My 4 year old son loves crafting, he has been going to an art class at the Schiller Parks & Rec Center through Columbus Recreation and Parks and loves it. He looks forward to it every week! So I thought when Elmer’s wanted to send us some craft materials to check out, I’d accept and do some Christmas themed projects with him. Today, since it is a dreary rain (instead of fluffy white snow) and we have been spending time indoors, we got it out and sat down to make.
Our base for the project is the Bi-Fold Foam Board. This is a really nice product that would have been great to have when I was in school doing projects. When open, it has 20″x30″ of project space. We settled on a scene for Santa to put behind our plate of Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve.
He wanted to draw a Christmas tree. With the Paintastics magic paint brush pens, this was so easy. Much easier than the paintbrush and paints we had just worked with. He was so excited about how quickly they dried! The caps were easy for him to remove and replace. The tips are as realistic as a paint brush and actually more controlled than paint which is a nice feature. If your kid loves dipping their brush too far into a paint well and ends up with gobs of paint, having this a little more controlled is nice.
We added the word SANTA and number 13 made of Project Popperz letters and numbers. These are nice. We had the bright pack, which is really just a few neon colors, so we were glad there was a normal green color in the bunch for this project. Easier than stencils. You may need to add more glue if you need them to stick on better (they only have a sticky material at the very top of the letter).
Fun products if you want to get a something a little different for kids’ art items, or school projects.
Sophie is so in love with this video! Nyan Cat makes her laugh every time.
So, I’ve been working on a special Christmas present for her and finally finished him and his packaging tonight! Can’t wait for her to open it!
Nyan Cat is made out of felt and stuffed with a little bit of batting. The eyes were colored in with a black Sharpie. The box is lined with tissue paper and paper punched silver stars.
If only I could get the music to kick on when the box is opened!
Christmas certainly came up quick this year!
After a long week, our Christmas cards are ready to go! Pretty owl design from Night Owl Paper Goods.
Finally got the lights installed in Desi’s room. They look great and he loves them!
Sophie got a pretty ceiling fan with light
Got one of three lights up in the kitchen. Replacing the ugly fixture that was there before and with just one, it is already so much brighter - it will be lovely when all 3 are there.
And the one I think I love most of all is the beautiful ceiling fan we put in the living room. The ceiling still needs repaired, but it is just so lovely in there now! The oil rubbed bronze finish and dark walnut paddles are gorgeous. Older look fitting to our older home.
Ceiling fans in kids’ rooms are from Lowes. Rustic Glass Pendants in kitchen by Pottery Barn. And Riverside Hills fan in living room from Restoration Hardware.
I’ve never been one for wearing turtlenecks or tighter necklaces, (most times, not even a crew neck shirt!) but I do love scarves. The colors in this beautiful one from Substance remind me of a calming sky. For me, adding a scarf is such an easy way to pull together an outfit and instantly look chic!
Sophie’s was pretty easy this year, we just put a cute hat on her. So she was a pretty woodland ensemble of owls and hedgehogs.
Desi wanted to be Thomas this year. So I made his costume out of a diaper box, (Size 4 Target, Club Size), paper plates and brads (so Thomas has moving wheels), ribbon, felt, blue spraypaint, cardboard, glue, red paint, and gold paper for the number ones. He loved it. It turned out really nice. I liked that total out-of-pocket cost was $4.99 for the brads since I already had everything else!
Running to candy!