Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Crafting with kids: Ornament Afternoon

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This past weekend, we had another family over to make ornaments. There were 7 children - aged 0 to 6 years.    We planned 3 crafts – some children completed all three, some chose to work on only one.  It was a nice opportunity for our families to mix.  These are the crafts we worked on.
Scrappy holly wreath wreath
This project comes from the Usborne book “Christmas Things to Stitch and Sew” which is an adorable book with many clever ideas for small pieces of fabric; however, most of the projects are geared to children who are able to sew. The wreath project is one of the few gluing activities suitable for younger children.
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Jingle Bell Poinsettia
If you have an abundance of egg cartons, this is a fun recycled craft. The instructions are at the Crafty Crow.
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Salt dough garland
My girlfriend baked all of the salt dough ornaments in advance.   Prior to baking, she used straws to make holes in the ornaments.  The children were then able to string the ornaments on twine.
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We strung Lily’s garland on our tree.
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I have been so busy at the day job lately, this crafty afternoon was just what I needed to get in the Christmas spirit!
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11 comments:

  1. Well it's certainly nice and festive in this part of blogland, KJ, you've all been busy bees creating some lovely decorations. We, on the other hand, have done the grand number of zero .. apart from order the turkey though!
    Looking forward to getting our tree next weekend, and unpacking our nutcracker!
    Kate x

    PS - the front part of the nightie was shirred in four rows over about 4 inches per row. The pattern suggested hand smocking but I didn't have time for that!

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  2. Beautiful - I particularly like the 'apple' bits on the garland - what an adorable idea!!

    I might have to try the poinsettias!!

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  3. These are some fantastic ideas, KJ. I especially like the salt dough garlands. That book looks fantastic. Those little scrappy wreaths are too cute! What a fun way to spend an afternoon :)

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  4. They are all so cute, but that garland takes the cake! That is truly a great way to make Christmas feel so homey. Love it!

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  5. that's so cool!! looks wonderful on the tree! Merry Christmas!!!

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  6. My salt dough doesn't turn out as pretty as this....guess we'll need to give it another try! Thanks for sharing.

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  7. How wonderful! Emma made salt dough ornaments many years ago and I think Josie needs some too. Your ornaments are just perfect.

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  8. What a wonderful way to spend some together time. I would love it if you would share this at my sharing party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/12/sharing-saturday-8_09.html. Thank you!

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  9. I love your crafts! Think I might do a couple of these as mommy crafts, cause mommy isn't especially crafty and needs easy things to work with. :)

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