Gotta love a book that inspires a bit of impromptu crafting! Tamara Small and the Monsters’s Ball by Giles Paley-Phillips, is a delightful story with amazing illustrations.
Disclosure: We received the book complimentary
I was looking for ideas of what to do with my old Christmas cards. In the past, I’ve used them to create gift tags, thank you postcards but mostly end up burning or recycling them. However, after a quick troll on the internet I found these wonderful placemats. They were very easy to make and took less than 30 minutes.
I used a guillotine to cut the backs off of the cards and then I cut the cards into squares 4cm x 4cm. I’m sure you could vary this, possibly larger for younger children.
I also included a few photos of my daughter so we can see how much she has changed from year to year.
We used double sided sticky tape. You could use glue but I think my 4 year old would have lost interest quickly.
Getting them a bit square was challenging but not a problem as you can trim the wonkey ends when you’re done.
I now just need to find someone with a laminator.
I’m hoping to turn this into a small tradition, making one a year, so, in a few years time we may have a full set!
If you’re snowed in and the kids are climbing the walls you could make some Christmas Decorations. Madame and I’ve been making them over the last couple of weeks. I’m not crafty and she’s only 3, if we can manage you can too. Have fun.
The template for the Smiley Snowflake can be found here!
The Santa Stars were inspired by redtedart.com.
It’s fairly straightforward but here are the instructions for the Layered Tree
The Felt Presents were dead easy.
Happy Christmas and all the best in 2011!