DIY: Some Easy Christmas Crafts
DIY: Some Easy Christmas Crafts

These Christmas crafts are so easy to make that I didn’t see the need to take step-by-step pictures.
I made this snowflake for our kitchen window. I used about 5 toilet paper rolls that I cut and tacked together. I spray painted them silver and added a bit of glitter here and there.

DIY: Some Easy Christmas Crafts DIY: Some Easy Christmas Crafts

And there is this lovely tealight holder. With only 1 toilet paper roll and some silver spray I made this lovely tealight stand. Just make the paper roll flat and cut some stripes but stop before the end. Then just make it round and tack the ends together. For a bigger candle you could use 2 paper rolls. You can also use glitter! How easy is that? I got the idea from Alessia, who used a candle instead of a tealight.

DIY: Some Easy Christmas Crafts

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DIY: Clothespin Snowflakes
DIY: Clothespin Snowflakes

Now this is just a quick, simple and very easy DIY project. I made it after a craft that showed up in my Pinterest feed.
There are many versions of such snowflakes, so I really don’t know who came up with the idea originally.

I really love how mine turned out!

For one snowflake you will need 8 wooden clothespins, some yarn (or ribbon), a hot glue gun, paint (I used some white Gesso) and 4 buttons/magnets or other embellishments.
Just disassemble the clothespins first and glue them together, back to back.
Don’t forget to add the yarn or ribbon on one of the clothespins, otherwise you won’t be able to put them up.

I used my last 4 magnets for these; they look so chic, don’t you think?
I just hope to find some new ones again! I’m sure I will make more than just these two. For now, I’ll wait for winter to come :)

DIY: Clothespin Snowflakes

Heidi

 

 

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DIY Kids: Q-Tip Dandelions
DIY Kids: Q-Tip Dandelions

I’m so happy that I discovered the awesome website Artsonia, last week. It’s like an online museum, where schools can expose all the artwork their students made. So inspirational!
One of the exhibits showed so called ‘Fly-away Dandelions‘ – lovely!

After painting a canvas blue, N. painted the stems. She used a q-tip for this but a black marker would have been better for this, as the stems got pritty big this way ;)
I think it turned out very nice and N. did a great job.

DIY Kids: Q-Tip Dandelions

By the way, did you know that a ‘dandelion’ is called a ‘horse-flower’ (paardenbloem) in The Netherlands and a ‘Lion-tooth’ (Löwenzahn) in Germany?!

Heidi

 

 

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DIY Kids: Heart Art
DIY Kids: Heart Art

Sometimes, art can be so simple. I found this great idea on Artsonia. My daughter N. (she turned 5 only 2 weeks ago) loves drawing hearts everywhere so this seemed (and was) the perfect craft for her.
We first ‘studied’ the examples on how it was done (easy peasy) and then she started drawing and coloring with wax crayons.
I had an old wooden frame that I painted white and I put the finished art work behind the glass.
We will hang it on to the wall in our entrance soon, together with some other crafts that she created.

A lovely result, isn’t it?

DIY Kids: Heart Art

Heidi

 

 

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DIY Kids: Inspired by Piet Mondriaan
DIY Kids: Inspired by Piet Mondriaan

After looking at some images showing the famous paintings by Piet Mondriaan, I was sure that a kid would be able to paint something in that direction too. Of course not as well balanced, rectilinear and executed as the originals but still ;)
N. liked the paintings and got exited about the idea to create such an artsy painting too.

We waited till the next day and I was a bit surprised that she still knew Mondriaans name and which colors he had used.
Unfortunately we only had a lighter blue color. We tried to darken it with a few black drops but it turned out greyish …?! We had a tiny bit of darker blue watercolor left so we used that instead.

Drawing all the lines with a pencil and painting within these lines appeared to be pretty tough and time consuming but the good thing is, that it was a great exercise for N.’s fine motor skills. All in all she needed almost 4 hours from beginning to end. See, this was also a good concentration exercise, to persist and not give up.

Afterwards, she seemed so well balanced, satisfied and happy.

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