Volunteering at my children’s school on Wednesday, I caught sight of their handmade Christmas tree in the front entryway, and all the adorably cute-as-a-button crafts they made to display on the tree, to include cute rolled-up paper snowmen, trees and reindeer. They look similar to the one shown to the right, found at www.azlearningbug.com/workshops/crafts/ but are more rolled than this, think Shirley Temple curls, coiled into a circle so that you see the scroll all the way through. We used tape, which the kids taped them closed themselves, and they chose to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth along with buttons, but I like the arms here. We just folded a piece of construction paper into eight equal parts, cut down the fold, let the kids roll up, tape them shut, and then together. Easy, fun AND festive!
Next craft we’re going to do is to make a chandelier for over our dining table, thanks to Derek and Lauren over at Design Sponge for this idea. They say to use an exacto blade, but my kids are a tad too small for that, so we’re using scissors. Here’s what they say you’ll need:
-Various colors of paper or cardstock, cut into 1″ x 11″ strips. We used 5 colors of cardstock plus silver and gold gift wrap.
-Thread or monofilament for hanging
Using your X-acto blade and straight edge, cut a few sheets of each color paper into strips that measure 1″ wide by 11″ long.
Lay out your color combinations. We used 3 colors per ornament, repeating the middle color on the outside of each one.
Cut the center strip down to 6″ long. The following concentric layers will consist of 2 pieces, each measuring 7″, 9″ and 11″, respectively.
Derek and Lauren say they kept it nice and simple, as you can see, and that they clustered theirs above their dining room table, as I plan to do 🙂 In looking at the craft specs, as was stated by them as well, there are a ton of different ways you can do these eye-popping but super simple ornaments by varying the lengths of the strips and altering the placement of staples. I even thought about combining a couple and making some sort of a star of sorts, having them altogether. Can you picture that? How pretty would that be?
Lastly, I took the plunge and decided, since we started accumulating more of those pesky plastic shopping bags (it seems we need more canvas, that we’re beginning to outgrow our stash), to make something out of them. Enter in the Recycled Christmas Wreath, complete with excess bow, broken ornaments and maybe even a little greenage from neighbors trimmed trees? The very smart and crafty Rita and Shellie Wilson over at Craft Bits had a variation of what I did, and even using colored plastic bags (here ours are only white). They cut the bag in stripes and tied them to the hanger, whereas I, somewhat lazy I suppose, just tied the bags on, making a poofier effect, but I kinda like what they did better 🙂
So what crafty things have you been doing for the holiday? What ideas do you have in store? Are you making recycled crafts at all? Please share what you’re doing, there can never be enough crafts! 🙂