Here’s a simple card decoration idea that doubles up as a fine motor activity.
For all the card projects this year I am using plain black card stock. They were $2 for a pack of 12 at a $2 shop.
For this project you will need some coloured paper or thin cardboard, craft glue and any decorations you like (we kept it simple with an angel sequin)
Trace out a tree shape on the back of one of the pieces of paper.
Fold the other coloured paper in half to double it over then bring all 3 pieces together and cut along the outline so you end up with 3 identical shapes.
Using a pencil draw some lines across the back of one of the trees. Then tear carefully along the lines as demonstrated by Ms5
Cover the other colour tree completely with glue, then stick down every second piece of torn paper.
Allow to dry and secure to your card stock 🙂
Torn paper christmas tree.
Trace out tree
hold pages together for cutting
draw lines on back of one tree.
tear along lines
Torn paper christmas tree.
These are so easy to make and turned out super cute. Inspiration actually came form some fish scales I saw some students at school making.
All you need is some cup cake papers, cardboard (we used an old cereal box) glue stick (or paper glue) and scissors. We just used cup cake papers we had in the cupboard, the striped green is my favourite.
Draw and cut out a tree shape. For the first few, I drew lines as a guide for the rows so that Ms 5 didn’t just stick the papers all over the place. This created the layers or ‘tiers’. By the time she got to do her own at the end, she didn’t need lines anymore as she understood the process.
Just press down the flat part (the bottom) of the cup cake paper, not the corrugated part. Once the bottom line is covered, move up to the next row and repeat until you get to the top.
Ms5 decided to finish them off with a yellow paper sticking out the top like a star. Great idea!
What you need
Draw tree shape
Cut out tree
Cut papers in half then half again
Ready to stick
Mr4 has a turn.
Ms5s white tree.
Now she has the hang of it.
Easy Christmas decorations.
If you like working with fabric like my friends at All Tizzied Up , here’s a simple Christmas craft decoration you can put together with the kids that will last for years to come.
Once you have gathered the fabric you want to use, all you need is some styrofoam bells, ribbon, hot glue and sharp scissors and you’re ready to get crafty. The smaller kids can get working on the covering the loop while an adult does the hot glue bits. The rest of the steps are covered in the photos below.
Christmas themed fabric in your desired colours
Cut into squares
Pinch in the middle and dab with hot glue
attach to your bell
Work your way up the bell from the bottom
One complete bell
Trace out some felt to cover the bottoms
Cut and glue on.
Bells ready to go
Cut strips of the same fabric to cover the ring
Tie in pattern
Cut different lengths to hang bells
Attach to bells with glue and hang from ring
Cut lengths to hang ring
Attach to ring
Secure all strings together.
There you have it!
My crafty mum friend at All Tizzied Up has been very busy putting together some Christmas Craft projects with the family. Thought we’d share for inspiration.
They created 3 different trees from styrofoam cone shapes using buttons, ribbon, felt, and every crafters favourite tool – a hot glue gun!
The felt tree was created by layering leaf shape felt pieces working from the bottom up, then decorating with plastic jewels.
This one is simply a case of measuring out same lengths or ribbon, fixing with hot glue, then twisting, gluing again. Glue 2 of these together to create a flower type shape and attach to the cone. Again, finishing with some jewels to look like ornaments.
The button one is covered in aluminium foil, before attaching buttons all over with hot glue.
So if you are wondering what to do this weekend before Christmas, maybe get out the craft supplies and get crafty with the kids. Would make a great addition and talking point for your Christmas table on Wednesday!
We started making snow flakes from patty cake pans – as you do, they were so pretty, I figured we should use them for something more than making a mess.
I am sure everyone has made snow flakes before, so I won’t worry about elaborating on instructions. We used the tin foil patty cake pans, then laminated them so they wouldn’t break and could be strung up easier. I strung them up with fishing line, but any kind of string would have been fine. Pretty Cool results I think.
