Family Hand Wreath
This was a project that even my Husband got into working on with us. So on one of his nights off we all sat down tracing hands and cutting them out. I still have not let my little one use a scissors yet, however he is showing great signs that he is ready for his first pair of safty scissors. Im sure this will be another proud moment is this crafting moms life. The layers in the wreath im sure are obvious as they go my little boy, myself, and then my husband.
Christmas Family Hand Wreath
- Average amount of sheets of paper per adult 6-10
- Average amount of sheets of paper per child 2-6
- 1 sheet of white paper
- clear tap
- glitter (red or silver)
- Trace your child’s hand onto the piece of construction paper. ( It is best if you trace one and cut it out and then use that as a template for the rest) Make sure you try to utilize as much space as to fit as many hands on the paper as you can. My son is 4 yrs old and I was able to get 4 hands on a piece of paper and my husband was able to get 5 so try to sqeeze as many as you can to save on paper. I used 12 in my wreath. Do the same for every member in your family. For the adults you wont need as many hands because they will cover more space.
- After you have traced all your hands then cut them all out.
- After you are finished cutting out your hands be sure to place them all so that the ink side is facing you. If you wish to have your child color the wreath let them color the hands at this point then when they are done place them all so that the coloring side is face down.
- Now it is time to form your wreath. Start by working from the front to the back (securing each layer before moving on to the next.(steps 5 and 6)) Place your hands in a circle making sure you leave an empty space in the middle. Try and get the hands around the circle as evenly as possible.
- Now use your clear tap and place little pieces of tap around the inner edge to keep the hand wreath in position.
- Then take your glue and glue down the hands to each other.
- When you are finished gluing turn the wreath over and glue any other parts of the palms of the hands that are flopping around.
Thats it for the wreath. If you would like to add a paper bow the instructions for the bow are below
- On your white piece of paper draw the shape of a bow and cut it out
- brush on a coat of glue on the entire bow
- sprinkle your glitter to cover the whole bow
- set aside and allow ample amount of drying time.
- When dry glue your bow onto the bottom of your wreath
Thats it!! Please comment back and I would love to see your Christmas Family Hand Wreaths
Paper Glitter Hand Ornament (Keepsake)
This is another one of those great Projects thats also acts as a wonderful keepsake to cherish your children in their childhood years. My little boy had a great time making his hand glitter. This can be a very messy project especially if your kids are the ones pouring the glitter on, so it might be a good idea to lay newspaper down or something to cover the area you are working in.
- 1 sheet of paper ( Your choice in color)
- Glitter (I used to colors)
- Foam Brush (or something to spread the glue with)
- Single whole punch
- The first step is to trace your child’s hand on the piece of paper. (or use a stencil from an earlier project)
- Then cut out the hand you just traced.
- The next step is to punch a whole in the top of the middle finger. (TRUST ME when I say do this now and not at the end.)
- Then take your glue and brush on an even coat over the entire hand making sure to cover the whole area.
- After you are done covering the hand with glue sprinkle an even layer of glitter making sure to cover the whole hand and all the glue area.
- Then you are going to want to set the hand aside to dry. ( I waited 5 hours).
- After the glitter side is dry flip over the hand and repeat steps 4 and 5 with the same color glitter of a different color.
- Set the hand aside again to dry.
- After the hand has complete dried take your string and stick it through the hole you made earlier on the top of the middle finger and tie it. Make sure you leave enough room with the string so that you can get it on your Christmas Tree.
Time wise this project may take a while but most of that time is spent in dry time.
This was a project that is not only great for christmas decorating but a wonderful keepsake to remember your children in those precious little years.
Paper Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
This was another great project to work on with my little boy. It is also a quick one! These type of crafts are my favorite because over the years you can see how much they grow as can they. So let’s get started.
- 1 sheet of dark brown paper
- 1 sheet of light brown paper
- 1 sheet of white paper
- black marker
- Foam brush (or something to spread glue on nose)
- cotton ball/styrofoam ball (I went with the cotton ball to keep costs down)
- red glitter
- On the dark brown paper trace an outline of your child’s foot.
- Next trace an outline of both your childs hands. (If you are using a stencil of their hands from a previous project then make sure you flip your stencil over so that all your pen marks will be in the back)
- Then cut out your foot and both hands
- With the white paper draw 2 ovals and cut them out
- Now we are going to lay everything out so make sure your foot and both hands are pen marked side down.
- First lay your foot down
- Next lay the 2 hands on top of the foot so that the hands are just covering the toes but you should still be able to see the middle toe. The hands should lay pinky side in.
- Glue them in place.
- Next lay the 2 white ovals to set as the eyes but make sure they cover where the hands overlapped the foot.
- Then take your black marker and color in the eye balls.
- The next step is to glue your cotton ball down by the heel of the foot.
- After that is dried and secured cover the whole cotton ball with glue.
- next sprinkle your glitter to cover the whole nose and then shake off the extra.
I have to say that for the nose if you the cotton ball make sure you don’t leave it anywhere that an animal might lay on it while the nose is drying. I made the mistake of leaving my first Rudolph on the table next to me and my 19 lb cat decided that it was a great place to lay down for his nap and crushed the nose. At least the glue and glitter had dried by then!!
please comment back and remember to come back and share your Rudolph keepsake!
GingerBread Man Magnets
this is another great crafting idea that is a lot of fun for the kids. And they look cute too!! As I am one that try to keep as much scrap material as possible because you never know when you can use it. This is one of those times. Everyone has seen those little foam crafting projects for all the different holidays and seasons. Well I kept all the extra snips that were still attached and anything that really was extra from past projects or pieces that got punched out like a center of a flower or something. Those little pieces go along way when making other little projects such as this AND it keeps your crafting spending down, Which in my house hold means a lot to my husband. Well anyway another thing I do when I work on a project like this where a template can be used is I make one gingerbread man label it and use that as my template to trace all my other gingerbread man or whatever im working on and then store it away in my crafting binder in a clear sleeve so i can go back and get it the following year or whenever i may need that template. So let’s get on to how to make this cute project.
- brown construction paper
- decoration for your gingerbread man ( Really you can use anything you have lying around such as (crayons, extra foam pieces, or even construction paper
- small magnet strip for each gingerbread man
- trace or draw your gingerbread man onto the construction paper
- cut out your little guys
- then stick or glue on your gingerbread man decorations
- when you are done decorating your gingerbread man then stick or glue on your magnet strip to the back
Thats it hang them on your fridge or give them as little gifts to the grandparents.
Gingerbread Man Ornament
Here is another quick and easy ornament idea that the kids will love. My son had a blast gluing on the Cheerios to the gingerbread man while he told me what each little Cheerio signified (Eyes, Mouth, Hands, Ect…)
This is a great ornament project or a gift tag idea for the grandparents.
- Brown Construction Paper
- String to hand with
- trace or draw a gingerbread man on to the construction paper
- then cut our your gingerbread man
- glue your Cheerios on
- poke a whole near the top of the head and tie your string through
- Hang on the tree