Thursday, December 5, 2013

25 Days of Christmas - Day 4 & 5


Yesterday we were so busy doing that I didn't get to typing!  Snoozle was found on the kitchen table hugging a candle since it's been so cold this week in Boise.  You'd think he'd be used to it due to the North Pole and all but I try not to judge.   We had our Wednesday Crafting Playdate and that project is described below.   Look at these cute photos of our little artists!

Callie opened her book, A Wish to be a Christmas Tree, all about a grandpa tree that is too big to be cut down and taken home.  I'm not sure she got the point of the story but it was a good one. 

Today we will be painting a snowman that was purchased at a craft store and wrapping it with a fabric scarf once my AMAZING goodie bag gets here from Stampin' Up!  For booking workshops in November and December, I am receiving a gift bag with $400 in free merchandise which includes a ton of great fabric..  WHAT????? :)  I'll post once done. 


Today's holiday project was directly inspired by a blog post from a fellow demonstrator who's blog I follow.  She is starting these mommy and me kits that I highly encourage you to attend if you live in her area!  I wish Callie and I did!  However, since we don't, I decided to try my version of it off her picture and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself!

I've mentioned before that we try to do a crafting playdate with our friends on Wednesdays and we made these adorable snowmen yesterday.  The kids loved it.  They did all the cotton ball and glue work.  The mommies had to do the punches and the tying the knots since our kiddos are only 3.

Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot & Cutting Mats, Top Note Bigz Die, Sweet Buttons Embosslit Die, 1/2 Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Paper Trimmer, Pop Dots (retired), 1/8 handheld punch, White Bakers Twine
Non-SU: White Paper Plates, Elmers Glue, Cotton Balls

Craftastic Notes:
  • To make the holly leaves, I punched out ovals and then used the 1/2 circle punch to punch around the oval to make the notches.
  • To make the nose, just take a piece of cardstock and cut it at an angle on one side.
  • To make the snowman, put glue on a separate plate and have your kiddos dip into it to put on the snowman plates.  Have them put the cotton balls on the back side of the plates so it will hang best.
  • To make the black elements on the snowman, start with an 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of Basic Black.  Cut off a 1" strip from the 5 1/2 side and round the corners.  Use the rest of the piece to do the top note.  Then cut the scraps that are left to make your buttons and then your mouth pieces.
  • I recommend hooking the hat to the plate using pop dots since the glue didn't hold for us.

I hope you can make these with your kids.  We hung ours on the window using a small Command strip with a small hook.  As soon as we hung it up, it started to snow so now Callie thinks her snowman has a direct link to Mother Nature.....

Have a craftastic day,

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