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Old 11-26-2008, 03:10 PM   #1
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Inexpensive Homemade gift ideas for tween girls?

I'm looking for a homemade craft idea that my DD10 can give her friends for Christmas. I don't want to spend a lot on supplies. Wondering if anyone had any ideas.

I thought last year in my Family Fun magazine there were some ideas, but I can't find my issue and looking online isn't helping either.

Any cute ideas?
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:59 PM   #2
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this is kind of home made (I'm not sure how how made you're looking for)

Hobby Lobby has some ornaments that you paint yourself. They are cute and HL is having a sale now ox Christmas stuff. Maybe that's something she'd like.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:05 PM   #3
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tie-dye shirts are always good
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:17 PM   #4
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I remember making "locker pockets", which was really easy and quite useful. All you need is a few old pairs of jeans that you can cut the back pockets out of (think: ripped/stained/otherwise unusable jeans or really cheap jeans at the thrift store). Simply cut the back pockets off the jeans with scissors and glue some magnets to the back of them (I used magnet strips, but you could use any kind). Test the magnets to make sure they can hold a full pocket (use pens, money, or whatever you think might go into the pocket). Then decorate the front of the pocket as you wish (think: ribbon, rickrack, fabric paint, patches, etc.).

Going off the Christmas Ornament Idea, you can get clear glass ball ornaments and put tinsel inside (looks really nice), then if you want you can write on them (I like the metallic gold and silver pens).
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:18 PM   #5
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we are doing picture frames this year. DD has a memory card full of pictures and she is decorating a dollar store frame and giving her friends that!

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Old 11-26-2008, 05:18 PM   #6
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How about burning a CD of some of their favorite songs. I'm planning on doing this myself for some members of my extended family. If you have some of the songs already, you can download them to your computer to burn. And, for songs you don't have, just purchase them for 99 cents, usually, at itunes or amazon, etc.
We made a CD of my daughter's top 10 favorite songs for her 10th birthday to put in the goody bags for guests and they loved it... I still hear from parents how their daughter/son listens to it all the time.
You can have your daughter sign/decorate the CD and/or make a cute CD cover for it, too!
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #7
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What about friendship braclets? Or some type of beaded necklaces or braclets or keychains (they use them on their zippers on backpacks)
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:39 PM   #8
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We did mason jars filled with all the dry ingredients to make a batch of cookies or homemade brownies. We tied a ribbon around the jar with the recipe and how much and what wet ingredients were needed to complete the recipe.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:40 PM   #9
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I just posted a couple of minutes ago about 8 free Christmas song downloads from Oprah. She could burn these to CD. There are also free downloads for the cover art, and the CD sticker. So, all you'd need for supplies are blank CD's, CD cases, paper, and blank CD stickers.
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Sandra Lee (Food Network) has a the book Semi-Homemade Deserts. There are recipes for lip gloss and bath cookies that were easy and inexpensive to make. Most of the stuff you probably already have around your house. I borrowed the book from the library.
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Old 11-26-2008, 05:55 PM   #11
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There are all kinds of ideas for making bookmarks on Family Fun's website. The ones in their latest issue are really cute. You just hot glue buttons to the end of pretty ribbons, sometimes stacking the buttons for different designs/color combos.
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Old 11-26-2008, 06:20 PM   #12
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My 11 yr old DD loves to make gifts for her friends. Here are a few of the projects she's done:-
  1. Simple polymer clay pendants strung on inexpensive suede cord
  2. Polymer clay key rings - just roll two or three colours together, create marbled "blobs" of random shapes - string them on to a length of "pleather" cord that's been looped through a split ring, knot the "blob" into place and presto - a cool, funky key ring
  3. Simple beaded bracelets - you can buy an assortment of beads from a craft store, and some stretchy nylon/ elastic and knock off several of these bracelets in a short time
  4. Dollar store photo frames or mirrors, decorated with buttons, silk flowers, polymer clay cutouts etc

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Old 11-26-2008, 06:27 PM   #13
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We're making candy wreaths with the peppermints, butterscotch and strawberries candy. Cost about $3 each for the candy. I was going to use jolly ranchers and double bubble gum, but I couldn't find it at a good price.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:11 PM   #14
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Make lipgloss, jewelry, key chains. I liked the idea of tie dye shirts.
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Old 11-26-2008, 08:28 PM   #15
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Sugar scrub
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