Sunday, July 20, 2008

Summer Sanity...

Every year in the fall I have big plans to do all sorts of holiday crafts with my kids. Every year I get too overwhelmed to do them. And every year I get sad and feel like a bad mom.

I have two kids with December birthdays (in addition to the regular craziness of the Holidays) and it's a little overwhelming. Until now!

This year I thought if I started on my Christmas things in the middle of the year, I just might have them done in time. Don't laugh. It also serves as a great summer project to keep kids busy for several hours. You can't argue with that!

Handmade Holiday Fabric
(it will be cut into strips and tied onto presents, probably wrapped in white or kraft paper)

Supplies -
Several yards of muslin or other inexpensive fabric
Craft paint in holiday colors (we picked moss green and shimmery red)
foam brushes

I mixed the paint with water in paper cups, just enough to thin it out.

Put The Man's old tees on the kids to keep them fairly clean. (See the present there? The Girl wanted to make sure you saw it.)

One of them didn't stay clothed. Or clean.

There's a red Christmas tree there. The Boy wanted to be sure that was seen.

Here is the end result drying on the clothesline.

Relatives, if you're reading you still have to act surprised at Christmas time when you receive a gift with a handmade fabric bow. K?


Julie said...

Great idea!

Rosebud Collection said...

What a great idea and such cute pictures..Love the end results..Good job kids..

CuteAndSweet Designs said...

Very clever and a great way to keep the kids busy! I may have to try this!

Jennifer said...

Not laughing here, this is a great idea! I think I have our weekend project for this weekend :-)

Also a belated congrats on your 10 year anniversary. Wonderful!

Dolce Baci said...

Thanks for the great idea!

Darlene Martin said...

awesome idea! we are off to the cottage for August and this is going to be one of our projects now!

Unknown said...

What a fun idea!

Summer days seems to last longer.... might as well fill them with fun holiday crafts!

best to you!

Sylvia C.

Brandy said...

That is absolutely adorable and I'm sure everyone who gets a gift with a bow from it will love it.

Anonymous said...

wow that looks like so much fun :)

Stacey Moore said...

so creative and cute!

Sew Gracious said...

How fun is this!!! :-)

meg duerksen said...

that is a great great idea!
very cool.
so true about holiday crafts.
someone requested teh Elf CD this weekend in the car and it got me thinking about christmas and all that goes with it and what do we want to do this year as a family...a lot to think about.
this is a great start!