46 • 16 DECEMBER 2007
2. Paper plate decorations
Holiday accordian cut-outs
4. Paper sack holiday cards
5. Christmas spider cards
6. Featured subscriber blog
Welcome to a very special edition of Kids Craft Weekly. This
issue features fabulous holiday craft ideas courtesy of Kids Craft
Thank you so much to everyone who sent in craft ideas. In the future I
am hoping to open the newsletter up for submissions several times a
year, so if you missed out this time there will be plenty more
opportunities in the future.
Thanks especially to Gwyn, Meg, Jessica and Sienna who are the clever
ladies behind the craft ideas in this newsletter.
Having a fortnight off from newsletter crafting duties left me with a
little extra time to finish off the Kids
Craft Weekly Creative Gift Guide. The guide features fun and
quality gift ideas to stimulate your child's imagination and
creativity. If you still need some inspiration for presents this
Chistmas it may just provide you with the answers you need!
Thank you to the hundreds of families and schools who participated in
the handmade card swap this year. I have been quite overwhelmed by the
volume of child-made cards that you have sent, not
to mention the amazing crafty card techniques that you've come up with.
I've also been swamped by emails from people writing to say how much
their kids enjoyed the swap.
It has made me take stock of how fortunate I am to be a part of this
wonderful community of people who value the creativity of our children
and who take the time to sit with them and explore different ways for them to exercise their imagination.
I really want you all to know how much I appreciate your support and
kindness, and how much I value your ideas and enthusiasm. To everyone reading
these little words – thank you!
Kids Craft Weekly will be taking a well-earned break over the
Christmas/New Year period, but I'll be back with another newsletter in
Until then, happy crafting and happy holidays!
plate decorations (by Gwyn)
is an Australian mother who has two young boys with a bloke she went
through high school with. Before having a family Gwyn studied fine art
at university before becoming an anti-discrimination lawyer. Gwyn
values creativity above all else and spends her evenings preparing art
experiences for her children or blogging about them on My
plate decorations are simple to make but look spectacular. They can be
easily adapted to differing skill levels and can be used to decorate
either the home or garden. We made both a wintery version, all about
snow and stars, and a summery version, all about the green outdoors and
a hot sun, but the possibilities are endless.
You will need
• paper plates (uncoated work best)
• thread such
as wool or ribbon
• hole punch
1. Paint or draw on the underneath side of two paper plates.
2. When dry, glue your choice of decorative items onto the plates over
or around the drawing or painting. Suggestions include stickers,
pompoms, tinsel, mini wooden cutouts, flowers, shells, tinsel, sequins
3. Using a child safe needle, thread your choice of decorative items
onto a few strands of thread. Suggestions include pompoms, bells,
cupcake papers, bottle lids, buttons, feathers, seed pods, bits of
straw, pasta, shells etc.
4. When dry, staple the two plates together, decorated side out, and
punch a hole at the top and the bottom of the joined plates.
5. Attach a long thread to the top of the plate for hanging purposes
and attach the decorated threads to the bottom of the plate.
6. Hang somewhere they can catch a little breeze.
Holiday accordian cut-outs (by Meg)
|Meg McElwee is a
Montessori teacher, fiber artist, pattern designer, wife and servant to
two cats. She writes a blog called Montessori
by Hand which details her life as
teacher in Mexico. She also sells her patterns online at www.montessoribyhand.net
cut-outs are a favorite among my students. I love watching as their
jaws drop in awe as their cut design suddenly multiplies and manifests
itself as a garland. For the holidays, we jazz up a classroom staple
with a bit of fancy paper and glitter.
You will need:
strips of paper. The width is up to you, and depends on the size of the
cut-out you want and your design. Experiment with different papers
from tissue paper to newsprint, wrapping paper to fancy hand-made
options. The important thing when selecting paper is that it not be too
thick, or else a child’s small hand won’t be able
through all the layers.
• Marker or
paint pen for drawing the design
• White glue
in a small dish and a thin paint brush
• Glitter in
a small dish
• A working
surface protected with newsprint
This activity is suitable for young children
who have a good amount of
confidence using scissors. For a young child, you might want to
consider folding and drawing the designs yourself and having the child
cut them out. Older children (4-5 and up) will be thrilled to complete
every step independently, without adult help.
