Monday, December 28, 2009

Magic Marker Monday--Christmas Crafts


Inspired by Snow Day Crafts, Paper Plate Bow Wreaths, and Christmas Crafts, Jack and I decided to get crafty this year.
First, we created our own Christmas Tree.

1. Draw a triangle on a sheet of paper.

2. Cover triangle with glue.

3. Cover glue with popsicle sticks.

4. Add popsicle stick as trunk.

5. Turn paper over and using original triangle as a guide, use sharp strong scissors to cut out your tree.

6. Mount your tree on card stock and use other popsicles sticks to create a frame.

7. Embellish with whatever materials you have available. (I did steps 1-6 then I had Jack help me paint and embellish the tree. We used cotton balls to apply the paint to the tree and then we used glitter glue for our star and ornaments. Finally we added cotton balls at the bottom for snow.)

Our little crafty project went well, so this year David, Jack, and I decided to give crafty keepsakes to Jack's grandparents and great grandmother (Nana) for Christmas.

Jack's grandmother is an awesome cook and is always baking up some tasty treats for us and everyone else. When I saw some cute little red and green snowman pot holders I knew that they would make a great base for a special surprise for her.

Next up, we created this sweet little shirt for Jack's sweet Nana.

Finally, there was Jack's Oma and Opa. They have such various talents and interests AND they specifically requested that we not go to any expense to provide them Christmas presents. I have to say that never before would I have imagined giving someone rags for Christmas but given their request and trying to think of something more than just photographs, we went with these....

Just an old clean up
rag, not even new!
But wait!
See my two hands helping you!

It's just an old clean up
rag not even new!
Look closely and
find my two hands
helping you!

As we had hoped, they were all very touched by Jack's gifts.

I must add an extra special thanks to our friends Lori and Kristin who helped with the hand prints. They are experts at child crafts. Thanks guys!

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Mary said...

Oh wow! I love the rag idea!

Susan (5 Minutes For Mom) said...

So cute... great ideas.

mommytoalot said...

Oh those are all adorable.
I love the tree.
I am saving these for next years crafts

Nicki said...

Oh, how adorable!!! :D

Rachel said...

That's awesome!!! What fun Christmas presents. I bet they were thrilled!!

Marie said...

Thanks guys! I was really happy with how they turned out and the reactions of the recipients.

Childlife said...

These turned out so beautifully! What a wonderful idea for Christmas presents! :)

~Michelle @ 5MFSN

Marie said...

Thanks, Michelle! I think being a parent can help open up creativity that you never thought you had. :)