On the Ninth day of Christmas

On the Ninth day of Christmas my true love made for me….

Needle Felted Ornaments

I decided to try a new craft. I haven’t ever needle felted and saw the idea to make needle felted ornaments using cookie cutters as moulds. In theory it was a good idea but in reality I feel like I need a big more practice before I get the hang of it. I made three ornaments before I broke the needle and then it was game over.

Keep crafting!

Sarah

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On the Seventh day of Christmas

On the Seventh day of Christmas my true love made for me…

Paper Stars

When I moved across the country 11 years ago, we were broke. We had just moved in October and I started a new job in the middle of November. We were living in a one bedroom furnished basement apartment. We didn’t have Christmas decorations, and couldn’t afford a Christmas tree. We bought a string of lights for the tree that came with our furnished apartment, and decorated it with paper cranes. It was simple festive and inexpensive.

These stars are in line with the cost of the paper cranes from our first Christmas. I bought a book with 100 sheets of patterned paper for $7.00 and the ribbon at the dollar store for $2.50 (2 spools with 5 colours each). You also need a glue stick which I borrowed from my son, and a glue gun which I had. With many hours of binge watching labour you can make 100 ornaments for $9.50.

For instructions there is a visual tutorial here.

Happy Crafting

Sarah

 

On the Sixth day of Christmas

On the Sixth day of Christmas my true loves made with me…

Glowing Trees

As you can see sometimes I rope the whole family into my crafting adventures. We have done clay workshops a few times together, and it’s always a little stressful, but a lot of fun. These clay trees were easier than the mugs we made in the last project. I think that they turned out pretty good, and the kids are super proud of their creations.

Until tomorrow.

Keep Crafting

Sarah

On the Fourth day of Christmas

On the Fourth day of Christmas my true love made for me…

Quilted Fabric Ornaments

Many, many years ago my Nana used to make these quilted fabric ornaments. She made the  red one pictured above. I love opening the boxes of ornaments each year and reminiscing about past Christmases.

I thought that I would try making a few quilted ornaments and put my own spin on them. My quilted ornaments are made mainly from my husband’s old dress shirts. I am up-cycling, and adding a little of his personality into our decor and Christmas.

Every year I make an ornament for each of my kids so that when they grow up they will have ornaments from their childhood for their trees. They both chose their own fabrics, the red one is for my oldest, and the black one is for my youngest.

I found an excellent video tutorial here.

Materials:

  • 3″ Styrofoam balls
  • Fabric or old dress shirts
  • Straight pins (about 150 per ornament)
  • ribbon

Happy Crafting.

Sarah

 

 

On the Second day of Christmas

On the Second day of Christmas my true love made for me….

Star Ornaments

Yarn Stars 1

I took the day off of work today to spend the day in my oldest son’s class making yarn star crafts.  It’s like heaven to me, an entire day making crafts and attempting to influence the young people to make things. It’s going to be chaotic with 25 grade 4-5’s and a number of craft stations. But it’s Friday, and it’s bound to be significantly less stressful than my day job.

My office/craft room is like a craft store. I had everything that I needed to try this out.  If you don’t happen to live in a Michaels’s the list of supplies is below and I found a great tutorial here.

Materials;

  • Yarn
  • Pins
  • Cardstock Paper
  • Cardboard
  • Glue Stick
  • Tape

Have fun crafting

Until tomorrow.

Sarah

 

Christmas Crafts – Day 11

It’s the 12th day of Christmas today, or maybe even day 13 but if you are like me then perhaps you have lost track of the days.

My oldest saw kids making these at school this week and decided that he wanted to make one too. I know it’s hard to believe but I had all of the materials on hand. This was his first sewing project so I am a pretty proud mom. I’m impressed my 8 year old would initiate this on his own, and follow through to completion. Perhaps crafting is genetic?

• On the first day of Christmas my true loves made for me, an Ornament Wreath.

• On the second day of Christmas my true loves made with me, Hot Chocolate Mugs.

• On the third day of Christmas my true love made for me, Plum Wine.

• On the fourth day of Christmas my mom made for me, A Nativity Scene.

• On the fifth day of Christmas a random stranger made for me, Cotton Candy Chemo Cap.

• On the sixth day of Christmas my true loves made for me, Spontaneous Snowmen

• On the seventh day of Christmas my true love made for me, Tiny Knit Scarf Ornaments

• On the eighth day of Christmas my little loves made for me, Reindeer Balls.

• On the ninth day of Christmas my little loves made with me, Dentist approved cookies.

• On the tenth day of Christmas my true love made for me, Beyblade gloves.

• On the eleventh day of Christmas my love made…

A Sewn Stocking.

 

Christmas Crafts – Day 8

Wow, today was a day. I’m on an emotional roller coaster and I’m exhausted. Whose with me? I’m ready for that long winter nap I’ve heard so much about.

The kids had a Christmas craft night at their school tonight. All of the teachers design and supply the materials for a craft and the kids make crafts in their classroom. The kids love it. I usually try my best not to be a helicopter crafting mom, but I didn’t have the self control today.

On the eighth day of Christmas my little loves made….

Reindeer balls, snowmen, stars, candy cane and snowflake ornaments (all in an hour).

Christmas Crafts – Day 6

I was making a craft today when my five year old asked if he could have a clear ornament ball which I was planning on using for my project.

He was very excited, and told me he was going to make the ball into a snowman with eyes, a smile and buttons. And he was going to sign his name. He got out the permanent markers and got to work.

When he was finished I suggested that we fill it with snow which like all the other materials, I had on hand. He was sceptical. I got out a jar of snow and got to work filling it up. He proceeded to show my other son and husband his masterpiece, which prompted the making of a second snowman.

On the sixth day of Christmas my true loves made…..

Spontaneous Snowmen.

Want to make your own snowmen? You will need clear plastic ornament balls, permanent markers, ribbon and powdered snow.

Start by drawing a snowman face on the ornament with permanent markers. Remove the hanger, fill with powdered snow and reconnect the hanger. Tie ribbon to hang.

So easy a five year old could design and execute it on his own.

Christmas Crafts – Day 1

This blog began as a 12 days of Christmas Crafting blog, which has morphed over the years to incorporate whatever was going on in my life. I have kept up the 12 days of Christmas crafting for quite a few years, and am going to attempt it again.

Let’s kick it off with the first day of Christmas. On the first day of Christmas my true love made for me….

 

A sparkly wreath. Who doesn’t love a little sparkle and glitter? I got the ornaments, and silver ribbon at the end of the year last year in a grab bag. I think I paid $4.00, and got piles of craft junk, including all of the balls, and the ribbon. The only other material required was a metal coat hanger.

Want to make one?

  1. separate the ends of the hanger
  2. form the hanger into a circle with pliers – a shape resembling a circle is fine, it will be covered by balls
  3. fold one end of the hanger into a loop. This will stop the balls from falling off when you feed them on the wire. The loop is also used to connect the other end of the coat hanger when you are finished
  4. feed the balls on
  5. close the wreath by sticking the straight end of coat hanger through the loop and using pliers flatten the closure
  6. loop ribbon around and hang

 

 

Surprises in the Mail, Part 3

Every once in a while a package from my mom arrives with a surprise inside for the kids. Once it was these little cuties, and another time it was Star Wars and Paw Patrol finger puppets. This past week it was a cute Christmas scene complete with its own box. I know that I can thank my dad for that contribution because it looks like one of his cigar boxes. My mom has some serious talents as she dreams up these little figures. I appreciate the up-cycled cigar box for the environmental aspect as well as the storage of this little set. My boys are very lucky to have such a talented grandma to make them toys.