10.12.2011

Planning for Christmas...

Yesterday, I was at a thrift store and snagged a few toys for about $2 a piece. As I stashed them in the closet to save for Christmas, I started to think more seriously about what we'll give each of the kids this year. We're pretty broke, but I'd still like to make a big impact.

The easiest solution is to gift things I've already had in mind as DIY projects. For the E and L, I'm thinking of making a play teepee. They're cute, they're impressive, and they're inexpensive if you use drop cloths instead of designer fabric. {I like this tutorial.}

For Baby R, I'd like to make a play stove out of one of our old nightstands. I like the style of the above kitchen, but will probably use this tutorial. And I'm toying with buying some stainless steel contact paper, like on the {amazing!} play kitchen below...

Now for the conundrum. What to do for Little Miss C? She's 10 years old now, and on the verge of outgrowing little girl things, but at the moment is obsessed with American Girl, bird watching, art and sewing. Any ideas?

What are you planning for your kids?

5 comments:

Kristina said...

Those are great ideas! For Miss C, this might be lame, but maybe something to combine sewing and bird watching, like a bird cross-stitching pattern?
I hope I get better at this before I have kids.

Scott and Amme said...

I found your blog througha friend a while back and love to read it. You are so creative. Anyway.....your said your daughter is in love with American Girl. If she has a doll you could build her a doll bed. I made one for my daughter last year and it only cost about $8. If you go to Ana-white.com and search for the farmhouse doll bed you can find the super easy plans! Good luck.

Singin' Heart said...

What fun ideas!! I love the last kitchen with the "stainless steel appliances". Your kids are going to love them. You are a DIY maniac right now. Keep rockin it girly!

MelancholySmile said...

I wish I could do the doll bed idea-- unfortunately, that was our gift to her last year. :)

Jessica West Judkins said...

these are great!

I so want to do the teepee for Judah, but he will be 1 years old this christmas, maybe a little to young. I have to think birthday and christmas since his birthday falls the first week of december. I'll be doing allot of pintresting pinning/browsing to get some ideas.

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