Thursday, December 2, 2010

Christmas Decor!

Really, what could be funner then making decor for Christmas?! This year, my kids are actually old enough to have FUN with! And wow, we are having FUN!! Here are a few ideas!

Play Dough Ornaments

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle. If your dough is still sticky, continue heating in pan.

Knead dough smooth and begin making cutouts!

Bake on 200 for about an hour or until hard. Decorate and hang!!

Avoni rolling out the dough
 Big Brother Aerro helping out
 They, uhm, did such a *good* job! haha
 I used a straw to make the hole before baking
 We used Mod Podge and glitter to decorate.

 Advent Calendar

I remember as a kid loving to make the paper chains for countdown to Christmas. Today, we made this version!! Pretty much there aren't any directions. Just cut out strips of construction paper, and form the loops by using tape or a stapler. Rip off one link per day until Christmas! Aerro is SO excited about this!!
25 strips of paper!
 And our Advent Calendar!

Wooden Letter Blocks

Pretty much all you need is a 2 by 4 cut into squares, a sander for making the edges smooth, paint to paint the blocks, mod podge to adhering paper, and all your paper crafting add ons! These were a blast to assemble. I got the cardboard letters from a local craft store. Try making some! 

These made great Christmas gifts to the mothers. Beings we will be missing Christmas with the families, I gave them at Thanksgiving so they could add them to their standard decor. My mother in law tends to use more sparkly silver stuff, and my mom is maroon and gold all the way. They matched the existing decor perfectly!!

  Happy Crafting!

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