3 Simple Christmas Crafts

3 Simple Christmas Crafts

Can you hardly believe it’s almost Christmas? A whole 11 days away! Are you able to spend the month with joy or has it been frustrating?

With an overwhelming to-do list, the ideal Christmas can seem impossible. How do we manage to get it all done? And after all of that, how can we enjoy the sentiments of the holiday?

So with that said, here are 3 Simple Christmas Crafts, that really don’t take much of your time. And to be honest, you probably have all of these materials at home. Enjoy some quality time with your kiddos making one or all of these!

#1 Construction paper and paper roll tree

This makes a kid friendly centerpiece or even a little nightstand decor for their room.

 

You need:

  • Paper rolls (paper towel, toilet paper, or even wrapping paper tubes to cut)
  • Green and yellow construction paper
  • Green and white crayons (or various colors)
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Step 1:

Using green crayon, draw the tree branches in the above pattern, then using your white crayon create your snowflakes or ornaments.

Step 2:

Wrap green paper in a cone shape and tape. Then cut off excess paper.

Step 3:

Trace star, cut, and tape on top of tree.

Step 4:

Place on paper roll. Small trees would do well on shorter tubes, and larger trees with larger tubes.

 

#2 Santa Ornament

If you have felt and ribbon scraps laying around, you probably have the rest of the materials needed for this one. I love this ornament the most! He’s a cute Santa if I do say so myself!

 

You need:

  • Cardboard sheet
  • Red felt
  • Tan or brown construction paper for face
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Glitter glue or substitute nail polish
  • Cotton balls
  • Ribbon

 

Step 1:

Draw tear drop shape on cardboard sheet. Here I used a graham cracker box that we happened to have. Then cut the shape out.

Step 2:

Trace construction paper on tear drop and cut for a face. Then trace top of tear drop onto red felt, creating a triangle hat shape. (Also while you have the red felt nearby, cut a small oval nose).

Step 3:

Tape your ribbon onto the tear drop cardboard before adding any pieces.

Step 4:

Glue Santa’s face and hat. Then lightly pull apart a piece of cotton ball to make 3 parts; a small fluff ball for the top of his hat, trim around his hat, and a giant beard. Bonus points if you are able to shape a mustache! Don’t forget to glue his nose!

Step 5:

Using your glitter glue or nail polish, create eyes, and rosy cheeks. And let dry before hanging!

 

#3 Baby Jesus Ornament

Little reminders of the reason for the season are important. This craft was actually inspired by a little foam sheet cutout ornament that the kids made from church last year. I happened to have burlap ribbon and when I saw it, immediately thought of the manger scene. The texture resembles straw or hay. Its just a reminder that Jesus humbly came into the world.

 

You need:

  • Cardboard sheet
  • Burlap ribbon
  • Ribbon for hanging
  • Felt
  • Tan or brown construction paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Glitter glue or nail polish

 

Step 1:

Cut cardboard, burlap ribbon, and construction paper all same size and rectangular shape.

Step 2:

Cut ribbon, and tape to cardboard. Overlap construction paper and burlap ribbon on to the front of the ornament.

Step 3:

Cut oval felt piece for swaddle. and construction paper into a circle for head. Glue these on top of the burlap ribbon.

Step 4:

Draw little “C” shapes for eyes to look like a sleeping baby Jesus. A little black dot for a mouth. And light pink glitter nail polish for rosy cheeks.

 

 

That’s all! What other ways will you fill your December with sentiment?

 

Thanksgiving Leaf Wreath

Thanksgiving Leaf Wreath

Can you believe it’s November 1st!? Where has 2017 gone?

To all my readers, here is something way more uplifting than the last post! This is an activity for the whole family. Everyone ages 3 and up are able to participate. The best part, this is super easy and it lasts all month long!

Pinterest is loaded with leaf activities this time of year. There are other versions out there similar to this. But, I put a little twist on this.

… How about a Thanksgiving leaf wreath, where you write what you are thankful for. It lasts November 1st-30th. Each member of the family writes one thing every day. And it just slips into the grapevine wreath or it can be displayed other ways.

