Feb 08

Make an Upcycled Juice Carton Birdhouse

Juicebox Birdhouse

Juicebox Birdhouse

I’ve been on a quest to upcycle every container I use and decided to make my juice cartons into bird houses!  These are mainly decorative, but I put one of mine outside anyway, just to see!

This is a great project to do with the kids, too, just be sure that an adult does all of the cutting, because cutting through cardboard can be difficult if using scissors, and dangerous for kids if using a craft knife.

I just love the Minute Maid juice boxes for this project; they’re so cheery and colorful!  I’m going to be making my birdhouse out of the “Tropicals” juice carton today.

Supplies Needed:

Juice box bird house supplies

Juice box bird house supplies

  • Clean juice carton
  • Twigs
  • Glue
  • Craft knife
  • Keychain rings
  • Glaze (optional)
  • Paint brush (optional)

I was able to get all of the additional supplies at my local Hobby Lobby and for under $10 with the 40% off daily coupon that they have online.  Plus, I now have all of these for my craft supply box (building a well stocked craft supply box is worth it if you plan on doing any crafts in the future!)

Instructions:

  1. Cut a hole into the juice box with your craft knife.  Begin with a hole a bit smaller than you want it to be, then you have some room to shape up the circle nicely.  Also cut a small hole beneath it for the twig perch.  Don’t make the twig hole too big; you want the twig to fit snugly in it.

    Cutting a hole into the juice box

    Cutting a hole into the juice box

  2. Cut a flap in the back so that you can glue a couple of twigs inside and so that you can clean the birdhouse.  Small birds like may need the twigs to climb on since the surface of the juice box is so smooth.  If your box is going to be for decorative purposes only, then you can skip this step and the next one.

    Flap in the back

    Flap in the back

  3. Glue twigs onto the inside, just below the perch hole.  Let dry.

    A little twig ladder

    A little twig ladder

  4. Place a twig in the twig hole and place glue around the twig hole area.  Let dry.

    A twig perch

    A twig perch

  5. Cut a small hole at the top, center of the juice box, just big enough to hold the keychain ring.

    A small hole for a keychain ring to go in.

    A small hole for a keychain ring to go in.

  6. Attach a ring to the juice box and then add another ring to that one.bird houses 025
  7. If you like, you can glaze the twig for a nice effect.   Don’t forget to put newspapers down!
Glazing the tree branch makes it nice and shiny

Glazing the tree branch makes it nice and shiny

And voila!  You now have a cute, colorful birdhouse!

Feel free to decorate the box even more if you like!  You could add a roof made of raffia or some other box.  Kids may even want to further decorate their birdhouses.

Let the birdhouse dry completely and then hang it in a nice spot to add an interesting pop of color!  I placed mine in a tree outside – we even had a thunderstorm last night and it survived with only a bit of peeling glaze!  Perhaps my next one will go indoors in a windowsill!

Feb 08

How to Make Homemade Tea Soap

Homemade Tea Soap

Homemade Tea Soap

If you’re a tea lover like I am, then this craft is a must!  It’s an easy to make soap and you can simply add the tea of your choice, right out of your cupboard.  The possibilities are really endless; you can try herbal teas, black teas, fruit teas, and this list goes on!  It’s a great natural soap recipe and the leaves add a gentle, natural exfoliant to your soap.  Another great thing about making tea soap is that you don’t need additional dyes or fragrances because the tea colors the soap a beautiful natural tea color and also adds natural fragrance to the soap.

My favorite teas to use in soap making are chai and lemongrass, because they’re both incredibly aromatic in the bath.  Use chamomile and/or lavender for a sleepytime soap, or something like mint for an invigorating soap.

There are two ways that you can add the leaves (and I’ll go into more detail about adding the tea leaves later on): you can steep them in a bit of hot water first, or add the dry leaves to the warm soap base.  Either way works, but I find that steeping them first results in a more aromatic scent pre-use, whereas if you add the dry leaves to the soap base without steeping them first, the scent is released more as you use the soap.  You also get more of the natural health benefits of the tea leaves if you don’t steep them first.  In either case, you still get some nice exfoliation from the tea leaves.

There are lots of different ways to make soap: cold processed, hot processed, or melt & pour with the use of ready-made bases.  In this recipe we will be using ready made bases to keep things nice and easy; and these days there are a lot of good bases (and some poor quality ones to watch out for) to choose from.

