I made several gifts for the kids and I'll gradually get to posting what I've made. Today I'll show you the simplest gift I made.
Maggie is obsessed with my craft supplies. My craft room is a disaster because really what 3 year old can resist bin after bin filled with ribbon and jars of buttons just waiting to be tossed in the rain to rain down on their head? One of her favorites is to take my spools of thread, hold onto the string and drag the spools around the house. It makes me nuts. She needs some craft supplies of her own.
I like to reuse everything so I've been saving empty spools of thread. I hot glued different kinds of yarn around each one and left about a foot of yard free at the end that way she can wrap it herself or pretend to sew. It just took a few minutes to make each spool.
When she opened it she shouted "YES!" then promptly ran upstairs to place the spools onto my sewing machine and pretend to sew. We eventually had to bring her back down so the family could finish opening presents! I think it was a hit.
Take a look around the craft bins and see if there is some re-purposing you can do too!