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Attempting Aloha: Day 9 - Handmade Christmas Gifts for Boys

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 9 - Handmade Christmas Gifts for Boys

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Matchbox Car Track - By Brittany from Pretty Handy Girl as posted on Infarrantly Creative.

What little boy doesn't love a good tent? This tutorial comes from Momma Society

Or a fort kit if you're not up to drilling anything. This is by Megan and Andy Made

Here are a few of the supplies you'll need:

Here's another fort idea if you have one of those card tables sitting around. This one is from Sew Much Ado

Maybe a mini-lounger is just what your little guy needs. This one from Small Friendly Blog is just adorable.

Awesome toyboxes to contain their new treasures from Ana White

Need a baby shower idea? What about some monthly outfits for easy photos for the mom-to-be. I've made the free printable available here at Attempting Aloha.

This is from a super cute onesie inspiration post over at A Girl and a Glue Gun. Visit Kimbo to find other awesomesauce baby swag ideas.

Doing a kitchen reno? Or have some random cupboards from a thrift store laying around? Why not turn them into a cute little writing desk to put under the tree for your little one?

This great tutorial is from iCandy Handmade.

Does your little guy like to build with you? Sadly, this blog is no longer functioning (don't try to search for it...it links to a dirty site now). :(

It looks like they took a shelf similar to THIS and modified it to be a small tool bench.

Or another cute tool bench from The Frugal Granny

They just might need a tool belt to go along with their tool bench, right? Make It and Love It has a simple tutorial.

If you need a plastic tool set, Amazon has a set of 12 for less than $5.

Or maybe a handmade trug / toolbox would be better for all his "tools". That's My Letter has a really easy tutorial for you.

Boys love to help in the kitchen, too! Find the tutorial at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

And a kitchen like this one from Sutton Grace (repurposed from an entertainment center) would keep any little guy entertained for hours!

If you have toddlers around, they'll love something simple like this, and I'll bet they love playing with it even more than the expensive stuff. :)  Idea from Engaging Toddler Activities

And you can buy an inexpensive set of pom poms on Amazon.

What about these cute Lego tie tacks from Delia Creates?

You can buy a set of tie tacks here

She also did these awesome Lego belts in that same tutorial.

These belts are just over $1 on Amazon!

This skateboard sling from The Boy Trifecta is sweet!

Going along with the "board" theme, I know my kids would love this balance board by Jaime at That's My Letter.

If we had a large tree in our backyard, this would DEFINITELY be going up. Looks easy to build, and I'm sure any little guy (or gal) would love it. Or you can buy the original from CedarWorks.

Here's a cute idea for keeping the little guy entertained when on the road or at church or restaurants. Find this crayon wallet tutorial at Modest Maven.

Here are some cute mini notepads that would work well in the wallet.

Or maybe just a crayon roll like this one from Skip to My Lou.

And I know lots of people love these take-along chalk mats! Easy tutorial found at Rose Lee J 

If you're not that great at sewing but still want to personalize your gifts, what about adding some detail to a scripture bag like Kimbo did at A Girl and a Glue Gun.

You can buy 50 skeins of embroidery floss for less than $8 on Amazon!

Want something with zero sewing?  What about some good old play dough! Visit How Does She for the full tutorial.

And you can buy 50 mini storage containers for less than $13 on Amazon.

Here's a super cute car caddy designed by Homemade by Jill.

We have an aspiring juggler in our family. Some small bean bags are on my to-make list. Here's a tutorial from Chrystal's Corner.

And these felt Star Wars action finger figures make me laugh (from Amy at The Idea Room):

And if you really want to go all out, why not just build a sandbox with built-in seating and cover! Plans can be found on Ana White

And why don't we throw in a super hero stocking stuffer while we're at it. These superhero peg dolls by Lil Blue Boo are perfect!

Lego table from A Little of This and a Little of That.

I LOVE these little DIY hobby horses from Dandee Designs! Wouldn't that be a fun gift to make?

You can find 5 pairs of stuffed animal eyes for less than $2 on Amazon.

I love these awesome Angry Birds from Obsessively Stitching.

Or I may cheat and do something like this from Homemade Beauties by Heidi

Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar has a great tutorial for brimmed beanies made from old sweaters and cardboard:

And I LOVE this little fold-up, take-along barn!! Read the full post at Serving Pink Lemonade 

Let's sneak in one more Lego project for you. This portable Lego kit from Mama Papa Bubba is brilliant!

And for the budding soccer star...an easy DIY PVC pipe soccer goal. Visit Six Sisters Stuff for the tutorial.

