I think money is tighter this Christmas Season for all of us. I know our budget is certainly smaller than it has been in years past.
If you need to tighten up the budget, consider these homemade laundry gifts for your favorite people this year. While some are pricier to make than others, they are all still very reasonable.
Sew Your Own Aprons
(The above is a Reversible Child’s Apron with Fabric Crayon Embellishment from LangLang Creations. Pattern available at site.)
Remember the aprons post from yesterday? If you know how to sew, you can certainly make an apron for a fraction of the price. Here are some posts which link to free patterns. You can’t beat free.
Cardboard Washer and Dryer for Children
If you’re able to get your hands on a few huge cardboard boxes (refrigerator/freezer boxes), you can make a homemade washer and dryer for your little people. I think these are great!
The above picture is from ohdeedoh, where you can buy the above pattern for $8.
Also, you can get an idea for a cardboard washer and dryer from this picture on Flickr. I’m sorry I can’t post the actual picture due to the owner’s license.
Craftin’ Texan offers free instructions for a Cardboard Washer and Dryer. Love free!
DIY Laundry Basket Dresser
I wrote a post on this fabulous idea of a laundry basket dresser by Ana White several months ago. This idea doesn’t grow old to me, as I thought it was pure genius the second I read about it.
While it is definitely a time-consuming project, it can be made for $40 or less depending on the materials you use. I think that’s a great deal.
Have you made any Homemade Laundry Items? Do tell.
Looking for a few fresh Christmas ideas? Make sure to stop by these other sites for some Christmas inspiration:
A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
Sunflower Schoolhouse – Decorations
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
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