Our weekends are starting to get packed with craft making. Tiny-Small likes to make presents for the holidays and we are starting earlier than usual this year. I think that is a good thing. We recently made clothes pin mermaids. If you’d like to make some too visit Red Ted Art because that is where we got the idea and the directions to make them.
Tiny-Small had a blast painting glitter glue on the fins, and then, because we like to be extra fancy, we glued some other things on for extra sparkle. You really cannot have too much sparkle when you are a four year old girl…or a mermaid.
We were thinking they might make cute refrigerator magnets or Christmas tree decorations. I found some pipe cleaners and strung them through the clothes pin slots and they doubled nicely as a way to hang them and as mermaid arms. We used whatever yarn we could find in my craft stash for hair and sharpie markers to draw the faces on. It was a blast!
After they were dry, Tiny-Small decided to select a few to play with as dolls. She sat and played “house” with them for quite a while. She even asked if we could make them some dresses. We might do that on another day.
I did see a tutorial for clothes pin ballerinas go by. I am all about making little tutus. We might try making some of those next time instead.
Every year we make a big portion of our gifts. Most of the people we give gifts to are adults and they have everything they need. So we tend to focus more on how we can use our time to express our love. This usually includes a lot of painting, gluing, and baking. I am pretty excited that we are starting earlier than usual this year. Hopefully that will take some of the pressure off once the December crunch rolls around.
I am also really enjoying Tiny-Small at this age. She is getting old enough to follow some directions and her drawings and creations delight me to no end. I am really excited about the possibilities and art-making activities ahead of us this year.
Are you making any crafts for the holidays or with your kids right now?