Have a little guy with multiple bikes and scooters? What about a DIY bike rack? Addicted 2 DIY has the plans all ready for you.

These no-sew superhero costumes are such a great idea for when you just don't feel like pulling out the sewing machine (or aren't ready to tackle a sewing project). Thanks, Twin Dragonfly Designs for making it easy for us moms.

And if you need something that won't take up much space, these felt tracks would be a great idea! Tutorial at While He Was Napping.

And the ultimate busy board for toddlers! Millionayres hit a home run with this fun tutorial.

You really have to see this quiet book by All the Quiet Things to appreciate just how amazing it is.

Beth at Home Stories A to Z shared a great tutorial on making a cornhole toss game. Even the big boys love playing corn hole!

These cute little ties by Vanilla Joy are to die for!

The plans for this small sandbox station would also be great as a water station. Shanty 2 Chic has easy-to-follow plans on their site.

I can't get enough of this little push-and-ride scooter by Jaime at That's My Letter!

There you have it.  25  46 handmade gifts for boys!

Will you be trying any? Have any for me to add?



And don't miss these other gift post ideas:



At November 26, 2011 at 12:39 AM , Blogger Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

Great compilation Charlie! There are going to be some pretty lucky boys this Christmas. I have a couple DIY projects for my DS gifts this year too! Crossing my fingers I get them done in time!

At November 26, 2011 at 2:41 PM , Blogger Chrystal's Corner said...

Love the list, thanks for including me on it:) With 3 boys of my own I am pinning this for my own reference!

At November 27, 2011 at 4:02 AM , Blogger Trish said...

Awesome ideas! Thanks for pulling them all together. Visiting from Positively Splendid

At November 28, 2011 at 5:26 AM , Blogger Rhiannon said...

Wow, love this list, have had the lego table on Pinterest for a while. Bot my boy is a bit young this year. Love the fort kit, and think I will be personalising some clothes this year for my boy, plus a floor cushion and have already done some bean bags.

Will be pinning this now!

At November 28, 2011 at 6:24 PM , Blogger - Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl said...

This is a great round up of gift ideas! Thanks for sharing (and for featuring my matchbox ramp.)


At November 30, 2011 at 7:10 PM , Blogger Ben and Summer said...

LOVE these ideas - thanks for your hard work!

At December 2, 2011 at 11:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is making a balance board for my 8 year old son and I'm hoping my son will make marshmallow guns for my husband.

At December 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think most boys and most girls I know would like most of these gifts. I'll be making the fort kit for my niece.

At December 6, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

Awesome! Found you via pinterest and just shared this on my facebook page :)


At December 11, 2011 at 5:29 PM , Blogger Roselee said...

Wow! I just found my chalk mat featured here! Thanks for the 2 minutes of fame! :)

At January 14, 2012 at 7:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really want to make the barn, but there isn't a link. LOVE LOVE LOVE everything on here! Thank you!!

At February 23, 2012 at 11:05 PM , Anonymous gifts for boys said...

Well, I think handmade christmas gifts are best for boys. I like all the gifts that made by you. I also get idea for making such gifts.

At March 7, 2012 at 7:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kinder capes has better capes than the ones shown - www.kindercapes.com - so cute!

At September 1, 2012 at 6:57 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

Great ideas! We are always so desperate for boy projects. We made this fun super hero town...http://greeneacreshobbyfarm.blogspot.com/2011/09/diy-superhero-town.html.

At October 4, 2012 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the link to the tutorial for the barn :) You might have to copy and paste into your browser.

At November 29, 2012 at 7:53 AM , Blogger Ms. Sarah said...

One year my husband purchased several 8 foot 2x4's & cut them in equal segments.Then he carefully sanded the edges so there were no sharp corners, painted half of the blocks green & half of them blue. The entire collection was placed in a 'milk crate' wrapped in brown paper & presented to them at Christmas (I have 3 sons). It was the best, most used present ever. It built ziggurats & the Tower of Babel, houses for stuffed toys & all sorts of imaginary forts. It's now almost 15 years later. The boys are 22,20 & 17 and that crate of blocks is STILL their favorite toy! Admittedly--it's now used for creative things like impromptu TV stands & propping open the hood of whatever vehicle they're working on...but still :)

At December 6, 2012 at 2:46 PM , Anonymous Stephanie Lynn Rogers said...

I love these ideas. I am a Mom of 4 boy's and look forward to doing some of these.

At January 25, 2013 at 7:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

With seven grand children I'm so happy to see and have desires to do so much more. Thank you.


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