Thursday, December 1, 2011

December - Crafts


Cold Weather Crafts

When the weather outside it dreadful, stay inside and craft the winter blues away with these clever creations.

A Snowball Fight
Create this cute winter pal with your mismatched children's gloves.
You will need:
  • child's glove
  • cotton batting
  • 11/4" diameter wooden ball
  • mismatched infant or child's sock
  • gold cord
  • small white pom poms
  • scrap material for scarf
  • silk florals (holiday sprigs, berries, flowers, pine, etc.)
  • tiny black plastic eyes or black acrylic paint
  • rosey lipstick
  • black marker
 What you do:
 First, tuck the thumb inside the glove. Fill the glove with cotton batting, be sure to fill remaining four fingers without over stuffing. Cut a scrap piece of material for scarf and gently tie around the glove where the ribbing of the cuff meets the plain material of the glove (end of the cuff). (When tying scarf, point the scarf material toward the thumb area to cover the area where it was tucked inside. Fold down cuff to cover scarf and form a turtle neck. Hot glue on wooden ball to top of turned down cuff.
 Glue on tiny plastic eyes or paint on with black acrylic paint. Use black marker for mouth. Gently dot on lipstick for cheeks by applying first to your finger and then dotting onto face. Glue a stem of holiday florals or greenery behind body on the side where thumb is tucked in. This will help to hide the tucked in thumb.
 To make the hat, simply fit the cuff of the sock onto head and roll up the edge of the cuff to form the hat brim. Then trim the end of the sock off and fringe with scissors. Add a small amount of cotton batting inside hat and tie off with gold cord.
 Using the first and fourth finger of the glove, pull them to the front of the body and glue together with hot glue, hold in place until secure. Add a pile of white pom poms for snowballs, one at a time, gluing each one in place.


Clay Pot Snowmen

darling snowman and snowwoman make the perfect couple. All bundled up for a cold winter's day, and so easy, the kids can make them too!

You will need: (for each snowman)
  • 1- 1 1/2" diameter wooden ball
  • 1- 2 1/4" diameter clay pot
  • 2 buttons
  • gold ribbon
  • child's sock
  • material or mitten scrap
  • white craft or hot glue
  • black finetip marker
  • small and large paintbrushes
  • acrylic paints in white, orange and pink
  • clear coat spray

 What you do:
 Place newspaper down on work surface. Turn clay pot over and glue wooden ball to bottom of pot. When glue is dry, use large paint brush to paint entire the outside of the clay pot and the entire wooden ball with white paint. Let dry and apply a second coat.

 Cut the foot end off of the child's sock. Create a brim by folding up the cuff of the sock, then position the cuff of the sock onto the "head" of the snowman (see photo). Glue the brim in place. Tie a piece of gold ribbon around the top of the hat and fringe the top with scissors. Adjust the fringe edges with your fingers until they look the way you want.

 Tie a strip of material or mitten scrap around the neck to fashion a scarf. Glue in place if desired. Glue two buttons to the front of your snowman. With black finetip marker, dot on eyes and mouth. Use a small paint brush to apply orange paint for a nose and gently dab on a thin amount of pink for the cheeks. Full Online Preschool - Kindergarten

Salt Dough Snow Family

This cute little snow family is easy to bake up. Paint them white then have a ball adding the finishing touches. Be as creative and colorful as your heart desires.

You will need:

  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup water
  • acrylic paint in black, white, pink, green, orange, and red
  • paintbrush
  • two orange toothpicks
  • 6 small twigs
  • felt scraps
  • 2 mini pom poms
  • 1 small gold glitter pom pom
  • pink and gold ribbon

 What you do:

  Preheat oven to 250 F. Mix together, salt, flour, and water until a dough is formed. Knead the dough on a floured surface until the mixture is elastic and smooth. If dough is too sticky, sprinkle with flour, continue to do so until stickiness is gone. BE CAREFUL. Do not add too much flour, this will dry out the dough and will cause it to crack before you get a chance to bake it.

 THIS DOUGH IS NOT EDIBLE, though it won't hurt you or your kids, it just won't taste very good!

 Roll dough in your hands to form different sized balls. Make three snowmen from the balls, then line them up on the cookie sheet. Make sure they are touching each other so that they will be one piece after baking.