One item you will need is a good ready-made base.  Many craft stores sell soap bases and when I buy craft store soap bases, I like to use Life of the Party brand.  They have a lot of natural bases that turn out nice, smooth soaps.  Hobby Lobby usually carries this brand, and if you use their online 40% off coupon, it’s a pretty good deal!

Today I will be working with one of my favorite bases: Life of the Party’s Avocado Cucumber base.

Avocado Cucumber Soap Base

Avocado Cucumber Soap Base

You will also need a soap mold.  I bought a plastic one from a craft store for this project.  If you buy a wood one, you may need special soap lining so it does not stick to the wood.

Here is a full list of supplies used in making tea soap:

Supplies

  • Soap base
  • Tea
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Soap mold
  • Knife (to cut soap base)
  • Spoon (to stir the warm soap)

Directions

  1. Cut your soap base into an 8 oz block.  If you’re using Life of the Party soap, cut it into four equal pieces (each one will be 8 ounces).

    An 8 oz block of soap base

    An 8 oz block of soap base

  2. Place one 8 oz block into a clean Pyrex measuring cup or other microwave safe dish.

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    Place the soap base into a microwave safe dish

  3. Microwave the soap base for about 45 seconds, then let it cool for about 5 minutes, then microwave again for about 30 seconds, then let cool for about 1 minute.  Ideally, you want it to be warm and pourable but not so hot that it melts the bases or boils over in the microwave.
  4. Stir the mixture, making sure no lumps are left.  Microwave longer if needed.
  5. Add the tea leaves.  I add the amount of tea in one tea bag (for one serving) for each bar, so I will add the tea in two tea bags to 8 ounces of base.

    I am adding some wonderfully aromatic natural chai tea leaves to my soap base.

    I am adding some wonderfully aromatic natural chai tea leaves to my soap base.

  6. Stir the mixture well.
  7. While it’s still warm and stirred, pour the soap into the molds.  This should be the perfect amount for two 4 ounce bars of soap.

    My naturally colored and scented tea soap bars sitting in the molds

    My naturally colored and scented tea soap bars sitting in the molds

  8. Let sit overnight.  In the morning, place the hardened soap in the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes, then once you take it out, it will be easier to gently pop it out of the base.  Don’t leave it in the freezer for too long, though, or your soap might sweat once it starts thawing.

You now have your very own natural tea soap bars!

Feb 08

How To Make Soap The Easy Way: A Step-by-Step Guide

Handmade Bar Soap

Handmade Bar Soap

Making soap can be a fun craft project for all ages!  I make them for my own personal use because most commercially made soaps simply don’t hold a candle to good handmade soaps.  Also, I get to choose the base and fragrance combination to make my own perfectly customized bars of soap.  It’s also a great project to do with the kids!  Just be sure that an adult is supervising when handling hot soap for obvious reasons.

There are different ways to make soap: cold processed, hot processed, or melt & pour with the use of ready-made bases.  I prefer to use ready made bases because, frankly, I don’t like handling lye and acid, and these days there are a lot of good bases (and some poor quality ones to watch out for) on the market to choose from.

Avocado Cucumber Soap Base

Avocado Cucumber Soap Base

One item you will need is a good ready-made base.  Many craft stores sell soap bases and when I buy craft store bases, I like to use Life of the Party brand.  They have a lot of natural bases that turn out nice, smooth soaps.  Hobby Lobby usually carries this brand, and if you use their online %40 off coupon, it’s a pretty good deal!

Today I will be working with one of my favorite bases: Life of the Party’s Avocado Cucumber base.

You will also need a soap mold.  I bought a plastic one from a craft store and it works fine for me.  If you buy a wood one, you may need special soap lining so it does not stick to the wood.

Another optional supply is fragrance oil.  You can use any fragrance oil as long as it says “body safe.”  Personally, I haven’t found any of quality that I like at craft stores so I buy most of my fragrances online through CandleScience.com.  Most, but not all, of their fragrances are body safe, so be sure to check if you shop there for soap scents.

Many people simply enjoy a fresh clean bar without the scent.  That is fine, too!

Here is a full list of supplies used in making our soap today:

Supplies

  • Soap base
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Soap mold
  • Knife (to cut soap base)
  • Spoon (to stir the warm soap)
  • Fragrance (optional)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Exfoliant additives (optional)

Directions

  1. Cut your soap base into an 8 oz block.  If you’re using Life of the Party soap, cut it into four equal pieces (each one will be 8 ounces).

