I used to buy the chocolate advent calendars but I never liked the waxy chocolate much. Ok, I didn't like it at all and the good chocolate ones were quite out of my price range. So I got it together and made an advent calendar that I could stuff with chocolate I did like.
With a couple of 9 year old kids doing the tutorial for this project, I just plain had fun with it. Once Pug finished with the "there's something wrong with these scissors" and "the paintbrush is no good", he enjoyed the process and the outcome. Boo, she just likes doing this kind of stuff, and never mind how it goes or even turns out though, as always, she did a great job. They both went on to make more without supervision or direction and they turned out even better than the first ones. When we were done, my husband decided he wanted to try one out and I got a kick out of the kids "being the adults" and telling him how to do it, step by step. My husband doesn't follow instructions particularly well and generally doesn't listen to much of anything so it was very entertaining for me to listen in on what the kids had to say to him about it. If nothing else, Pug and Boo may have some empathy for me now when I get to the point of exasperation with my husband.
The folded paper tree garland is a very easy papercraft decoration. Once you've prepared the paper, the cutting and folding is a snap. The beauty of this project is that the materials are probably on hand. Recycle kraft parcel or packing wrap, reuse your gift tissue or use up your wrapping paper scraps. Add some glue and ribbon and you have yourself a garland to match your Christmas colour scheme. Scale down the size and make a few ornaments for your tree or as gifts. Once you get the hang of the folding, it goes very quickly and it's kid friendly too!
White glue and food colouring create these sweet ornaments with a stained glass look. It is a simple enough project for children to enjoy but can be turned into a more complex piece for adults. The drying time does keep you waiting though! Some more examples of what can be done with this idea are coming up. When, I'm not sure because I have several WIP's cluttering my work space at the moment. But they will be happening. There. It's in writing. I have to do it now. Click here for the White Glue Ornaments tutorial.
White glue (school glue, PVA glue) is versatile, easy to clean up, safe for little hands and paws, quick to dry, dries clear, paintable and it's ridiculously inexpensive. You can use it to stick all manner of things together, create decorative surfaces, seal paper and fabric, or provide a coat of protection to a surface. But white glue out of the bottle doesn't always have the right consistency for a project or you need a slightly different kind of product for your project. Knowing how to modify white glue means you can avoid buying a variety of glues or special products for your projects. White glue doesn't work for everything, but it works well in a lot of projects that do not need to be completely waterproof or of archival quality. So before you run out to buy that special glue, sealer or paint, try modifying your white glue.