| Gramma Gifts from Kids
Each year we make a craft gift for gramma
that accentuates how the kids have grown
over the year.
We have done foot prints
on scrap book stock and framed it.
We have done hand prints
in fabric paint on a sweatshirt and wrote
"Hugs for Gramma"" on it.
There was one that Gramma
really loved. It was when we did foot
prints on scrap book heavy stock. Then
placed cut out portrait mini pictures
and glued on the big toe or heel. We then
placed magnets on the back and cut out
the foot print and had them laminated
as Fridge Magnets. This can be done with
hand prints as well.
We made coasters out of
hand prints the next year (no magnet but
felt on the bottom).
With 4 kids they have become
great conversation pieces over the years.
Decorative Nite lights
I make these Decorative
Nite lights for christmas as gifts or
they can be decorated with other silk
flowers to match your decor in bathroom
To get started you need
to buy those little nite lights with covers
on them, then buy 1 pkg of 4 inch round
plastic disks, some little pearls that
are sold by the yard about 44 cents a
yd. and some dried flowers, silk christmas
flowers to glue in middle and some ribbon,
First you take the plastic
disk and glue some lace that you gather
and glue on the plastic disk, then you
glue either a christmas flower or silk
flower in center to cover up the gathers
of the lace. Then just glue the correct
string of pearls so it drapes down from
top to bottom of the lace, the flower
will hide the top, then glue on any leftover
dried floral pieces you have and then
tie a bow to match your flower glue at
top let the ends hang down at the side
of the flower, then take the whole decorated
piece and glue on the cover of the night
light, hold it till it is dry and stays.
These are so nice to give as gifts at
Christmas or just for any occasion, enjoy.
thanks. (Ms. Jerry McGinnis)
Make a Batch of Salt
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
water to make play dough consistency
Buy inexpensive theme cookie
cutters. (ones with details are especially
Roll dough out to half inch thickness.
Cut out with cutters pressing especially
firm with more detailed cutters.
Use a straw to poke a hole for hanging
Cook in oven on 200 for an hour or so.
(or pop them in the microwave 2 at a time
for 3-5 min turning to cook evenly)
Remove let cool and paint.
Makes beautiful ornaments for all seasons
I especially enjoy christmas ones but
will work for just about any theme. You
could also give them as gifts from the
children to special family and friends
attach magnets to the backs, almost forgot,
spray with clear coat stuff for a shiny
finish. My daughter does this year round
she stores the dough in a plastic ziploc
baggie and also freezes it for easy access
later when I don't have time to help her
make it. (Sharlene)
Sand Art Brownies
This Christmas I received
a treat that was special to me, so I have
to share it with you. Sand Art Brownies,
came in a regular mayonnaise jar layer
a tsp. baking powder, a tsp. salt, a cup
of flour, 1/2 cup of cocoa powder, a cup
of white sugar, a cup of brown sugar.
Next insert a bamboo skewer down between
the jar and contents several times forming
the art. Then, add 1/4 cup chocolate chips,
1/4 cup butterscotch chips, 1/2 cup walnuts.
Decorate the outside with a raffia bow
and a kitchen utensil and the completing
recipe (Combine contents of jar with:
1 tsp. vanilla extract, 2/3 cup veg. oil,
3 eggs. pour on top greased pan and bake
at 350 degrees: 7x11 pan-32 to 37 mins.
9x9 pan-27 to 32 mins.). (Clara)
Prayer in a Bottle
Bible script (printed on Pretty paper)
Cork to fit the top of the bottle.
Print a favorite bible verse
on pretty paper. Roll up the verse, insert
it into the bottle, unroll it in
the bottle, add cork on the top of the
bottle, add the ribbon, and bows.
Add a gift tag of your choice.
I made a reindeer using
a flat tooth brush, wiggly eyes, small
pom-pom, pipe cleaner and brown foam.
I needed to make something for our nursing
class designing an ornament using the
information that we learned in class.
