Gift Tissue Ornaments

Christmas time usually means two to three things to me. Christmas shopping (gifts), decorating, and crafts! As the kids are approaching winter break, this gives me the opportunity to do some Pinterest inspired crafts throughout the 2 week long vacation. One craft I finally got around to was the

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

by Victoria from ABC Creative Learning.

I’ve also mentioned her and other fun festive crafts from other bloggers on my Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts posts. You can see more of those related Christmas posts at the end of this post.

 With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

What You’ll Need:

-Scissors

-Glue

-Printer Paper (White)

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Black Foam Craft Paper

Directions:

  1. Pre-Cut different sized circles on white printer paper.
    I used a couple different sized cups, traced and cut them out.
  2. (Optional) Pre-Cut out small cubes using the black foam craft paper. This will be the top of the ornament.
  3. Cut out 2-3inch cubes from the colored tissue paper. (I purchased mine from the DollarTree)
    I found it easier to separate the color tissue paper in small bowls, for easy selection for the kids.
  4. Take you sponge brush, and liquid glue and start applying onto the cut out white circles.
  5. Apply glue both on top and below the tissue paper.
  6. ***Be sure to layer each tissue paper above each piece to create a nice, mosaic looking ornament.***
  7. Set to dry.
  8. After ornaments are dry, take your scissors, and cut out the access tissue paper that overflows out of the white circle ornament.
  9. If you didn’t pre-cut out the small black foam cubes for the ornament toppers, this would be the time to do so.
  10. Randomly, cut out small cubes, just about the size of an adult thumbnail.
  11. Glue black foam cube to top of ornament.
  12. Set to dry.

Additional Step: (which I forgot to do)

Take pipe cleaners and create a small tear-drop hook, and tape behind the ornament.

I ended up taping the ornament around my kitchen, for some festive flare.

And viola! These are some easy handmade tissue paper ornaments to spread some holiday cheer around the house!

Have you done some Pinterest inspired crafts during holiday break? Comment below!

Cheap DIY Christmas Crafts Pt.2

Here’s part 2 of my Cheap & East Christmas Crafts!! With a few new material’s — these material’s still won’t break your budget for holiday shopping!! From popsicle sticks, gift tissue, and also pipe cleaners. All these items can be found at the DollarTree!!!

Estimated Cost: Under $10

Time To Complete: Under an hour

Primary Technique: Paper Crafts +Using Pipe Cleaners & Popsicle Sticks

Kids love doing a variety of arts and crafts as an outlet to be creative and have some fun! Little do they know that it is so good for their development as well!

 

DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS 

Bilateral Coordination– Crafts such as coloring, drawing, cutting, all require your child to use both of their hands together. This skill is important in other areas of their lives as they continue to grow, such as writing, tying shoes, typing and so much more!

Fine Motor Coordination– In order to draw shapes, cut patterns, and hand writing, your child is required to use their fine motor coordination. These skills similarly translate to other areas of their lives, such as dressing ,eating, and in the academic setting.

Bonding and fun-Your kids will love spending time with you and creating something together! I’m not sure who enjoys it more, myself or my kids most times. Just kidding, I’ve been crafting with my kids since they were little. Everyday, they ask to do a craft. Call me crazy, but I literally TRY to plan a craft for them every week. Not every craft I do makes it to my blog.

Difficulty Level: Kid Friendly

What You’ll Need:

-Colored Construction Paper

-Scissors

-Glue

-Sponge Brush

-Colored Gift Tissue

-Colored Pipe Cleaners

-Popsicle Sticks

 
(Optional)
Christmas Miniatures
 Can be found at craft stores.

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By: Stacey, from Glued To My Crafts

Post: Popsicle Stick Christmas Door, Kids Craft

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Christmas Cards Pt. 2 | Holiday Pages

By: Ewelina, from Kreatywnie W Domu (Blogger from Poland)

Glass Stained Window Ornaments

By: Victoria, from ABC Creative Learning

Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree Craft For Cards

By: Michelle, from Crafty Morning

I actually mentioned her on Pt. 1, but wanted to feature her again, because she has the cutest holiday crafts on her blog!

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If you haven’t checked out the Pt.1 of my Cheap & Easy Christmas Crafts, you can check it out HERE, or the link below!

I’m super loving all these crafts right now!!! I’m currently saving them for Winter Break, once the boy’s get off school, and our schedules open up! I can’t wait to start crafting!! Having elementary school aged kids is just another level! I’m definietly in a point of a parenting lifestyle transition as my kids are older, have their own school/ extra curricular activities schedules. I miss the day’s of just staying home, and crafting all day.

Oh where did time go?!

Anyone else going through a transitional time of the kids growing up and their schedule’s take over your life? Anyone? Comment below!

……Until the next blog post.

Happy Holidays!!

And happy crafting!!!!!

