Welcome back for another craft-filled Get Kids Crafty! Blog Hop! This month our theme was S'mores or Fireside. So, my daughters' and I made some fun ornaments, gift jars, and cards that work around that theme. Join me (and them, of course) as I share our fun, easy projects!!
Project 1: Campfire Ornaments
We started by collecting some small rocks to use as the rock ring around typical fire pits and twigs for the fire logs. Next, using a circle die (or a sturdy circle punch), my daughters cut out the base for our campfires out of scrap corrugated cardboard and felt.
After hot gluing the felt to the top of the cardboard base, we glued rocks around the perimeter, creating the rock ring for the campfire. It goes without saying that young children should not use a hot glue gun alone, and older children with parental supervision.
I cut some flame shapes from red and golden yellow felt, as seen. The smaller yellow part was glued to one side of the red flame and the entire fire portion was sandwiched between two twigs, making sure that they have been broken down to a size that fits in the middle of your rock ring.
We filled in the rings with smaller pebbles and added an extra twig to the fire base. The ornaments were then strung with thread as seen in our next project below.
I think they turned out pretty cute!! My eldest daughter was exceedingly proud of them.
Project 2: S'more Ornaments
These s'more ornaments ended up being a personal favorite of mine. To begin, gather your supplies: tan/brown felt for the graham crackers, darker brown felt for the chocolate, cotton balls, scrap corrugated cardboard, a brown permanent marker, some thread for stringing the ornament, a long needle, and hot glue gun.
Using the scrap cardboard, cut a rough rectangle shape, using your cotton ball as a size reference. The size may vary whether you chose to use mini, regular, or large sized cotton balls. Remember, you need two per ornament. :) Next, cut strips of your lighter brown felt slightly larger in width than your cardboard rectangles. I did not cut these down individually, you will see why next. (Let's just say, it makes it quicker and easier.) Next cut squares of the darker felt about the size of your cardboard pieces. The beauty of this project is simply things do not have to be exact. (Thank goodness!)
Now, it is time to assemble. Hot glue the cardboard pieces along the light brown strips as shown below, leaving small gaps between so you can cut them apart later. Since I knew I was going to string the ornaments through the center of the s'mores, I used the glue around the perimeter and not purposefully in the center, as seen below.
Cut the "crackers" apart and glue on your marshmallow cotton balls, followed by the chocolate dark felt, then topped with another graham cracker. Using the brown marker, mark the tops and bottoms of the crackers to mimic an actual graham cracker.
Thread your needle and carefully pull your thread up from the center bottom to the center top, leaving a large loop, then returning to the bottom next to your first hole. Tie off the thread ends underneath the s'more, and clip the threads.
Viola! S'mores are done!
Project 3: S'more Cards
Since the ornaments will be gifts and I am a card maker, naturally I had to make cards to accompany the ornaments. I selected the Kindred Stamps set S'mores. I wanted a larger sentiment, so I typed one up in Word, leaving enough space for the "s'more" word from the stamp set.
(The PDF of the sentiments is available FREE in my shop.)
I stamped "s'more" from the stamp set in VersaFine ink and trimmed each sentiment. Since I printed on white cardstock, I decided to add some color using my ink blender and Antique Linen distress ink. My cards are smaller in size and non-folding -- a hybrid tag/card if you will. I managed 6 flat cards from a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of cardstock, each card measuring approximately 3 3/8" x 4.25". After deciding the placement of the sentiment, I stamped the adorable s'more image from the set along with the two hearts onto my card front, and loosely colored with random Tombow dual brush markers in my stash.
To add interest, I drew freehand lines around the border of the card using a Copic marker and red pen, then blended a touch of Antique Linen distress ink onto the card edges.
I think they make an adorable pair! And how cute would this set be for Valentine's Day?!
Project 4: Hot Chocolate Gift Jars
To wrap up our projects for this month, we decided that hot chocolate just felt right. So, we made hot chocolate gift jars for A's teachers. These projects are so very simple and easy for the young ones to make. We used recycled jars, so the contents will make a family sized portion of yummy, rich hot chocolate!
You will need: jars, powdered hot chocolate mix, chocolate chips (we used semi-sweet), mini marshmallows, and scraps to make them pretty. My eldest did all the ingredient stacking, cutting, and helped secure the candy cane on the front. She insisted both of them were her personal jars. Seriously. We had to make another smaller one just for her. :)
I did stuff some paper towel in the top so you could see the contents beneath the fabric cover and to avoid having to put TOO much hot chocolate mix in the jars.
Thank you for joining me this month as I explored some fun, kid-friendly projects! I hope you find some inspiration! Comment below if you will try any yourself, and be sure to tag @getkidscrafty on Instagram with any fun kid craft projects you make!! Follow us on IG and join our Facebook group to stay inspired and share fun ideas! AND.. stay tuned, because we have a giveaway coming up in January!!
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