LOCAL LOVE IN THE SACRAMENTO, CA + NEARBY COMMUNITIES
LOCAL LOVE IN THE MAPLEWOOD, NJ + NEARBY COMMUNITIES
We recycled all the cardboard boxes from the holidays. we made house structures, towers, teepees, trees, and more. You can do anything you want - the options are endless!
I pull out all the supplies ahead of time.
• washi tape
• glue sticks
• paper (plain and/or decorative)
• mat knife (for grown ups)
• shipping tape (or masking) to hold structures together
We decorated the structures with mostly markers, chalk, washi tape, and paper and glue.
You can use anything really! paint could be great, but we didn't want to worry about waiting for them to dry.
*Works best if the grown up cuts and makes the houses and kiddos decorate.
• wood beads (craft store) - plain and colored
• paints (water based)
• leather and/or fabric cording
• key chain rings (craft store)
Pretty simple - yet fun project!
Everyone painted beads and after they dried we put them together.
The kids are super excited about having them for their backpacks and some they made for friends.
I love some of the crazy painted ones for myself. Kids always paint and color in interesting patterns and color combinations - it's like being able to wear one of their paintings! :)
My daughter, Maggie received a loom from Santa this year, so day 3 was her first lesson.
This is the loom she has:
All you need is a loom and yarn (and a little patience)
We decorated craft paper party hats (from Target) with pom - poms we made out of yarn and craft store pom - poms. we also used crayons and markers to write names and draw pictures.
We made pins and hair clips just by glueing and/or tying a cluster together and then attaching to a hair clip or safety pin using hot glue.
We used glue dots and hot glue for the party hats
• pom - pom maker (different sizes - see in attached photo)
• craft store pom -poms
• glue dots
• hot glue gun
• safety pins and/or hair clips
Today we are doing drawings on felt and making them into pillows. Hoping they are somewhat like a pillow / stuffed animal from the kids drawings.
• fabric scraps for backing
• sewing machine (hand sewing and glueing would also work)
Kids doodle on the felt. Cut shapes in similar front-back patterns, and simply sew together. Add scraps or drawings for detail.
Scrambling to round out your holiday gifting? We've got a clever and frugal idea for a do-it-yourself custom gift basket. Our own Ma and vintage-magpie Beth gives us the cliff notes for the simple, heartwarming sentiment.
1. Find a vessel: a thrifted burled wood basket or a sea-grass harvest basket like this will do.
2. Collected tree clippings (you could forage any winter foliage from your yard!)
3. Artfully arrange your foliage and gifts!