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Kids Crafts: Mini Present Ornaments (Or Christmas at the Dolls House part 2)

| December 21, 2011 | 18 Comments

christmas ornamentschristmas ornamentsWell.. as you know it is Christmas in our dolls’ house too. Last week we made some little Christmas Tree ornaments that doubled up as the dolls’ house *real* tree. We then also made paper chains. Red Ted has been wrapping “things” at nursery and wanted to do “more wrapping” at home. So together we came up with the idea to wrap some matchbox presents for the dolls… We didn’t have any wrapping paper so we made some first! I think these little presents would look GREAT on a Christmas tree OR under a dolls’ Christmas tree… Interestingly, Pip Squeak really took to these again and spent hours stacking the present in the Playmobile fire engine, then on the toy campervan table, then in the dolls house and then just running around with them in the house. A very good result!

Red Ted wishes you all LOTS of presents this Christmas….

The Book

Harvey Slumfenburger's Christmas PresentHarvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present

Now here is a Santa story that is different! Red Ted LOVES LOVES LOVES this book. His humour is just beginning to develope and really does like “silly things”. In this story Father Christmas is returning from delivering all the presents. He and the reindeer are very tired, but there is one present left to deliver! Of course Father Christmas sets out to deliver it, but leave sthe tired reindeer behind. How will he do it ? He get help along the way – from motorcyclists, to flying in hot air balloons to rock climbing. Harvey really does live far away, but he WILL get his present!

The text is reasonably simple and we love the illustrations.

The Craft

Of course you can just use wrapping paper odds and ends, but we decided to make our “own” by using festive stamps. Red Ted really loves “stamping” and he is starting to be able to do it really well (i.e. not wobble it too much or layer several stamps over each other). I emphasise “starting”…. you could also just print of some of these lovely free printables and you should have great paper! Or just draw lots of little things on your paper – like holly berries and leaves or draw your own stars…

Materials: Match boxes, plain or coloured paper, festive stamps and ink pads, scissors, cellotape and ribbon.

present ornaments christmas in the dolls house

christmas in the dolls house

1. So easy really: get printing. We had some snowflakes and stars. The stars look lovely and later we coloured some in.

christmas in the dolls house

2. Let it dry and then get wrapping. Add your present ribbon and then a contrasting ribbon for hanging (if you are using it as an ornament!). Excuse the smudge fingers.. that is from playing with the ink pads!

christmas in the dolls house

Christmas at the dolls house

Christmas at the dolls house


For more Kid’s Craft ideas, click here for a full list.

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:

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  1. This Santa story sounds quite unique. My daughter has really been \’into\’ Santa stories these days and I\’m sure she\’ll LOVE it. I have to get this and include it in her Christmas presents.

    And the craft – totally cute. Wrapping up match boxes and stacking them is a lovely, adorable idea. We have stored quite a few match boxes and it\’ll be fun to wrap/decorate them…

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    Oh yes, Rashmie, the book is definitely one to get :-)

    And perfect use for matchbox…we have had to start begging the neighbours and family for ours! Have more matchbox crafts in store for you all!

  3. Esther says:

    My daughter got the book – \”The Little Engine That Could and the Snowy, Blowy Christmas\”, the story is somewhat similar the little engine helps Santa to deliver the presents.
    The matchbox presents are so adorable! That gives an idea tiny candy boxes can also be used!

  4. Jackie says:

    Wow! Your paper looks wonderful! Perfect for those last minute gifts :) I haven\’t heard of the book but it sounds great. We\’ll have to look for it.

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    Esther – thank you for the book recommendations!
    Jackie – we did like making the paper!!!

  6. Those tiny presents are adorable!

  7. Isil says:

    Love those tiny presents. Must make them as well 😉

  8. Red Ted Art says:

    They have been played with rather a lot in our house!!

  9. Janelle says:

    When my kids wrap presents they don\’t look so very tidy like that! We\’re not familiar with the book you mentioned.

  10. Red Ted Art says:

    Oh yes, Janelle – this was definitely a joint effort of folding and sticking!

  11. They are adorable Maggy! x

  12. amber says:

    Your wrapping paper turned out so cute, and I love the idea for tiny presents for your doll house =) Wonderful post!!

  13. Aimee says:

    Your presents came out too stinkin cute! Thank you for the linky! Have a wonderful holiday 😉

  14. April says:

    We used to love decorating the doll house for Christmas as well my my children were younger. I love your mini presents, and the doll house tree looks wonderful!!

  15. How pretty! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas!

  16. I am loving all theses dolls house things. Its so nice to step back sometimes and think you can make instead of buy something. xx

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