- July 4, 2008 at 12:30 am #259395
This reminded me of a homemade idea I saw once. YOu get those clthes
pins that they make dolls out of (has a knob on top; not the spring
type). You put several of these in a plastic school box (usually 50
ents at Walmart) and add little scraps of cloth, lace, buttons,
sequins, yarn, etc and it is a make-your-own doll kit. The child can
draw faces on the clothespins and make clothes from the little
scraps. I thought it was the cutest idea and one day will make these
for my girls.
Another idea is buying a plastic sand pail and filling it with fun
bath products. I know you can google and find homemade soaps, bubble
bath, etc. that you can make cheaply and put in those little travel
bottles. Add a couple of rubber duckies and a cute face cloth. Maybe
a bath poof or puppet. You can find all this at the Dollar Tree or
Lorraine in GA
— In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Karen”
> Someone mentioned not being able to afford Christmas for kids this
> year and I think now would be a good time to share things to MAKE
> Christmas for little or no money. A friend of mine said her
> Christmas was a doll and doll clothes she got one year for
> She was at a family dinner and they were talking about their
> Christmas and when my friend mentioned the doll her mother broke
> crying. Her mother told her that that year they’d had no money for
> Christmas – so her father had made her a doll house and had made
> furniture out of whatever they could find. They had gotten a doll
> Goodwill and her mom had sewn the clothes. Her mother said she had
> cried thinking what a terrible Christmas but it was my friends
> favorite one – maybe she could feel the love in the handmade items!
> Here are my ideas – and now is a good time to start making things.
> Also, be sure to start watching for things from freecycle and
> watching garage sales and thrift shops.
> 1. Doll house – (the little white plastic things in Pizza boxes
> good tables)
> 2. Doll clothes – (could even be for a doll she already has)
> 3. Bean bags – (for small child make one shaped like a frog – for
> older kids make squares and then take a piece of cardboard – cut
> holes in it and paint(or use crayons) around each hole in a
> 4. Take a piece of cardboard and draw roads, gas station, etc and
> get a car that fits the roads you draw or again – use a car he
> already has.
> 5. School supplies will soon be really cheap at WalMart/Target and
> such places – grab a few extras and put away for Christmas.
> 6. Get some recycling ideas and make a kit and give to older kids.
> You can make a bird house out of a milk carton or maybe you have
> scrap wood and hubby can cut out a wood bird house – you can add
> paint, screws, etc and make your own kit. KarenMO
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