There’s nothing better than a homemade gift made with love. These four crafts are easy enough for any kid to do -- and they’re gifts that grown-ups will really use. Plus, they’re all super cheap to make (you might even have all the stuff you need laying around your house already!). 

 

 

Tile Coasters 

What you need: 

-Ceramic tiles (we scored ours from Home Depot for 8 cents apiece!) 

-Acrylic paint 

-Clear gloss protective finishing spray

-Felt furniture pads 

-Painter’s or masking tape (optional) 

How to make them: 

Decide on the design you’re going for. You can tape off sections to create a design, or paint the entire tile. Then, get painting! If you’re painting with multiple colors, be sure to let each color dry before adding the next. 

Allow paint to dry completely overnight. If you taped your tiles, remove tape now. (Tip: run an X-acto knife along the edges of the tape before pulling it off to be sure paint stays put.) 

Spray with gloss finishing spray and allow to dry completely. 

Stick four felt pads on the corners of each tile. 

Stack coasters together and tie together with twine or ribbon.

 

 

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Sock Cup Cozy 

What you need: 

-Long adult-size sock 

-Hot glue or fabric glue 

-Embellishments (buttons, ribbon, jewels, beads, etc.) 

How to make it: 

Cut about a 3-inch section off the top of your sock and glue on desired embellishments. Slide onto your mug and… you’re done! No sewing required. 

 

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DIY Dish Towels 

What you need: 

-Plain white flour sack kitchen towels 

-Fabric markers 

-Pencil and painter’s or masking tape (optional)

How to make them: 

Let kids draw whatever their heart desires with the fabric markers on the towels.

For older kids who want to create a more sophisticated design, try stretching the towel out over your workspace and taping the corners down to make it taut and easier to color on. Use a dull pencil to sketch out the design before going over it with the fabric markers. 

Dry flat overnight before washing.

 

 

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Scribble or Polka Dot Mug 

What you need: 

-Plain white ceramic mug 

-Oil-based Sharpies or paint pens 

-Alphabet stickers 

How to make it: 

Wash mug and dry it well. Peel and stick stickers to the mug with the letter, word, or quote you want, making sure they are smooth with no air bubbles. (You can also add star, polka dot, or heart-shaped stickers around the word to add to your design). 

If you have a young child, let them scribble away on the mug. Older kids might want to try a polka dot pattern -- color dots closely around the stickers first, then spread them out as you get further away from the pattern. 

Let pen dry completely, then gently peel off stickers. 

Bake mug in the oven at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.