Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gettin' Crafty Holiday Post #1

Since I made my commitment to providing a walk-in craft every weekday except Friday, I have been really developing quite a backlog of crafts to post about. So today I'm pulling together a few of my favorite holiday crafts from this season so far. Next week, though it will be cutting it kind of close to Christmas, I'll share a few more.

1. Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
  • Red and white pipe cleaner (other colors are also fun, if you have a lot of pipe cleaner)
  • Scissors 

I set out the supplies with two sample candy canes, which I made by winding a piece of white pipe cleaner around a piece of red pipe cleaner. I didn't give any instructions and watched as kids of all ages - from three up to about twelve - made all kinds of pipe cleaner creations. It was messier than I expected, since some of them cut their pipe cleaners into little pieces. I put the scissors out because I thought some of  them might want to shorten their pipe cleaners, but wouldn't do so again, since they didn't seem to use them constructively.

2. Make Your Own Gift Wrap
  • Creatology Kids Art rolls of paper from Michael's (I don't see them online anywhere, but I swear I bought them at Michael's!)
  • Holiday rubber stamps with red and green ink pads (Also purchased at Michael's in a kit)
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Brown Paper Lunch Bags
  • Hole Punch
  • Yarn
  • White Glue
  • Sequins 
  • Assorted scrapbooking paper
  • Tablecloth

This program was for grades 4 and up, so I didn't do much preparation beyond setting out the supplies and promoting it with signs around the library. The kids - even some of the middle school boys - got really creative with their gift wrap, and one girl even made a paper bag into a Christmas puppet with red and green hair and a festive dress.

3. Paper String of Holiday Lights

I cut out each individual Christmas light ahead of time and punched a hole in each one. Then I put three on a green string to demonstrate the final product. I put the pre-cut lights out along with crayons and pre-cut string, and let the kids make their own strands of lights. Some of them opted to make a necklace with just one light, while others did a strand like mine. 

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