These are really simple to make and kids of all ages can help. Mr8 actually showed me how to make one, then we extended on the concept to create this hanging ornament.
It is really just 2 card board stars slotted into each other at right angles to create a ‘3D star’ as he calls them. But we made 4 different sized and hung them form some cotton. We covered each star with some paper from a themed wrapping pack, so they were not all exactly the same, but similar enough to ‘match’. The whole project took about 20 minutes for 3 of us and looks pretty cool! Further instructions available if you open or scroll over each picture.
Draw the star shapes on some card. We used cookie cutters to make it easier.
If using plain card, glue on some wrapping paper
Cut out and glue paper to the other side
Covering second side then cut out again.
Cut one star to the middle from one side, then the other star from the opposite side to the middle again.
Slot together and you have 3D stars
Hand on some string
3D Star Ornament.
It’s that time of year again folks. Time to thank the dozen different day care providers, half of which I don’t even know the names of, for putting up with my darling children 2 days each week.
This year I decided to make something that all the kids could help with, as last years gift required minimal effort from the kids. So we made Bath Bombs and I am happy to report they were a success (we tested one out last night!)
I used 2 different recipes, the first one was here
- Baking Soda – 8 ounces
- Citric Acid – 4 ounces
- Corn Starch – 4 ounces
- Salts – 4 ounces
- Water – .75 tbsp
- Essential or Fragrance Oil – 2 tsp (I used peppermint, as it is Christmassy)
- Oil – 2.5 tbsp
- Food coloring – 1 or 2 drops
For the pink lot, I used this recipe
- 1 1/2 cups bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid powder (use fine grade, available from chemists or pool supply shops)
- Potpourri or herbal teabags such as chamomile, lemon, rosehip or peppermint
- An essential oil such as peppermint, lavender, geranium
- Sweet almond oil (I just used vegetable oil)
- Food colouring
- Rubber gloves
- Moulds from craft shops
Which came from here
The method I used for both was the same though. Mixed all dry ingredients in a large bowl, then had Mr8 ever so slowly pour in the wet ingredients while I stirred like a mad woman. With the second recipe, it doesn’t actually call for corn flour (starch) but I decided to throw a handful in just to make the recipe go further. The second lot stuck together better than the first recipe while wet, but they have both dried lovely and firm and both fizz wonderfully in the bath tub.
We made the round ones in some empty plastic Christmas ornaments like the blogger in the first link did, as well as some smaller ones in some Aldi silicone trays. If I was to make them again, I think I’d find a mould that was spherical, but a bit smaller, so you end up with more bombs from your mix. I left the silicone tray ones to dry over night, and they popped out easily the next day.
It is summer here right now, and humid, which can destroy the bombs. So before putting them in the little draw strings bags ($2 for 5 at the cheap shop) I wrapped them in cling wrap to protect them from moisture.
Added a little thank you note and Merry Christmas tag to the bags and we are ready to drop them off.
Mr8 weighing out the Bi Carb,
Mr 8 adding dry ingredients
Ms4 with the important job of mixing the dry ingredients,
We used this pink salt as I thought it would look cool through the green bombs, but normal salt would have been fine too
Mr8 measuring out the wet ingredients into a separate bowl
Stirring very quickly while wet ingredients are being added, so a reaction does not occur.
Press firmly into moulds.
Mr9 and Mr8 making the bombs
Wrap with cling wrap to protect from moisture
Ok, so the school holidays have not quite started here, but this looked like too much fun and I had a fairly light schedule for the day, so we gave it a go. The best part is, unlike normal play dough, it is not going to go bad when stored between uses.
