With Thanksgiving this week the kids are sure to be home and looking for something to do. Try these great seasonal crafts; this week learn about creating your own easy to make reindeer ornaments!
1. Popsicle sticks are an absolute must in this craft, and you will need 3 to create one craft.
2. Take two sticks and create a basic “V” shape (glue the bottom of the “V”)
3. Then take the third stick and place it at about a 1/3 of the way from the top of the “V” so it overhangs, almost like an upside-down “A”. Simply use Elmer’s glue wherever the sticks meet.
4. Once it is dried, use brown paint over the entire thing. (You could also do this to all the sticks individually before gluing, it is up to you!)
5. Take out the goggly eyes and place them a little under the overhanging stick.
6. Then take a pom-pom for the nose and voilia! You have a reindeer!
7. The final step is just to take a piece of ribbon/yarn/fishing line so that you can proudly hang your ornament; a good place to glue the ribbon is in the back, above where the overhang is.
Also don’t forgot to have your child sign his or her name on the back in a Sharpie, along with the year so you will never forget making this fun keepsake! You can also be creative with this project, add glitter, bows, other paint colors, whatever you want- the most inportant thing is to have fun!
Another cool ornament is one you can make from used holiday cards! It is a great way to recycle last year’s holiday cards, after all you want to save them but dont really know what to do with them. This way you not only recycle but you are creating a fantastic ornament made from cards from friends and family, making it all the more special and personalized.
1. First cut the fronts from the cards, the more varied the cards the better your ornament will be!
2. Once you have the fronts of all the cards you want to use you can then start cutting the fronts individually: you want to cut the card into 5 strips about 1/2-3/4 in wide. A way to get the kids involved is to have them use a ruler and mark where each card should be cut, a great and fun way to learn about counting!
3. After all the cards are cut out stack them into piles, then have the kids go through and mix the pieces up- you want a mismatch of pieces!
4. Then using a hole punch, punch holes in the both the top and bottom of all the card pieces.
5. Next using a brad, place and secure though all the card holes you have made.
6. Now fan out the card pieces, until it creates a sphere shape.
7. Lastly tie a string to the top brad and there you go!
You can now hang your sphere of holidays cards anywhere and it will look fantastic! Maybe in the window there the light can peek through!
We hope you enjoy trying out these crafts with your family, check back in two week for our last Winter Workshop blog!
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