Showing posts with label easy kids Christmas crafts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easy kids Christmas crafts. Show all posts

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Easy DIY Clay Ornaments

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First off I just have to say how much I LOVE that chunky little footprint :)
Ok, so for Thanksgiving on my family's side after we had our big dinner we helped my parents decorate for Christmas. Since we were all together we thought it would be fun to make some Christmas crafts as well. 
We usually do a craft on Christmas when we all get together, but this year we wanted to do it on Thanksgiving so we could admire our little decorations all season long!
I of course found this idea on Pinterest.
You can see the original post here.
I have a couple pointers for you as well...let's just say I learned from some mistakes :)
First you'll pour the following ingredients into a saucepan and cook over medium heat
1 c. corn starch
2. baking soda
1 1/2 c. water
At first the mixture looks pretty runny, but just keep stirring, it will thicken.

 It's going to kind of end up looking like a big clump of soft cookie dough.
Remove it from the heat, and the original directions say to cover it with a moist towel while it cools.
I was too impatient to start making shapes, and I didn't do that step.
I would recommend doing that step.
It was still pretty warm when I rolled it all out, and at first when we cut out the shapes they were kind of sticking to the plastic on the tablecloth...it did cool down eventually and then it was easier to work with.
 I had a bunch of Christmas themed cookie cutters, so we let everyone pick out a couple of shapes each.
The kids loved this part!
Use a straw to poke a hole where you want the string to run through.
 About half-way through rolling out the 'dough' we decided to add some green glitter to just see what would happen.
If you want to 'write' in the ornaments or make any type of impression, now would be the time.
 Then bake the ornaments at 175 for about 45 min turning over half-way through.
That's another thing I was too impatient for...I didn't let the ornaments bake or harden all the way, (we were running out of time), so we just pulled them out of the oven and started painting them.
Not letting the ornaments finish in the oven did leave some small cracks in them, but they still worked!
For my baby's footprint I held his foot out while my husband painted it, then we pressed it down onto the ornament.
These are my son's ornaments.
He wanted to paint the tree red so it was a 'fire type' and the star brown for an 'Earth type'....(That's a Skylanders reference :) )


If the ornaments aren't dried all the way, you can leave them sitting out and being exposed to the air will actually air dry them.
We had leftover 'dough' and kept it wrapped in plastic wrap for about a week, and when we went to roll it out to make some more ornaments the dough was still soft and easy to use, so as long as it's not exposed to air you can save it for later.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

An Extra Stocking

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Christmas is my most favorite time of the year.
It's even more magical with children :)
With all of the exciting things going on it's really important to us to keep Christ at the center of our Christmas.
We want our son to remember the true meaning of Christmas.
When I was growing up, every year at the beginning of December my parents would take my doll's cradle and get some hay. Throughout the month of December we would do acts of service for each other, and each time we did we would put a piece of hay in the cradle.
On Christmas Eve we would place a doll (representing the baby Jesus), in the cradle with all of the hay.
The hay was symbolic of us giving back to the Savior by serving others.
Last Christmas I decided I wanted to start a new tradition, I liked what my parents had done for us, but I didn't have access to any hay.
My son had just turned 4 at the time and on the first Monday in December we had a Family Home Evening where I explained to him that Christmas is when we celebrate Christ's birth. The Wise Men took gifts of specific importance to the baby Jesus because they knew who He was. I then told my son we needed to give a gift to Him as well.
I then told my son that when Jesus was on the Earth he told the people to love one another. So a gift to we could give to Him was to be kind to one another, love one another, and serve one another.
I wanted to somehow keep track or our service to one another, so this idea was born.
For the stocking I didn't use a pattern or anything. I just cut out two 'sock shapes' and glued them together around the edges. I then cut out the blue piece and glued it across the front, and lastly I took a small red scrap piece, folded it over for the loop, and glued it on the top corner.
We hung it next to our stockings.
Each day for the rest of the month every time my son would help by doing a chore, helped when we didn't ask, or was kind to another kid at the park, etc. we would write down what he did on a piece of paper and put it in the stocking.
On Christmas Eve we read the story of Jesus' birth. We then pulled out all of the pieces of paper from the stocking and read all of the things my son had done throughout the month. 
I loved how well it went, and I decided to do this activity again this year.
So last night we had Family Home Evening and talked again about the Savior's birth and how we want to give back, and serve, and love one another, and we hung up the stocking where it will be until Christmas Eve.


