Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Pop-up Holiday Cards

Happy First Night of Hanukkah!

Thanks for coming!
I wanted to share this great craft to do with the kids this season:
Pop-up Holiday Cards!

I have done pop-ups a few times with my after school program kids
and they are always a crowd pleaser. 

They are fun and super easy to do.

All you need is some construction paper
(Scrapbook and card stock will work as well what ever you have.
You could even use a recycled brown paper bag!)

Some white paper for your card insert
as well as things to embellish with.
Markers, glitter, glue, pictures, e.t.c.

What I like to do is to search for free Clipart 
on theme of the pop-up cards I'm making.
For this instance Winter, Hanukah, or Christmas.

When I printed them out, 
I printed 6-9 on each page so they printed out small enough to fit in the cards.
Also to save paper and allow the kids their choice
to use the same picture more than once.

I cut them out and made little stacks for each kid to choose what they wanted.
You can find all kinds of great clipart on google in black and white so they can color them in.
(OR in color if that saves time.)

You can of course do a regular cards with the kids like below.
I like to give them the option.

To prepare the cards 
I have the kids fold both the outside of the card 
the white insert of the card in half the fat way.

To prepare the pop up it is really easy.
All you need to do is make a few cuts
(no more than half way up)
on the folded side of your insert.
For each surface you want to glue on you need to make 2 cuts.
I usually like to make 3 pop-out pieces to glue things on.
(So that would be 6 cuts.)
I like to space them out with 2 skinnier spots on the outside,
and a fatter one in the middle. 

Next you need to fold in the pieces you cut.
Basically you take each section you cut
And fold it back inside the card in the opposite direction from the fold.

Then all you need to do is glue the insert into your card. I like gluing one side at a time to make sure the folds match up to each other.
This helps you make sure your card will open without any problems.
(Make sure that when the glue is applied it only goes on the insert where it touches  the card. 
Or else the pop-ups won't pop out.)

This is what the finished product will look like. 
If you can't get to a printer you can also have kids draw their own picture on white paper and cut them out and paste them.
You could also have things printed at a staples or OfficeMax. 
They offer prints for a few cents on plain paper. 
You could also look into your local library and their computer printing policy. 
Talk to the librarian at the desk and explain what you need. 
The library might also have clip art books you could simply photocopy from.
The possibilities are endless!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Handmade Holidays!!
Happy first night of Hanukkah!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Building Block Elf Ornaments!

Here is another fun project for Christmas.
It is easy and cheap, and a lot of fun to make.
They are these cute little 
wood block elf ornaments! 
(Or you could make them as toys or shelf decorations.)

My mom made some for us with our initials when I was little.
So, I used hers as inspiration and made one for each member of our family.
That would be my husband and the two cats.
(As you see in the picture above P=Panda P=Paul (aka papa bear), and I=Ivy)
Here is the original one my mom made.

Of course I put my own little spin on them.
Here is how I made them.

For starters I bought a bag of the toy wood blocks.
(I got mine at target they were under 5 bucks. 
You could also use blank wooden blocks from the craft store if you wished and just paint the initial on.)

The rest of the materials are 
Wood Beads
Pom Poms
Whatever ribbon I had in the house
A couple of sharpies
Of course a hot glue gun.
(Now I had all this stuff in my house, 
but all together the materials would cost around $7- $10.
But once you had them you could make many more crafts with the leftovers.)

The first thing I did was was cut out my felt pieces.
I just cut out simple little collars.
You could do perfect circles or like I did make them a little scalloped around the edges.
And four rectangular pieces each elf for arms and legs.

All you do next is start gluing,
 Dab a little hot glue and stick down your arms so they stick out on the sides.

Then glue down the collar piece and the wood bead down.

Then the leg pieces so they stick out the front.
(Make sure you glue them sticking out so letter you want is in front.)

Then I glued the pom poms on the ends of the arms and legs.

If you'd like,
 to finish off the body add a little dab of glue about 1/2 down one leg and stick the other leg on top.
Now it will look like your elf is sitting with his legs crossed.

If you would like to make an ornament add a little loop of ribbon so you can hang them on your tree.
just put a little dab of glue in the back of the head and stick on your ribbon.

Next I made a little bow with some skinnier ribbon and glued it on the front.

Now the hat!
I could of just glued the pom pom on the tops of their heads,
but I didn't have enough for all of my ornaments.
So, i came up with the idea of making little hats out of ribbon.
(I have a bag of recycled ribbon from work. Ribbon that would be left on packages and would have just gone in the garbage. It was good to be able to use some of that up.)
I simple cut a enough ribbon to make a little cone shape put a little hot glue to hold the seam together.

Then I glued it on top!

To finish off the hat I added a little trim around the base.
(This was a piece of drawstring I recycled from an old sweat shirt. You can really get your craft supplies from any where if you think recycle and think outside the box!)

Last but not least I grabbed my sharpies and added a little face.
If you are not confident in your artistic abilities just keep it simple.
Two dots for eyes & a little smiley face smile.
The rosy cheeks are just two lager dots off to the side of the eyes.
Don't bother with the nose and the eyebrows if it scares you.
(But I think you'll find if you practice on a piece of paper before hand you can get it right.)

Tada! Elves!

I hope you enjoyed these cute little guys a decide to make some of your own.
You could also use some scrap fabric in place of the felt.
(Cut up an old shirt for scrap fabric if you have none around the house.)
And if you don't have ribbon you could also use a skinny strip of scrap fabric or yarn,
get creative!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Check out some other holiday project I've made!!
Happy Handmade Holidays!!!



Saturday, December 6, 2014

Paper Trees

When crafting for the Holidays
I find the most basic supplies a must.
You don't need much more than
the traditional paper, scissors, glue,
and string.
With those few things you can make just about anything.
Like these paper trees for example.
You have probably seen them around pinterest
but I found that most of the tutorials not to have a very good explanation so I decided to give you my own version.

You will simple need some paper and scissors for these guys!
Now you can use whatever paper you have around the house,
white printer paper, construction paper,
even some magazine pages.
(I used both magazine pages and construction paper.)

First square off your paper by folding one corner over to the edge of the page.

Then you want to make sure you fold the square in opposite corner to corner.

And then both in half both ways the make a rectangle.

Now open up your square and pinch & fold in one of the corners. 
to make a smaller square.

Then pinch & fold in the opposite corner.

So you end up with the photo above.

Next fold over the corners on one side of your smaller square.

So it kind of looks like your making a paper airplane like above.

Now take the corners you folded over and fold them inside the opposite way you fold them.

It should end up looking like this.

Repeat the process on the other side.

You will end up with and arrow shape with all the the the sides
neatly tucked in.

(Sorry this photo came out blurry.)
Then just cute off the bottom so you have you have your tree shaped triangle.

Your almost there!
Cut down both side of your triangle but don't go all the way into the middle.
I usually make 6 cuts down. 

After you make your cuts start folding over the corners starting at the first cut and go all the way down.

Like so.

Keep folding each layer and your tree will start to take shape.

When your done folding you will end up with amazing 
little trees.

You can display them free standing like above.
You can add some string to them either by gluing, taping,
or with a needle and thread to make them into ornaments.
Add the string to hang from the ceiling with paper snowflakes.
Like below.

I hope these instructions were a little easier to understand.
I had a lot of fun making these special trees.
(MAYBE a little TOO much fun i made A LOT of them hehe)

I hope you are having a happy Handmade Holiday so far!
Thanks for stopping by!!

<3 Holly

You can also learn how to make some
super easy