In my search for ideas for teacher gifts from the kids this year, I came across these beautiful tutorials from Lisa Storms and Little Lovelies using stamped polymer clay. The kids and I had a chance to make our own last weekend, but the stamp I picked up, which had an image of a sprig of pine needles, wasn’t coming through very well.
Before throwing my hands up, resourcefulness got the best of me and I snipped a sprig from the branches we cut off the bottom of our Christmas tree. Here’s how we made our version without a stamp:
If you have some good letter stamps you could easily personalize these with family names.
I hope everyone is enjoying the busy-ness that comes with preparing for the holidays! I am loving seeing all of the special touches folks are adding to their homes and gift-giving and my heart just absolutely fills up when I see the excitement in the kids.
A Foothill Home Companion recently made up a game with her kids using a large egg carton and some scrapbooking dots. The game looks like a fun challenge for preschoolers and young children and is very simple to put together on the fly. Click here for the details!
This is such an awesome idea from The Toby Show. She took an inexpensive tackle box, added a variety of craft supplies to it…and viola! The perfect gift for a budding young artist! Click here for more details!
If you’ve got any sweaters that are on their last leg and you want to get some more use out them, just toss ‘em in the wash and felt them up…then make some cuts and you have a mouse puppet! Amber Dusick has a tutorial showing how she made one herself. Here.
Isn’t this puppet theater from Sister Diane (CraftyPod) awesome! It’s made from a cardboard box with some special touches like a pulley system for the curtains and a sheer back curtain to keep the puppeteer hidden. It’s such a clever project, you must check it out!
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