Gift Idea-Homemade Coloring Book

My daughter made this for her cousin and gave it to her for her birthday.  It is a coloring book that is made from copies of my daughters original art.
We started with quality, heavy paper (like card stock).  I had her think of a theme, she chose “ladybugs, butterflies, and flowers.”  Then she created the art on paper with a sharpie pen.  We took it to Kinkos, had copies made of the original (I wanted to keep the originals:)) and had it spiral bound.  When we got home, she embellished the front and tied it with a bow.

Doesn’t It Make You Want To Color??:)
I thought she did such a great job!!

She has been busy making art for more coloring books.  I made sure that the paper is 8×11 to make the printing process easier (the book above was an odd paper size, so we had to print them on bigger paper and cut them down.)  She has them all in the same, quality- paper notepad.  When she is finished, she can choose from her book to custom make another coloring book for a friend.  Here are some that are shapes and patterns, which are great because they are gender neutral.

She has yet to make one for a boy, but already has ideas of making sports themed books, etc.
We talked about making gift packs by adding colors and embellishments/stickers for the kids to decorate their own book.  She wants to make custom stickers to match with the coloring book.  We have even thought about selling these at local craft fairs and taking orders to customize each one with the child’s name and interests.  How fun would that be? Until she gets a bit older, we will just enjoy giving them away to friends and family.

One of my favorites:)


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  • Tricia @ This Happy Home
    August 29, 2010 at 6:32 am

    What a fun idea!! My daughter is still a bit young for this but I’m going to file it away to use in a couple years!

  • Kami @ Sweet Charli...
    April 10, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    very cute idea~! And yes, it does make me want to color! Thanks for sharing this with us a sweet charlI! we hope you will come back to join the party next week!

  • Kimbo West
    March 9, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    What a clever idea….my daughter would love making one and receiving one!

  • PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood
    February 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    How cute is that? She is creative and putting it to good use.
    Cindy at Lakewood

  • The DIY Show Off
    January 16, 2010 at 4:59 am

    How sweet! She did a great job – so creative! Thanks for linking to the DIY Show & Tell party! I love it!


  • Heidi@TheCraftMonkey
    January 12, 2010 at 3:04 am

    stopping by from DIY SHow Off, that is SUCH a neat idea!

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    December 30, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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  • Steph @ somewhatsimple
    December 26, 2009 at 4:24 am

    I love this idea! I want to bust out my crayons right now!

  • Stephanie Lynn
    December 23, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    It makes me want to go running for the crayons! This is such a cute idea – I love it! Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays!

  • Mama Thompson
    December 22, 2009 at 4:43 am

    I think there is nothing better then a thoughtful homemade gift…what a fantastic idea…and yes, she did a wonderful job!

  • Funky Junk Interiors
    December 19, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    How unbelievably adorable!! Looks like she has a good career ahead of her! 🙂

    Thanks for linking up to SNS!

    FJ Donna

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn
    December 20, 2009 at 1:00 am

    How adorable! I love this idea.

  • Holly
    December 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    That is the cutest thing ever! What a great idea…I’m sure you’re very proud of her 🙂
    Thanks for joining my party!

  • Miriam
    December 19, 2009 at 4:58 am

    Awesome! She should open up an etsy shop!

  • Amy
    December 18, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    thank you! My daughter is 10. She loves, loves art!

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Too cute!

  • Meghan
    December 18, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Wow. I’m impressed. How old is your daughter?

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