Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Crafts

My little guy, Daniel, loves to "help" so I have had to get creative when I want to get any DIY's done.  A year ago I made some Paint Swirl Ornaments and I thought this would be a great project for Daniel to try.  He was so excited to pick his own paints for each ornament.

After picking the paints for the ornament we started pouring paint through the opening at top of the ornament and moving the ornament around a bit to start the swirling process.  Daniel loved swirling the paint and was very proud of himself.  Once the ornament was coated with paint on the inside I placed it upside down on a paper plate to let the excess paint drain out.  I did have to go back to it a few times and move the ornament so there wasn't a huge build up of paint inside.  I have also seen people put the ornament upside down in a plastic cup which is genius I just didn't have a cup to use.

Here are our completed ornaments.  I added a ribbon loop to the top of most of the ornaments.  This was a really great project for Dan and he is excited to give them as gifts to his family.

Another project Daniel and I tackled together was painting this unfinished wooden tree I found on one of my trips to A.C. Moore.  I thought it would make a really cute decoration.  I started painting it a forest green and I let Daniel paint the back the same color.  

After painting the whole tree green, I used a sponge to dab on some white paint to look like snow.  As soon as Dan saw that he wanted to add "snow" to his side.  I mixed glitter paint with the white so the tree would have a little sparkle once the lights were added.

We bought colored lights for it and my little helper put them in place.

The tree came out really cute and Dan loves it which is all that really matters.

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