Saturday, December 1, 2012

Snowflake canvas art

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Well welcome December!

First off, if you haven't seen my giveaway yet click here to head over and enter, then come on back for this awesome tutorial!

Are you back?
Good.
Onto our craft!
I just have to say, I love the sparkly-ness. 
It seems like at Christmas time everything has a little sparkle to it :)
My son and I made these up the other day to add some more Christmas decor to our home.
It's a fun craft to do with kids because they can just go nuts with the paint :)
He loved it!
Our Christmas tree ornaments are kind of snowflake themed. The colors on our ornaments are white, silver, and different shades of blue, so this new pieces match perfectly.
I had purchased these two 8x10 canvases, (on sale and with a coupon of course), from Michael's a while ago, I was going to do another craft with them, but never got around to it.
I decided to use them for this craft because I wanted to be able to use these as decor for years to come
Supplies you'll need
acrylic paints (we used white, a dark blue, and a medium blue)
paint brushed
tape (we used regular scotch tape)
canvas
glitter
modge podge
First tape out your 'snowflake' (if you look hard enough you can see it!)
 Then just paint!
Look at my little helper go!
He thought it was so fun to use 2 paintbrushes at the same time :)
My son also reminded me that we needed to paint the sides of the canvas as well.
 Once it's completely dry peel off the tape
 I decided to add some more white lines to make it look more snowflake-y, so I just used the white paint and a paintbrush. 
 Grab your modge podge, or regular Elmer's glue, and some glitter
 'Paint' the modge podge to the white area of the snowflake only, and then sprinkle on the glitter.
I 'painted' on the modge podge, and I let my son do the glitter.
It was so cute, he kept telling me he was Glitter Man.
 I think Glitter Man sounds like the best super hero ever!
It made me smile :)
I had newspaper under the canvas, so when we were done sprinkling on the glitter I just held it up and tapped on the sides of the canvas, and the excess glitter came off. I then folded up the newspaper and poured the rest of the glitter back into the jar.
 Let it dry completely,
 and you're done!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

3 months until Christmas!

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I just wanted to take a moment to tell you all that Christmas is just a short 3 MONTHS AWAY!!!!
(I wonder how many people I just sent into panic mode...)
In honor of that statement I wanted to share a little Christmas craft with you.
A countdown to Christmas!  Yay!
My son and I made this last Christmas, but when we moved (just a short 2 1/2 weeks ago), it got thrown away.  It's ok though, luckily, this is a very cheap and easy craft to make, so we'll probably be making it again this year!
* Since we made this before I had my blog, I don't have a precise step-by-step tutorial, but again it's really easy, and you can just make it your own.
Supplies you'll need
scissors
glue
construction paper
poster board
24 cotton balls
First, I typed up the poem and printed it onto the construction paper (yes, it will work), I then cut the poster board in half length-wise.
I next cut out Santa's face, hat, etc. out of construction paper.  To add a little 'decor' to it I cut out some snowflakes, and let my son cut out some as well.

 I also stapled a little Ziplock bag to the bottom corner and filled it with 24 cotton balls.
Starting December 1 put one cotton ball on each night.
Here is my son putting on the first cotton ball before bed.  We would just put a small amount of glue on the cotton ball to make them stick.
Christmas Eve!  The last cotton ball!
In case you're having a hard time reading the poem, it says;
'Santa's beard is very bare, on his chin there is no hair.  So each day add one puff so white, and when they're all on he'll come that night.

Idea adapted from here.
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