The recipe I followed required Elmers Glitter Glue, but after searching everywhere in a 20km radius I was still empty handed. Apparently Elmers is available in Australia now, but from what I can tell it is only the white stuff, and I really wanted the clear version for this project. So I just used non toxic craft glue, added my own glitter and was thankfully able to achieve the results I was after. The recipe came from this delightful blog
Santa Slime Recipe
Combine the above ingredients in a bowl
In a separate bowl combine
- 3/4 teaspoons of borax
- 1 & 1/3 cups very warm water
Once the ingredients of both bowls are mixed, combine them and mix, the slime will form almost instantly.
– See more at: http://www.growingajeweledrose.com/2013/12/santa-slime-recipe.html#sthash.MROKZyw1.dpuf
As I mixed up the ingredients I found it very hard to believe it needed all that water – but it really did, and then some! Not sure if it was because I used so much glitter or because the make up of the glue I used was different than Elmers, but it turned out really firm, almost like play dough, and certainly didn’t ooze like I anticipated. After I got over the initial disappointment, I figured I could either spend another $11 on glue or try to fix it – had nothing to lose, so I added more water to a section of it in a bowl (which did nothing while cool) and put it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Yes, it worked, the slime took on more water and began to get runnier. I continued to do this in sections, increasing the time in the microwave and the amount of water until I had the desired texture.
The kids have been having heaps of fun with it, even the older 2. We ended up with about 3 litres of slime after adding all the extra water, so plenty to share between the 4 of them. If I make it again using the same glue, I will use twice as much water from the start, because adding some extra borax to thicken will be a lot easier than adding extra water was!
What we used.
The little ones helping decant the glue
Stirring in the gold glitter
After mixing the red glitter and adding the borax solution
Home made sludge
Storing for later.
Here’s a unique home made card idea that the whole family can get involved in. All you need is some card stock, paint (brush and roller), sequins or other bling and some tree shaped leaves. Glitter optional!
Coat the leaves in a thick layer of paint, we used white as I thought it would stand out nicely on the black card. Place the leaf, painted side down, carefully on the card, then roll over it with a clean dry paint roller to press down. Remove leaf and you should have a pretty leaf print. If you want to add glitter, do so now while the paint is still wet so it sticks. If you are creating more than one card, just give the roller a wipe with an old rag between leaves to remove any paint and avoid smudges. Once dry, let the kids decorate with sequins, we used PVA to attach them – done.
Coat with paint
Place on card and roll over to press down
Sprinkle with glitter while paint it still wet
Shake off excess glitter
Leaf print cards
Home made Christmas Cards
Maybe I should rename this blog ‘101 alternate uses for Christmas Baubles’, lol. Here is something we put together this afternoon. It took about 45 minutes and stands over a meter tall. As usual, I struggled to take a photo of it, I really need to learn how to use my camera properly.
The sticks are those ornamental ones you buy from home decor shops, I think these ones actually came from The Reject Shop as around $4 a bundle. We cut them to size with secateurs and glued with hot glue, I reinforced the corners with zip ties. The stem is glued on – it is not weight bearing! Then starting at the top we glued the bead string to one side, worked out the length needed to reach the other side, cut the string, threaded on some baubles, and glued the cut end to the other side. Repeat, working your way down the tree. To create the zig zag look, the strands are 12cm/5cm apart down each side.
Once upright, I shortened each string on the baubles by just tying another knot in them. Glued on the star (came with the pack of baubles, $8 for the lot), and we are done.
What you’ll need
The tree frame
Mr8 helping glue
Glue the beads to what will be the back of the frame
Work your way down.
Christmas Tree Wall Art
These are very easy to make and can be as fancy or as simple as you like.
I usually avoid glitter when doing craft. Sure it’s pretty, but after we use it, that stuff turns up all over the place for the next month. ‘The herpies of the craft world’ a friend of mine called it, I think she was right. But today I caved, because an angel needs her sparkle! Honestly, there was no template, just trial and error until I got the shape I was after. You can see the steps in the photos below. Double sided plates for the body would have made pretty dresses, but I couldn’t find any of those, so we stuck with white. Of course you could get the kids to colour them or even use a different colour glitter on the body too. But I was all glittered out after the wings alone!
