Thursday, December 13, 2012

Homemade Sibling Gifts

Elliott puts a lot of thought into gift-giving.  He has such a big heart and loves giving to others.  He really enjoys shopping for others, and is not content until he finds the "perfect" gift.  Believe me...we spent a lot of time coming up with great ideas for daddy.  However he also loves making things for people too, and he wanted to make a Christmas present for his little brother.  It made my heart melt to see his excitement over something so simple.

Now, keep in mind that I'm not talented at artsy, crafty, handmade stuff, and I wanted it to be very kid-friendly.  It's definitely about the process for him.  So we talked about it, and since Emory loves to play I Spy, we came up with an I Spy Bottle.

Emory's favorite color is green, so we went with a green theme.  We colored the rice green and added green beads, buttons, sequins, pompoms, toys and various other odd and end items.  We also went through our alphabet beads to find the letters to his name.


I'll print out a picture card and laminate it, and then Iron Man can wrap it up for him.


I knew he would be so excited to give his brother his special homemade gift, but I also knew he would be equally excited to receive something "special" from his little brother too, so I racked my brain for a homemade gift that Emory could help make.  Yes, I knew going into it that I would be the one doing most of the work, but I also knew I had to come up with something.  So after some brainstorming, we decided that since big brother loves all-things-art, we would make some fun shaped crayons.  We have way too many broken crayons again, and it's something little fingers can still help with:  sorting out the broken crayons, peeling off the wrappers, sorting by color and even breaking them into smaller pieces.


This year's method was much easier...I just melted them in the oven (about 250) in aluminum cupcake liners. I could just throw the liners away, and that is sooo my type of clean-up!  We picked some fun shapes from our small cookie cutters that are used for playdoh.  The small size meant less work crayon melting to get a good thick crayon, but they're still flat for texture rubbings, which is typically how we use these fun shaped crayons.  When I popped them out, I broke the candy cane, but we put the rest in a cute little gingerbread man tin.


Oh, and we won't be forgetting the dog!  We'll be waiting a little closer to Christmas, but she will be getting some homemade dog biscuits.


  1. What a great way to recycle broken crayons. I have a lot of them at my house.

  2. Such a great idea - and I LOVE that they are homemade!!! :) Thanks for sharing with us! This would be fun to do for our nephew!

  3. These are great Brittney! We made the crayons a while back and the kids still love using them.

  4. Wow, the crayons turned out fabulous!!!

  5. I love that they made gifts for each other. :)

  6. I love these ideas and that they made gifts for each other. I really want to do this with my kids this year.