    An 8 oz block of soap base

    An 8 oz block of soap base

  2. Place one 8 oz block into a clean Pyrex measuring cup.

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    Place the soap base into a microwave safe dish

  3. Microwave the soap base for about 45 seconds, then let it cool for about 5 minutes, then microwave again for about 30 seconds, then let cool for about 1 minute.  Ideally, you want it to be warm and pourable but not so hot that it melts the bases or boils over in the microwave.
  4. Stir the mixture, making sure no lumps are left.  Microwave longer if needed.

    Have your molds and additives ready – soap base cools quickly!

    Have your molds and additives ready – soap base cools quickly!

  5. Add fragrance oil now if you are making scented soap, and keep stirring.  I add one ounce of fragrance oil for every pound of soap.  If you’re using pure essential oils you will probably want to use less because they are usually stronger than fragrance oils.
  6. At this point you can also add food coloring if you like.  One to two drops should be plenty.  You can also wait until after you pour the soap into the base to try to make swirls.
  7. You can also add exfoliants at this point if you like.  Some popular exfoliants are sea salt, oatmeal, and jojoba.

    Plain soap base poured into molds

    Plain soap base poured into molds

  8. While it’s still warm, and once it’s all stirred, pour the soap into the molds.  This should be the perfect amount for two 4 ounce bars of soap.

    I added one drop of red food coloring to each bar, and then made swirls with a knife.

    I added one drop of red food coloring to each bar, and then made swirls with a knife.

  9. Let sit overnight.  In the morning, place the hardened soap in the freezer for about 5 to 10 minutes, then once you take it out, it will be easier to gently pop it out of the base.  Don’t leave it in the freezer for too long, though, or your soap might sweat once it starts thawing.

    Soap in the molds

    Soap in the molds

And that’s it!  You now have your very own homemade bars of soap!

 

 

Jan 23

Handmade Valentine’s Day Creations You Can Make

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Valentine’s Day Crafts with Perfect Glue

Valentine’s Day is not just a holiday for couples; it is a day to show everyone you love your appreciation. Why not express your admiration and love by creating personalized gifts and treats? Whether a delicious breakfast-in-bed or embellished Valentines, your loved ones will treasure your handmade gifts and thoughtfulness.

Breakfast-in-bed
Valentine’s Day Crafts with Perfect Glue
It’s all in the presentation. Make assorted fruit, crispy toast and fresh-squeezed orange juice a special breakfast treat by serving them with fancy china, silverware and a brightly-colored, homemade centerpiece. With just a little fabric, ribbon and the right glue, a plain glass cylinder can be transformed into a colorful vase for the breakfast tray. Use it to display a Valentine bouquet or to hold cookies and treats.

You’ll need:

Perfect Glue 1
Cylindrical glass or metal vase
Fabric (2 colors or prints)
Ribbon
Rotary cutter or scissors
Cutting mat
Ruler
Iron
Clothespin

For the bottom layer (closest to the vase), cut a piece of fabric large enough to wrap around the vase with a 1/4 inch allowance on all four sides. Fold edge of fabric over 1/4 inch on top and bottom edges and iron.

Cut another piece of fabric narrower than the first, with the same 1/4 inch allowance. Fold over and iron edges as before. Apply a thin line of Perfect Glue 1 to top and bottom edges of narrower piece of fabric; glue to bottom inside layer of fabric. Layer ribbon over fabric and glue. Once dry (approximately 1 hour), wrap layered fabric band around vase. Apply a thin line of glue to one end and glue to vase. Glue one end over the other; secure with a clothespin at the top edge while drying.

Perfect Glue offers several inspirational ideas for craft enthusiasts. Visit www.perfectglue.com for more information.
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Jan 22

Welcome to Crafts at Savvy Cafe!

origami humming-birdRibbon; check, glue; check, glitter; check, a thousand and one ideas; check.

When it comes to crafting, there are always a thousand supplies that you need and a thousand things that you can make but sometimes getting from the craft store to the completed project can be a difficult task in itself. That is where this site is going to help you.

If you are like me, you may not be the craftiest of people. Oh sure, you can wield a glue gun like you wield a butter knife but coming up with the ideas may leave you completely at a loss. There are tons of things to do, but how exactly do you do them.

When I first navigated the crafty waves of the creative ocean, I was often lost. I would pick up one craft and completely lose my way before I dropped it to the wayside and picked up another. It was a horrible time because I wanted to be the Martha Stewart of my home, making beautiful centerpieces that wowed my guests and made me the envy of the neighborhood but I just couldn’t get to that point.