1. Fold the paper accordion-style, as shown below.
On one of the ends, draw a figure such as an evergreen, a gingerbread
man, or a star – the sky is the limit, as long as you draw in
of “connecting band” which will link the
designs together. (For the
tree, the connecting band is made up of the bottom boughs of the tree.)
Cut along the lines.
4. With a bit of white
glue in a small dish, use a thin paint brush to apply glue to the
“boughs” of one of the trees. Using your
fingertips, sprinkle glitter
liberally over the recently glued areas. Repeat with the other trees.
That’s it! Place your accordion cut-outs in a window, use
accent pieces for gift wrapping, or drape them on the tree!
sack holiday cards (by Jessica)
|Jessica Wilson is
the crafty-mad scientist behind jek in the box, scrumdillydilly
and scrumdilly-do! She lives a short
hop away from Hollywood with her sock crafty husbandman, their evil
kitty and a mob of sock monkeys. She favors stripey socks and never
leaves home without her camera.
Put your wee ones to work making holiday cheer with a recycled twist!
Have you upgraded to a bento box for your wee ones and find you have an
enormous stack of lunch sacks about to topple over? Never fear, with a
little paint, glitter, scissors and your mucho talented tots you can
whip up a batch of the most festive holiday cards ever! Don't stop at
You will need:
• paper lunch
paints or acrylics
• large clean
canes, stickers or other small trinkets
Place the paper sack in front of you length wise. Grasp bag in one hand
and cut the bottom off in one straight motion. Save the bottom for a
2. Fold the remaining part of the sack in half. By removing the bottom
you have created a card with a pocket to fill.
3. Staple your sack at the fold to secure.
Cut your sponge into a triangle (or star or circle). Dip into paint
(you can mix the colors a little for an extra fun effect). Stamp the
front of your paper sack. Repeat the process for your trunk.
5. Add a sprinkle of glitter to the wet tree print. Set aside
When your trees are dry you can add your fingerprint ornaments. Dip the
tip of your finger into a color and stamp a few "ornaments" onto your
tree. Repeat the process in as many colors as you like. Set aside to
7. Write your holiday message inside each card.
a trinket such as a candy cane or handmade ornament into the pocket you
created by cutting off the bottom of the sack.
Christmas spider cards (by Sienna)
lives in West Chesterfield, MA, with her family. She is a community
organizer and activist, and editor of HilltownFamilies,
an on-line grassroots communications network for families with grade
Sienna is a published poet and accomplished photographer, and hosts the
Hilltown Family Variety Show on
WXOJ, 103.3 FM (Northampton, MA) every Tuesday at 7pm with her
five-year old daughter, Persephone. Sienna is also an
herbalist/nutritionist and is currently working towards her
master’s degree in nutrition.
by the legend of the Christmas Spider and Ed
Emberley's thumbprint designs, my 5-year old daughter Persephone
illustrates how to draw a Christmas Spider to attach to a holiday card.
(NB. Sienna has a fabulous video of Persephone
demonstrating this craft on
her blog – I strongly recommend you visit it. It's just
You will need
• squares of white card stock
• black (non-toxic) ink pad
• thin black Sharpie (or something comparable)
• red marker
• blank white greeting cards
• glue dots
Take your thumb and press it onto a non-toxic black ink pad. Then press
your thumb into the middle of a small square of white card stock,
making the body of the spider. (Try to get your kids to wipe off their
thumb before proceeding or smudges will most certainly happen).
Take a thin black Sharpie and draw four dots down each side of the
spiders body. Then draw “L’s” or
“7’s” out from each dot to create
3. Draw a triangle just above the spiders body as a hat, then
add a circle to the top for a pom-pom.
4. Color the triangle in with a red marker, leaving the pom
TAD-DA!!! You now have a picture of the Christmas
Spider! Place four
"Glue Dots" in the four corners of the back side, then adhere to the
front a blank white greeting card.
before adding it to
the card, a holiday greeting can be written (by hand or with your
printer) on the bottom of the front. We wrote “Holiday
the Christmas Spider.” On the backside of the card we printed
legend of the Christmas Spider.
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