Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Thanksgiving decoration year 2010

Got this idea from my Son's school last year , where they asked each kid to decorate one feather and the teacher had done a wonderful job of putting all the feathers with one big turkey body on the door.

We decided to do a similar one where the blue feather was done by my Son, the purple feather was done by my daughter and the rest of the 3 feathers were done by everybody including my husband, and my parents.

The supplies include "craft paper of different colors, bead stickers which I usually use for other projects, feathers from last years idea and leaf stickers ". All we did is cut out the feather shape from different color papers. Draw an outline and then stick bead stickers. In the middle, stick feathers and leaf stickers. The body of turkey was drawn by me in brown paper and cut out , but my son helped me with the eyes and the nose.

It was a fun family project and we all loved it when it was hanging at our door. For more information on last year project refer to blog "Thanksgiving game and activity ".

Monday, November 29, 2010

May flower basket

One of my son's homework was to do a May flower basket and drop it off at the neighbor's house. Since I have a three year old also, we did a total of 3 baskets, one made by my Son, one made by my daughter (only the bead sticking part) and one by me just to show the kids how to do it.

Take a white paper and fold in in a cone shaped. Fold the bottom and stick it with a tape (middle and right one as shown on the photo), or leave it in tapered form. (left most one). Then with pipe cleaner make the handle as shown. Since pipe cleaners are easyto bend and fold, we used this to make the handle.

To decorate the basket we used bead stickers. It was easy to stick and make any design by kids. For my other projects with bead stickers refer to the project "Goody bag with 3d gem stickers", and "bookmark created by my Son".

Filled it with our garden flowers and handed one of them to our neighbor.

It was fun easy and kids loved doing activities with Moms !!

Halloween Oct 2010 Decorations

This year's halloween decorations was very similar to last years but skipped a lot due to time limit. Usual tradition of pumpkin carving was skipped this year too. But instead, we decorated small pumpkins with foam stickers and placed it at the entrance. You will see pictures of them below. Lets say it was very simple project done by my kids.

Let me walk you through with all the things the kids did.

 Pumpkin Wreath :- The kids did many pumpkins using dot-art pens on paper and my son gave directions on how to draw the eyes, nose and mouth. Then we taped to a pipe cleaner in a circle form and hung it on the door.
Ghosts-  I'm not into drawing ghosts. So my Son took in charge and draw ghosts and cut them out. The least help I did helped him hang it on the door.
Halloween glow stickers :- We received a 3 pack Halloween glow stickers which we pasted them on the door.

Pumpkin decorations :-

Pumpkins were decorated with foam stickers one by my daughter and the other one by my Son.  They were foam stickers to decorate pumpkins. Since we got this as a gift along with the 3 glow stickers, we decided to decorate the pumpkin with the foam stickers. The set had 3 different kinds of stickers. My daughter chose the one with green eyes and purple nose and yellow mouth. My son wanted to do the black one. It was a very easy project for a 6 year old but a good one for my 3 year old daughter.

This was a very simple project but my kids enjoyed doing such projects with me. This time their grandparents also loved seeing the grandchildren doing such projects.

Gift for teacher June 2010 - Painted terra cotta pot

As the school year ends, we decide to give teachers gifts. When it comes to individual gifts, I try to do something along with the gifts I buy. This time for my daughter's school teachers (year school ends in June) I decided to paint the terracotta pots and give the gifts and pack it along with these. The Pot can be used to plant pots or to use inside class as (pencil/pen) holders.

I painted 5 pots, 2 big yellow ones are for the 2 main teachers and the 3 small ones are for the remaining teachers who have helped. The size was no intentional, I got the count wrong and had to get 3 smaller ones as  the big size was not available.

The 2 pots were painted yellow with purple on the top, did some designs on the. The other 3 were painted pink with gold color at the top rim. Did a design with a black pen.To finish it I glazed the plate with glitter glaze to give the finishing touch (its shine).

To fill inside these pots, you can buy small gifts and wrap them and personalize it the way you want them. I bought small gifts put inside them, wrapped them with a transparent sheet and tied a ribbon on the top.

For more information on Terra Cotta painting refer to my blog "First Terra Cotta pot painting" . Another craft was the terra cotta candle holder "Terra cotta candle holder".