About a year ago I figured out how to turn our family’s photos into coloring sheets for my little boy. He LOVED it and so I shared the secret with all of you here. It is still one of my most successful posts, so I guess a lot of kiddos enjoy coloring pictures of themselves and their friends!
A few weeks ago I started counting up all the little-kid birthday parties that we would be attending in the next month or two. There were 5 parties for 7 different children! Meaning that if we get a small $15-$20 gift for each child at target we would end up paying $105 – $140 just in gifts for other people’s children. Don’t get me wrong, I love these kids, they are fantastic kiddos and great friends for my little ones… but $100 in gifts for children that are not my own? That’s just crazy.
After I calculated all this out I started brainstorming ideas for cheap, but fun and meaningful gifts that I could make for all of these parties! That was when it hit me that I could make personalized coloring books for each kiddo!
Wondering how to make your own coloring book? It’s actually pretty easy! You can ask the parents for digital images, or go on facebook and download the images that you like from the profile of the mom or dad. You can do this by simply looking through their images and right clicking on the pictures that you want to use and choosing the “save image as” button. Put all the images that you want to use in a folder on your desktop. Next follow my tutorial for creating free and personalized coloring sheets to convert the images into coloring pages.
Then, print them out and put them in a simple school folder with a “happy birthday” message on the front. I bought a fresh pack of colored pencils to go with the present. We don’t have a printer at home so it cost me $2 to print out 20 pages at the library, plus 50 cents for the folder and another $2 for the colored pencils. All in all $4.50 for a super fun and unique gift that the kids loved.
It’s nice getting to do something sentimental for the kiddos, and it’s especially nice to spend around $30 on gifts for 7 kids, instead of over $100!
What about you – Have you found that friend birthday parties can break the bank? How do you keep up? Thinking of trying to make a coloring book for next time?
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