Cut your plate something like this, that’s right, no pattern, trial and error was all I went by
Secure with tape or staples.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the bauble
Place on top of the body. Tie a ribbon around the neck once glue has dried to cover any mess.
Run some glue (we just used a glue stick) along the edges and sprinkle with glitter
Once the wings are dry, attach to the body.
Hang from a string
Paper plate craft.
These were so quick and easy to make and I could not be happier with the results.
I picked up this wool a while back with nothing particular in mind, I just loved the colours. The styrofoam tree shapes are available just about anywhere at this time of year. These came from a $2 shop. However, there’s no reason you couldn’t just make a cone shape from cardboard and achieve similar results.
I tied a tight knot in one end to stop fraying, then pushed through the wool and down into the middle of the cone. Then gently began wrapping the knit around the top of the cone, before fastening again a few rows down so that it doesn’t spin off. Continue down the full length of the cone until you reach the bottom. Cut with enough room left over to tie another knot, then secure with a 3rd pin. Done!
What you need
Close up of the pre knitted wool
Pin fastening to the top, and again at the side
Fasten at the bottom
Wool Christmas Trees
Christmas Table Centrepiece.
Check out these cute little Christmas Angels Miss4 and I put to gather today. The best part? The whole kit, with everything except glue – $2 from Kmart. Win.
Ok ok, they have no arms, but who cares! We used hot glue to stick on the hair and faces, because hot glue rules the craft world (and I didn’t have time to PVA to dry). The project is not something Miss4 could have done on her own, but it was quick, simple fun and the results are pretty cute. She has been playing with them throughout the day and they have not fallen apart yet!
If you didn’t have access to a Kmart, the kit is made up of 4 old style wooden pegs, 4 paper doilies, wool, gold string and some pre cut wings. All things that are easy to get your hands on from a craft of $2 shop.
Everyone was making all sorts of cool glass baubles last Christmas, but by the time I tried to source the actual baubles to do anything with, they were sold our or $6 each – errr, nah. But I found some in Spotlight in August this year and grabbed them so I didn’t miss out again!
I got the 2 different sizes available at spotlight, but for this project we just used the smaller ones. The process really is so simple it barely requires explanation. The beads are just plastic pony beads, you can find them in either the craft section or the ‘girls’ toy section of most variety stores. The ones that turned out the best were about 2/3 transparent beads and 1/3 solid colours. We did one with just transparent beads, but it ended up all kind of mixing together and turning brown, which was disappointing. If you don’t have a well ventilated kitchen, it would be a good idea to do these outside on the bbq, but the beads surprisingly don’t let off much fumes compared to other melting plastics I have played with. I had the oven set to just over 220c. You will need to keep checking on them every 5 – 10 minutes and turning as desired to create the marble effect. We used a silicone muffin and chocolate tray to position them after each turn and plastic tongs to handle them with. I ended up adding some extra beads to a few half way through the process, and just used a tea towel to hold them while they were hot.
Ms4 filling up her ‘rainbow’ bauble
Ready for the oven
Blue green and yellow combo
In the oven
The finished products
Green and Red – Christmas colours
Tie die baubles
Christmas tree decorations
DIY Christmas decorations
As they cooled down out of the oven, they did make a popping sound, which I thought was the glass breaking – but it was just the plastic separating from the glass inside a few of them. There you have it, marbled Christmas baubles.
I actually started today out with the intention of making some bell tree ornaments, but the bells I had were too big. I then attempted another type of wreath and it was a big fat fail too. So after a few hours of feeling sorry for myself, I decided to make a different kind of wreath using the same principle as the bauble tree I made last year.
Run your cursor over or click each image for step by step instructions.
Draw or trace out the outline of the shape . I used silver card, but you could use any colour card. Something that has a little bit of flexibility, but is strong enough to support the weight of the baubles.
