Crafts allow kids to help with holiday decorating

2013-12-13T10:00:00Z 2013-12-18T20:32:17Z Crafts allow kids to help with holiday decoratingChristine Bryant Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 13, 2013 10:00 am  • 

With holiday breaks from school approaching, and the cold already here, crafts are the perfect way to spend quality time with kids while exercising their creativity.

The bonus with constructing crafts during December is those crafts can then be used to decorate the house for the holidays.

Enjoy these festive art activities this holiday season.

Salt dough ornaments

Decorating the Christmas tree is a family tradition children enjoy, and this craft by blogger Kelly Burtelson gives families the opportunity to make new memories each year.

Dough ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup warm water

Decorating supplies:

Rolling pin

Circle cookie cutters (or a parmesan cheese lid and a tin can)

Button, fork, shells, rubber stamps, lids (to make impressions in the dough)

Ribbon

Drinking straw (to cut out a hole for the ribbon)

Parchment paper

Mod Podge Shimmer

Directions:

Mix together flour and salt, then gradually stir in the water. Mix well and the knead until it is a smooth dough, about 5 to 10 minutes.

Cut out circles and lay on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the straw to cut a hole at the top of the ornament.

Use the buttons, shells, stamps or other supplies you can find to make impressions on the salt dough.

Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, and baked at 200 degrees for one to two hours, depending on thickness of the ornaments.

When the ornaments are completely cooled, paint with Shimmer Mod Podge and tie on a ribbon when dry.

Source: Kelly Burtelson, eyesonthesource.com

Felt Christmas tree

Supplies:

Large sheet of green craft felt (sold at craft stores)

Smaller felt sheets in various colors

Scissors

Glue gun

3m Command Strips

Directions:

Using scissors, cut the large sheet of green craft felt in the shape of a Christmas tree. Make any size you want that fits a blank space on a wall in the house, or cut it the height of your child.

Make the ornaments and the star on top by cutting circles and different shapes out of the remaining colors of felt. If you make layers or other decorations on the ornaments, use a hot glue gun to secure them.

Once finished, secure the felt tree to the wall in several places using 3m Command Strips or another similar product.

Decorate the tree with the felt ornaments - felt will stick on felt, so no need to glue the ornaments to the tree. Plus, little ones will enjoy taking the ornaments on and off. If the felt ornaments don't stick well, try attaching a piece of Velcro to each ornament and then designated spots on the tree.

Optional: Add presents at the bottom of the tree using felt, or cut out a trunk for the tree with brown felt.

Source: Whitney Collins Thompson, wittywhitswords.blogspot.com

Owl pillow box

These owl pillow boxes are perfect to put gifts in during the holidays. They can be placed in the tree for further decoration, or set on the fireplace mantle for all to see.

Supplies:

Kraft colored pillow boxes

Scrapbook paper

Yellow cardstock (for beaks)

Buttons (for eyes)

Felt (for scarf)

Scissors

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Directions:

Choose coordinating colors of paper for wings, buttons for eyes and felt for a scarf.

Fold the scrapbook paper in half and cut two equal half circles for the wings. Use decorative scissors if you have them available.

Keep the pillow box flat until all the pieces are glued on. Glue the wings, eyes and nose in place with a hot glue gun. Cut a thin strip from the sheet of felt and fringe cut the ends.

Stretch the felt, as far as you can, before you tie it on the owl.

Pop open the pillow box and close the ends, then tie the scarf around the owl.

Source: Kelly Burtelson, eyesonthesource.com

Snow globes

Snow globes are a holiday staple, but they can be used to decorate the house throughout the winter. Little figurines laying around the house or ornaments from the tree can be used as the snow globe's centerpiece.

Supplies:

Mason jar and lid

Glue gun

Glitter

Figurines of choice

Water

Directions:

Using a glue gun, glue the figurine to the inside bottom of the Mason jar.

Once the glue has completely dried, take a teaspoon or more (depending on the size of the Mason jar) of glitter and add it in the jar.

Fill the jar slowly with water and place the lid on the jar. Double check the correct amount of glitter has been used, and tighten the jar. Additional glue from the glue gun can be used to seal the jar, though if tightened adequately, no water should leak.

Optional: Decorate the top of the lid or using fine tip Sharpie, write the year on the bottom of the jar so you remember which year each snow globe was created.

Source: Whitney Collins Thompson, wittywhitswords.blogspot.com

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