Since we just did oral hygiene, I used
the toothbrush. Just glue on some eyes
to the bristles and a pom-pom for the
nose. Put a small bow around the handle
for a tie. Use the pipe cleaner and cut
to shape for antlers, and arms and feet.
Cut the foam into shapes making four feet,
making two slightly smaller for the hands.
Glue the pipe cleaners to the handle and
attach 2 hands and 2 feet at the middle
of the handle and at the bottom. Only
don't use the pipe cleaner on the feet,
just glue straight to the handle. These
work up cute and was very big with my
Ice Cream Cone Ornaments
Grab a box of icecream cones,
some fiberfill, ribbon, glue or tape.
Simply stuff the fiberfill
into the cones, glue or tape ribbon to
each side of cone then hang on tree. Fun
& delightful ornaments for kids of
all ages. (Barbara)
Felt Advent Calendar
This one is a Christmas
Tree, but you could do any Christmas scene,
such as snowmen, Santa's sleigh, or the
You'll need Felt (large
piece for background and tree, and multiple
colors for other pieces), dowel, scissors,
glue, as well as optional things like
ribbon, glitter, fabric paint, etc.
Take a large piece of felt
(whatever the size for your wall space)
and attach to the dowel at the top for
hanging. (You can use ribbon loops
if you like.) If making a Christmas
Tree you could use white or maybe red
for the large background piece.
Then make a cutout of a Christmas tree
shape which you glue to the background
Then for your "24 days"
you can cutout felt ornaments, including
the star or maybe presents for the base
of the tree. Then on each day of
December, place an "ornament" on your
To dress it up a bit, each
ornament can be topped with a small ribbon
bow, and you can add touches of glitter,
or maybe fabric paint to add designs to
each ornament. Happy Holidays! (Hutt)
Supplies.... One glass jar
approx. 6 inches high and 4 inches around.
(Can be fancy like hurricane type candle
jar or any large jar I'll bet a canning
quart jar would work even), potpourri
of your choice, lace doily to fit top
of jar, string of small christmas lights
(35 or less), and a bit of ribbon to tie
around jar top.
Place the lights in the
jar as many as you can close to the outside
edge of the jar as possible... fill
with potpourri working it down around
the lights....cover jar with doily,
tie ribbon around jar to secure doily.
The cord will come out of the top of the
jar to plug in.
The lights heat the potpourri
just enough to release the scent and they
work up really pretty!! (Ginger)
A NOTE FROM ELAINE: This
was very popular during the last Christmas
season, but unfortunately it caused a
number of fires because the heat that
built up melted the coating on the light
strings. Please let people know
that these must never be left unattended.
As a wonderful scented
gift try this:
take a terra-cotta pot base about 8 inches
wide and a piece of fabric around 2 inches
wide and 18 inches long fold in half now
glue in a fan shape around the inside
edge of pot base (like a pie crust) now
fill with potpourri and a little cinnamon
apple oil. now take thin strips
of material around 3/4 inch wide and 9
inch long and glue on in a criss cross
pattern. (hint use craft glue, not a hot
glue) glue on fruit slices of your choice
sprinkle with a little sugar and either
cinnamon or paprika (for color) blow of
the excess preheat oven to 350 shut off
and place pie inside after 10 min set
out on table and enjoy the fresh smell
of a pie baking. to refresh drop
in a few drops oil and enjoy! (Amy M)
You will need: empty cans
of baby formula or anything like that
with a lid, construction paper, glue,
Take wrapping off of original
can and cut construction paper to match
the length of the can. Cut it and
let your child draw pictures on it and
then take it and wrap it around the can
and glue where the two ends meet.
Cut a slit in the lid and
you have a bank. Your child can give these
as christmas presents to grandparents
or friends, because who doesn't have loose
change laying around the house. (Lolita)
A few years ago I received
a sweatshirt at Christmas.
Two of my sons, my daughter-in-law,
and my two grandsons painted their hands
with fabric paints and placed the hand
prints mostly on the back and sides of
the sweatshirt. On the front was
written "HUGS FROM AFAR".
