Getting crafty

We actually did this activity a couple of weeks ago now but as it was a gift I didn't want to share it and risk ruining a surprise. This was a very simple craft that Lily was able to choose, and then do, for herself.

It was my mother-in-law's birthday and I thought it would be nice if Lily made her a present. As it was a for someone else, I wanted to encourage Lily to think about what the other person would like and then let her create it. Lily loved the idea and had a great time walking around Hobbycraft saying "Ooo, I think Nana Rosie would LOVE this".

This worked out reasonably well. I did have to step in to stop her buying dinosaur stickers. If it were me, I would have painted it rather than used pens, but Lily was quite insistent and I came to the conclusion that this was her project, her gift and her decisions. On the up-side, it meant less tidying up for me!

We started with one of these little wooden trinket boxes which can be bought for a very reasonable price from The Works. Lily was then able to customise it with colouring and stickers that she chose herself. She already knew what to do as we did something similar earlier this year for my friend's birthday.

Let's face it, the finished product wouldn't win any art prizes. But it was heartfelt. And Nana's like that sort of thing. Or, at least I hope they do!

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The Reading Residence said...

Ah, that looks lovely and lots of fun to do!

Unknown said...

Aw, what a lovely gift for Nana. I love her creation.
Thanks for sharing #LetKidsBeKids

Anonymous said...

She looks like she's really enjoying making that for her Nana! Great job little one! #LetKidsBeKids x

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

A wonderful example of up cycling, you have really turned this into something special from Lily to Nana Rosie, a great idea and a gift that I'm sure will be treasured, all the better for letting Lily do it as she wanted, always so hard not to do what you want but lovely to see what Lily intended. If you get a chance please join me for Trash to Treasure, it is a monthly up cycling linky. Stopping by today from #LetKidsbeKids

Unknown said...

Aw, what a sweet idea. Haha, I bet dino stickers would have elicited a giggle if nothing else.
Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

Coombe Mill - Fiona said...

Thank you for finding and linking up to Trash2Treasure with me

Catherine Lewis said...

What a fantastic gift idea! I definitely think all Nanas would love to receive something like this! Xxx

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