Tissue Paper & Pom Pom Wreaths

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This is a great Christmas craft that can be done all in one sitting and is a great way to spend 20-30minutes with your Little Feet. Little Feet A and I did it together while Little Feet B was napping and it was a lovely calm quiet moment for us. Naps are getting far and few between now for Little Feet B so I have been missing that one on one time with Little Feet A. I used to look forward to weekend moments with her but alas Little Feet B now rarely naps at the weekend for not wanting to miss out on anything! So it was a nice surprise for the two of us when we had an hour to ourselves and it was the perfect opportunity to do this with her. I had been saving it for the right moment and it was the perfect time to whip it out. It is another inexpensive Christmas craft to do and the mess is limited. Ours now adorned the sitting room door and I have to say it looks rather smart! I normally try and keep their artwork to their play/craftroom/dining room however, I think we’ll be keeping it up where it is! Might be the cheapest wreath I’ll ever buy!

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What you will need:

  • White card (Size up to you)

  • Pva glue (prit stick will not work to stick the pom poms down)

  • Green tissue paper

  • Pom poms (we used two different sizes)

  • Coloured paper (for the bow)

Instructions:

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  1. Cut out a large circle on your white card and then a smaller circle inside it to make it look like a wreath. We actually found wreath shaped card paper so we used that and simply cut a bigger circle in the middle of it.

  2. Cover the card with pva glue and stick your tissue paper on it. We cut our tissue paper but tearing it works just as well. As you can see we used two different shades of green tissue, but one green is obviously fine.

  3. Once the until wreath is covered in tissue paper, now you can start sticking your pom poms on. They will need a fair dollop of pva glue in order to stay stuck when they are dry.

  4. Draw out a bow on the colour paper you have and cut it out. Stick on the top of your wreath.

  5. Lay your wreath flat until it is all dry and then hang!

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Final product drying.

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Wreath Salt Dough Ornaments

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Salt Dough Wreath Ornaments are one of the crafts we have done this year with the batch we made. I think they look cute and was pretty pleased with the outcome! 

This process took a couple of days for us as they need to bake in the oven and cool down before you are able to decorate them. I'd say it is definitely worth decorating them as it brings them to life. 

Follow this link to find the Festive Salt Dough Recipe: 

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What you will need:

  • Festive Salt dough 
  • Oven
  • Rolling pin 
  • Baking tray 
  • Circular cutters one bigger and one smaller
  • Little pom poms
  • Ribbon
  • Glue - PVA or Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint brush 
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Instructions:

  1. Turn your oven on to 160 degrees. 
  2. Unwrap your Festive Salt Dough and roll it out on your kitchen counter. Roll to about a 1cm thick. 
  3. Using your cutters, use the big circle to cut however many out you can do. Then with the smaller ones cut out the middle to create a ring. Take out the little circle of salt dough and set aside. 
  4. Carefully transfer them to the baking tray. Once arranged on the baking tray get the end of your paintbrush and press it into one side to make a hole. This is where we will thread ribbon through so we can hang them. 
  5. Bake for 30 minutes. Keep checking on them. Once they feel hard enough you can take them out and let them cool. 
  6. Once completely dry thread your ribbon through the holes and tie. 
  7. Get your pom pots and glue. We actually used a glue gun for this part so I did this on my own as the glue gun gets very hot. If you decide to use this then parents/ adults should be there with the kids just to make sure they don't burn themselves. PVA should equally be fine. Leave these to dry. 
  8. Make a little bow with your ribbon and either sew it up or glue it. Attach to wreath with glue. And you are done! 
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You know what I love about these. They are ornaments you can keep and bring out year after year. These are the types of ornaments in families that mean something. Every year they come out and you can reminisce about making them and want to make more the year after. The ornaments we made as kids are still some of my favourites when I go back home and see my parents trees.

This is how memories are made. This is how traditions come to be. 

So go on. Make some time with your little ones this Christmas and get crafty. 

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Weave Me Beautiful

In the last few years I've noticed that weaving and sewing have taken on a new wind. It's all the rage now. You only have to sit on a train to see young women knitting, or search Instagram and find people weaving in a new and exciting ways. Sewing, knitting and croqueting is now done with vibrant fun colours. It has been and I can't say I don't love it! 

Weaving can be easy for kids and it doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. This is over my own kids age so I did this particularly activity by myself. 

All you need:

  •  A piece of small cardboard
  • Scissors - paper and fabric ones*
  • Acrylic thread, colourful
  • Pom pom makers 

*It is important to have special scissors for each of these things. If you use your fabric scissors on anything other then fabric or thread, then they will blunt and will be of no use to cut material. 

Instructions:

  1.  Decide how wide you want your saving to be and cut it to size. Now decide how many ridges (V cuts) you would like. I have 13. Draw V's where you want to cut and then cut them out. It might be easier for the parent to do this part first. 

  2. Pick a colour to begin with and then tie a knot at the bottom on the black vertical string closest to the outside. Either left or right, it doesn't matter which side. Once it is tied now you can start to weave. OVER and UNDER, OVER and UNDER. Continue until you get to the end of the line and then start again back down the way you came. After every line, gently push the thread down so that it is compact. 

  3. When you have finished the colour you are working with make sure you try and finish at the end of a line. It will look neater when you tie the next colour onto it. And so carry on like this until you have no space left and the tie the end of your string.

  4. I thought it would be fun to attach pom poms onto the end of the tapestry weave. It is entirely up to you, I think it adds an additional fun on to it. If you would like help and information on how to make them and where to buy the pom pom makers follow the below link. 

 

I'm actually going to try doing this on a bigger scale for the Patronus' rooms. I'll update with a picture when it's done.