Handmade Christmas

by Stefani on 31-December-2009

My guys are givers. I think probably all children are. They revel in the delicious satisfaction of handing over handmade, all wrapped in wrinkled tissue paper and bound by way too much scotch tape.

They love the whole process…  especially the closing of one’s door and announcing “no one come in here! I’m making stuff!”

So  they wrote long lists of gift recipients and then we made a few trips to the craft stores, cruised a few more online, thought and pondered and at last they each arrived at something that they wanted to make for their loved ones this year.

I think they did a pretty great job of loving up their aunts and great aunts, grandmothers and great grandmothers. Take a look:

Ryder freezer paper stenciled some flour sack towels. He used two Martha Stewart Craft punches to make the flakes and the lacey edge on the freezer paper.

Ryder's Dish Towels

James picked out some cute craft paper, and covered himself some thin wood pieces with cut outs from the paper, paint pens and mod podge to make some cute bookmarks.
James' Bookmarks

His grandmother told him that she will keep it in her Bible and think of him everyday when she reads it. He said, “Isn’t that pretty neat? It’s a bookmark AND a reminder to think of James!” He also thought it was pretty neat that many of his most favorite people share his initial. Who knew there where so many Js in our family!?

Luke had a really fun gift idea. He made these cute candle holders with wood pieces found here, lots of wood glue, and paint. He did some with deer and trees and some with snowmen, all of which are removable. His plan is to paint and send a new piece for each season. “You know,” he said, “like a gift that keeps on giving.”

Luke's Candle Holders

They were so proud of themselves when the time came to give, and I have to say, I’m pretty proud of them too. Of all the gifts unwrapped, I kind of think those were the sweetest.

Happy New Year’s Eve to you all… see you in 2010!

Mama Urchin December 31, 2009 at 11:32 am

Have a great celebration tonight Stef!

Stefani December 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm

And to you, Jennifer.. Happy New Year!

Amber December 31, 2009 at 12:29 pm

So sweet – we had a few days of that too – locking themselves in the room and yelling not to come in – they mostly made presents for their siblings…have a Happy New Year!

Stefani December 31, 2009 at 3:09 pm

Oh yes! It was awfully difficult to get brother presents made! Happy New Year to you as well!

Miko's Girl December 31, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Who can beat a gift made by a loving pair of small hands? Love the freezer paper stenciled towels -may have the girls try them.

Stefani December 31, 2009 at 3:12 pm

I’ll be honest… I’m wanting to make a few of my own. It’s fun!

Cassandra December 31, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Love these gifts. I think my little Ember is going to be ready next year for some handmade giving…she was asking about it this year…

Loved to see what your boys came up with.

Stefani December 31, 2009 at 3:13 pm

It’s really fun, and so sweet to see their little brows furrowed in concentration, trying to get it just right. Good stuff. Enjoy your celebrations tonight!

Butzeballchen December 31, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Those are the best! So clever and thoughtful.

Nicole (Frontier Dreams) December 31, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Wow!! I love all their gifts! Such thought put into them. What a lucky mama!!

Lisa Clarke January 1, 2010 at 8:42 am

I have to show these projects to my boys – they have trouble thinking of materials other than paper, and while paper can make nice projects, they don’t have the longevity of wood or fabric. I’d like to see their hard work stick around a little longer than paper allows!

I really love the freezer paper towels – nice!

Cindy January 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Wishing you a Blessed New Year

Jaybird January 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Someone’s getting all fancy over here! Love the new digs and I really love how your boys made things from the heart!

kerry January 4, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Wow, what great gifts your little guys made! I started my little guy out with some painting projects and was wowed when he jumped right in with me on some stitching when he was done painting. It is amazing how being really motivated to give can improve a 4 year old’s concentration! Happy New Year to you!

Debi January 4, 2010 at 8:18 pm

What sweet and thoughtful gifts. Gifts from the heart… they are the best kind!

Relyn January 5, 2010 at 12:27 am

I’ve been so busy doing nothing much that I haven’t been around to visit my blog friends in too long. So, though my wishes are late, I mean them with my whole heart. May your year be filled with laughter. May all your surprises be happy ones. May you remember to count your blessings. May you know each day how very much you are loved. Happy new year, my friend.

Stefani January 6, 2010 at 9:56 am

Relyn! You have such a wonderful way with words, friend. Thank you so much for your wishes for us, and I hope truly that you’ve described your own coming year as well!

barbara January 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm

love the new site! the candle holder project is such a clever idea. what crafty boys you have 😀

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