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Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Craft Time: Crafts Galore!!!...

I wish I would have had more time to post these so that it wasn't Christmas Eve.  I'm sure you won't have time to make them with your kids this year, but maybe you can book mark them and remember them for next year.  Friday night, B had a friend over for her birthday(it was supposed to be two friends, but one of them got summoned by the nasty flu bug that is going around so she couldn't make it.) so we made three crafts while her friend was here.
The first craft is a button wreath. ..
Very simple.  Just the way I like it.  Cut a piece of wreath wire to your desired length.  Make a loop at the end and start putting your beads on the wire.  Twist the ends together and attatch a ribbon.  Done!
The one above is Mel's and the one below is B's.. 
Next we made hand print Christmas trees.  B thought of this one all by herself.  I love that my girls are so creative.!
This one is simple as well because that is how we roll, I guess.
Have the child dip their hands in green paint and stamp their hands on the paper to form a tree shape.  Paint brown at the bottom for the tree stump, attach a star, then once it is dry you can add ornaments.  We used buttons and also some of the leftover Christmas card cutouts from our Christmas card tree.
Mel's (she had to put everyone's name on the back that was in our house that night, so that is what is showing through.)... 
The last craft was a salt dough ornament.  B has a pair of American Girl pajamas with reindeer on them created from finger prints, so that is where this idea came from. 
First mix up your salt dough by combining 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup flour, and 1/4 cup water (give or take.  start with a little and then add more if needed.)  Knead until dough forms... 
Flattne them into circles that resemble pancakes about 4 inches wide and place on cookie sheet... 
Poke a hole in the top (I used a straw)... 
Bake at 200 degrees for about 3 hours.  Remove from oven and lay flat to dry.
Have child dip their fingers in brown paint and stamp on the ornament to make the head and body of the reindeer.  Make sure to leave enough room for the antlers and legs.
Once the paint is dry, using a permanent marker have them add the antlers, tail, nose, eye(s), and legs. (My girls wanted their reindeer to be Rudolph so they used a red permanent marker for the nose.)
Mel's(she wanted her's to be" Rudolph with a red nose and red legs")... 



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