Snowmen & Clay Pot Pumpkins

Crafting with children can be so much fun.

When my son was in the children’s choir at our Methodist church, their rehearsals were once a week. The kids would come to the church right from school, and we’d have parents there to help with homework assignments, some provided snacks, and I was in charge of spending a little time crafting with them before they went into choir practice. It was so much fun for me; I enjoyed watching the children create. These two projects are ideas I found on Pinterest.

PS — these can also be fun party favors.

These two project are so simple and take very little time.

Supplies

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tiny clay pots and their saucers, something for the pumpkin stem (I used almond nuts in the shell), wire for the curls, ribbon for the bows, silk fall leaves, low-temp glue, black Sharpie marker, acrylic paints, small paint brushes, toothpick, tiny easel and tiny canvas

The clay pots are available at any craft or garden supply store for about 79-cents. The tiny easel was $2.50 at Joann’s and the tiny canvas came in a package of 3 for $1.99. I already had the rest of the supplies.

We’ll start with the Clay Pot Pumpkins.

Using the black Sharpie, draw the jack-o-lantern faces on to the pot. Then, turn the saucer over so the bottom is up. Using the low-temp glue, apply whatever you are using for the pumpkin stem to the center of the bottom of the saucer. You can go outside and break off a piece of a branch to use as your stem. Using the low-temp glue, attach the leaf and the curl made from wire. (Just wrap some floral wire around a pencil and slide it off.) I glued down a bow, but you can also wrap a piece of ribbon around the stem and tie a bow.

Fill your pumpkins with candy and you’ve got a fun treat that the kids made themselves.

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Next up is the Fingerprint Snowmen. So cute!!

Paint the tiny canvas with whatever background color you choose. I used blue. Then slather white paint all over the child’s four fingers. (Mine is only three fingers because adult fingers are bigger and only three fit on the canvas.) Have the child place his/her fingers on the tiny canvas and help him/her press down into the canvas. Then quickly lift the fingers off of the canvas. You’re left with four tiny finger prints.

Under the finger prints, which will become your snowmen, and using the white paint, create a mound of snow.

Then begin painting the features of the snowman, like his famous black hat, his carrot nose, a scarf around his neck, branches for arms, buttons down his front, etc. This is so much fun and you’ll have a record of their tiny hand prints forever.

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I hope you’ll spend some quality time crafting with your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews over the coming months.

 

 

 

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