First, if you’ve got babes at your house still, there is a pretty hot diaper deal today. Go one post down for that (I’ve fixed the link if you tried earlier).
Snow?? I did not see this coming! Guess I need to start watching the weather! If you’re ready to go play in it, you might want to check my snow play post for some fresh ideas first. Too chilly? Today’s post is a quick, indoor craft that will keep you tosty. If you’re willing to brave the roads, I’m guessing you’ll find lighter crowds out and about. It’sWinterfest at the Morse preserve in Graham today, and kindie band the Not-Its is performing at the Tacoma library. As far as I know, both these events are still going on, but you may want to call before you head out. If I hear anything, I’ll let you know!
Read on to get your craft on!
Have you got leftover Christmas cards? I always feel a little weird just tossing them. If you do too, you might want to consider a little “upcycling.”
Now, as you know, I’m not crafty. Many of the ideas I found for repurposing Christmas greetings fell somewhere between, “You’ve got to be kidding me,” and “Not in this lifetime.” Tiny origami boxes? Luminaries sewed together with embroidery thread? ‘Um…not this mommy. But, I did find some ideas that seemed very doable.
Were most of your cards the photo variety? I think you could still do these crafts. In fact, the placemat one would be a really cute way to showcase family and friends. You could give it a title like, “People Who Love Me,” and let your little one enjoy eating with her peeps every night! You could also do what a friend of mine does and buy a cheap-o old school photo album just for photo greeting cards. She pulls it out once a year and everyone gets a kick out of seeing how families (and fashions) have changed.
Here’s a little summary of the best ideas I found. These were all on multiple websites, but I’m linking you to a Squidoo article because it has the best pictures.
-Card placemat Cut and arrange leftover cards and pictures in an arrangement of your choice. Laminate it at the office supply store or just use contact paper. We did this at my younger son’s preschool, and I was surprised how much fun the kids had doing it.
-Puppets Cut out figures and glue them on popsicle sticks.
-Bookmarks-Like placemats; only smaller, ‘natch
-Cards & gift tags-If you’re a super organized mommy you can get a head start on next year. Bust out the decorative scissors and a little glitter glue and use parts without writing to craft tags and cards for next year’s giving! Tuck them away with something you’ll pull out early in the season. The article also suggests letting your kids make colorful confetti with a hole punch. I do believe this would occupy my kids for a good bit of time. I also believe I’d be cleaning confetti up until next year, but perhaps you could keep in contained! Hole punching can be challenging for younger kids, and it’s quite good for working on small muscle development.
For more details on all of these projects head right here. There are much more difficult projects at the beginning that would be fun for your older children. Truly, the little boxes are beautiful-I just don’t have the patience. The easier stuff is all the way at the bottom of the piece; just scroll down.
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