 Break or cut orange toothpicks in half. Insert toothpick halves, point size out, into the each snowman head for the nose. Insert twigs for arms into each snowman. Be sure to both of these steps BEFORE baking.

Bake for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely. For best results, allow to cool and dry overnight, or for at least 4 hours.
Paint snowmen with white paint. Use the wrong end of the paint brush to dot on colored buttons (we used green on one, red on another, and orange on the third).
Use a smaller paintbrush to repeat this method for adding eyes and mouths with black paint. Alternatively, you can use a black Sharpie marker if you prefer.

 Embellish your snow family by fashioning scarves and hats out of scrap pieces of felt and adding a pom pom to the top of the hat. Add on ribbon and make ear muffs out of a small piece of gold ribbon and tiny pom poms. Use photo as a guide. Let dry completely and display.




Crystal Reflections Vase

This beautiful vase will wow your guests this holiday season. Display anywhere it will get the most attention!

You will need:

  • 15-inch oversized glass vase
  • 20 frosted glass ornaments
  • 5 yards wired ribbon
  • White Floral Tape
  • 20 count set craft lights with white wiring
  • 2 packages Crystal Fiber

What you do:

Start with a 15-inch oversized glass vase that has enough volume to contain the ornaments, lights and crystal fiber.
Wire Up the Ornaments: Remove the caps from all the frosted ornaments. Insert one clear light into each glass ball and secure it with white floral tape.
Put in the Crystal Fiber and Arrange the Wired Ornaments: Layer some crystal fiber in the bottom of the vase, then layer several glass ornaments on top of the fiber, placing the cord towards the center of the vase so it is not visible from the outside. Add some more crystal fiber and more ornaments alternatively and use some of the fiber in specific places to hide the wire.
Tie on the Wired Ribbon, Plug in Your Lights and Enjoy the Results! Use enough ribbon to tie full bow with multiple loops. Wired ribbon is great for shaping and arranging the loops for a more pleasing effect. Now you are ready! Plug in and enjoy your wintery new Crystal Reflections vase!

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Melting Snowman
You can easily make this fun snowman that looks like he is melting.
 Melting Snowman Craft
For this project you will need:
  • Felt
  • pom-pom
  • craft foam
  • beads
  • buttons
  • wiggle-eyes
  • twigs
  • craft glue
  • scissors


Start out by cutting a 'blob' shape out of white felt. This will be your snowman's body.

Glue a pom-pom onto your felt blob. This will be your snowman's head.
 Making the Face of The Snowman
To make the snowman's face, glue on two wiggle eyes, a piece of orange craft foam, and some seed beads.

To finish the body, glue on a couple of buttons and then add the twig arms!

To make the hat, first cut a strip of black craft foam, about 1-inch wide by 2-inches long.
 Finishing the Snowman's Body
Glue the two short ends of the black craft foam strip together as shown in the photo. Hold it until the glue starts to set. If you prefer, tacks the ends together using a hot glue gun. Make sure you take them together on the inside so the glue will be hidden.

Cut 2 circles out of black craft foam, one will be glued on top of the hat and the other should be large than the hat and used as a brim.
 Finishing the Snowman's Hat
Finally, you can finish by gluing the hat onto the top of the snowman's head. Your melting snowman is now done!
 Finishing the Melting Snowman Craft


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Jolly Elves

What You'll Need :

  • One whole chenille stem and half a stem
  • Small and large beads
  • Wooden face bead
  • Small jingle bell
  • Felt
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon

Cut a 1-1/2-inch-diameter semicircle from felt. Wrap the semicircle around from point to point to form a cone, leaving a small opening at the tip; hot-glue to secure.

Cut a 1/2-x-4-inch piece of felt; fringe ends with scissors. Cut a small lengthwise slit about 1 3/4 inches from one end for opposite end of scarf to pass through.
Bend one chenille stem in half and, in the following order, thread materials over the bent point to about halfway down the stem: large bead for body, face bead, felt hat, small jingle bell. Leave about 3/4 inch above the jingle bell and shape the stem into a loop. Then, starting on opposite ends: Thread 4 small beads onto each leg and bend the ends to form feet. Use the half chenille stem to make arms by centering and twisting around the elf's neck area. Thread 4 small beads onto each arm and bend the ends to form hands. Wrap the scarf around the elf's neck, then thread ribbon through the top loop and hang.

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