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I found the perfect magnets for Hunter’s magnet board. I was scouring Amazon for something or other when I was sidetracked and I came across Lego magnets – a way to display Lego figurines and artwork! (What in the world did we do before Amazon?!? I could’ve ran to 3 stores and never found those puppies.)
They’re the perfect accent to the Lego print he has hanging on another wall.
He likes to switch out the guys – and sometimes he doesn’t even put guys on them, he uses the magnets plain. Either way, they beat the boring colored circle magnets I originally picked up.
The kids were quietly playing this morning before heading to church and I could hear the Lego bucket being combed through. Shortly before it was time to leave, Hallie and Hunter walked into the kitchen carrying their Lego Super Bowl.
It had me laughing. Batman as the quarterback. The girl Lego Friends as cheerleaders. The guys on the bench, including the Joker, waiting their turn to go into the game. It was a work of art – I love the creativity of children!
Here’s a round up of my homemade Christmas gifts this year for the kids.
Cannon – Noah’s Ark animals
This has been an idea a long time in the making and I’m only semi-disappointed with myself that I didn’t get the ark made in time. Another year…another homemade gift. This year, he got the animals; 12 sets, 24 in total. Based on a set by Holztiger – a company from Germany which I talked about here.
My patio was a disaster for far too long. This was a labor of love and I was counting my lucky stars that I had all my fingers in tact when I finished. Scroll saws can be a little intimidating! They’re made of 1″ hard maple which was a little difficult to cut out but they’ll be much more durable than making them out of pine. I spent many weeks watching Survivor and painting all the animals with basic craft paint (all of which was left over from a homemade gift last year, the nativity puzzle). I finished them off with a couple layers of clear coat and called it good.
They turned out better than I expected and I’m pretty much in love with them. So is Cannon.
Bennett – Wooden Robots
I found these darling robots (Ollibots) at Caravanshoppe.com. These require absolutely no skills. I purchased the digital file which gave me the artwork (printed them at staples) and all the instructions as well as the part numbers to buy from an online hobby store for all the wood pieces (precut).
They suggested different options of attaching the pieces together – I went with low-profile industrial strength Velcro from Amazon and it’s worked like a dream.
You can mix and match to your heart’s content – and Bennett has!
Hunter – Lego Print
Check out Hunter’s Lego artwork gift on a previous post.
Hallie – Fancy circle skirt
I’m realizing the older my kids get the more creative I have to get with their homemade gift. It’s much easier when they’re younger!
Hallie was in need of some skirts. Typically, I’m able to find something at a store that fits her just right but we’ve had some trouble lately. She getting taller and she has a fairly skinny waist. We couldn’t find a skirt long enough with a small enough waist. I turned to danamadeit.com and followed her circle skirt pattern. It was so easy, I made one for her to wear before Christmas and surprised her with another on Christmas morning. I’m tempted to make one in my size.
I’m ready to start brainstorming this year’s gifts. (aside from Cannon’s ark which has already made the list!)
Check out more homemade gifts from previous years:
My homemade Christmas gifts come in all shapes and sizes. I had the idea for Hunter’s homemade Christmas gift almost 6 months ago. I was working to redo his room and after I got the furniture and bedding placed I knew I wanted a picture hanging between his beds. Almost immediately the thought came to me to take a picture of his legos and hang it on the wall. The idea morphed into Lego wall art – making a quote out of his Legos and printing it for his wall.
I chose a short quote to make sure I could make it fit and look uniform. I spent an afternoon with his legos while he was at school and was done in no time.
I made a 20×20 print and put it in an Ikea Ribba frame.
Christmas morning he opened it and gave me the exact reaction I was looking for. Excitement.
We promptly hung it in his room and it was just as I had envisioned many months ago. “It’s awesome mom, I didn’t know you could make words out of Legos!” Yes son you can, and it’s much easier than the instructions that take 300 steps to build a ship!
Did you know that once a year Krispy Kreme celebrates “Talk like a pirate day”? Not only do they celebrate it – they give donuts away on this special day. Saturday morning, I started to see my instagram feed flooded with pirate pictures from my friends in the east celebrating pirate day. I had heard of this made up holiday before but I never participated.
I told Steve we could get a dozen free donuts for every person we dressed like a pirate in the family. He didn’t hesitate – we gathered supplies and clothes from around the house, pulled a costume out of the Halloween box and pulled the Lego pirate out of the attic. In 20 minutes we were decked out in pirate attire.
When we walked in the Krispy Kreme, we were greeted by other pirates who came to collect their donuts. The employee said Hunter’s was by the far the best costume of the day – which he was stoked about. Within 1 minute, we had our donuts and were walking out. No wait, no fuss…for 5 dozen donuts. (I didn’t dress up – we were in a hurry and I didn’t have the time to gather a costume for myself.)
The kids eyes were wide with excitement watching those boxes of donuts walk out with us – to which we quickly dashed their hopes of eating all of them. We made some deliveries to friends – a dozen here, a dozen there – we had friends over for dinner and had donuts for dessert. By the end of the first day we were left with just one dozen. You can imagine what the kids chose for breakfast the next morning!
It was fun. I’m not sure why they run such a crazy promotion but you better believe I’ll be participating next year! I gathered all the pirate gear and put it in a bag – it will be much easier to put together next year’s costumes. Thank you Krispy Kreme for the five pounds we all gained this weekend.