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Two sentimental DIY crafty gift ideas kids will love making

These two DIY crafts are perfect for kids of any and all ages to make and sure to put a smile on the face of anyone on the receiving end!

When it comes to family birthdays and special occasions, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make aunties, uncles, grannies, and grandpas feels special. Assist the kids in making these two fun crafty gift ideas, which double as wonderful sentimental gifts for loved ones.

Clay pebbles

This is a wonderful sensory exercise for your little one with the repetitive pincer-grip practice for little hands, and a great gift.

You will need:

  • DAS air-dry clay or any moulding clay (you can get this at most craft stores).
  • A pencil
  • A selection of small stones.

How to:

  • Mould the clay into a somewhat flat and approximately 2cm-thick disk.
  • Using a pencil, trace out the wording or lay your selected stones on a flat surface to see how they will fill the space.
  • With some guidance, get your little one to help place and secure the stones into the clay.
  • Once complete, press on the stones one more time to make sure they are secure.
  • Simply lay your clay and rock art out in the sun to dry, which should take about a day.

Ice-cream-stick penholder

Ice-cream sticks offer many wonderful arts and crafts possibilities, so they’re always a great item to keep in your craft box.

You’ll need:

  • Washi tape (or any other type of sticky tape)
  • At least 12-15 ice-cream sticks
  • An empty tin
  • Ribbon and twine

How to:

  • Place two strips of Washi tape on a clean surface with the sticky sides facing up.
  • Turn over the ends so as to secure your tape to the surface.
  • Starting in the centre, get your tot to lay down the sticks one at a time, side by side.
  • Press down on each ice-cream stick so that they’re secure.
  • Lift up the tape and ice-cream sticks and wrap around your tin.
  • With a little twine and ribbon, secure the sticks by tying a nice tight bow.


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