Monday, January 17, 2011

Kumquat Thumbprints and "Hello Kitty" Giveaway (Crafting with my kids, Chinese New Year Project No. 3)

Recap: I have posted about three different Chinese New Year Crafts (Koi Kites, Glass Lanterns, and Paper Tube Fire Crackers). 

A visit to an Asian market is an interesting outing for young kids.  My girls love to look at the seafood (especially anything in a tank) and the interesting fruits and vegetables.  

This week, we bought some kumquats.  A kumquat tree has significance in China - the leaves symbolize wealth and the small oranges symbolize unity and perfection.
I spotted this really neat idea for making a fingerprint orange greeting card and modified it by using faux bois contact paper (oh how I love that stuff), fancy papers, and my new Chinese New Year punch.  V the Baking Barrister recently returned from Asia and brought me back a Chinese New Year craft punch (how wonderful is that - pictured in photo below, right bottom?!) 

To create our kumquat trees, we used the contact paper for branches.   The thumbprints are kumquats.  The vase is pretty paper.  This activity could also be used for springtime - think pussywillows.

Here is our finished project

In this one, we used a Chinese New Year money envelope as the vase. See the little boy is holding a mandarin?

For this one, instead of thumbprints, we used a punch for the oranges.  The vase is made from the wrapping paper from Bee & Flower sandalwood soap.  I always save the paper from that soap.

This was an easy and fun craft. I have posted before about how much I enjoy gluing/collage-based crafting for young kids.

And now, drumroll, the


So here is the giveaway.  From Project No. 2, you all seemed interested in Hello Kitty.  So I hit Chinatown for a little package: two red paper lanterns with butterflies, one small role of Hello Kitty cellophane tape, one Hello Kitty mechanical pencil, a package of Hello Kitty money envelopes (string them together for a garland, or use them in a collage), and one H&M Hello Kitty badge.  I will also send the winner this year's Canada Post Chinese New Year postage stamp.

Just leave me a comment and say something and tell me if you have ever enjoyed a kumquat.  I will draw a winner on Sunday evening.

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  1. Hello Kitty is big in our house right now, so I would love to win! I don't think I have ever had a kumquat, but our neighbours at our old house grew them, and I did often wish that they would offer me one to try!
    sarah.hobbins (at) gmail (dot) com

  2. That is one super project. My kids love to paint and last summer we did a lot of finger painting. Remember our animals made with feet and hands?
    And the giveaway is also fantastic!

  3. I have never had a kumquat, but for some reason I think the word kumquat is hilarious! I love the artwork, KJ. What a fun idea. And the Hello Kitty giveaway is some amazing stuff. If I won, I might even share it with my girls:)

  4. I can't say that I'm a fan of kumquats, but I am a huge fan of Hello Kitty.

  5. Great projects! I like your new background look too! I just tweaked mine during the holidays, but I'm looking forward to trying something new soon :)

    We fed the munchkins kumquats this summer for the first time where we picked them fresh from a friend's tree in Montpellier, France. They were so excited to try them.

  6. I love your kumquat thumbprint art. Such a great New Year's project for kids. Love that craft punch too, what a thoughtful gift.

    I really like kumquats. They're great candied too.

  7. We have 2 Chinese girls and celebrate Chinese New Year. I would love to win and have never had a kumquat.

  8. Your project turned out great! I have never had a kumquat but am going to look for them now to try them out


  9. these are stunning! I absolutely want to add these to my decor list I'll have to weasel my nieces into making them with me this weekend. I put up my chinese new year decorations just to realize I am really in need of more.

  10. The kumquat art projects turned out great! The Chinese punch is a nice touch. I wish Michaels carried them:(
    As for trying a kumquat I have not.

  11. We saw kumquats while in China, but never tried one. Your kumquat craft project is fabulous. I'm always looking for new CNY projects to do with Josie. This looks like a fantastic one for the weekend.

    PS. I'll be updating my blog first thing Friday morning with additional red lantern craft ideas.

  12. Beautiful project KJ! I think I am equally impressed by the CNY craft punch and your use of wooden clothes hangers for display (nice touch!).
    I have never had a kumquat, but I am very un-adventurous when it comes to fruit...bad example for my kids!

  13. Thanks for sharing! I have had a kumquat - it was odd to eat the peel, but delicious.

  14. Oh my oh my oh my! What PERFECT Chinese New Year crafting!! WOW!

    Do stop by again and link up to Kids Get Crafty (
    Hope to see you there again!


  15. Wonderful craft ideas. I found your blog today. We are doing this craft today for our snow day project!
    Oh and yes The peel of the kumquats is the best to me!

  16. Just started a blog today...trying to figure it out. Any suggestions??


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