Snowman and Penguin Decorations:
Are you looking for some easy Christmas crafts to keep the kids busy and engaged after school lets out, prior to Christmas? Here are a couple of fairly easy crafts that are pretty cute, too. I’m not that talented when it comes to crafting, so your kids will probably be able to create some better-looking decorations.
∙Large size wooden craft sticks (although any size would work)
∙Hot glue gun or Elmer’s glue
∙Black craft paint
∙White craft paint
∙Fabric scraps in yellow, orange and misc. colors or colored paper
∙Pipe cleaners and pompoms
∙3-1/2” by 5” pieces white card stock or index card
∙Misc. buttons, bows
I was able to purchase all these supplies at local thrift stores, Irwin Drug, The Dollar Store and The Print Shop, along with “scraps of past crafts” that I have at home.
Instructions: On your white cardstock or index card, line up your craft sticks. I used seven for the large snowman and six for the large penguin and two each for the smaller ones. Cut card to fit back of two sticks for smaller ones). The cardstock makes it easier to glue the craft sticks together and provides a good support for the back of the decoration. Glue a stick slanted a couple inches down (crossways) from the top of the snowman’s head (for the hat: see photo).
Make sure these are dried well, then paint snowman white and penguin black. Allow to fully dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. Paint white horseshoe/round spot for penguin’s tummy. When completely dry, glue on eyes. Cut pieces for nose/beak and penguin feet. I used fabric, but you can also use colored paper. Use pipe cleaner and pompoms to make earmuffs for penguin and décor for snowman hat. On the small snowman, I tied on a ribbon scarf and used buttons on his tummy. I tied a fabric scarf (flannel scrap) on the penguin. When dry, paint mouth on snowman with black paint.
∙Small bows for wreathes
∙Thread or twine
I purchased these beads at Loving Hands and Syringa thrift stores, the twine at Arnzen Drug and the small bows and pipe cleaners at The Dollar Store, where I have also seen these types of beads. Placing these beads on the pipe cleaners and bending them to your desired ornament shape is very easy and can be accomplished by toddlers, middle-aged children and older kids, too. Make your own patterns and color choices. I chose …….