Merry Whatever Season It Is When You’re Reading This! Chances are good that it’s close to Christmas, and that you’re considering making ornaments.
If not: bathroom’s down the hall, to the left.
For the rest of you: What a good parent you are! Making crafts with children is a great way to develop minds and improve coordination. It also gives them pride in their work, and pulls them away from annoying video games.
I’m going to help you out here and suggest a few that will do all that, but won’t leave you pulling out hairs in frustration.
What about snowflakes made with yarn? You’ve got yarn, right? Paper?
Well, you’re going to need a few more things: bits of cardboard, pins, and a piece of tape for each.
Follow the winding pattern Live Craft Eat outlines, and you’ll be done in no time!
What kid doesn’t love things that make noise? Mine are always trying out every. single. bell on the Christmas aisle at Michael’s.
Drop a few of them in your shopping cart with pipe cleaners and some ribbon.
Then, send the kids to grandma’s house with the materials, and directions from The Crafting Chicks. Grandma will need a glue gun.
Speaking of glue guns, but not about more noise (thank goodness), look at these pinecone pom pom ornaments.
They’re super easy to put together, and you’ll have a use for all the cones your kids picked up at the park.
Since I am a parent, I’d like to add a small advisory note to this next idea: don’t let your kids cut themselves or try to eat any shards.
Obvious warnings aside, this is a great way to recycle old CDs and add sparkle to your tree.
Put on some Christmas Disco music, and paste cut CD shards all over clear ball ornaments to your heart of glass’ content.
I’ve got another way to use craft paper: paper ball ornaments.
These are a tad tricky for young children because they’ll need to carefully thread twine through paper strips.
Once everyone’s got the hang of it, though, your little artists won’t stop making them.
Would your cute little minion like a Bee-Do ornament for his/her Christmas tree? I know mine would.
Dave here was made by swirling yellow paint around the inside of a glass ball.
His accents were done in vinyl, though Crazy Little Projects says paint works too!
Yay! More yard repurpose crafts!
Today, we’re building with sticks. If you can’t find any sticks, just send your kids on a quick walk. Or, go on a family hike around the neighborhood.
After you get home, break or cut the sticks into descending lengths. Paste them and their accents onto popsicle sticks and add something to hang them with.
Did you know you can make simple gingerbread ornaments that last? Without baking?
Growing a Jeweled Rose‘s recipe uses flour, salt, cinnamon, and water. I’ve made these with glue mixed in, too.
Either way -you mix, roll, cut shapes, then wait for them to dry. Be sure to punch a hole in the top before that point, or you’re just going to have inedible cookies.
Once set, you can paint them or go all-natural.
These delicate, white wreaths look tricky. But if you can make biscuits, you can probably make these.
In fact, go dig out your biscuit cutters. You’ll need a cutter with a fancy scalloped edge to get the same look as the wreath pictured.
Now, pick up some polymer clay at the store. Drive home, obey the traffic laws, park within the boundaries of your garage or carport, and don’t forget to bring your kids inside.
Finally, roll out the clay and shape these like you would donuts. Use a toothpick for accents and for that ribbon hole in the top. Bake, cool, done!
What are you waiting for? A pun using the word, “Who?” Well, it’s not coming, bub.
We’re serious owls, here, made from pinecones. And felt. And, possibly glue. Oh, and our feet look like pipe cleaners.
If you want some of those wise-guys we’ve heard about, try some googly eyes.