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It's officially the season of gifting, dear readers!
And one of the loveliest ways to gift?
By making something with your very own two hands, of course. ❤️
Great idea, you say, but you could use a little guidance? Well, that's precisely why we called up DIY pro Charlotte Smith.
The Connecticut-based blogger (AtCharlottesHouse.com) and mom of five — not to mention, the very first winner of our Viewer Tip-Off — is chock full of fabulous DIY gifting ideas, and she was kind enough to share three of her best with us.
Even better, they're all kid-friendly, so little ones can get in on the fun, too!
Just one hot tip from Charlotte if you do plan on getting your kids involved: prep!
"The key to doing projects with kids is to be organized and ready for them," she says.
Watch the video above to see her (and her sweet children!) in action — and scroll below for additional details on each project.
DIY Holiday Gift 1: Shaving Cream Marbled Artwork
As Charlotte and her kids demonstrate, this one starts by spraying shaving cream on a cookie sheet. From there…
1. Spread the shaving cream over the sheet with your fingers.
2. Drizzle craft paint over the cream.
3. Swirl the paint around using a paint mixing stick.
4. Take a sheet of paper and press it into the shaving cream.
5. Pull it off and lay it on a flat surface.
6. Take a small piece of cardboard and, with a bit of pressure against the sheet, scrape all of the excess shaving cream off the paper.
7. Let it dry!
8. Write L-O-V-E on small, heart-shaped pieces of paper, and tape them in place.
Pop it in a frame, and voila!
DIY Holiday Gift 2: Graphic Color-Block Artwork Using Individual Mini Canvases
This second craft involves lots of mini canvases to make one BIG canvas.
Essentially, you paint each of the small squares — all of which should fit together to create one BIG square or rectangle — the colors of your choice. Once dry, you can add a little visual interest by applying tape — either straight across or diagonally — and re-painting half of those same squares. Dry once more!
Glue all of the squares together, using a piece of cardboard to back them, then add a frame (or, as Charlotte did, glue dowels), and you've got a work of modern art!
DIY Holiday Gift 3: Simple Wooden Frame With Monogram
Last, but certainly not least, we've got this simple wooden frame personalized with a monogram.
Charlotte asked her kids to sand small squares of wood, then draw the initial of their choice onto the wood. Then, Charlotte herself hopped in with a wood burner — which, she said, she picked up online. (Not too bad!) With the burner, she was able to trace the letter and turn it into a proper monogram.
Finally, she glued a clip in place, to clip the photo of her kids' choice!