It’s hot outside. Gardeners can escape summer’s heat by retreating to the air-conditioning or a shady porch, but garden plants... Read more »
August in the garden can be challenging for both gardeners and plants. Read more »
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The first time you try our PowerGear® Pruner, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear technology m... Read more »
Specifically designed to reduce the effort required to cut tough tree and shrub branches, this durable pruner includes an easy-... Read more »
This pro-style pruner features adjustable blade tension to fit your hand strength and the toughness of the material you’re cutt... Read more »
Reusable snack packs are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic baggies, and not only are they much cuter, they’ll... Read more »
Using Duck Tape® to cover a simple notebook can take your journals from mediocre to marvelous in no time! Read more »
These sturdy little Duck Tape® magnetic pockets are easy to make and will help keep a locker organized and small school suppli... Read more »
As the parent of a picky eater, my morning routine before school always entails packing a lunch. Read more »
With a new school year on the horizon, it is time to refocus on our fall wardrobe. Read more »
This simple school skirt is very easy to make and beginner seamstresses will enjoy making more than one! Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Taking a photo of your children on their first day back at school after a long summer is a tradition in many families. Read more »
It's time to get into back-to-school mode! That means it's time to begin browsing the store shelves for the necessities to hel... Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
A new school year calls for a new set of accessories. Read more »
There is something fun and freeing about creating mixed media art, especially when you only need a few tools and a little time... Read more »
With school coming up, it is time to start planning and organizing. Read more »
Infused with avant-garde Scandinavian style, our Quantum™ Pruner integrates only the highest-grade materials with Scandinavian... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
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Handmade gifts can be quick and simple to make, but they will stand the test of time and often hold a child’s attention longer than the latest store-bought, battery-operated gizmo. Plus you get the fun of making it!
Take this little matching game, for instance. I purchased a set of 20 inexpensive wooden discs and stamped pairs of 10 images onto them, using the smaller stamps available in the Fiskars Kaleidoscope Simple Stick stamp set. Pop them in a little drawstring sack or felt pouch and in a matter of minutes you have a cute game or stocking filler.
Speaking of wooden toys, blocks of all shapes and sizes have always been popular with children big and small, so the next time you need to cut back that overgrown tree in your yard, consider making a set of your own natural wood building blocks out of some discarded branches. Sand the ends thoroughly and check the bark for any roughness, before giving to children.
Craft kits are another great gift to make for children as they can provide hours of open-ended play and activity. Cutting a few shapes from cardstock (think pirate ships, animals, crowns, faces...) and presenting them with little bags of jewels, stickers, beads and glitter, will have children exploring their creative side in no time. And it’s never too early to give a child with their own scrapbooking kit - complete with a couple fun Fiskars punches, of course!
Children who enjoy being creative and drawing may also like this handmade craft case, which holds their crayons or pencils as well as a stash of paper or notebooks. It closes with a convenient velcro strap, which means that it can be carried from place to place without fear of losing its contents.
Particularly handy for throwing in your bag on your way out the door to dinner - instant entertainment whilst waiting for food at a restaurant.
For the seamstresses among us, there are plenty of sewing-related gifts you could make for a child which include dolls clothes, a playhouse that fits over a large table complete with ‘windows’ and doors, dress up clothes or a cape as well as plush toys and dolls. Over the years, I’ve made almost all of these things for my children and they continue to be the toys that get the most attention in our house.
I hope I’ve given you a few ideas to inspire you to come up with your own handmade gifts for children. Toys don’t need to be noisy, large or expensive to be fun. What really counts is the love and thoughtfulness that has been put into creating a unique gift for its chosen recipient.