Well hello again. I’m excited to share yesterday’s (easy) after school activities with you. They’re fun to make and simple to create. Long story short, my husband and I have been sick the past few days. When I finally started to feel better, I decided I really wanted to do something fun with Jack as soon as I finished work. So I asked him, “if you could build anything right now, what would you build?” and he replied “a forest”. And so we built a forest, straight from Jack’s imagination. Then, we went on to make Christmas ornaments that we can cherish year after year.
- canvas or piece of cardboard
- acrylic green paint
- wood chips or sticks
- yarn cut into various lengths
- pom poms or cotton balls
- Elmers Glue
- wax paper
Paint the wood chips (or sticks) using various shades of green. Set them aside on a piece of wax paper and let them dry.
Draw “trails” all over the canvas (or cardboard) using the glue. We have a topographic map of Mohonk preserve that I showed to Jack for inspiration. We talked about the path the lines take around each other before we started to set the glue.
“Follow the trail”- lay the yarn down on top of the glue, one piece at a time. Cut off any excess pieces that extend past the canvas
Time to add the trees and bushes. One by one, glue down the painted wood chips so they stand upright. You’re going to want to use an ample amount of glue. Some of our “trees” kept falling down so I simply placed them directly against the yarn for a stronger glue bond. The pom poms represent the plants and bushes in the forest, place them randomly throughout the canvas. Let dry overnight. Enjoy!!
Ps- Jack decided this will be a work in progress. He told me he’s going to continue to add objects to his forest.
This brings me to the second project of our evening, Christmas ornaments. We got our Christmas Tree on Sunday and it’s HUGE. So huge that it fell over. We lost a few ornaments but for the most part everything was ok. With that being said, I already knew I had to get more ornaments. This project served two purposes, to have fun and to make our tree full and pretty again. I originally did this project on Saturday at The Sudbury school gift sale. I used left over materials from that to make our ornaments but, you can easily make this out of items found in nature and/or around your house.
- Elmers Glue
- popsicle sticks (or sticks)
- glitter glue
- pre-cut pieces of decorative ribbon
- pom poms
- ribbon for hanging
Glue the sticks together in a triangle formation.
Decorate the sticks using the pre-cut decorative pieces of ribbon and pom poms
Make it shine. Draw lines using glitter glue anywhere you’d like to add some sparkle. I like to do this last because it creates more of a layering effect on the ornaments which gives it more depth.
Allow the ornaments to dry for a few hours before attaching the ribbon for hanging. Place a dab of glue on the top of the backside, lay the ribbon ends over it (creating a loop) and let dry. Place it on wax paper to ensure it won’t stick. Dry overnight.
(note: image above is a version we did out of sticks and coffee filters)
Hang on the tree, enjoy!