Wednesday, December 2, 2009

If craft supplies were currency...




I would be a bajillionaire. I have so many supplies for all types of projects that I have collected over the years. We do use them and often but I knew we had more than we would probably use. We love to make our gifts for the holidays and I think it is a great thing to do with kids so that they can feel like something they make can be a wonderful present, especially this time of year when they are getting a few too many store bought gifts. (I have gifts for them underway and I will share that soon!) A couple of weekends ago I had gift making classes for kids whose Mom's don't have such a ridiculous supply of fun stuff to paly with. We did a group of 6 on sat and a group of 7 on sunday. I have to say though it was a good amount of work ,even with the patient and sweet help of my less crafty husband. The kids had a ball and being around all that excited creative energy was really enjoyable for me too. Soap and eye pillows were a couple of things we made. I dragged one of my sewing machines out and let them sew up their little rectangles. All but one of these kids had never used a sewing machine and they were all so excited to get their hands on it. We stuffed them with lavender and lavender scented flaxseed. By the way, you need very little flaxseed. You do not need a giant 7 pound bag of it. If anyone wants to make an eye pillow I have about 6 pounds of lavender scented flaxseed over here...

I did different projects each day (with the exception of the soap which is fast and easy and the kids love to do it) in case kids wanted to come both days, which a couple did. We also made candles, the cute bird ornaments above (from a holiday magazine I bought), decorated matchboxes to go with our candles, decopaged candle holders (with tissue and origami paper- I love them!), decorated boxes for wrapping the candles in and decorated mirrors. I had to laugh though because probably the most popular project was these snowmen we made out of felt and toilet paper tubes.
My son made these to go together. Note the snowball stuck to the side of the face of the guy on the right- and the little pile of snowballs the guy on the left has. He thought he was pretty funny with that and I did too. We made Santas like this when I was little so I adapted for snowmen to make it more winter themed. The kids were really into them and so excited about them. It was a really fun couple of mornings.

5 comments:

sweeter than cupcakes said...

This is so clever and wonderful. I can't wait until my baby is old enough to participate in crafts. Props to you for getting their creative juices flowing.

Stephanie said...

Love all the crafts, especially the little snowball fight between the two guys at the end of the post! Too funny :)

Lori said...

Loving the cardboard tube guys!!! Dave has amassed an impressive stash of tubes. He is planning on helping the the kids make carolers.... although I've fallen in love with the snowball fight guys.
Will keep you in mind for the flaxseed.

Jill Bagley said...

yay!! cant wait to open my gifts on christmas.
you need to do more kid craft workshops.
i would pay good money for my kids to have that experience.
ruby loved learning to sew. maybe you could teach her and i could pay you :)

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