Saturday, December 18, 2010

Day 351 - Gifts Kids can Make - Ornaments & Christmas Lights

One week until Jesus' birthday! Wow!

I have lots of fun gift projects to work on with the girls in the coming week...I am so excited!! This morning, the girls and I made wooden Christmas ornaments for their grandparents and one for each of them, of course :o)


To make these cute little ornaments, you will need cute scrap booking paper, pictures, modge podge, scissors, pencil, string/ribbon, paint, paint brush, wooden blocks and screw eyes. I have my distress ink in the picture, but the girls decided they didn't want to make their ornaments distressed. Their creative preferences ALWAY trump mine :o)
The wooden blocks came in a package of six and I got them at Hobby Lobby for $2.99. The screw eyes (to hang the ornaments) were in the same section (wooden goods).

First paint your blocks (the edges will show after you modge podge the sides with papers/pictures).
{Yes, Hillary Ashton is wearing leggings on her head.}

While the blocks were drying...

I had the girls trace around the blocks on the back of the scrapbook paper.
{Of course, there are MUCH quicker ways to accomplish this step, but we were in no hurry and I like the girls to be involved as much as possible.}

Goodness gracious, I LOVE sweet, little hands at work!

For each block, you will need six squares. I did three pictures and three scrapbook papers. Also, I laminated my pictures (I HEART my laminator!).

Next, modge podge the squares to your block.
If you are like me, it will probably drive you crazy when the squares aren't lined up "nice and tidy" on the blocks :o) It took a lot of restraint not to straighten them up, but I kept reminding myself...this is the girls' project, not yours. Haha!

Quick smile for mama!

Almost done!

Be sure and let your modge podge dry COMPLETELY before moving on or your paper will!

Next, apply a thin coat of modge podge on each side of your block. Be very careful about modge podge getting on the dry side of your block (the one that will be face down on your paper while the other sides are drying). It will make your block stick to the!

We applied two layers of modge podge (let each layer dry completely).

Next, either screw the eye in the top of your block or drill a hole with a 1/6 bit and then screw in the eye. I screwed in by hand on half of the blocks until sweet boy told me that screwing in the eye by hand could split the wood. Ironically, this picture is of sweet boy drilling a hold between Jonah's eyes so that I could screw in the "screw eye." Kinda weird...I should have taken a picture of a different square :o) Haha!

Screw in your screw eye on the top of the block...

Then add your ribbon/twine...
I think it would be cute to use the ribbon at Hobby Lobby that has the year imprinted on is in the scrapbooking section.

The girls are still eating the Advent Stockings up! It makes my heart so happy to hear them talking to each other about how they can't wait to open up the next day's "sock." So sweet!

Today's letter told them that we were picking up Chic-Fil-A for dinner and going to look at Christmas lights in our pjs! Our original plan was to go to Garvin Woodland Gardens, but I backed out because of the cold weather. I HATE cold weather!

One of the doctors at our pediatrician office has a daughter that was born with a serious heart condition that she has already had surgery for and has more surgeries scheduled. She will probably need a heart transplant in the future. They purchased over 15,000 lights for their house and have set the lights to "dance" to Christmas music (you tune in to a certain station on your radio to hear the music). The "show" also includes a recording of their 4 year old son reciting part of Luke chapter 2...the story of Jesus' birth and then he says, ‘Thank you, Jesus, for my mommy, daddy and sister Brookie, and bless her little heart.’”


How sweet is that?

The doctor and her husband, who is also a doctor, have a huge heart for the cardio department at Arkansas Children's hospital. The family has a box in front of their house to collect money for the cardio department at ACH, in their daughter's honor. If you are local, you don't want to miss this amazing show for a great cause! The house is located on Kensington Drive in Hurricane Lake Estates.

The girls LOVED the light show and fully expect daddy to decorate our house in the same manner :o) Jonah was memorized!


As a side note, Jonah learned to make kissing sounds yesterday!!!! SOOOOOOOOOOOO sweet. Man, I LOVE that baby. His next (and probably final) court hearing is in about a week and a half :o)


The Garners said...

The ornaments are SUPER cute--love that idea!


Heather M. said...

Looks like a fun project!!! The final ornament is very pretty! We must make our Happy Birthday Jesus Cake!

Laura said...

Love the picture ornaments! Thanks for the information on finding the bottle caps. I am not even sure if we have Hobby Lobby here, but I will see what i can come up with! I will be saying prayers for Jonah and your family!

JRFrugalMom and Family said...

I love these ornaments, these would make a great project for my boys.

You just got yourself another follower...

I made Danish Christmas Hearts and Paper Christmas Stars to cheer up our tree.
Happy Holidays!
JRFrugalMom from
Frugality Is Free

Stef said...

WOW - what a fantastic craft! Thanks so much for linking it up to The Homeschool Village!!

The children look wonderfully delighted - I love their smiles!


Southern Fried Gal said...

LOVE this idea! I'm getting together with a friend and her kids to craft this week and this is a wonderful project to share. Hope you have a wonderful week before Christmas!

Unknown said...

LOVE the idea, but even more so, love the cute pictures of the kids!

Unknown said...

What a cute idea! come on over and link up to MMM :)

RedTedArt said...

Oh my, your little helpers are just TOO adorable and they OBVIOUSLY loved the crafting. So sweet!

Thank you for stopping by at Kids Get Crafty and linking up! Hope to see you again!


RedTedArt said...

Oh my, your little helpers are just TOO adorable and they OBVIOUSLY loved the crafting. So sweet!

Thank you for stopping by at Kids Get Crafty and linking up! Hope to see you again!


Jen @ EmbellishingLifeEveryday said...

what a cute idea! I hope you can come over and link it up today!

DANA said...

I found you through Polly Want a Crafter and I love this! I wanted to invite you to enter my $50 American Express gift card giveaway that ends in a few days! I also have a link party going on this week! Keep up the good blogging! -Dana

Mozer said...

Love the wooden block ornaments! Visiting from The Homeschool Village.

Anonymous said...

love the blocks, what an awesome idea and love that the kids were able to make them!! Thanks so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings & make sure to come back next week!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

Jenn said...

Those are really cute! Love that the kids can help out!
Thanks for linking up to Craftify It Thursday!


Jenn said...

Praying for your family as well!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas!!

AllieMakes! said...

How sweet! I love the pictures! Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

Mod Podge, kids, what's not to love about this project?

Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice Thursday...

Hope to see you back this week!