Christmas Crafts: Part 2

So this weekend I had all of these plans. I was going to make a bunch of Christmas crafts, finish some knitting projects, and whip up some cookies. Well the only thing I finished was making these cute little cork caroler ornaments. It’s a good thing I did as my little tree was looking a little sad. I only had two ornaments and a tree topper.

Well what do you need to replicate the cork carolers? A crochet hook, scrap yarn, a Sharpie, and some corks ( I used champange corks).

First, I crocheted some little hats. I basically trial and errored this. I made a chain of about 15 stitches and measured it around the larger part of the cork. Once it looked like it fit, I crocheted in the round for a few rows. Then I began decreasing to get a stocking cap look.


After the hats I began the scarves. I used the same format as the hats, but I didn’t decrease any of the stitches. The white scarf was created with 3 double chain stitches in back and forth rows till the piece was about 5 inches. After dressing my carolers, I drew on their faces.

Aren’t they cute? I need to add some floral wire or some cord to suspend them from the branches of my Christmas tree. I think floral wire will be best as I can anchor the ends into the cork. This was a great weekend craft as it was a great way to use materials that the average crafter probably has lying around. Enjoy!

 

Christmas Keepsakes

My mother keeps everything: old report cards, 30 year old tricycles, baby clothes…etc. As much as we try to get her to purge, there is just some stuff you have to keep forever. One of those being handmade Christmas ornaments. Over the years, my mother has acquired so many ornaments that she has two trees. One is the “adult tree” and the other is the “children’s tree.” Looking at the ornaments, I was amazed how long they have lasted. Most of the ornaments were made in the 80s and are still going strong. I don’t know if it their limited use or serious adhesive, but at this rate my kids will have them on their trees.

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What Christmas keepsakes do you hold on to?

Oh Christmas Tree!

Yesterday morning I was stuck in a rut. I had no idea what to do with my students. I had no time to prep crafting materials for multiple children so I scoured Pinterest for a winter activity. I came across this cute idea of a pipe cleaner Christmas Tree. An activity that is easy to talk during and works on motor skills? Perfect! The tree featured on the Pink and Green Mama blog is a store bought kit so I got to thinking how I could make it from materials I already had. I rummaged through my craft box at work and lucky for me I had all the necessary materials.

Whit’s Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

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Ages: Preschoolers and Kindergarteners
Materials: Green pipe cleaners, wooden dowel, wooden block, hot glue gun, craft beads, scissors
1) Apply hot glue to one end of the dowel. Place it in the center of the block and let dry.
2) Wrap the pipe cleaners around the dowel so that the two ends stick out. Scissors may be used to cut pipe cleaners in half to vary the length of the “branches.”
3) Hot glue a “star” on top of the tree.
4) Give the child some beads and have he/ she string the beads on the pipe cleaners to “trim the tree.”

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Result: The kids loved it! They were actually fighting for the next turn. This tree is easy to make and fun to play!
Warning: Monitor small children when using beads!

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair

Enter the world of Charles Dickens and revel in a Victorian London where it’s always Christmas Eve…

Who would say no to that description!? Well this past Sunday I went to Dickens Fair and it was AMAZING! The costumes were colorful, the brandy apple cider was tasty, and I got to eat a delicious meat pie. We didn’t dress up in period garb, but walking through the fair made me wish I did. The props and actors really made you feel as if you were in old London. One of my favorite parts of the fair were all of the performances. There were dances, plays, and singing sailors. Everywhere I turned there was something fun and exciting to see. IMG_4704.JPGIMG_4706.JPG

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What things do you like to do to get ready for the Holidays?