If you love to make things, here we something packed with art and craft items. Try out hand making cards, masks, toys, decorations, a musical instrument out of odds and ends, or make a periscope from household stuff. Choose from a wide variety of art and craft things.
Spoon Angel Craft
This is appropriate for ages 3+. Though younger children can decorate the triangle.
Materials you will need for the spoon angel are
- a plastic spoon
- a triangle of construction paper about the same height as the spoon
- some markers, glitter glue, sparkles or sequins (we used glitter glue)
- some scraps of wool
- a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper
- OPTIONAL: small wiggly eyes
- set aside your triangle to dry.
- take a black marker and draw on a face. Younger children will prefer to glue on wiggly eyes instead of drawing the face.
- take 3 or 4 strands of wool (you can tie bows or braid the hair… you can make it long or short. Let the kids decide on the hair style).
- Put a knot in the top middle of the hair (so it’s all tied together) and glue the knot to the top of the spoon.
- We just used ordinary children’s white glue to do this and it worked fine…
- though I did have to beg my 3 year old not to play with it like a puppet until it dried!
- Set the spoon aside (carefully) to dry.
- Take the white sheet of paper and cut it in half so you have two 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 pieces of paper (the measurements don’t have to be exact. Discard one of the pieces (or use it for your next angel)
- Put the paper in front of you so the 8 1/2 inch side is facing you.
- fan fold the 8 1/2 inch side. To fan fold:
- fold about 3/4 inch
- flip paper over
- fold about 3/4 inch
- continue until it’s all folded like a fan.
- Put a piece of tape around the center of the fan to make wings.
- Tape the spoon to the back of the triangle paper.
- Tape the fan wings to the back of the spoon. Tasha trimmed her wings down a bit as she thought they were too big. Kaitlyn left hers as they were.
- Tape works better than glue (or at least it did for us)
- Add a small piece of wool or ribbon (tape it onto the top) so you can hang her on your tree. Or you can pin her to a bulletin board or glue her to the front of a homemade Christmas Card.
Fish CD Rom Craft
- old CD (ask mom and dad first)
- something to color with (for B&W version)
- Print out the template.
- Color (B&W version).
- Cut out the pieces.
- Glue template pieces to the CD to form a fish (circle to cover the CD, tail on the back, fins on the top and bottom, eyes on the face and heart shaped mouth on front)
|Rainbow Candle Craft
This tp roll candle is nice and colourful and quite easy to make. Make enough of them and you may even attract a Leprechaun or two!
Materials needed are a toilet paper tube, scissors, crayons, paper, a printer and glue.
Alternative Decorating Ideas:
|ANGEL PENCIL OR COIN HOLDER
This angel craft is a great change holder if you’re saving for a charity (it makes it that much more fun when an angel is guarding the gift). You can also use it as a pencil holder… we’re making them as gifts this year.
The photo doesn’t do it justice!
MAKING OF GREETING CARDS
In fact, card making is becoming more and more popular and it’s now a novelty to send handmade greeting cards.
Have you ever look at a handmade card and thought to yourself, “So beautiful! I wish I know how to make my own greeting cards.
Card making is easy. Many people are making cards on their own.
Taking up cardmaking as a hobby is not expensive since you should have most of the supplies for making all kind of greeting cards in your home. For a basic homemade card, all you need is paper, cutter, glue and some color pencils.
But though inexpensive, making your own greeting cards has many benefits.
Creating beautiful homemade cards is such a rewarding way of spending time with family and friends. The joy of gathering cardmaking ideas, paper, embellishments, and other card making supplies to make the cards and the joy that the handmade greeting cards give to the recipients are just feelings that cannot be purchased. Receiving a handmade greeting card is so special, isn’t it?