4 Simple Crafts for Kids to Show Thanks

thank you gifts
Created via Mindi Stavish

Now that school is in full gear, the next few months will be a blur. Before you know it we will be roaming the store aisles searching for Halloween costumes for our little ones; after that, the holidays creep up quickly and you are once again wandering around the stores, searching for gifts for people who are hard to buy for. From distant relatives to grandmas who truly don't need another coffee mug, nothing says “thank you” or “I love you” like a handmade craft from your child.

Here are four adorable crafts to get you and your little one started on some gifts to show thanks.

Ball Mason Jar Teacher Gift
Image via Sarah Halstead

In case you have been hiding under a rock, mason jars are completely in right now. Sarah used chalkboard and yellow paint to create these Mason Jar teacher gifts. These could easily be adapted for the holidays by switching up the colors and what you fill them with. Paint them red or green and then fill them with grandma's favorite chocolate candy, and you have the perfect gift.

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DIY-Canvas-Wall-Art-for-Kids
Image via Marvelous Mommy

Create a custom vinyl canvas wall hanging for your loved one, using Amy's easy to follow tutorial. This craft project is easy to customize. Your child will have a great time painting on the canvas and later seeing their creation hung up. 

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vase tutorial
Image via Amy Barseghian

Do you have a family member or teacher in your life that loves flowers? Check out this easy-to-make home decor vase created with a glass jar, tissue paper, and glue. If you aren't a fan of getting messy with paint, this is the project for you!

painting a greeting card
Image via Mindi Stavish

Nothing says “thank you” like a handmade greeting card. Help your child decorate the front or inside of a blank card or card stock paper with a handprint. Add a stem and leaves to the bottom of the handprint, so the print is the flower. Jazz up the flower bouquet of handprints by cutting out a vase with scrapbook paper.

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4 Simple Crafts for Kids to Show Thanks

Mindi is a working mom with three boys ages 4, 2, and an infant (born June 2013). She spent her first 8 years of her career in Speech-Language Pathology at a Children's Hospital. She currently works with adults and children in home health. The real fun for her happens when she is at home with her boys, chasing them around and pretending to be a super hero. She blogs about life as a working mom at Simply Stavish. Her weekly feature, Words in the Sand, teaches parents how to grow their child's s ... More

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