We started out with a tribute to my childhood. We went old school with a red and green paper chain. She did most of it herself (I did the cutting of the strips) and was very proud of her work. She was dancing and singing about it as we hung it in the play room.
Next, we broke out the Mod Podge and brought a little sparkle into our day. We made snowballs and icy pine cones. SO EASY! Really.
- Styrofoam balls (we used varying sizes)
- Mod Podge (we used the sparkle version)
- Epsom Salt
- 2 Paper
- Newspaper (or 3rd paper plate)
Step 1. Lay out the paper plates side by side.
Step 2. Pour some of the Mod Podge onto one plate; pour some Epsom salt onto the
Step 3. Roll a Styrofoam ball in the Mod Podge, making sure to cover completely. This is where the toothpick comes in, as you don't want your hands covered in Mod Podge.
Step 4. Roll the covered Styrofoam ball onto the plate with Epsom salt and roll it around, again until it is completely covered (and again using the toothpick to keep your hands salt free).
Step 5. Roll finished ball to a third plate or newspaper to dry completely.
While we had all of the materials already out, we switched gears to work on some pine cones. Same method as listed above. Just dip the cone in the Mod Podge and then in the Epsom Salt. The end result is snowy/icy pine cones. Perfect for a holiday display!
While we were waiting on our Mod Podge projects to dry, we whipped up a couple of cone trees. This is another quickie craft project that is super easy, and it's kid friendly.
- Construction paper or heavy stock paper (scrapbook paper works well!)
- Double-sided tape (not a must, but can come in handy)
- Garland or ribbon
Step 1. Take a sheet of your heavy stock paper (or construction paper) and roll into a cone shape.
Step 2. Secure with tape so that it doesn't unroll.
Step 3. Trim excess paper with scissors so that your cone can rest flat--and level-- when standing upright.
Optional step: Wrap some double sided tape around the cone so that when adding your material, it is nice and secure.
Step 4. Take garland or ribbon and secure one end to the base of the cone with tape.
Step 6. Tuck loose end in under last wrapped row.
Ella was so proud of her tree. She wanted to call her grandma on Skype right away so that she could show it off. I think she placed it in about 7 different spots before finally deciding where it should go. She was just so excited. What a cutie patootie.