Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 4 - Snowmen

We had a Christmas party lat night, which meant the kids had a sitter.  Our regular sitter was not available, but she was able to send over a friend.  To help break the ice I went to the craft reserves.  At the end of every season I love to stock up on prepacked Creatology projects at Michael's.  These are great to pull out when play dates need a little help, as last minute birthday gifts, or when new babysitters show up.

I pulled out a kit to make snowmen.  It was one of the larger kits and makes about 50 snowmen, which are great for parties, and was very easy.  I put together a sample, told Maggie she could choose her best one to hang in the window and left having visions of the house covered in snowmen when we returned.  Unfortunately that is not what I got.

This is what I found.

One sad little snowman.  It turns out that the kids love the new sitter and had more fun playing hide-n-go-seek with her than making crafts.  I am happy to have found another great sitter, but I am a little sad about our window.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Craftaholoics Gift Exchange

I love the Craftaholics Anonymous blog, it is always filled with beautiful pictures and great ideas.  One of my favorite things from Linda's blogs are the handmade gift exchange's that she hosts.  I love the idea of making and sharing for another crafter.  I have never had the nerve to actually participate, but something came over me when Linda announced the Winter 2011 Handmade Gift Exchange.  I quickly filled out the participation form and then started to worry about what to make.

I was partnered with Ange from Colorado.  She works with two friends running a small craft booth at local shows.  She is also a huge Pintrest fan and from what I can see has an awesome sense of style.  Ange mentioned she is a coffee drinker so I decided to send her a fun mug and a mug rug.  I also noticed she pinned lots of owls so I added one of my little owl guys.


All of these little goodies were packaged in a Japanese Knot bag, which I found on Pintrest.  I had so much fun pulling this little bag of goodies together that I have been making more of these bags to give to family and friends this holiday. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 3 - Q-tip Snow Flakes

I saw this idea in the newest Family Fun magazine and knew it would be a great project for our 25 days of crafting.  We did this as a family project.  It is always so much fun to have a family craft time, unfortunately we don't sit down and do projects together as much as we would like.


My 2 and 5 year old struggled getting the q-tips organized in a snowflake pattern, but had fun adding the glue once the q-tips were arranged.  Once they finished the snowflake pattern I had arranged for them they had fun just playing with the glitter glue and gluing q-tips together.  My 6 year old was the crafter of the day and once his star is dry we will hang it in the window.  He also struggled a little with getting the q-tips organized, but it was a great activity for him to work on,  It challenged him just to the point of becoming too frustrating, but it was fun to watch him put the "puzzle" together and see the satisfaction on his face when he completed the project.


As the craft gift of the day I had gotten some Crayola Glitter Glue, and while we love this stuff and go through bottles of it, it didn't work very well for this project.  Using basic Elmer's glue and adding glitter was definitely the way to go.

Materials:

  • Q-tips
  • Elmer's glue
  • Glitter
  • Saran wrap
Directions:
  • Place a piece of saran wrap on your work surface
  • Arrange q-tips in desired shape
  • glue points where q-tips come together.  Cover glue in glitter.
  • Allow to dry for 12-24 hours
  • Flip snow flake over and working on another sheet of saran wrap add more glue and glitter to the points where the q-tips intersect.  Allow to dry for an additional 12 hours.


 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 2 - Glitter Stars

Day 2 of our Advent craft a day was another easy one.  My 2 year old was the special crafter today so I did an activity that would be easy and enjoyable for her.  Even though this was geared toward my two year old, my six year old had just as much fun and probably made more of these stars than anyone.


Everyone loves glitter, well maybe those of us who have to clean it up don't love it that much, but it is a lot of fun to work with.  For some of the stars we used a paint brush to cover the stars, while for others we just squirted it out making fun designs and patterns.  I have discovered that carry-out containers are the best things to use when working with glitter.  They are big enough to hold the paper and when you are done you can either poor the glitter out into a shaker or just put the top on and save it for the next project.


Materials:

  • Card stock, cut into stars
  • Glue
  • Glitter 



Directions:

  • Cover star in glue, cover with glitter


For our window decoration I strung three stars together.  The rest were used to decorate bedroom doors and windows and a few were saved to be used as gift tags.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

25 Days of Crafting - Day 1

As one of our Christmas countdowns we are doing a craft a day.  Each day one of the kids gets to do a special project  to hang on the garland in our kitchen window.  All of the materials needed are bundled together and wrapped up.  There are enough supplies so we can all do the project, but only the crafter of the day gets to hang their artwork in the window.



Day 1:  Gingerbread Men
My 5 year old daughter started us out.  We started with an easy one, so I could get other window decorations up,  a simple gingerbread man to cut out and color.

As an extra little treat I put a new Holiday Smencil in, one of those little things that always gets a big reaction from the kids.


Materials:
  • Gingerbread man template
  • Brown construction paper
  • Crayons, colored pencils, markers 
  • Scissors 


Directions:

  • Trace, cut, color!