Monday, January 28th, 2013
Make simple, cheery rings and things for Valentine’s Day! Children can help turn wooden and felt hearts into rings, hair ties, and bracelets.
Begin with a pile of felt hearts and freshly painted wooden hearts. (You can find wooden hearts at your local craft store.) Children can help paint, cut, and organize the piles of hearts.
Materials: paint, wooden hearts (wood section in your local craft store), black 1/4″ flat elastic, scissors, thread, wool felt, elastic hair ties, and a drill.
After painting the wooden hearts, drill holes in them to make them into heart shaped buttons. The size of the holes depends on what you wish to do with them. Tiny holes are perfect for sewing them onto a black elastic ring, and larger holes are better for threading with hair tie elastics.
Trace hearts onto felt and cut them out.
Make the elastic rings. Measure little fingers and snip off a piece of flat elastic. While sewing the elastic into a ring, use a slightly larger piece with some overlap, and then snip off any part that hangs over.
Once you have a bunch of black elastic rings, sew wooden hearts, felt hearts, or whatever you want onto the rings.
**Children will need adult help and supervision with drilling and sewing.
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Monday, December 3rd, 2012
This simple star garland will make your home quietly sparkle. It is easy to make and can be saved and hung year after year. Children can help paint, cut, and thread (wear a thimble!), and they’ll feel extra proud to be a part of making the house fancy for the holidays. For me, the combination of package paper and gold glitter paint produces nice, subdued, DIY cheer.
Brown paper bag
Gold or silver glitter paint (I used FolkArt Extreme Glitter)
Star template (hand-drawn is fine)
1. Cut open the paper bag and paint the plain side with the glitter. For this garland, I used paint that is just gold glitter rather than paint that was an actual gold color with glitter. This makes the stars a bit more subtle. If you are looking for something a bit more punchy, then I think gold paint with a coating of glitter paint would be great. I was inspired by my friend Catherine’s garland, and she used gold paint.
2. Once it is dry, draw stars on the non-painted side, and then cut them out.
3. Gather pompoms, stars, thread and needle in preparation for stringing.
4. Thread the needle with thread (no need for a knot). First thread a pompom, then a star, then another pompom…in that order until all are threaded and you’ve ended with a pompom.
*Notes on threading the stars: So they won’t flip forward, thread a little bit above the center of the star. Place the needle into the front of the star and then out through the back in order to hide the thread behind the star.
5. Spread the garland on the floor, glitter side down, and space the stars and pompoms as you’d like them to hang. Place tape or little dots of glue on the backsides of the stars to keep the thread in place. Be sure to leave 12 inches on each end for hanging.
We hung ours on the bricks, high over our wood stove. If you hang it near a string of twinkle lights, the gold stars will shimmer in the glow of the twinkles.
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Holiday, Must Read, Seasonal | Tags: cheer, decorate, festive, garland, gold, holiday, home, pompoms, sparkle, star