Homemade Christmas decorations

My daughter loves hearts at the moment and bought some felt heart shaped decorations that she spotted when we were out. I thought we could have a go at making some so here is what we did.

Materials –

Wadding
Felt
Fabric scissors
Paper scissors
Ribbon
Paper/card
Pencil
Embroidery needle
Embroidery thread

We also used a leather hole punch to make holes because my daughter has shown an interest when watching me sew and I thought it might make it easy for her to have a go.

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We cut out a heart shape from some card and used this as a template for cutting x2 felt shapes. Then cut some wadding and trimmed 1cm off. We stitched the ribbon in a loop on the inside.

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My daughter found it a bit tricky to get the hang of putting the needle in both holes together so it was a team effort, I put the needle through and she pulled the thread through.

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We did a simple blanket stitch and finished just as tiny one woke up from her nap…

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Looks great on the tree so I have started making one with some embroidered wording for tiny one’s First Christmas

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Acrylic on Canvas

I found some acrylics that were on offer at the craft shop and thought it would be a lovely idea to get some canvas for the children to create a piece of art they could hang in their room.

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Materials
Large canvas
Acrylic paints
Paintbrushes (various sizes)
Water
Plastic sheet
Plastic tubs

1. We painted the canvas with a wash of water and then a neutral colour. Left it to dry.

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2. We used different size brushes (any mark making tools can be used; twigs, sponges, if child safe paints – hands)

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3. They got to work!

I found the contrast in their painting styles interesting and it was refreshing to see them working together.

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My two year old was pleased with herself when she figured out she could use two brushes simultaneously.

6. I encouraged them to create texture and splatter the paint and squeeze it straight from the tube.

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7.The finished piece!

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A Puppet Show

My three and a half year old asked to make a puppet show. We started off where we always start, by raiding our recycling tub. One thing we are never short of are nappy boxes. We’ve made loads of stuff from them in the past; racing tracks, robot helmets, cars, train tunnels, a barn for farm animals.

So we had our box and this is what we did with it.

Materials we needed for 1 puppet show and 3 puppets

Cardboard box min. 20x20x30cm
White emulsion matt paint
Scissors
Stanley knife (optional)
Glue stick
Pencil
Sticky tape
A4 coloured felt x3
mismatched Buttons x6 (optional)
lolly sticks x3
cotton thread in 3 colours (optional)
Sewing needle (optional)

1. Cut off 2 short and 1 long flap from top of box, keep these to one side. Stick the the remaining flap down with sticky tape.

2. After children’s bedtime – paint with white decorating emulsion in a well ventilated room. Leave to dry.

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3. Child can then decorate it by painting, colouring or sticking shapes cut from coloured paper, stickers or what ever they like.

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4. Draw three simple shapes on the saved flaps. We chose cat, owl and pig. Cut these out.

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5. Take a lolly stick and stick the top third to back of shape. Stick these to the felt.

6. Make sure to leave half a centimetre seam allowance, cut the felt all the way round.

7. You will now have the lolly stick and cardboard shape stuck to the felt. Place this onto a new section of felt. Cut around using the first piece of felt as a guide.

8. Take the second piece of felt and securely sew two buttons for eyes. If very young children in the house and want to avoid buttons, the eyes can be drawn on.

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9. Place the second piece of felt on to hide the cardboard shape. Double thread the needle and sew the edge of the two pieces of felt together. Alternatively can use glue.

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10. Repeat 5,6,7,8,9 for the remaining two characters.

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With some extra paper we drew different scenes for the backdrop.

Curtain up!