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Children’s Art Unforgettable Gifts

by on Mar.01, 2012, under Entertainment

Looking for unique gifts for grandparents, teachers and friends? Children’s art is an ideal gift for all occasions. Here are a few suggestions.

Framed drawings and paintings
Some children like to give away paintings from their collection. Others prefer more personal renditions, such as memories of a picnic or roller-coaster ride shared with the recipient. Leave the choice of topic and media up to your child. Make sure the artist’s name, date and title appear with the drawing. As a finishing touch, mat or mount the artwork and frame it.

Fabric items
Young children love to use sparkle and pearl fabric paint to design bibs for a new cousin, a T-shirt for a friend, or to spiff up potholders for a cook. Children can decorate muslin to cut in squares and place atop a jar of yummy homemade preserves. Small handprints or footprints painted on wall hangings are always popular. Fringe the fabric edges, add a slim rod at the top, tie with beautiful cord and — viola! — a family treasure. Again, mark dates and names. Older children might prefer to make a simple weaving, such as a belt or mug mat, or sew a pillowcase or sock monkey.

Sculpture
Think three dimensions! Children can make clay beads or pendants and then string them on a ribbon or leather necklace. Crayola’s Model Magic® is lightweight and is perfect for one-of-a-kind jewelry items.

Paperweights can be as simple as a child-painted rock or as intricate as a collage of items such as pencils stuck in clay or papier-mache.

Use your imagination to create unforgettable, unique gifts of art that are handmade by a young family member. The smiles will last far beyond the festive holidays.

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