I am sending them in sets of 5 to friends and family... I think they will be nice gifts.
You need a regular size sheet of felt (8X11 I think), and two cuts of quilters cotton of the same size. Along with two strips of interior fabric cut at 12X2 inches... (for the bais ties).
Fold the bias in half, then fold the halves in on themselves making the bias.
Then do the same by marking and sewing seams in the middle of each of the already finished seams.
Sew bias up, turning the edges in and stitching up the open side.
Sew up the sides, top and bottom leaving a space on the bottom for turning. Try to go right along the outside seams so that the center mark is in the center of hte roll when you turn it. If your kids are anything like mine, double back a few times over the bais handles... it keeps them in place better and the whole thing lasts longer.
Turn the roll right side out, pin and sew across the bottom.
Add pencils and a Mad Lib or other similar sized book and your DONE!
This was a beautiful Ceder 4X4 that I got from a local lumber shop. I drilled holes in the top and added tea lights... then I sanded them down, and sealed them with linseed.
Beeswax shell candles. I bought wicks, wax, and shells. Put them together. (I melted the wax in a electric wok that I use for batiking which also uses melted wax)
Beaded keychains. You have to use the heaviest fishing line that will go into the beads. And crimps and needle nose plyers... but they are great. I had one on my keys for about a year.
$2 worth of bamboo... $3 vase... 1/2 a bag of $2 rocks... just add water. My brother loved this.
These sets were for different people and the board was $12 at Ikea for my mom. I also included some pics of the kids with her board and magnets. It was perfect and under $20 total. (I also glued magnets on the shells that were too small for candles)
Don't know if you can see it well... but it is an origami crane mobile. I just used origami paper, fishing line, and sticks. I love these. Each of my kids have one in their rooms. They are so beautiful and versitile. For Cyan's (which I made for her 4th birthday) I just took pictures from a garden magazine. All flowers...