I live in Indiana and they are in Texas
so needless to say, it was a special gift
and I loved to feel their 'hugs' each
time I wore the shirt. (Gail)
For a special gift for my
father-in-law, I took a T-shirt and fabric
paint around to each of my nieces and
nephews. I painted one of their hands
and had them put the print on the shirt.
When all the hand prints were done, I
wrote each child's name and age with fabric
markers. Over the pocket, I wrote the
year and "Best Grandpa". I've done the
same for my husband ( with babies, it's
easier to get a foot print!). (Pat)
Let your kids help with
Christmas ornaments. You will need
thin cardboard pieces, zig-zag scissors,
foil, glue, and a star cookie cutter or
any star shape for tracing.
First, glue foil on the
cardboard. Next, trace star shape on the
foil. Cut out with zig-zag scissors,
then poke a hole in the center of the
star. The stars can then be placed on
christmas tree branch ends. For
a fun touch, stick on tree lights for
bright and colorful stars. (different
size stars would be nice too!!)(Michelle)
Snowman Jam Jar
SNOWMAN JAM JAR (GLASS JAR
1 Jam Jar
felt fabric for features
you could use goggle eyes (ones that move)
Cover jar with glue and
cotton wool. Then make a ball of
cotton wool and stick it to the lid. Fill
the jar with sweets or small presents
and put the lid on the jar. Now use your
imagination to create a jolly snowman
by using the felt fabric to make eyes,
nose, mouth, hat, scarf, buttons and any
other bits you can think of. (Pauline)
Make Christmas tree wall
hangings! Using construction paper
of different colors cut out a christmas
tree, the trunk and an area of snow.
Glue the pieces together so that it looks
like a tree in the snow. Next using
some white glue make a glue line going
back and forth down the christmas tree
until you reach the base. Cut up
fine pieces of different colored construction
paper and sprinkle onto the glued area.
Shake remaining pieces off of tree and
reapply pieces until the areas of glue
are covered. Next, cut out larger
squares of colored construction paper
for the presents and glue them around
the base of the tree on the snow.
To enhance your tree, glue cotton batting
where the snow is. Cut out a star
for the top of your tree and put a light
film of glue to coat. Sprinkle with
gold colored sprinkles and attach to the
top of your tree. Once your tree
has dried, hang on the wall. Don't
forget to date them and put your child's
name on them, they can really be a great
childhood memory for them. (Jess)
Get 3 smallish flower pots
(Those brown pottery type work best, but
the name of them escapes me for the moment)
Place 1 upside down, then place the next
one on top, right side up and glue (hot
glue works best, but anything will do).
Next complete your tower by placing the
last one upside down and glue. Use spray
paint to make your snowman white, and
yarn or moss for hair and/or a cardboard
cut-out for a hat. The possibilities are
really endless, add long ears and a fluffy
ear for Easter, paint it red, white and
blue for Uncle Sam, Add some straw and
gingham for a scarecrow. (requiem7)
You'll need: construction
paper, scissors, pencil, glue, buttons
and/or just pompoms.
Put your child's or your
own foot on the construction paper and
trace around it to make the head of rudolph.
Cut it out. Make antlers by tracing around
both hands with a different color of construction
paper. Cut them out. Attach the antlers
to the back of the reindeer with glue.
Now decorate with buttons, pompoms, or
just construction paper for the eyes nose
and mouth. They can be used for ornaments
or a garland or just hang them on your
Felt Hand Puppets
You'll need: felt, scissors
(regular and zigzag), hot glue gun, glue
Outline the child's hand,
and cut out the hand puppet with the zigzag
scissors. (outline the thumb and pinky
fingers (for the puppet's hands) and one
main for the other 3 fingers (for the
puppet's head). It's a good idea to maybe
tack it temporarily to see if your child's
hand will fit into it. Before you glue
them together, wait to decorate the main
side, so the glue doesn't leak through
and stick to the other side. For
eyes use pre-made eyes or pompoms
or cut some out with the felt (white circle
with a small black circle glued on top).