What I did learn, through trial and error is that, a) I don’t want to be Martha, although I love her amazing detailing in all her crafts, I just don’t have the need for all the meticulous details, and b) If I lowered my standards, even by just an inch, my creations can still be beautiful, maybe not completely a-symmetrical but still beautiful.

So what does my epiphany mean to you? Well first, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart either. Don’t you feel much better all ready? Second, you came to the right spot for all your craft ideas.

Here you can find crafts that can be done by anyone. Whether you are an experienced crafter that puts Martha Stewart to shame or a complete novice, you will be able to reproduce some amazing crafts that will awe anyone that comes to your home.

We truly believe that everyone can be crafty, all it takes is an excellent how to, a few helpful tips and all the support and resources that we offer here. Oh, and a good glue gun to pull all those projects together.

Now that you are here, why don’t you browse through our crafts, add a few ideas when you have a new one and remember that the key to making an excellent craft is not in the perfection but in the little flaws that personalize the finished product.

Dec 25

The Child’s Canvas

childs canvasOne thing that I have noticed over the years is that art has moved from beautiful canvases to beautiful prints on your wall. Gone are the days where you have one or two canvases and many art buyers are spending hundreds on a print. Sure there really isn’t a need for a canvas anymore but there is something about a canvas that draws the eye – and if you don’t mind, the fingertip.

But forget about how a canvas looks on the wall and think about how it might feel like to paint. If you are a grown up, and not a painter, you probably haven’t given it much thought but imagine being a young child. The sound of the brush scratching across the canvas, the colors blending together; there is something about painting on canvas that ignites a child’s creativity.

For parents, this is a very inexpensive craft and requires very few supplies, many of which you can find at home. The canvases make excellent Christmas presents or can be used for any other time of the year. More than that, it is something that your child will love doing again and again.

What you need:

• Canvases: Most dollar stores offer canvases. Sometimes you can find little packs of 3 canvases measuring 3×5 inches or you can find individual canvases measuring 5×7 inches or 8×11 inches. For a buck, that makes it an excellent investment. I find that the 5×7 is the perfect size but go with one that you are comfortable with.
• Paint: Tempura paint works well on the canvases so don’t feel that you need to purchase expensive oil paints, unless you want to that is. I would only recommend oil paints for older children. Don’t forget the paint containers
• Paint Brushes: Go with several different types and sizes. If you don’t want to spend too much on brushes, dollar stores often stock paint brush kits that have 4 or 5 different tips.
• Frames: Frames are optional and the canvases still look nice without them.

Directions:

1. One thing that I always recommend when making a craft for children is to take some time before hand and introduce the materials. Painting on a new medium can produce one of two effects; either your child finds it so interesting that he takes his time creating or he finds it so exciting that he smears paint on it in thick layers until all you have is a brown smear across the canvas. For this reason, it is much better to have an extra canvas or two handy so your child can get over this little burst of energy.
2. Add paint to each of the containers. If you are using tempura paint, add a touch of dish soap. This makes clean up much easier.
3. Allow your child the time to create. Change canvases when asked and allow the art to dry before hanging. Talk about the creations while your child is creating.
4. Write the date, what the drawing was and your child’s name on the canvas.
5. Give as a gift or hang on the wall for yourself.
And then run back to the store for more supplies because I am positive that your child will be hooked on creating canvas art.

Dec 25

Christmas Crafts: Crafty Santa’s Cookies Plate

crafty santa's cookie plate

“Oh it’s beginning to look like Christmas,” and you are missing a very essential part to the Christmas holidays; Santa’s Cookie Plate. Yes, I know that Santa isn’t what the holidays are about but every year, thousands of children pile various types of cookies onto a plate before heading up for their restless Christmas Eve slumber. Why would Santa want a cookie off of a plain cookie plate?

Well, he probably doesn’t care but more than likely, you do, which is probably why you have come to this site to find out how to make the perfect Christmas Cookie Plate.

