Like I mentioned, we made a lot of handmade gifts for Christmas this year. A number of the ideas I came across on pinterest, and some were old standbys.
For the boys' cousin gift exchange we made their 2-year-old and 6-month-old cousins these finger puppets. As you can see Wyatt found them so irresistable that I decided to make him a set as well. I've made some of these before, but my favorite new design for this time is the sheep. Shaun the Sheep anyone?
I loved this little pocket mouse I saw on Pinterest. I decided to make it for Jonas.
My only improvement on the original idea was adding the little window--but I think it was a great improvement!
We worked on more freezer-paper stenciled t-shirts. Owen made one for each of his brothers (and Jeremy made one for me as well). I've found that a really great resource for stencil patterns is to look up pumpkin carvings--it's the same concept of positive and negative spaces in the image. So particularly for tv/video/etc.characters it's nice to find the designs where someone else has already done all that work for you.
Owen made the boys Spyro T-shirts.
Jonas made Owen this geoboard. I was happy Owen actually knew what it was already (we didn't have to explain it to him) so he was instantly excited when he opened it.
I also love Jonas' expression in these pictures.
He is so proud of his gift for Owen. That is why we believe it is so important for us to encourage handmade gifts in our family. Like President Uchtdorf talked about--it is such an opportunity to strengthen and grow a relationship between the giver and receiver.
One of the last homemade gifts we made was little sacks of chocolate LEGO minifigures. We have this LEGO minifigure ice cube tray and the boys love to make ice cubes and eat the little LEGO guys. We decided casting them out of chocolate instead was an ingenious idea--If I do say so myself.
They looked pretty funny all laid out on the table. Like little LEGO clones, or petrified bodies or something--I had to imagine the reaction of a "real" LEGOminifigure walking on to the scene.
The boys loved finding these Christmas morning.