Prizing and samples for this Handmade for the Holidays post provided by Klutz.

With the holidays on their way, it’s time to start thinking about what gifts you’ll give everyone on your list. This year, why not make it a handmade holiday? Even if you plan to buy gifts, handmade presents not only save money, but they also come from the heart. They’re also a perfect way to let your kids make a little something for grandparents, aunts and friends.

Handmade for the Holidays with Klutz

Klutz books make it easy to create handmade gifts for the holidays. I received a great selection of books to help me get crafty. I know what you’re thinking “You? Crafty?” Yep! Even I can make stuff with help from Klutz! Don’t believe me? Check out my butterfly string art! Um, don’t look too close though, I didn’t realize that I didn’t trim the string close enough. Hey, it was my first attempt! I think it came out pretty good!!

Klutz Butterfly String Art

The materials and directions for this little Van Gogh came from the Klutz String Art Activity Kit, one of my favorites from the Handmade for the Holidays selection.


The String Art kit comes with thick cardboard pieces, colorful background papers, tracing paper, plenty of string,  pins and a special custom Klutz pin-pushing tool, along with directions on how to make 20 different projects. The butterfly uses the “fan” method of stringing, and it was easier than I thought it would be!


Next on my project to-do list is something from the Pop Collage book. This one looks like so much fun! I used to love making collages when I was younger. This book & kit has everything you need to make 10 cool projects, like paper bowls, a bookmark, an accessory tray, a frame and more.


They have a really cool owl project that I’m planning to make! Jacob will make the frame for his Grams. Add a picture of him and it’s the perfect gift.


I’ve always wanted to learn how to knit, but I just can’t figure out knitting needles. As soon as I can escape the kitten, I’ll try out the Finger Knitting activities! She steals string like crazy. I had to do my butterfly string art when she was zonked out in another room! I’ll invite Sal’s daughter over and see if she wants to try it out with me. These look like they would be fun to make together!


I love that the projects range from easy to more complex, from bracelets to scarves and hats. This book really has something for all skill levels.


Remember the plastic shrinky things we had when we were little? Klutz took them to whole new levels  and made them way more stylish with their Shrink & Link Jewelry kit. It’s only book that lets you make reusable, transferable, 3-D pendants and attach them to a ring or  necklace. Create brilliant shrink art charms from over 50 traceable designs – and then mix and match them for limitless fun!


Looking for more creative ways to make your own jewelry? Check out  Make Glitter Clay Charms! Follow the instructions for 35 new charm designs to create itty-bitty glittery charms. Each project starts with a few basic shapes and easy-to-mold clay. Sculpt mini food, tiny aliens, pocket-sized unicorns, so much more. Then pop them in the oven to set. Add the special glaze, top with glitter and attach to the bracelet that’s included!

Even if you just get one of these books, you’ll be well on your way to a handmade holiday. Grab all of them and your whole family will be crafting gifts for everyone! Visit to learn more about these books and other great activity kits. These books all also make fabulous gifts for anyone who loves crafting! Follow KLUTZ on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to keep up with news and see more project inspiration.