Today's ornament is super easy and makes a wonderful way to preserve your child's artwork!
Supplies: ✴small embroidery hoop (definitely check the thrift stores for these!) ✴light colored cotton fabric, tightly woven, enough to cover hoop with an extra inch all around ✴scissors ✴crayons ✴one piece white copy paper ✴acrylic paint (your choice of colors) ✴paint brush ✴glue ✴iron
Directions: ✴cut your fabric so it covers your hoop with about an extra inch all around
✴have your child draw a picture within that space with the crayons (the finer the weave of the fabric the easier it is to color on)
✴while the artwork is being created you can paint the embroidery hoop; you only need to paint the outside ring since the other ring will be completely covered
✴when the artwork is completed place a piece of plain white paper over it and press with a hot iron until wax is melted into the fabric; you won't be able to tell much but it should feel smooth and some of the wax may be absorbed into the paper
✴put the finished artwork into the hoop and tighten
✴trim the extra fabric so it will just wrap around to the inside, about ¼"
✴run a line of glue along the edge of the inside hoop and press the fabric towards the center
✴you can write your child's name and date on the inside hoop; add ribbon to hang
There's no reason for store-bought gift wrap when you have artists at home that will work for the joy of creating :) Reuse as much paper as you can - newspaper, packaging paper, grocery bags, copy paper - and get out the paint, markers, stamps, stickers, and crayons for some wrapping paper fun!
Several years ago we went paper-free and now all of our gifts are tucked into reuseable fabric bags which I love! I'll come back here and add some links for simple bags to make - this is a great beginning sewing project too :)
Directions: → print the pdf's on card stock and cut out the animals → color in one side of the animal as it appears in the rest of the year → turn the animal over and color in the eyes → glue white cotton on the animal to represent it's white fur in the winter → attach a string and hang