I used hot glue to stick each bauble down. You could use PVA or craft glue, but hot glue dries really fast, which is very helpful when you are dealing with things that roll!
I removed the strings and holders off each bauble, and glued them so that each top was touching the line, as a gauge.
Once the outside was complete, I did the same with a row of smaller balls on the inside.
Once the glue had completely dried, carefully cut around the outside and inside of the shape, as close as you can to the baubles, but still leaving just enough card to hook any tinsel on if desired.
The glue is quite flexible, so you can weave the tinsel in and around each bauble easily, it will just hold in place when the baubles sit back into position.
Poke some tinsel between the 2 rows to fill any gaps.
I hung a start ornament from the bottom just for some extra bling and dimension.
Heart shaped christmas wreath.
These really are too easy and turned out so well! I will be using this concept for some other projects as soon as more cookie cutters arrive.
We used a tupperware baking sheet under them, but I think any flexible non stick surface would do, (baking paper). Simply fill some metal or oven proof cookie cutters or moulds roughly 2 layers deep, and bake at around 180c. Keep an eye on them until they are all melted. The plastic beads we used did not emit any nasty smell and did not burn, even when I got impatient and turned the over up to 200c, however, make sure the area is well ventilated just to be on the safe side.
Try to pile the beads up in the middle slightly, but only leave them 1 high at the edges, to avoid any bits sticking to the sides higher than other areas (you can see where this happened on the small man) Once cooled, remove the cutter and there you have it. I ran cool water over them to cool them a bit faster and this didn’t damage the shiny finish at all.
The husband drilled some holes in the top for string, and there you have it.
We will make a stack of smaller Christmas coloured ones for the trees next year.
Place the beads, trying to keep them at only 1 high around the edges
Green and red for the tree
Nice and flat and smooth edges
Once out of the oven,
Drilling the holes for string
Ms 4 showing off her man
You can see some sharp edges on this one where the beads were 2 high.
The finished 3d tree from jelly mould
In the sun
Catching the sun light
How cute are these? Mr 7s year 6 buddy made him one for Christmas. I had to give them a go with the little ones.
Super simple and we had everything lying around the house (I will admit I do buy wooden pegs just for craft, they are not much good for hanging out washing!)
We started off painting them assembled, but that was just silly. Paint all the bits first, THEN assemble once they are dry.
Add some eyes, a red nose and some pipe cleaner antlers.
We even made a baby one with the mini craft pegs and mini paddle pop sticks.
What you need
painting the reindeer
painting the reindeer
adding the eyes
adding the nose
The reindeer family
Reindeer eating some hay
Playing the the grass
Reindeer Toddler craft
I helped the kids in Mr 8s class make these at school, so thought we would give them a try at home. There is heaps of different recipes out there, so you can really make them any flavour you wants, but you want to choose a biscuit that doesn’t rise too much. We used a basic butter biscuit recipe.
- 125g butter, softened
- 1/2 cup caster sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
I also added a sprinkle of cinnamon and all spice. I probably don’t need to tell you how to make biscuits. To be honest, they rose a little more than I would have liked, so might use a different recipe next time. The recipe also started with the usual ‘pre-heat oven’, but after mixing the ingredients you had to put the dough into the fridge for 45 minutes. What a waste of electricity having your oven running all that time?
Use any shapes you like, then a smaller shape inside. Pop a hard lolly (boiled lolly or jolly rancher etc) into the centre and bake on some baking paper at around 180 for only a few minutes. The lolly will melt in the time it takes to cook the biscuit. So simple.
If you live in an area of the world that is humid, these wont last long on the tree. So just eat them!
Mr 7 rolling the dough
Cutting out the shapes
Place on baking paper and add lolly to centre.
Poke a small hole in the edges if you’d like to be able to hang them on the tree.
Allow to cool
On DDs stick tree
The left over gingerbread men
In the light
Trying to catch the sun.