Thursday, December 6, 2012

TTT - Christmas Gifts for Kids from Kids

Thursday Think Tank Holiday Hop

Hello and welcome!  If you are new to my little blog then please allow me to introduce myself while you make yourself comfortable.  My name is Erin and, today, I'm the proud hostest of Becca's inspirational Thursday Think Tank Holiday Hop.

At this stage in my life I'm not lucky enough to have children of my own but I am blessed to be surrounded by lots of gorgeous kiddies, either through friends or work.  So... when given the opportunity to choose a topic for today's post I couldn't go past the idea of creating gifts for kids by kids.  Yep, I love any excuse to sit down and get my craft-on with a little friend.

Sooo... I have put together two extremely simple, easy-peasy tutorials for you.  These little gifts are perfect for classmates, friends, team mates, neighbours etc etc and, I have no doubt, will become firm favourites for you all.  I mean, they are cute and include treats so, really, how can you go wrong?!  ;)

Candy Cane Reindeer - finished product

First up are these incredibly delectable Candy Cane Reindeers.  I used to make these when I was younger and hang them on the tree; display them en masse in a vase; tuck them into the ribbon on presents - whatever!


Candy Cane Reindeer - what you need

For each reindeer, you will need:

          1 candy cane, standard size
          1 pipe cleaner / chenille tube, cut in half (approx. 6")
          2 small googly eyes
          1 small pompom

Simply, twist the pipe cleaner around the top of the candy cane, to secure, and then bend to create the antlers.  Glue on the eyes and nose and VIOLA - you're done!

Did I say "easy-peasy" or did I say "easy-peasy"?! 

Lollypop Nose Reindeer - the finished product

Secondly are these card reindeers - with a yummy lollypop nose!  Admittedly, this one is not my own design but after seeing a teacher make them for her class last year I filed the idea away - and am happy to be able to share it with you now.


EDITED 1st December 2013 - 
This tutorial can now be found in a free downloadable form (with templates!!).  
Click here for more information. 

Lollypop Nose Reindeer - what you need

For each reindeer, you will need:

          1 lollypop
          1 piece of coloured card, A4 size
          Glitter, felt pens, whatever supplies you need to decorate 

STEP 1 - Draw your reindeer shape

Lollypop Nose Reindeer - drawing your shape

Fold the card in halfCrease and open out.  Draw or trace your reindeer outline (yes, you may use mine), being sure to have it's chin finishing on the fold mark.  

Don't forget a little hole for the lollypop stick and a bigger hole for the nose.

Pencil is fine for this step, I've just outlined it in Sharpie to make it a little clearer for you.

STEP 2 - Cut out your reindeer shape

Lollypop Nose Reindeer - cutting out the reindeer

Re-fold the card along the crease and cut around your shape, through both bits of card.  As the lollypop needs a piece to sit on, don't cut all the way around the chin, instead leave a join.

Yes, it might be a tad safer if an adult did this step.

STEP 3 - Decorate

Lollypop Nose Reindeer - time to decorate

Time to let the kids (big or little) go crazy with the glitter and felt pens.  Let their own creativity shine.

STEP 4 - Finish & Gift

Lollypop Nose Reindeer - the finished product - front and back

Insert the lollypop, fold closed and pop in a little glue dot to hold the card in place.  Give to your favourite mini mates.  Yay!

Well, there we are.  Two adorable, little, easy and cost-effective gifts for Christmas.  I hope you have lots of fun making these with the kiddies (or even by yourself!).  Don't forget to send me pics.  And... if you know of any more great tutorials for gifts for kids by kids then please leave me a link in the comments.  I'm always on the look-out for new ideas!  :)

I really hope you have enjoyed my little contribution to the Thursday Think Tank Holiday Hop.  I'm actually the 6th stop on this little tour, so if you've missed any of the lovely posts so far be sure to check them out soon.  You can find the whole line up below...


November 1 - Making Rebecca Lynne DIY Christmas Cards

November 8 - Piecemeal Quilts Thanksgiving Etiquette (when you are lucky enough to be a guest!)

November 15 - Canadian Abroad Holiday Decor
November 22 - Seriously...I Think it Needs Stitches & MRL free pillow cover pattern

November 29 - She Can Quilt Gifts for Tweens/Teens/Twenties

December 6 - Missy Mac Creations Christmas Gifts for Kids from Kids

December 13 - Rainbow Hare Quilts Wrapping it Up
December 20 - YOU!  DIY Christmas Party Link Up

And, yes, you even have the chance to play along and win some fab prizes...


Now, it's over to you...

  1. Link up any post from the past week that features some creative thinking going on in your creative world.   It can be anything, quilting, home improvement, fashion, crafting, DIY gifts, cooking...whatever you have recently thought "hmmm, you know what I should create" is perfectly appropriate for the Think Tank.  TTT is all about whatever you are currently brainstorming and would like feedback or encouragement on!
  2. Somewhere in your post, link back here to my blog. (Or grab the T.T.T. button for your sidebar.)
  3. Comment on at least a few of the other links—because what fun is a linky party without comments?


  1. Oh my goodness! I love both of these! Best part - they look easy enough I could attempt them with my kidletss without my house exploding with a mass of glitter and glue and tantrums (likely mine, not theirs).

  2. I love these ideas. Simple, effective and so fun. Thanks very much, Erin!

  3. I don't know how I missed this post last week, Erin. I thought I was keeping right up to date with this hop:( I LOVE these reindeer! The lollipop one is fab but those candy stick ones are just brilliant! They've gone straight to the top of my must make list!

  4. Erin those are totally genius!!! And not expensive to make, which I love! The candy canes are just so cute, brilliant idea :)


  5. Wonderful ideas and so simple to re-create and use in your own home; LOVE it..Will have to share this with my friends on Facebook

    thanks for making such a super cool and simple list and help us saving money.
    Christmas Gift Ideas

  6. Those are fun and easy, great ideas.

  7. Thanks for co-hosting this linkup. I just found out about it today. I'm excited to join the party!!

  8. these are gorgeous, I may well be hunting for some lollipops over the weekend :)

  9. Oh admit it, you just wanted an excuse to play with glue and glitter ;o)

  10. I think that reindeer lollipop is genius!! How is it that Chup-Chup have not done this themselves?
    I adore, and am going to mark to do with my neices when i see them.

  11. thanks for the idea, I ended up making 30 !!!!! damn rudolph nose lollies today lol... I've blogged about them here and linked to you

  12. These are awesome! I've not seen the reindeer lollipop card! That is just adorable. Thank you for sharing with us!!

  13. I love these simple and fun ideas... Thanks for sharing this amusing blog... will come back soon for more..!
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