YEAH! My first Christmas post...I can't tell you how excited I am.
Do any of you have problems at Christmas thinking of unique gifts for Grandparents from your kids? I struggle every year with this. So I thought I would share my absolute favorite gift I have made with my kids for their grandparents.
(The rug in the picture above was not 100% done, I put scarves on the snowmen and I wrote Merry Christmas on the top of some of them. I wasn't planning on posting them on a blog when I made them :) )
Small area rug with a low 'pile' texture
Permanent fabric paint in white, green, black and various accent colors
Children who will listen (the listening part is not mandatory :) )
I used a small mat with a low pile or texture to it. If the pile is too high, this won't work. You can find mats at Walmart for $3 (the one I used I got at Walmart for $15) or even go to a Carpet store to see if they sell the sample colors.
My son requested some of the snowmen do hand stands so some snowmen were upside down. Do you see how flat my son's feet are? You can see the arches in my daughter's snowmen but my son's look like little bricks :) So cute!
I then add a little bit of extras (e.g. scarves, hats, arms, lights and star on the tree, etc.) to the rug.
The cost for this can be really low. If you get a mat for $3 and the paint is around $1 each color (it goes a long way) you can do both sets of grandparents for around $10!!
I gave these to grandparents, aunts and friends. My kids had a great time and I think the recipients love that these gifts come out once a year for a couple of months and then get packed away.
Let me know what you think.