Welcome back to Kids Get Crafty for a crafty 2 in 1 Christmas craft (and how many “crafts” can I fit into one sentence!?!?)… I love this little craft. It is simple. Easy and adored by recipients: With the help of cookie cutters as templates make simple Christmas cards, which can be used as Christmas Tree decorations too!
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. I don’t think I have ever “hidden the fact” that we ADORE Oliver Jeffers. He has such a cute and quirky storytelling and illustration style that you simply can’t help but fall in love with his work.. amongst others we love “Lost & Found”. And today we have How To Catch a Star. In this book the boy sets out to catch a star – because it is so beautiful and he wants it as a friend… he thinks about when he sees it in the day (at the very end of the day) and waits all day for it to appear. But then he can’t reach it. He thinks about climbing up a tree to catch. And he thinks about the star’s reflection in the sea (except he doesn’t realise it is just a reflection)… he simply cannot reach it or keep hold of it. How is the boy going to get his star…?! Then one day, he does indeed succeed. Read the book to find out how! Once again beautifully illustrated and written in a way that you could really imagine the audience thinking in. Adorable.
Well.. if you can’t catch a star, about making your own? As I mentioned, these double of as greeting cards AND Christmas decorations. 2 for 1. Fabulous!
Materials: Cookie cutter Christmas shapes, corrugated card (or any card), sequins (or glitter glue or stickers), glue, scissors, ribbon, bluetack & cards & envelopes
1) We made these last year, when Red Ted was just under 3yrs, so I traced and cut out all the shapes for him.
2) Glue on sequins. I find less is more. Red Ted finds more is more. The choice is yours. We developed a “sprinkling sequins” technique, which involves lots of glue and throwing sequins on, as my son doesn’t like glue on his fingers.
3) Wait to dry.
4) Make a hole (I used some sharp scissors), but you can hole punch a hole before adding the sequins.
5) Thread some ribbon.
6) Stick onto card stock with blue tack – it can then be removed and used as a decoration. Two for one! I know the grandparents will like this one!
If you have been crafty with your kid’s be it at home, in the kitchen or outdoors, I would love for you to link up: