Friday, December 21, 2018

Craft Project: Scrabble Tile Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Craft Project: Scrabble Tile Personalized Christmas Ornaments
We enjoy making our own Christmas tree ornaments and giving them away to family & friends during the holiday season. This year we decided to make these super-easy Scrabble Tile Personalized Christmas Ornaments! You will only need a few craft supplies to make them.

Once completed you can attach them to your holiday packages (as gift toppers), use them as place settings on your holiday table or just hand them out as your classic Christmas tree ornament.

Craft Project: Scrabble Tile Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Wood Scrabble Tiles
Wood Glue
Satin Ribbon
Scissors
Metal Eye Hooks
Drill with Small Drill Bit

You will need to use a drill to put a small hole in the top of a Scrabble Tile. You will want to do it with the First letter tile of the word that you're spelling. You will then screw in the metal eye hook into that hole. If it doesn't fit tightly, you can add a tad of wood glue into the hole. Let dry.
Craft Project: Scrabble Tile Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Lay out your tiles in the order that you need them for each of the words that you're spelling. Glue them together with just a tiny amount of the wood glue and lay them flat to dry. I laid mine out on an old cookie sheet that I then threw away. You want to lay them down onto a surface that they won't stick to if the glue oozes out. A sheet of aluminum foil would work well too. Let them dry.

Once they're dry use scissors to cut satin ribbon in a length of 6" long. Use that ribbon to make a bow around the metal eye hook. You can cut another length of satin ribbon and thread it through the eye hook if you want to make a hanging loop. I opted to not do that as I like the look of just hanging them onto the tree with an ornament hook.

You can decorate them even further by adding tiny seashells, artificial flowers, rhinestones, faux jewels, etc. That's entirely up to you. Easy project!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Preschool Crafts: Easy Snowman Refrigerator Magnets

Working with a preschool group of children and looking for an easy-to-make holiday craft project? If so, we've got one for you today! This project utilizes just a handful of general craft supplies that can be picked up at your local craft store. If you want to save time, you could paint the wood circles ahead of time with white craft paint and then let the kids add the facial features. If you didn't want to mess with paint, you could have the children use black and orange markers.
Preschool Crafts: Easy Snowman Refrigerator Magnets

Preschool Crafts: Easy Snowman Refrigerator Magnets

2" or 3" Round Unfinished Wood Circles
White Acrylic Craft Paint
Black Acrylic Craft Paint
Orange Acrylic Craft Paint
Paint Brush, Water Dish, Paper Towels
Peel & Stick Magnet
Cotton Swab
Round Wood Toothpick

Paint the unfinished round wood circles with 2 coats of white acrylic craft paint. Let dry. Dip the cotton swab into black acrylic craft paint and dot on the snowman's 2 eyes. Dip the end of a round wooden toothpick into black paint and dot on his mouth. Have the kids use a fine-tip paint brush to paint on a triangular shaped carrot nose using orange acrylic craft paint. Let dry.

Once all of the paint has dried, flip them over and add the peel-n-stick magnet on the back. You'll want to use heavy-duty magnets. Make sure they're strong enough to hold the wooden snowman to the refrigerator without sliding down. That's it, you're done!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Kid's Crafts: Penguin Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

These cute Penguin Popsicle Stick Christmas Tree Ornaments are a big hit in our family and we've been making them for over 20+ years with the kids. I think every generation (at least for the past 4 generations have made them at one point or another). They're really easy to make and you only need a few general craft supplies to make them.
Kid's Crafts: Penguin Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

Kid's Crafts: Penguin Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments

Wood Craft Stick
Wood Popsicle Stick
Black Acrylic Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Orange Acrylic Paint
Paint Brush, Water Dish, Paper Towels
2 Small Orange Pom-Poms
Red Satin Ribbon
Scissors
Quick-Drying Craft Glue
Clear Fishing Line

Paint the wood craft stick with 2 coats of black paint. Paint the wood popsicle stick with 2 coats of white paint. Let dry. Once they're dry, glue the white popsicle stick onto the black craft stick, leaving space above to form the penguin's head. Let dry for about 30 minutes.

Have the kids paint a white oval-shape on the black craft stick to form the penguin's face. While it's drying they can glue the 2 small orange pom-poms on the bottom of the craft stick to form his feet. Cut a 5" long piece of fishing line and tie it into a loop, knotting the 2 ends together.

Add 2 black dots onto his face to form the eyes and a triangular shaped orange beak. Dot white paint in the center of each eye to form the inner eye. Let dry. Tie a piece of satin ribbon around the penguin's neck to form the scarf. Glue the hanging loop onto the back of the craft stick. Let dry.

Your finished Penguin Popsicle Stick Christmas Ornaments are now ready to be hung onto the tree or used as holiday package toppers.

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