With the holidays approaching and Christmas jingles filling the air, I have really been wanting to share some easy DIY Christmas crafts but as you probably know by now, I am useless at being the crafty mom. So I looked to my favourite crafting mom and fellow PE blogger Ella and decided to do my first guest post, featuring 3 quick crafts that are simple enough for our toddlers.
Ella blogs over at Just Ella Bella and is the proud owner of OH! Boy, which I featured in a review recently. Show some support to this incredible lady and spoil the princes and princesses in your life with some crafty prezzies, this festive season. I am a HUGE fan of her busy bags which go with us just about everywhere!
Crafting with Just Ella Bella
I love crafting and since my two and a half-year old son is quite a big fan of it himself I thought it might be interesting to have him help me make some Christmas gifts this year; fridge magnets, ornaments and hair clips.
These are three crafts you can do practically simultaneously and it’s basically just clay and nail polish. You can alter it in a variety of ways and your kid will be so proud that they got to be part of it. Its pretty cheap and easy to do (that’s usually my thing with the crafts that I choose) but due to the nature of these materials and the drying time I divided it into three days. Don’t worry it’s only 15 minutes a day.
– Air dry clay
– Nail polish you are no longer using
– cookie cutters
– colouring pencils
– hair clips
– embroidery cotton
– Use cookie cutters to cut out the shapes that you will use for ornaments and magnets
– I did stars for ornaments and little houses for magnets
– The ornaments get holes in, to attach loops to later
– For the bows:
– Take a small rectangle of clay
– Squeeze the middle for bow shape
– Dip you finger in water to smooth out shape
– Add a small piece of clay across the middle to create a bow
– Leave to dry
– Cover all surfaces to protect from spills
– I used a disposable apron for this because nail polish does come out of material well, as we all know
– Paint your shapes with nail polish
– Put gems on when nail polish is still wet, this will make it stick
– You can use colouring pencils to decorate, just cover with clear nail polish after
– Leave to try
– Use embroidery cotton on star to create a loop to hang on tree
– Use self adhesive magnetic square on little houses for fridge magnets