Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Crafts for kids with an “Angel “theme

Since, earlier I did a blog for adult I thought I should do one for children!  Years ago, I did the first one as a project with my special needs students.  They turn out great!

Paperclip Angel

Materials:  12 inch piece of 1/8th inch ribbon,1-silver 8mm round bead, 1-#2 size paperclip clamp, scissors, glue and craft needle

Additional Materials for Birthstone Angels:
1- 8mm faceted bead
4- 6mm faceted beads
1-ribbon rose

Fold ribbon in half. Tie ribbon onto the paper clip using a half hitch by putting the loop end of ribbon through the center of the paper clip, then pull loose ends of ribbon through the loop and tighten. Add the silver bead onto the loose ends of the ribbon and slide bead down to the knot. Depending on the size of the hole in the bead, you may need to use a craft needle to add the bead onto the ribbon. Determine the desired length of the ribbon and tie an overhand at the top and trim. You may want to add a drop of glue to the bead to keep it from sliding.

Birthstone Angels: Make Birthstone Angels by changing the silver bead to a 8mm faceted bead and adding matching beads, ribbon and a ribbon rose to correspond with the birthstone month. Just slide two beads onto each side of the paper clip. To add the ribbon rose, tightly wrap the entire stem around in the middle of the clip (where indicated in picture) and trim off excess. (September Birthstone Angel is shown).

Plastic Spoon Angel Craft

Materials:   a plastic spoon, a triangle of construction paper about the same height as the spoon, some markers, glitter glue, sparkles or sequins (we used glitter glue), some scraps of wool, a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, tape, glue and OPTIONAL:  small wiggly eyes

Cut a triangle out of the construction paper (older children can do this themselves.
Decorate the triangle however you wish (we used glitter glue, but you could use markers, bits of lace, sequins and/or sparkles.) Set aside your triangle to dry.

Take a black marker and draw on a face.  Younger children will prefer to glue on wiggly eyes instead of drawing the face. Take 3 or 4 strands of wool (you can tie bows or braid the hair... you can make it long or short.  Let the kids decide on the hair style).
Put a knot in the top middle of the hair (so it's all tied together) and glue the knot to the top of the spoon.   Set the spoon aside (carefully) to dry.
Take the white sheet of paper and cut it in half so you have two 8 1/2 by 5 1/2 pieces of paper (the measurements don't have to be exact.  Discard one of the pieces (or use it for your next angel)
Put the paper in front of you so the 8 1/2 inch side is facing you.
Fan folds the 8 1/2 inch side.  To fan fold: 
Fold about 3/4 inch, flip paper over, fold about 3/4 inch, and continue until it's all folded like a fan.
Put a piece of tape around the center of the fan to make wings.
Tape the spoon to the back of the triangle paper.
Tape the fan wings to the back of the spoon.  Tasha trimmed her wings down a bit as she thought they were too big.  Tape works well than glue (Add a small piece of wool or ribbon (tape it onto the top) so you can hang her on your tree.  Or you can pin her to a bulletin board or glue her to the front of a homemade Christmas Card. 

Popsicle Stick Angel Craft

Materials:  11 popsicle sticks, glue, small photo of child OR round, flat wooden circle and OPTIONAL:  gold or silver or white paint or glitter glue


OPTIONAL:  paint the Popsicle sticks and let dry.  It looks nice if the dress (5 sticks) is gold or silver and the wings (6 sticks) are white.
Make the dress (5 popsicle sticks):
Take 2 popsicle sticks and glue them together in a fan shape
Take 2 more popsicle sticks and make a fan shape in the opposite direction

Push the two fans side by side and glue the last Popsicle stick on top to make a dress shape

Make two wings (3 popsicle sticks each)
Put three Popsicle sticks together in a fan shape to make one wing
Put three popsicle sticks together in a fan shape to make the second wing

Assemble the angel
Glue both wings on either side of the dress
Cut a photo of the child (cut around the head) and glue onto the top
OR Glue a flat, wood circle onto the top and paint on facial features if desired

Glue a piece of thread or ribbon onto the back so you can hang it on the tree!

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