Monday, December 30th, 2013
As a new mom herself, author Christine Schmidt wrote a beautiful little book called Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil and Print Projects to Make for Kids. She believes everyone should be able to create cute crafts.
Doing fun little projects is especially important and rewarding when you’re stuck home with the kids. (You know, not stuck–it’s just that these holiday breaks are long! Here are a few more crafts from Parents editors.) Christine came up with ideas that don’t require a lot of equipment or time to achieve but are still covetable. Readers will learn skills such as carving a personalized stamp that can be used on stationery, baby blankets, tote bags or bed linens; painting a rug to perfectly match their child’s bedroom décor; and making a keepsake box that will become a family heirloom.
Christine (left) says these are great for baby showers, too. Here’s one she says you can start on right now:
Alphabet Block Rubbing
Time: 30 minutes
Love: Spelling our kid’s name or a favorite quote with a simple technique that anybody can master.
Set of wooden alphabet blocks
Large rubber band or elastic tie
9″ x 12″ sheet of vellum
1. Arrange alphabet blocks face up to spell out the word or name.
2. Rotate extra blocks so the flat side is up and place them around the perimeter of the word.
3. Secure the blocks together with a rubber band.
4. Place vellum over the blocks. Put on hand on the blocks to secure the paper to the blocks. Use a colored pencil in the other hand to rub the raised surface of the blocks.
5. Repeat steps 1 to 4 as needed for additional words or names. Align the paper below the first line and rub with the nib of a colored pencil.