Handmade gift ideas for boys

Updated April 17, 2017

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 personalised to the boy's favourite colours 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 favourite music. Start by cutting a piece of fleece fabric into a seven inch by 38-inch rectangle; opt for the boy's favourite colour 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 ballpoint pens and several different coloured 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.

Colouring 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 moulds. Use moulds 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 colouring 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 favourite colour or a neutral colour if his favourite colour 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 stockinet 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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About the Author

Jeris Swanhorst is a writer and English and literature instructor at the college level, and owner of SwanJay, a knitting and crochet business. She earned a master's degree in English from Minnesota State University in 2007.