Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas tree balls - DIY tutorial with kids

Another simple project where you only basically need: styrofoam (or paper mâché) balls, linen thread and some paper scraps (optionally salt dough, wooden beads and fabric scraps for bows).

This was a small project being part of Christmas crafting workshop I've made recently with kids. And this one was the last in a row and the most simple one - the kids only had to put snowflakes and make stars of salt dough.

I think this idea of thread covered balls has many other possibilities - as for application. Layering different kinds of materials is for example one of those. Stay tuned for more ideas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

DIY tutorial - salt dough SNOWMEN fridge magnets

Today we have salt dough snowmen on menu - they could be cute gifts for Christmas hand made by your kids!

I shall have a bigger post on salt dough coming up soon, but you already probably know the recipe, it's pretty simple and easy to find. Stay tuned for more tricks and other ideas about salt dough.

We made it with kids. If that's what you are going to do, make your own mockup first to check if your magnet can hold the weight of baked snowman, that's not as obvious as it may seem!   As you see on the picture, I had some stronger magnets, I guess thinner ones won't do the job!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wooden REINDEERS - a DIY tutorial to make with kids for CHRISTMAS

Hey there! Let's start the HOLIDAY SEASON, shall we?

I have some fun small craft projects upcoming in December: wood scraps, fabric scraps, salt dough (NEW!!), wool - those are some basic materials. I'm going to show you how to use and create some festive cards, decorative objects and share some simple ideas to craft with your kids and spend quality time together - because that's what the coming month is about.

Here's one of three projects for this week: a REINDEER. Follow the drawings to make it - it's as simple as that!

Just one VERY important note for that kind of project about balance: you need to put ALL the decorations to the neck WHILE the glue is not dried yet, so that you can find the right balance for the reindeer turning and slightly bending his legs. You cannot make any adjustments after the glue is set, unless you break the legs and start over again. This reindeer has an IMPORTANT amount of weight on this neck, so it would tend to tilt forward unless you make some adjustments on balance.

Stay tuned for further Christmas projects this week!