Saturday, December 17, 2011

Salty, Crafty, and Sweet {Snowflake Wreath}

We had friends over for our Craft Day.  Such a treat.  Krista is one of my dearest friends.  I first met her when Graham was about three months old and her beautiful daughter, Julia, was two months old.  Having babies at the same time was bonding.  If you haven't read her blog, you should.  It's amazing.  Especially this post.

Yesterday, we made these.
Not bad for a craft made from popsicle sticks, glitter, and paint.

Basically, you paint popsicle sticks and wood circles.  Then sprinkle glitter on while the paint is wet.

Assemble with a glue gun.  It's best to do this upside-down.

We were also graced with Hunter's company.  She is Krista's niece, and I now know why she likes her so much.  I was impressed with her patience, her willingness to be with us, and that she had fun crafting with seven kids.  Thank you, Hunter.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much all the kids liked the monotony of this craft.  You had to paint
 a lot of popsicle sticks.  And it took some time.  They didn't complain.

We made these molasses crinkles as our snack.

Listened to Christmas music and painted.

Enjoyed our snack of cookies and hot chocolate on a rainy, dreary day.

Didn't they do a good job?

Thanks, friends, for joining us today for Craft Day.
Let's make it a tradition.

The Details
We had fun building these.  But here are a few things you should know before you try it.
First, they are BIG.  You'll need the entire table while you glue.  That was a little tricky with 6 kids.  We had to take turns.  
Second, the only person who had patience for the gluing was Julia.  The boys were a little overwhelmed that you had to be so careful so we ended up doing it for them.  
Third, it really does take quite a bit of paint.  I under estimated how much paint was needed.  I bought 3 bottles and needed every last drop.  And didn't paint the back of our sticks like per the instructions.
Fourth, taping paper down to the table is a must.  I did this as an afterthought, and I'm so glad I did.  
Fifth, be prepared for a light dusting of glitter throughout your house.  But, hey, it's Christmas.  I just choose to think festive. 

Supply List
glue gun
jumbo popsicle sticks
white glitter
white craft paint
wood circles (small, medium, and large)

All of these things can be found at your local craft store.
Oh, and the inspiration is from here.


Laurie J said...

thanks for the tips @ the end b/c I'm trying year! looks like fun and they turned out great

Krista Sanders said...

We had a GREAT time making GIANT snowflakes!! Thanks for letting us crash your craft and eat molasses cookies.... I loved being with you and your boys!!

meg duerksen said...

that is awesome.
totally making that for winter!!!