Charlie Brown Christmas

Last week, my Kindergarten class had a field trip to the Roseville Theatre Arts Academy to watch ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ Taking the kids to live theater is a wonderful experience. I still have yet to take my own children. Growing up, I was fortunate enough to attend live broadway shows with my parents. From Mama Mia!, Hairspary, Wicked, The Lion King, and later on as an adult I saw Jersey Boys. So I speak very personally of this joy.

How I prepared myself for this field trip.

Like I said before, I haven’t even taken my own children to live theatre, so handling 24 other 5 year olds, be prepared with a balanced breakfast and coffee!! If a child needs to be consoled for any reason, take them out to the lobby. Do not allow an upset child to remain in the theater and disturb his fellow audience members. (Luckily, this didn’t happen!) BUT, on the bus ride, and seated in the theatre I made sure I sat next to my not so behaved students.

Roseville Arts Academy

Address:

 241 Vernon St, Roseville, CA 95678

 

If you’re local in the area, come give the theatre a visit!

Their last showing of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ is tomorrow the 17th!

See schedule HERE.

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The expressions on my student’s faces when they walked into the Musical Theater show. It was truly a new world opening up for them.

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Preparing you kids to visit the theatre:

  • It’s a good idea to start off by taking the very young child to a Kids Theater Production…Specifically a short production (many times,less than a hour) that is produced with children in mind. Kindergarten is definietly a good age.
  • If this is your child’s first time seeing live theater, it may also be a good idea to get an aisle seat. This will be helpful in the event your child doesn’t react well and you need to leave the theater for any reason.
  • Once you have verified that this is a good production for a child, and you have purchased your tickets, you should begin to prepare your child for the trip. I highly, highly suggest starting off with community theatre, such as a the venue we visited.
  • Explain what they will be seeing, that you are taking them to an exciting live theater performance. Familiarize them with the characters, the plot, the setting, etc. If there is a book about the play read it with them. The following day, we showed them the actual movie of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas.’ From there, we did a venn diagram to do a compare and contract exercise.
  • Instruct the child as to how they will be expected to behave.

I can’t wait to check out another live theatre with my own kids! After this field trip, I’ve been obsessing in doing research for the next live musical in our area. Of course, community theatre, then we can move on up to real broadway!

Have you taken your child to see a live theatre? How was your experience?

Comment below!!

Winter Trees

The holiday season is here! I’ve been going down my Christmas TO-DO Lists, and I’m so happy, I’ve made it this far into the month, still happily sane. If you’ve noticed the past Christmas seasons are usually rough and chaotic for me. So much, as I can’t even produce content to share with you all on my blog. I get so busy on the daily life grind, it’s impossible for me to hit publish. This year, I’m taking control of the holidays and checking my list more than twice!!!

We’re about 10 days into December and I want to hit it hard on my blog, sharing crafts, goodies, gift ideas and more!! Like always, budget friendly, thrift store finds, and dollar tree crafts! This post, is a fun holiday kid friendly craft, PINTERESTinspired with an additional add on. Check out my Winter Tree craft!!

Pinterest Inspired By:

Mary, from MaryMaking

Colorful Abstract Winter Trees

All the supplies, are pretty easy to find around the house. You’ll just need colored gift tissue!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Colored Tissue Paper (I got mine for the DollarTree!)
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • White Paper
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • Purple/Indigo Colored Crayons

Directions:

  1. Take your gift tissue, one of each color, and cut into small cubes. I made mine about 2″x2″inches in size.
  2. Using you liquid glue and sponge brush, lightly brush glue onto the white sheet of paper.
    I used plain, white printer paper, but you can also use construction paper as well. Just make sure it’s white, so the colors show more.
  3. Fill your white sheet of paper, with colored tissue cubes as much as possible. Layering is key!
  4. Set to dry.
  5. Once dry, cut the sheet of paper into random sized triangles (Christmas Trees!).
    Any size will do, as the sky’s the limit as later you can decide to either glue the trees onto a new sheet of paper.
  6. You can create the triangles, by simply cutting “v” shapes.
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  7. After cutting your trees, take your purple, or indigo colored crayon, creating branches.
  8. Lastly, take your hole puncher and hole punch a a white scrap piece of paper. I just used a index card.
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  9. Using s glue stick, randomly glue on your snowflakes (hole punched holes) to your colorful Christmas trees!
  10. Finishing off the craft, you can glue the complete wintery colored trees onto a clean sheet on construction and create a cool wintery forest.The kids and I did two different color winter forests. One with snowflakes, the other, without. I truly really love this craft. The colors of the transparent tissue paper against the white sheet of paper gives this art piece a nice cool modern feel, and different from the rest of the holiday crafts.

Check out what we did with the our left over winter trees!

Since it’s the season of giving, I love sending snail mail to friends and family, so I took our leftovers, and glued it to a few envelopes I plan to use to send out!

Like this craft?! Stay tuned for more posts later this month! Or follow me on Instagram to see sneak peeks on whats to come next!

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Happy Holidays!!!