The Gift of Giving and the Handmade Gift

Robot MagnetsThe holidays will soon be upon us – it’s time to start thinking about the gift of giving. Nothing shows you care more than a gift that comes from the heart. Here are a couple of simple, fun handmade gift ideas for your loved ones this holiday season!

Handmade Robot Magnet

What you will need:

  • Craft Magnet
  • Small square of wood
  • Paint – Gouache works really well
  • Water
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Black thick tipped sharpie
  1. Draw outline of the robot onto the square piece of wood with the sharpie.  You can do this with pencil first, then go over your pencil line with the sharpie
  2. Finished Robot MagnetsMix the colors that you would like to use for the robot
  3. Use a small paint brush to fill in the robot…To make the paint more transparent you can add water to the paint
  4. Gouache paint dries very fast….so the final step is to adhere the magnet to the back of the wood block

Robot Santa Cards

What you will need:

  • 12” x 4” piece of Green Card Stock
  • 4” x 4” piece of White Card Stock
  • Exacto Knife
  • Glue
  • Print off of Robot Santa “Cut out”
  1. Robot SantaPrint off the Robot Santa “Cut out” onto an 8.5” x 11” piece of paper
  2. Fold the 12”x4” piece of Green Card Stock in half so that it measures 6”x4”
  3. Place the print of Robot Santa on top of Green Card Stock and use the exacto knife to cut through both layers…Be sure the fold of the 6”x4” Green Paper is located at the top…Do not cut across the top of the head (the folded part)…This will be what holds the two pieces together
  4. Place the print off of the beard and antenna on top of the White Card Stock and cut out
  5. Cut a ¼” slit into the fold across the top of the head of Robot Santa and put the edge of the antenna in the slit…glue on the inside
  6. Take the beard and glue onto Robot Santa’s face


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