50 Online Courses for DIY Gifts

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At holiday time, we encourage our children to make gifts for others. They learn a new skill and develop character traits such as problem-solving, perseverance, frugality and consideration of others. They’re DIY gift giving has even led to income-producing opportunities when others have seen their handcrafted products.

As a techie homeschool mom, I direct my kids to the great wide web for DIY gift ideas. And Pinterest and YouTube can be a maker’s best friend….or biggest frustration. You can spend hours finding the perfect idea, only to find the instructions are unclear. Or you can spend hours NOT finding the perfect idea because you are so overwhelmed by all the possibilities.

Encourage your homeschoolers to to make gifts for others. They learn a new skill and develop character traits such as problem-solving, perseverance, frugality and consideration of others. Check out this list of 50 online courses for DIY gift making.

I’ve learned that having your homeschoolers take an online course to learn a craft is the way to go. Your kids are getting complete instruction by someone who knows what they are talking about (unlike the tween sitting in her bedroom on YouTube). And they are gaining experience with online courses, something they will most likely encounter in our techie future. [Related Post: Are You Homeschooling for the 21st Century?]

Preview 5 homeschool lessons from Online Unit Studies

Check out these 50 online courses for DIY gift making.


Art + Design

  • creative display

Create Personalized Dishes
DIY Room Décor: Color-Blocked Bulletin Board
Altered Books: Book Boxes
Mixed Media on Wood
DIY Room Décor: Decoupaged Jewelry Holder
How to Make a Shadowbox Collage


Learn to Embroider
Design It, Stitch It: Hand Embroidery
Embroidering With Ribbon
Introduction to Cross-Stitch
Stitch It With Wool: Crewel Embroidery

Sewing + Fabric crafts

  • Lady with red umbrella

Learn the No-Sew Rag Rug Technique
Quick Quilted Gifts
Learn to Sew: Simple Bags
Project Upcycle
Appliqué Umbrella
Felt Flower Headband
Felt Puppet Avatars
Kids Sewing: Infinity Scarf
Simple Sewing Projects for Beginners
Box Zip Bags
Kids Sewing 101
Nature Pals


  • two birds

Jewelry Workshop: Bead, Wrap, Chain & Etch
Shrinky Dink Jewelry
Stitched Bracelets
Jewelry Making: Wire Wrapping for Beginners
Learn to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry

Paper + Wood

Make Paper Clay Christmas Ornaments
Money Origami Gifts
Woodworking Essentials: Benches & Boxes
Clothespin Dolls
Painted Wooden Centerpiece


Knitting + Crocheting

Learn to Crochet Easy Hats
Learn to Knit: My First Hat
Finger Knitting
Loom Knitting: Make a Hat
Yarn Birds
Crocheted & Embroidered Snowflakes
Learn to Knit It: Complete 7 Simple Projects
How to Knit Dishcloths
Crocheted Stones

Other Crafts

Handmade Holidays: 24 Quick & Easy Christmas Gifts & Decoration
DIY Holiday Projects
Kids Crafts with Maker Dad
Make Your Own Bath & Body Products
Candle Making for Beginners
DIY Electronics
Holiday Craft-Along: 30 Days of Cards, Tags and Packaging Ideas
Fun and Festive Surprise Balls


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Any of these gifts would work well for a family holiday service project. Your family could knit hats for the homeless or make toys for children at a women's shelter. Learn more about creating a family tradition of generosity in the  Christmas Traditions Online Unit Study.

Learn about Christmas Traditions with Online Unit Studies. Online Unit Studies integrate multiple subjects for multiple ages of students. Students access websites and videos and complete digital projects. With Online Unit Studies’ easy-to-use E-course format, no additional books and print resources are needed. Just gather supplies for hands-on projects and register for online tools.


So, my friend, what will your kids be creating?

CLICK HERE to find more fun homeschool holiday activities from iHomschool Network's “Cool and Amazing Homeschooling Ideas for Christmas.”

Cool and Amazing Homeschool Ideas for Christmas


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  • How would your kids like to create a virtual art gallery? They can use this webtool to share their own artwork or to demonstrate what they have learned about famous artists and artwork. This is a 'must do' project for any homeschool art curriculum. Get your free template today.
  • Learn about Vincent Van Gogh
  • A must-have list for digital learners. Discover cloud-based applications for creating graphics, video, infographics, timelines, map and more.
  • Learn more about Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt's "Portrait of Adele Boch Bauer" with this homeschool art lesson. Includes discussion questions for the movie "Woman in Gold" and a Klimt-inspired art project.
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