"Wow” your little ones with a simple and fun homemade gift this season. These little guys are perfect for everyday play. Use them in a doll house, as stars in a puppet theater, or take them on the go. The best part is, they are super cheap and easy to make.
Time: 2 - 3 Hours
Age: Over 10s
1-1/4” PVC Pipe
1-1/4” PVC Slip Caps
Non-toxic Acrylic Paint
I’ve made a few DIY kids gifts from PVC before and this is one of my favorites. There isn’t much cutting or measuring so you can spend your time and effort on the creative part, painting. Before we get to the fun part, though, here’s the quick and dirty on putting together the people.
Making the Figures
On to Decorating
Ta dah! Custom hand-painted toy figures that make a perfect gift!
You can even use these guys as puppets! Wrap some fabric (this could be a rag or t-shirt) around the end of the dowel. Make the ball of fabric slightly larger than the opening in the 1-1/4” PVC pipe. Duct tape around the fabric ball, anchoring it to the dowel. Now shove the taped end into the opening at the bottom of the figure. Instant puppet! Check out some of the great PVC puppet theater plans floating around the internet, too. Another possible gift idea.
Overall, this is a simple and fun project for the little ones in your life. Here is how I would score it on the craft-o-meter:
Cost: Cheap (Under $20 - less if you have paint, glue, yarn etc.)
Difficulty: Easy, anyone can do it!
Time: Not Bad, 2 – 3 hours
This gift is especially nice if you already have some PVC pipe lying around that needs to be used. Handmade recycled and upcycled gifts are the best! As my fellow thrifty crafters may have found, though, handmade kids’ gift ideas can be especially difficult to come up with. Do you have ideas for fun PVC people themes or other easy DIY gifts? Share them here!
Amanda Hill is the Content Manager at Commercial Industrial Supply, a commercial industrial supplier of PVC products for both contractors and general consumers. [Link http://twitter.com/amandablogspvc Amanda] works in and around PVC and in her spare time utilizes these materials to create cool and fun DIY projects. Learn more about the different [Link http://www.commercial-industrial-supply.com/fittings/cpvc-schedule-80.html types of schedule 80 cpvc] and schedule 40 cpvc products that can assist with making the next cool DIY Project.
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