We made this DIY kids crafts gift box as a gift for a 3 year old girl. Pickle was invited to her birthday party this weekend and her mum told us that she is very keen on crafts, so I looked online for a suitable gift. I wanted her to be able to make all kinds of things from one craft box or ‘kit’, but I couldn’t find anything suitable (at least, not in my price-range), so I decided to make one myself!
To make a DIY kids crafts gift box for a preschooler, you will need:
– a sturdy box (a shoebox is ideal)
– nice wrapping paper to cover the box (if needed)
– glue or Mod Podge
– a computer and printer
– a small jam jar with a lid
AND (A SELECTION, NOT ALL! OF) THE FOLLOWING:
– a smooth round stone
– some drinking straws
– pipe cleaners
– stick glue
– coloured pens/pencils
– tissue paper
– a cork
– cocktail sticks
– a penny
– card blanks and envelopes
– origami/wrapping paper scraps
– card decorations
– an empty toilet roll
– foam shapes
– googly eyes
– pom poms
– poster paints and a brush
– scraps of material
COST: a few quid (but a lot of the bits you may already have in your ‘crafty store-cupboard’ if you’re anything like me)
AGE: older kids/adults (to make for younger kids/toddlers)
TIME: 20-30 minutes (longer if you need to cover your box)
How-to make a DIY kids crafts gift box for a preschooler:
- Prepare your box. If it needs covering, follow this simple tutorial to get a professional finish.
- Fill the box with lots of crafty supplies, including the stone (we wrapped and labelled it ‘paint me?’). Put the smaller bits and bobs into a clean jam jar.
- Include some free printables (we used this fab robot princess from Spoonful.com, bird finger puppets from MrPrintables and fun robot colouring pages from Dabbles&Babbles) – there are loads more to choose from on Hodge Podge Craft’s Pinterest page too.
- Print out a DIY book for the lucky recipient. We used these gorgeous free templates from MrPrintables to make an ‘R is for…’ Ruby’s craft ideas book and included lots of ideas for her to make using her craft kit box.
- Use your craft bits and bobs to decorate a birthday card for a friend or a Christmas card for a grandparent
- Draw a friendly monster
- Make cork boats (find the tutorial at Kate’s Creative Space)
- Paint your rock (find lots of ideas here)
- Draw a face to show how you are feeling today
- I stuck some googly eyes onto a blank page and wrote: ‘What kind of creature has eyes like this? Draw it and give your beast a name!’
- Put on your favourite song. Try to draw what you can hear. Ask Mummy or Daddy to try this too (this and many more clever ideas from the Artful Parent here)
- Make an owl from a toilet roll (how-to and lovely photo below from A Beautiful Mess)
- Use a celery stalk stamp to make a rose print (Maureen Cracknell came up with this fabulous idea)
- Make a bracelet by threading straw ‘beads’ onto pipe cleaners (idea from the Mother Huddle)
I hope Ruby likes it…
What would you include in a craft kit box for a toddler?