giftee would love, you can find.  And the beauty of it?  It doesn’t have a single cartoon character attached!


This one is for the crafty kid.  I cheated a little on this and included pom-poms I picked up in the Target dollar bin, but hey, you get the cheap picture.  Just take pretty vintage glass jars and fill them up with fun odds and ends.  (If you can’t find any glass jars, Marshmallow Fluff still comes in cute little jars!)  I love the games section for cool crafty materials like puzzle pieces, old Monopoly, and Clue cards and pieces,  Throw in some buttons and contruction paper, maybe an old crafting book, and you’ve got a gift that the kids AND parents will love.


Fill your train case with make-believe baking fun!  A pretty old apron, cute little cookbook and handmade “cookies” make for a sweet gift.  I made these gingerbread men with leftover felt from a Halloween costume.  I just traced out the shape, snipped and sewed a double layer and dressed them up with old sewing notions.  You could also make cardboard cookies of every shape and size and decorate them with paint and glitter.  My kids have had a blast with this (and homemade felt food is soooooo much cheaper than the Pottery Barn Kids’ version!).  Include some big containers of playdough and vintage cookie cutters for even more variety.

Along the same lines, one of Sophia’s favorite dramatic play activities was “birthday party” so we put together a kit.  It included old birthday cards, party hats, a box decorated as a cake, and cups and napkins.  This would be so simple to fashion from thrifted items and so original.  You could also make a birthday cake using the same method I did with my Halloween wedding cake.

Just smother a round gift box with plaster and paint it in more appropriate birthday cake colors.  Be sure to poke holes in the top for the candles!

So many ideas, so little time!  I’ll have to continue on in part three.

Just a couple random ideas…


If you should forget your reusable grocery sacks when you race out to the market, ask for paper.  You have instant wrapping paper.

Just smother a round gift box with plaster and paint it in more appropriate birthday cake colors.  Be sure to poke holes in the top for the candles!

So many ideas, so little time!  I’ll have to continue on in part three.

Just a couple random ideas…

If you should forget your reusable grocery sacks when you race out to the market, ask for paper.  You have instant wrapping paper.

I’ve had such fun creating this year’s holiday cards.  I used a stack of blank cards I had leftover from birthday invites.  The kids painted the fronts with creamy white and pink acrylic paint, then I stitched scraps of vintage paper and rick rack on top.  I think it has a lovely, layered look.  I was totally inspired by Rachel’s designs.  By the way, she’s a featured designer on Tessa Ann.  You really must check it out for more inspiration!

(Thrifted) Makeover Monday didn’t happen today, but I’m planning on it for tomorrow.  Check back in for some t-shirt fun!

amy

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What great ideas. I am so enjoying your newly discovered blog!

 

i adore this idea, amy!

 

I made a cooking one last year for my neice, all thrifted baking goods and a vintage apron with her name embroidered on it. I LOVE LOVE your suggestion of a dress up box, I think I’ll add some mustaches to it too because she’s kind of a tom-boy – she’ll think that’s hillarious! Great blog AMY!

 

Love your blog and your great ideas. I am a thrift store junkie and always want to share my goodies on my art blog but haven’t much. I may make a separate blog just to do that. I like to use things I find in my art too. I grew up in a retiree town in Florida and always found tons of neat stuff. Miss that where I live now !

 

Beautiful pictures! Really, really lovely. Also, I’m really impressed with your sewing 🙂

Julia

 

ack! i love your blog!

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