What you need:
• One plate: I find that ceramic plates work best and white is the best color to work with since the colors show on the plate very well.
• Christmas Stamps: I love this stamp that I purchased at the craft store Michael’s. The little Santas are from a Stampin Up set.
• Staze-On: This is a permanent stamp ink and it can be purchased at any craft store in the stamping section. Black ink is best but you can work with many different Staze-On colors.
• Sharpies: Any permanent fine tipped markers work but I am a huge fan of Sharpie. The colors are bright and they stay to the surface. Choose colors that will complement your stamp.
• Sealer Spray: There are different products on the market but find one that is safe to use on items that hold food. Krylon clear acrylic is one of these.
Directions:
1. Wash your plate and then dry it completely before you start. This is very important since a wet plate will make the images bleed.
2. Once the plate is completely dry, figure out what type of design you will want on it before you start stamping. This can be done by laying out the stamps on the plate.
3. Using the Staze-On, cover the stamp completely with ink. If the stamp is small, you can press the stamp onto the inkpad but if it is big, reverse the process and press the inkpad onto the upside down stamp. This gives you more control over where the ink is going.
4. Stamp the images. Generally, if you are stamping and make a mistake, it can be removed with a wet dishcloth; however, if the image sets, you will need to use a powdered bathroom cleaner, such as Comet, to remove the ink.
5. Once all your images are stamped onto the plate, color them in. For my plate, I used red and black as the primary colors.
6. Allow the plate to set overnight.
7. In the morning, spray with the sealer. It is better if you test it on a different plate before you spray the finished plate. Allow the sealer to dry completely and then reapply again. Repeat for a third coat.

Once your plate is sealed, it will be all ready for Christmas Eve. If you wash the plate, make sure you do a wipe down of the plate with a damp cloth. If you need to submerge it into the water, never use really hot water and never soak it. Also, never use hard cleaners on the images.

Dec 25

Japanese Craft Ideas: The Basics of Origami Folds

origami humming-birdThe first time I ever experienced Origami was in grade 4 when my teacher invited her good friend to come in and teach the class the art of paper folding.  If I remember correctly, we all did very well and by the end of the two weeks of lessons we could competently create a ball, the crane and a few other folds.  I was constantly amazed by the intricacy of the folds and how easy it was to obtain the folds if you knew a little about the basics of Origami.

And that is what this article is all about.  We won’t get into the all the major folds and we definitely won’t be creating anything at this point but you will learn a few of the folds that are essential to creating a beautiful origami craft.

The Crease and the Fold:

If you have ever tried origami, you have probably heard the term “crease” and the term “fold” but you are probably wondering what the difference is.  You need to fold something to produce a crease, right?  Of course, you are right and a crease and a fold are pretty much the same thing.  The only difference is that with a fold, you would complete the action and keep the paper in the folded position.  With a crease, you would open the page back up.  So for instance, you would fold the paper in half for some origami designs and leave it in half so you have a rectangle, or a triangle.  This is the fold.  Other patterns ask for a crease.  So instead of leaving the paper in a rectangle, you would open it back up to a square of paper; leaving a creased line running the length of the paper.  And that is all there is between a fold and a crease.

The Valley Fold

The Valley Fold

The Valley Fold:

This is one of the most common folds that you are going to create and it can be done on either a diagonal or a horizontal.

When you create a valley fold, you will need to lay your paper out on the table with the design on the bottom.  Taking one edge of your paper, you should fold it up until it reaches the other edge.  Flatten it with your fingertips and leave, unless the design is calling for a crease.  When you are finished, the printed side of the paper should be showing on both sides and when you hold the paper up and pinch it along the fold, it will create a valley.

The Mountain Fold:

The Mountain Fold

The Mountain Fold

Another common fold, the Mountain fold is done in the similar fashion as the mountain fold, except instead of folding the paper up and over, you will fold the paper down and under so the printed side is on the inside of the fold and not the outside.  Many people simply use the valley fold but instead of having the blank side facing up, they have the printed side face up.  When you hold the paper, the opened part should be facing down with the fold creating a mountain.

The Squash Fold:

The Squash Fold

The Squash Fold

The last fold that I am going to go over is the Squash Fold.  This is another fairly common fold that is used in origami but it is not considered to be one of the most basic of folds.  Still, it is important to know how to create this fold so you can make many of the different designs of origami.

When you make a squash fold, you will need to fold the paper in a diagonal manner with the valley fold to create a large triangle.  Fold the triangle in half to create a smaller triangle and use both the valley and the mountain folds to do so. This will create a crease that can be folded both ways.  Open the smaller triangle up into a larger triangle.  Take one edge of the triangle and fold it to the half line that you have already created.  This will be from the widest part of the triangle down to the peak of the triangle.  Again use the valley and mountain folds so there is a crease that can be folded both ways.  Now all you need to do is fold the triangle in half again, although this time you should open up the triangle that has been creased and fold only one side of the triangle, squashing the rest of the paper to create a square on one side of the triangle.

It is a tricky fold when you start using it but with practice it becomes very simple to do.

Now that you have the folds, you can go and create many beautiful origami art pieces from simple table decorations to elaborate mobiles.

