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Gift for Kids to Make

These simple scarves are easy enough a gift for kids to make on their own!  Perfect if your kids need to make some last-minute gifts!


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At my house, I’ve tried so hard to get the kids excited about giving during the Christmas season.  It’s a time of year when we can get so focused on ourselves, and I really want to help my kids learn how to focus on others instead.  One of the easiest ways I’ve found to do this is to think about what we can give to others.

Figuring out what they’re giving others has now become something my kids really enjoy.  This year, they both wanted to make things for a family Christmas party, so I set out to figure out something they could make without me having to be too involved.  With a ton on my plate already, I really didn’t want to be stuck having to do a hard project for them, so I wanted to make sure it wasn’t hard and that these were really gifts for kids to make on their own.

For my 5 year old son, we decided to buy some plain wooden ornaments, and I let him go to town painting them with these individual paints.  He had a ton of fun on this, and it required absolutely no involvement from me, besides the occasional reminder that he needed to wash his brush out between colors.

My 7 year old daughter wanted to make scarves, which was actually a great project!  We ran to our local fabric store and bought fleece.  I had her pick out a fleece print for each person, making sure that the print was small, so the design would show up well on the small strip of fabric.  I asked them to cut me 1/8 yard cuts, which is the perfect width for a kid’s scarf!

The following can be done by you or the child.  Most children around my daughter’s age should be able to do this by themselves, but you know best if your child is ready to use scissors to cut. 

A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Start by cutting off the selvages, as shown in the picture above.  Depending on the fabric, sometimes the selvage is a different color, like in my picture, but sometimes it is the same color, but the weave is different.  You should be able to see a marked difference between the selvage and the rest of the fabric.

A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Measure up the scarf 5 1/2 inches, and place a piece of masking tape or washi tape across the scarf.

A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Cut up to the washi tape at approximately every 3/4 inch.  You can make these wider or skinnier depending on your taste.

A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Tie a knot at the base of each piece of fringe.  And that’s it!  Super simple, but cute!

A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Of course Miss Magoo had to model one of the scarves she made for me, so you could see it.  She was ever so proud of these scarves, and so excited to give them away!  We had our extended family party last weekend, and I can tell you that these scarves were a hit with the receivers as well!

A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Do your kids make presents for their friends or cousins for Christmas?  If so, I’d love to hear what they have made!  Drop me a comment and tell me about it!


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A simple gift for kids to make for Christmas

Nina Paul

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Thanks for sharing this amazing idea.