Friday, December 19, 2014

Recycled Cereal Box and Felt Christmas Trees

Need a quick & easy craft to do with your kiddos before Christmas? And fun, of course!

Upcycle old cereal boxes or cardboard and a little felt into pretty tree decorations!

recycled cereal box and felt craft tutorial for kids by the funky felter

These recycled cereal box Christmas trees are quick and easy, but also can be dressed up to look very cute sitting on a shelf or mantle. They are also an excellent kid's craft with a bit of supervision using the hot glue. For very small children, replace it with thick tacky glue instead so there are no boo-boo's in the making of these holiday trees! Find the photo craft tutorial link below....

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Easy Peasy Handmade Salt Dough Ornaments

Having fun making Holly Jolly Christmas Crafts! 

Whipping up easy salt dough ornaments for memorable Christmas craft times.

making fun and easy salt dough ornaments with the kids for Christmas

Oh my goodness! Have you tried mixing and baking any of those salt dough or baking soda ornament recipes on Pinterest? There are many, many examples to choose from. My daughter and I first made some salt dough ornaments during the summer to try out various recipes. You can see those baking in our oven in the photo below.

Then a friend of mine made some for a recent kid's ornament party at my church. She brought a large container full of shapes for everyone to share and paint. My little girl painted and glittered the ones in the main photo above. We've had a lot of fun making ornaments of all kinds this year and plan to make a few more kinds before Christmas. 

Put on some holiday music, mix up some dough and have fun with your kids making ornaments! Next up for us...trying a corn starch and baking soda ornament recipe that I found on Pinterest. It is suppose to be even easier than the salt dough ones and have a better texture and whiter color overall after drying. We'll see how it goes and have a lot of fun experimenting I'm sure :-)

Merry Christmas!

Easy Peasy Salt Dough Ornaments:

Mix a cup of flour with a cup of salt. Then add about a half cup of water (or as needed to form a firm dough). Knead dough and flatten to about a quarter inch thickness. Use cookie cutters to make shapes. Then bake on a cookie sheet for 3-4 hours at 200 degrees or let air dry for 24-48 hours. 

Be sure to watch them carefully in the oven as I had one batch burn a bit around the edges! If you have that issue, you can reduce the heat or let air dry until firm.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Needle Felted Christmas Ornaments

Adorning the tree with handmade needle felt Christmas ornaments! 

How many handmade holiday ornaments have you created this year?

needle felted wool Christmas ornaments using cookie cutters handmade by the funky felter

The many woolly ornaments you see in the photo above were needle felted several years ago actually...before my daughter was born and I had more time on my hands to sit with my felting needle. I stopped needle felting for a while after she was born (okay so probably a couple years! wow!) because
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