Dec 25

Japanese Crafts

origami humming-birdHave you ever noticed that we are as a society are completely enamoured by the East?  We purchase from Asia, we buy home decor that is inspired by the East, we buy jewellery that has an Asian feel to it.  There are so many things that we enjoy from Asia that it isn’t any surprise that Asian crafts would be one of them.

Of course, this site isn’t really about Asian crafts in the general sense of the term.  In actuality, it is about Japanese Crafts.  On this site, we bring you ways to make your home look and feel as though the East has truly met the West by creating beautiful crafts.

Japanese Crafts are not just about origami, although that is one of the wider known crafts that is out there, it is about everything that brings the unique beauty of Japan and the Japanese culture to your craft table.

Of course, we do look at origami but we also look at Japanese Quilts, Japanese Jewellery, and all the little crafts that are rich with meaning and color.  We also offer tips for keeping Bonsai and many other tips on creating beautiful Japanese Crafts.

We offer a section for Japanese crafts that you can do with your children and we have pages upon pages of Japanese Crafts that you can create regardless of your age.  There really is something for everyone.

Come on in and enjoy this amazing resource on Japanese Crafts and share some of your own ideas and your own successes.  We are always happy to hear how wonderful our creations turn out or how our readers have made our crafts much better.

But don’t feel that you need to share; after all, we are here for you so you can bring the beauty of Japanese Crafts and Art into your home for only a fraction of the cost of purchasing the same items in the store.

More than that; however, is the joy that crafting brings, the piece of mind that creating inspires and the sense of accomplishment that finishing will bring as you look at your beautiful and completely breathtaking Japanese Craft.

The only problem will be that the requests for work when all your friends see how wonderful your Japanese Crafts are.

All that is left to say now is, “Uerukamu. Enjoi sono keikoku nicchuukantougou gigei.” 日本の特殊技術の美しさを歓迎して、楽しんでください “Welcome. Enjoy the beauty of Japanese Crafts.”

Dec 09

Christmas Tree Toppers: Create your own Angel

christmas-decoratingOne of the most cherished traditions of Christmas, besides opening the presents, is the moment the Christmas Tree Topper goes onto the top of the tree.  This tradition is usually reserved for one member of the family who bravely reaches up to the top of the tree as everyone waits in anticipation.  Once the tree topper is securely in place, plugged in if it has lights, and the same family member is back down with everyone else, does Christmas seem to begin.

Christmas tree toppers are very important to a finished tree and you can find them as stars, ribbons, angels and so many other things.  You can buy them or make them and the homemade variety can add a special finishing touch to the holiday tree.

This craft, which can be done with children of almost all ages, is an excellent way to make the Christmas tree topper much more than a treasured tradition; you can also make it a treasured memory.

What you need:

  • Foam Craft Ball (about 3 inches)
  • Small Foam Craft Cone (you want one where the ball perched above it will look like the head of an angel.)
  • White Construction paper
  • Colored Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • White crafter’s glue
  • 2 Pipe cleaners (gold)
  • 2 buttons
  • Pink yarn
  • Colored yarn (choose a color that resembles a hair color.)

Directions:

  1. Using the crafter’s glue, attach the ball to the top of the foam cone. This will give you the shape of your angel.  If you would like a thicker neck on your angel, simply shave down the point of the foam cone.
  2. While you are waiting for your angel to dry, have your child color the white construction paper.  Let them be as decorative as they would like and you can offer them glitter and sequins to add a shiny look to the angel.
  3. Once the cone is dry, cut out a cone shape from the white construction paper that was decorated.  Carefully glue it around the foam cone.  You can have a bit of an overhang to give the appearance of a dress.  You can also punch holes into the overhang so it looks like lace.  Set aside until it is dry.
  4. Using the buttons and the pink yarn, make the angels face by gluing them onto the foam ball.
  5. Make the hair by gluing it yarn to the top of the ball.  You can loop the yard to give a full appearance.
  6. Form your halo with the pipe cleaner and attach a second pipe cleaner to the back to form a base for your halo to sit above the angel’s head.  It works best if you double the base pipe cleaner up so it has more weight for support.
  7. Poke a hole into the back of the ball and insert the pipe cleaner base.  Add a small drop of crafter’s glue to the hole to ensure a secure fit.
  8. While the glue is drying, cut out a pair of wings and attach them to the back of the angel’s body with the crafter’s glue and allow it to dry overnight.

Once you have the angel all done, all you will need to do is agree on who can top the Christmas tree with it.

 

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