So, here’s how to get started:

Step 1: Draw or trace various shapes of leaves onto a piece of construction paper.

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Step 2: Cut out the shapes in a stack of 3 or 4 sheets at once if possible. If your kids want to help, they can trace one of your easier leaf shapes and also cut them out.

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Step 3: Place in a little bag for easy daily access.

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Step 4: Display 1 of 3 ways:  1) slip leaves into wreath 2) clip leaves on to string (in banner fashion), or 3) tape leaves on to poster board (draw or paint a tree to attatch them to).

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Step 5: And don’t forget to write words of thanks each day. Challenge yourself and your family to always add a new reason to be thankful. If your kiddos are feeling really crafty, they can decorate with glitter and stickers. 

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Here are some questions to get you thinking about what your blessings are:

  1. Are there any struggles you’ve overcome? What did you gain?
  2. Have you gained any friendships or new family members?
  3. Do you have a community that supports you?
  4. Are all of your needs met in order to survive?
  5. What extra things do you have that others might not?
  6. Is your family healthy?
  7. Do you have any direct safety concerns?
  8. What makes you happy?
  9. Are you talented at anything?
  10. What are some blissful memories you have of your life?

 

The end goal of this is to help our families to be more positive, to see how blessed we are, and to encourage spiritual growth. Perhaps, when our wreath starts filling out, the colorful leaves will remind us to thank God. And all in time for the holidays.

Spider Costume

Spider Costume

Ever try to help your child decide something easy, only to have them pick the more round-about way?

We tried to convince our 3-year-old to pick the store-bought Spider-man costume. After all, he watched the 2012 The Amazing Spider-man (with Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield) for every day of like 6 months.

But nope. Our son just wants to be a spider. So I put my creative side to the test.

We started out purchasing this from the store. We spent about $13 for the hat, shirt, and pants, combined. We already own the Converse shoes and all other items.

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If you’d like to copy this look, you will need:

  • Black hat
  • Black shirt
  • Black pants
  • Black shoes
  • Suspenders
  • Pool noodle
  • Knife
  • Wire & wire cutters
  • Needle, thread, and scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black and white face paint

 

It took me a long time to decide how to create the extra legs. I had thought about going back to the store for more shirts to cut up. Or sewing something extensive. Didn’t really feel either idea.

Then it hit me. Black socks!

Step 1:

In order to create a sturdy spider leg, use a pool noodle. To get all 4 spider legs from one piece, cut it in half it. After this, slice length wise, however long their arms are.

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Just tuck the extra length back into itself in order to prevent cutting.

Step 2 (Optional):

You can even thread a bit of wire through the pool noodle and out of the sock opening. That will help you be able to bend the spider leg and create a more natural shape. And also, to give more structure.

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(I spy a kitty in the picture!)

Step 3:

Then, with your child trying on the black shirt, black pants, and suspenders, adjust everything the way it will lay on them. Begin stitching the spider legs to the suspenders.

Then stitch a long string between the outer layers of the legs and onto the bottom of the sleeve. This will allow the legs to move when your kiddo moves.

Step 4:

Fashion your googly eyes to your black hat whichever way you prefer, using the hot glue gun. I am temporarily using white beads to show you how I plan to fasten the little googly eyes.

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Step 5:

On the big night, paint your child’s face black, and or paint on some white fangs with black liner around them.

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For the BIG REVEAL we have a BIG SPIDER!

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We would’ve added 6 gloves to the upper spider legs (not including his feet), but we had used gloves for trick-or-treat once before. It didn’t work so well for the candy grabbing. So unless it’s  pretty chilly night, maybe you want to leave the hands free.

I love the idea of the suspenders even more now. This way I can take trim the attachment string off and he can sit comfortably in his car seat on the way to and from. It wouldn’t be a lot of work (to string new on or even to knot tie each leg again).

Our 3-year-old giggled when he saw how cute he looked!

Would your kiddo like to dress up for trick-or-treat as a spider?

Now with all of the guesswork out of it, I hope you can use this idea to make your very own spider costume!