The other evening Kalla had a birthday party to go to. So this past week on spring break we brainstormed what to make this little girl. K informed me that this little girl LOVED horses. So here is what we came up with:
A horse tote, based on this tutorial. Instead of letting K draw a tote, I already had this gorgeous horse fabric that I thought we'd use. Added a small yellow felt flower and pink button details on the side where the strap is sew on. One note if you use fabric with a directional print you will need to cut your front and back separately instead of one big piece you fold like in original tutorial.
her doll. To make it look nice I explained to her to make a pattern and repeat it once placing the horse in the middle. All I had to do was tie the knot.
these horses last year by Ann Wood on Design Sponge, I filed that idea away in my brain to do one day. We actually plan to add a horn and make sparkly unicorns as the craft at Kalla's unicorn and rainbows party this summer. So we used the tutorial's template and instead of painting, I brushed mod podge on the pieces and Kalla glittered away! One note, if you use glitter (especially MS very very fine glitter) once it is dry, spray the pieces with clear acrylic to keep the glitter from coming off and making messes ALL over! So once you spray the pieces and let it dry, follow instructions on tutorial for adding the buttons and wire hanger. Cool thing is the legs move and can be positioned anyway you like. According to feedback Kalla got from the little girl at school the next day, this was her fav part of the gift (though she told K she liked it all).
Then I had Kalla make a picture for the card on a rectangle piece of white card stock (my photo is washed out, but it's a pink horse with wings and giant eyelashes--LOVE how she adds eyelashes to all her animal drawings--beside a table with a giant layered cake). Then I taped it to a printed piece of scrap book paper and used some craft punches to add the "To" and "From". Bracelet was put in a simple small tin container (I got them in bulk at Oriental Trading).
The benefits of making birthday gifts is many. First, it is the time that Kalla and I get to spend together crafting, both of our fav activities. Another is teaching her thinking of others. Not that you can't do that by shopping together to find a special gift at the store! ;) But it just seems emphasized when we talk over all the details and ideas of what her friends would like. Then sitting making it. It is so nice to be able to enjoy time spent crafting (cause that's the best part after all!), then the joy of giving it away.