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I’ve already established, at length, how I am not the craftiest person in the world.
Despite my newfound crochet extremism, I’m pretty much the gumbiest crafter there ever was.
I always have good intentions, and I always have a brilliant idea.
But it never turns out as brilliantly as it looked in my head, and I get disheartened.
Also, I am not the most patient of people.
So crafting with my kids is akin to putting myself through cruel and unusual punishment – I only pull out the craft box when I am at an absolute loss as to what to do to occupy the little
ferals darlings next.
However, this year I was determined that once we got through Roo’s birthday and party, she and I would spend some quality time Christmas crafting, baking and getting in the festive spirit.
This is the first year Roo has really understood Christmas, the Santa part obviously, but also that Christmas is a time of love and joy and family.
So, with the clean up from her birthday done, it was time to get our craft on.
I am a big fan of recycling for craft. Two reasons:
a) I suck at actually getting things into the recycling bin, and
b) I am too stingy to spend the dosh on proper craft supplies. Sue me.
So, with all these coffee pod boxes I had lying around, and some coloured paper left over from birthday party shenanigans, I came up with something that Roo and I could do together, without driving me too mental, and that would look cute and be easily stored for next year.
Merry Christmas Star Bunting:
You will need
Cardboard – I used old coffee boxes, but any kind of cardboard box would do. Or you could be all fancy and use actual cardstock.
Stamps and ink – I borrowed some stamps off a friend, because when we were shopping she bought them, and I thought I should get some too, but then I didn’t. And then when I decided I really did need them, I went back and they were no longer in stock.
Coloured paper – I used black paper I had left over, and coloured it gold with a marker, but you could either buy the colour you like, print the colour or a pattered paper, or just use white.
Glue – both a sstick glue and craft glue
Glitter – I used red and green because our tree has silver and gold bauble and I didn’t want to exhaust the metallic options too early on.
Scissors – for the cutting. Obviously.
A pen – for tracing
A star and circle template – I used a cookie cutter and a bottle top, but if you are fancy you could probably print a template or use a stencil.
Trace and cut 14 stars out (the amount of letters in “Merry Christmas”. Let the kids go crazy with your glue stick. Then go crazy with the glitter.
Once those are done set them aside to dry.
I then kicked Roo out of the kitchen, but if you are using artwork or coloured in paper you could let your kids do that bit too. I’m just mean and started to get impatient.
Use your masterpiece/coloured/patterned paper to trace 14 circles.
Inside the circles, stamp your message with your preferred colour ink.
Cut the circles out.
I then let Roo come back in and help me glue the circles onto the glittered stars. Which she did not find interesting and just ended up making a mess with stamps and ink.
Note to self: next time, put away enticing stamps and ink before Roo kills them.
Allow to dry.
Then you get to put them up!
I was sent these nifty 3M Scotch Restickables so I used them to mount our bunting.
The great thing about the Restickables is that they are, in fact, restickable. If you drop them, get them dirty, want to use them for something new or just lose their “stick”, you can remove them (its quite easy and didn’t ruin my walls!), wash them in soapy water and they are like new and ready to use again!
I tried using them to stick up a crochet star bunting earlier in the week, but the wool did not like to stay stuck so I just washed and dried my Restickables and they are ready to use again whenever I need them! I’ve kept mine on baking paper ready for resuse, but if you were a clever person (unlike me) you could probably keep the film covers the Restickables come with.
Scotch Restickabes come in a range of sizes and shapes, all perfect for lightweight mounting. RRP is $4.95 and you can grab yourself some of these little beauties at Bunnings or Officeworks nationwide.
You could leave a comment telling me about your gumbiest (silliest/weirdest/most failed) craft attempt and I can send you out a prize pack!! I have samples for three runners up as well
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