In a Homemade Christmas I told you about our family tradition of homemade gifts among siblings. Now let’s see what the year 2018 brought at the Johnson house.

Wooden Blocks

Homemade gifts: DIY wooden blocks
homemade gifts: DIY wooden blocks

These sets of wooden blocks are such an easy, cheap, and fun addition to any boys room. The baby received painted wooden blocks from the 6 year old and the 4 year old gets to play with rustic house blocks. Both compliment each other and will add to their hours of play with cars and trucks.

Balance Board

homemade gifts: DIY balance board

It’s hard to see in this picture, but the little man is standing on a DIY balance board. He’s my busy sensory hungry kid and this is a great way to keep him focused and busy. I decorated the top with tie-dye duct tape.

Gun Case

homemade gifts: gun case

I bought this kids sewing kit years ago (not currently available) and no one ever put it together. Since big brother gifted the little rhino a rifle this year, this gun case made the perfect homemade gift. The directions were long lost, but I did the best I could and think it turned out great! Haan offers other craft kits like this pillow. 


homemade gifts: DIY cookbook

She loves to cook and be in the kitchen. Her brother came up with the idea to make her a cookbook all by himself, which was perfect! I helped him include family favorite recipes and he decorated the cover.

Cloak or Cape

homemade gifts: DIY cloak

This flamingo also has been begging for a cloak for years. I finally pulled out scraps and created this cloak for her. Again, no instructions, but it turned out beautiful and she loves it!

Painted Horse Brush

homemade gifts: DIY hand painted horse brush

My horse loving teen couldn’t have been more exited to have these horse brushes. Even though I’m not very artistic, I was able to hand paint her horses name on the back of the face brush. My inspiration came from much more creative people like this one.

Framed Map

homemade gifts: DIY framed map

The head monkey is on his way into the real world and he dreams of traveling the US in a camper. In honor of his dreams and his upcoming graduation party, my husband and I put together this framed map backed with cork. He’s already marked all the places he’s been!

None of these homemade gifts required extensive directions, although I wish I had better instructions for the sewing projects. Each one was created with the recipient in mind, making each gift unique and heart felt. A homemade Christmas doesn’t have to be complicated or above your talents. It just requires creative thinking and a willing heart.

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