SIMPLE HANDMADE GIFTS FOR GIRLS… part eight {guest post}

There are so many fabulous and simple handmade gifts for girls out there that I thought I’d ask a few of my clever & creative blogging friends to share with you some of their ideas… 
This week we’re lucky enough to hear from the clever MultipleMum who blogs about frugality, green living, parenting, and other musings at And then there were Four. There is never a dull moment in her busy and contented life.  I’d highly recommend a visit and to join in with her Weekend Rewind on Saturdays!  This is such a great simple handmade gift idea for a child – I LOVE it!  

BIG BOOK OF CRAFTY GOODNESS

I don’t follow many crafty blogs. I love looking at them but after awhile I get so envious of their crafting prowess that I decide to just let them be. So it is kind of strange that I have hung in with Emma and Frog, Goose and Bear. She is the ultimate crafty Mum. But the funny thing is that I have actually *made* things under her tutelage. 
In February this year, my family committed to Buy Nothing New for a Year.  It has been an interesting journey for a total creative hack . The hardest part for me has been making gifts. I am getting the hang of it now, but I am somewhat limited by my lack of sewing ability.
Emma’s recycled crayons were my first attempt at home-made gifts. I can’t say that mine turned out anything like hers, but it was a fun process and we ended up with some fabulous circular shaped crayons that were perfect for the little toddler boy we gifted them to. Note to the uninitiated: I am not sure the fumes from melting crayons are all that good for you. You have been warned.
I moved on to the Cook Republic’s no-sew aprons and ‘cookies in a jar’ which were a real hit with the 3-5 year old girl set. My daughter now requests that all of our tea-towels are ‘dressed up’ with ribbons. As an aside, I highly recommend the Paul Newman’s spaghetti sauce jars (750ml) as the perfect jar for these gifts, we tried a different shaped jar the first time and ran out of room.
Recently I teamed some of Emma’s pretty paper covered pencils, erasers (I still can’t call them rubbers without having a bit of a giggle) and sketch pad (having my first love affair with Mod Podge) with my favourite gift to date, the home made “My Big Book of Crafty Goodness”. It is every little girl’s dream!
My Big Book of Crafty Goodness is a collection of all sorts of paper crafts that are free to download on the internet.  I used some lovely matching games and colouring in printables from the amazing Made by Joel as well as some old-school paper dolls, ‘sewing cards’, origami folding tips, ‘memory games’, dot-to-dot printables, and Thaumatropes.
They have been a big hit! I have done a couple of different volumes now (one for the 2-4 year old, another for the 5+) and recommend that if you do do one, that you print off a few at a time. Once people catch a glimpse, I guarantee they will be requesting one for their daughters too.
Volume three is about to be put together, just in time for Christmas. Have you come across any wonderful paper-craft sites with free downloads that I should be stalking? Better still, do you create your own and want us to share them? Please leave a link in the comments.
Thanks to Emma for asking me to Guest Post. I am absolutely flattered!


Thanks so much Multiple Mum!  My kids are now sitting next to me at the table coloring in some Made by Joel free coloring pages as I type!


Come back next Monday for another simple handmade gift for girls.  I’m planning on posting an idea every Monday until Christmas, so if you have an idea to share and would like to guest post – send me an email.  I’d LOVE to hear from you!
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Comments

  1. says

    My little Goofy (4) loved this present! It was the first one to be penned once all presents were unwrapped. <br />Very excited to see you get your craft out there MultipeMum and thanks for the referral to Frog, Goose, Bear!

  2. says

    Fantastic ideas! I&#39;m going to try the recycled crayons first, looks like something the kids would absolutely love (the messier the better as far as they are concerned). They won&#39;t say no to the cookies in a jar either…

  3. says

    Thanks for having me Frog Goose Bear! I just love your blog and am so happy to now be a part of it. Glad your kids are loving Made By Joel&#39;s work. Isn&#39;t he just the best?

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