Handmade Gift Ideas for Boys

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Create a special handmade gift for a boy in your life for an inexpensive surprise. Handmade gifts show that you put work into planning and creating the gift, and they can be personalized to the boy's favorite colors or hobbies for a gift he is sure to appreciate. There are various possibilities for homemade crafts for boys, so select the gift based on your artistic or craft ability, the boy's age and the gift-giving occasion.

Music Player Pocket Scarf

  • Make a pocket scarf for a boy so that he can keep warm and listen to his favorite music. Start by cutting a piece of fleece fabric into a seven inch by 38-inch rectangle; opt for the boy's favorite color or printed fleece with a design he will enjoy, such as baseballs. Cut a piece of fleece 1-inch wider than his music player, such as his iPod. Sew the pocket to the scarf on the two sides and bottom of the pocket using a needle and embroidery thread.

Silly Pens

  • For a younger boy's gift, dress up pens with felt to create silly pen creatures. Start with a few different ball point pens and several different colored sheets of felt. Cut the felt to the same shape as the pen, but wide enough to wrap all the way around the pen. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the wrapped felt around the pen. Glue on craft eyes and other felt cut outs for ears, beaks or antennas.

Coloring with Cars

  • Create a unique new set of crayons for a boy's gift. Start by melting old crayons into a soft liquid-like substance. Then, pour the melted crayons into car-shaped molds. Use molds from a craft store that are intended for making candy. Let the cars set into the new shape, and give them as a gift along with coloring books or other drawing or craft paper.

Knit Hat

  • No matter the age of the boy for whom you are making a gift, a knit hat is a homemade gift option. If you know how to knit, simply purchase yarn in his favorite color or a neutral color if his favorite color is unknown. Follow one of the many free online knitting patterns (see "Resources") to complete the hat.

    For a simple hat, use size 8 knitting needles and worsted-weight yarn. Cast on 80 stitches and work five rows in knit one, purl one ribbing. Work in stockinette stitch for five inches. Decrease 10 stitches evenly across the across the next row. Continue to decrease every fourth row until there are 30 stitches left. Purl two stitches together across the last row. Cut the yarn and draw it through the remaining stitches on the needle, pull tight and secure. Sew up the back seam and sew in any loose ends. To learn more about how to knit, see "Resources."

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