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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 11

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

Christmas Crafts!  Part Two

It is no secret I love hand and foot print art.  Last year we made these Mistletoes plates.  We gave them to some family as gifts.  I had thought we might make them again, but decided I wanted to do something different.

We made salt dough ornaments with the kids fingerprints to give to family.

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OK, admittedly, I am not as pleased with them as I was with the plates.  Mostly because you can’t tell the difference between Ian’s & Sid’s thumb prints.

They are really easy, and I could make  a lot of them all at once.  Ian is much more cooperative with these projects than Sid is.  So I needed something that I could quickly make a lot.

To make these Christmas Tree Fingerprint Ornaments you will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup water (+/-)
  • rolling-pin
  • cookie sheet
  • paint (or food coloring)
  • ribbon
  • thumbs belonging to your favorite kids

Preheat oven to 250°.

Mix salt and flour together, add water a little at a time until a dough if formed.  If using food coloring to color ornaments add to water prior to mixing with four & salt.  Knead until dough becomes elastic, smooth and stickiness is gone, adding little bits of flour as needed.

Roll out dough to 1/4″ thick on a greased surface.  Use Christmas tree cookie cutter to cut out ornaments, I was able to make about 15.  Poke a hole for the ribbon at the top of the tree.

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Have kids use finger/thumb prints to make ornaments on the cut out trees.

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This is a good assembly line project.  Ian just went through and put two prints on each one.  I did have to tell him not to put them on the edge.

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Little guys might need some help or persuading to get their thumbs on there.  Sid was not very enthusiastic about this.

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Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 2 hours.  Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before painting.  I used whatever craft paint I had on hand.  One was acrylic and one was enamel, both worked fine.

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Thread a length of ribbon through the hole and tie in order to hang up.

There is no ornament on a tree better than the ones your children make.  At least, according to me.

 

 

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12 Days of Christmas Tradition ~ Day 10

One of the reasons I love the Christmas holiday is the traditions.

I love reviving old family traditions, and making new ones.  I love remembering fondly the things that I did as a child at Christmas time and the things I couldn’t wait to do again.

As an adult, I get to make sure our family participates in our traditions and make new ones.

Christmas Crafts!

It is so much fun to make things with the kids, but this craft is made by me with the use of the kids hands.

On Christmas Eve I realized I didn’t have a plate for Santa’s Cookies!  I tried to find on at the store and couldn’t find one I liked, and decided to make my own.

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I know, make a plate on Christmas Eve, was I crazy?

I had seen this post around thanksgiving and thought it was great and knew I wanted to make something in that style.

Decorating with Sharpies are so easy! As long as you don’t make a mistake…

You will need:

  • ceramic plate
  • sharpies, at least two colors
  • rubbing alcohol
  • pattern, as a sticker

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Clean your plate with rubbing alcohol before use.

Trace you child(ren)’s hand on the sticker, then cut out.  I used large address labels, but they didn’t work that well, contact paper would be better.  The address labels have too much adhesive and were really hard to remove.

Place the pattern on the plate and using the sharpies, start your dots.

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Dot heavily around the pattern, and tapering out as you go towards the plate edge.  Since I had two hands, I kept the heavy pattern in between the hands.

On the first plate I did, I dotted around the pattern, which took a long time.  I thought if I could remove the address label quickly it would be easier, so I traced around the hands before dotting.  I was able to cleanly remove the address label, but I didn’t like the look as much.

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It is also better if you don’t use a brand new sharpie, you want the point to be blunt for better dots.

When you get the look you want you need to cure it.  If there is a mistake you can probably clean it up with some rubbing alcohol and a cotton swab.

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See the residue of the address label…

Place your plate in a cold oven and turn it on to 350°.  Bake for 30 minutes, turn off oven and let the plate cool while still in the oven.  You can spray with a clear sealing spray if you want, but I can’t guarantee it would be food safe.  I would recommend hand washing only.

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I used vinyl stickers for the “Cookies for Santa” on the plate.  I had planned on writing “from our hands to your” but didn’t think there was room.

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Happy Father’s Day to one and all, but two most of all

I would first like to wish a Happy Father’s day to my Dad.

Because, let’s face it, he is half the reason I am here.

I really wanted to post a picture of us, preferably from when I was little, but I don’t have my hard drive hooked up right now.  So hopefully I will have some time to later.

But I wanted to take a moment to tell you I love you.

“Dad, I love you”

I would now like to wish my husband a happy father’s day. You have given me these two wonderful boys that have made you a father and me a mother.  For that, there are  no words to express how thankful I am.

There is no greater sound then when I hear you and Ian laughing at whatever game you are playing.

Ian & Dad just chillin'

Ian & Dad just chillin’

I don’t really see the point of buying my husband something for father’s day.  It would be different if the kids wanted to get him something, but they are too young still. I do however love the homemade gifts they give.

Typically the kids make something in school, but my boys are not in school yet, so I had to help them.

I saw this Hand Print art on Pinterest.

Left: Pinterest picture Right: Our attempt

Left: Pinterest picture
Right: Our attempt

Have I ever told you how much I love hand print art?

Well, I will tell you now.

“I LOVE hand print art, more than chocolate covered peanut butter.”

Since Ian went on his first fishing trip with his dad recently, I thought it would be perfect.  Plus I could add Baby Sid’s hand print as another fish.

Turns out, I should really think these things through before I begin.

Since Ian was ready to paint, I didn’t want him to change his mind, and I quickly painted his hand and put it to canvas.

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Ian & Baby Sid's hands

Ian & Baby Sid’s hands

I had let Ian pick out the color of the fish.  Again, should have thought that trough first.

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Since the water was blue, we should have done a contrasting color.  And yes, I should have painted the water first, which was the major problem with this picture.

My mom helped me with Baby Sid’s hand print, but I should have waited until he was asleep.  Cause his is the one on top and it looks bigger than Ian’s.

I think they looked more like birds then fish.

Ian was very happy with the picture, but the perfectionist in me couldn’t quite enjoy it.

Ian really like making his hand prints, so while I was trying to finish the painting he was making more hand prints.

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I decided to use these hand prints and make something else.

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Of course I found the quote on Pinterest.

Even though the painting didn’t turn out the way I saw it in my mind, Ian gave it to Dad anyway.  Ian was very proud of the picture and really liked it.  It just won’t be going up on the walls of the living room.

 

Happy Father’s Day

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