To make a snowman cut out his hat (2-one
for the front of the puppet and one for
the back) cut a scarf, and a carrot nose.
Use some pompoms for the buttons down
the snowman's belly. Now use your hot
glue gun to tack everything on. Allow
to dry well before use. Try to make
others like an elf or a penguin.
You'll need: construction
paper, scissors, glue sticks (hot glue
gun for mom for the stubborn things that
don't want to stay on), crayons, glitter,
sequins, markers, yarn scraps, and whatever
else you would like to decorate the cards
Kids are wonderful at decorating
Christmas cards. I pre-make the cards
and then have the kids decorate
them for the finishing touch. First I
cut the construction paper in half to
make 2 cards from one piece. Next fold
each one in half. I then take a marker
and write a greeting and draw the outline
sketch of a Christmas tree on the front.
On the inside a write a personalized message
to the recipient and sign it. I then let
the kids do the rest, assisted ofcourse.
They then color the tree and put the star
on top and the yarn for garland and the
flat sequins for the ornaments. Pop in
a pre-addressed envelope and send.
Cookie Cutter Ornaments
You'll need: 1/2" foam sheets,
cookie cutters, dimensional paint, thin
ribbon, hot glue gun or thick craft glue,
emery board, nail, and scissors.
Press the cookie cutters
through the foam. Emery board the edges
to smooth. Paint the ornaments with paint.
Once dry, use the dimensional paint to
highlight any edges. Hang by using the
nail to punch a 1/2' hole deep in the
top of the ornament. Place glue into the
hole and place a folded 6" piece of ribbon
in half, and place it in the hole.
You'll need: ribbons of
different colors, scissors, stapler
Make a paper chain as usual
only use pretty ribbon. Staple 7" strips
of ribbon in interlocking links. Then
You'll need: store-bought
twig wreathes, twine or glue gun, berries,
tiny ornaments, dried flowers, or anything
else you would like to use to decorate
Just tie, glue, or tuck
in your accents, and use these mini wreaths
to decorate your Christmas tree or string
together to brighten a window.
You'll need: apples, oranges,
cloves, ribbons, pine cones
Stud the apples and oranges
with the cloves and add ribbons and place
in a bowl with pine cones for a
spicy fragrant centerpiece.
Peppermint Candy Decorations
You'll need: white paper
plates, red marker, plastic wrap, ribbon
Place the plates upside
down and draw red half swirls on the back
of the plates with the red marker. (like
the peppermint candies) Put the two plates
together front to front, so that you can
see the swirls on the outside. Wrap the
plates with the plastic wrap and tie the
two ends with the ribbon. They look like
wrapped peppermint candy. Hang from the
ceiling and enjoy. (Friends at Upcounty)
Homemade Christmas Ornaments
You'll need: 2 cups flour,
1 cup salt, 1 cup water
Knead together to form a
medium stiff dough. Add water or flour
if needed. To add color knead in a dab
of paste food coloring.
Bake finished creations
at 325 degrees for one to two hours, or
until dry. (Anon)
You'll need: tissue paper
First take the one tissue
paper and hold it in the middle. Then
take the other sheet of tissue paper and
put it across the other sheet then tie
it with the string. The first sheet appears
as the inside of the flower bud and the
outside sheet appears as the outside of
the flower. Be creative and use different
colors. (gaexum basangawi)
Ice-cream Soda Ornaments
You'll need: cups, pompoms,
You can make a perfect miniature
ice-cream soda out of the cups used for
communion. First put in a Medium Brown
or Pink Pom Pom ball (will be either chocolate
or strawberry soda) then a smaller white
Pom Pom for Whipped Cream and a very tiny
red Pom Pom for the cherry, add a coffee
stir (the kind that looks like two straws)
cut in half and bent at the top to represent
the straws. Can also add string or yarn
to be used as Christmas ornament. (Betty