Tuesday, December 13, 2011

little waldorf classmate christmas gifts

Around this time of year, Naiya and I try to come up with some small hand made gift to give to all her classmates for the holidays.  We often draw on successful craft projects from the past and this season we feel especially pleased with our results.  Since I've only got about three people (other than my mother) who are local readers, I'm going to risk surprising our school friends and go ahead and share our idea (which we're not handing out until Thursday) for those who might still be looking for inspiration for similar purposes.
We had everything for this craft leftover from the year, but even if supplies were purchased, this little holiday offering ends up costing less than a dollar per. 


For a recent local craft market, we helped our school fashion over a hundred of the paper lanterns seen in the tutorial here.  Since the paper started as a rectangle but required a square, we were left with many, many scrap strips and from them made these teeny tiny lanterns as our gift "containers".






Then, re-using an idea from Naiya's birthday treasure hunt, we made these holiday themed "dragon tears".  Like in the tutorial shown here, we painted the backs gold and also glued on a magnet.  They're pretty and useful!





 
We laid a tuft of wool roving in the star, nestled the magnet stone inside and wrapped the whole thing in some white tulle bound with a red ribbon.  With a little more of that scrap water colored paper we also attached a brief greeting.

Children can contribute to the making of these presents by painting the watercolor sheets for the stars and gluing the little paper pictures and magnets onto the stones. 

... Hand made, inexpensive, small and ready for sharing on our last day before winter break.  Merry Christmas friends!



(For additional hand made little gifting ideas, try also clicking here for a pocket pal tutorial, here for a sand candle how-to, here for some super easy to sculpt little oven fire clay houses, here for a beeswax polish tutorial or here for a play dough recipe.  Alternately, try just scrolling through the "crafty craft" label list seen to the right.  Happy holidays and happy crafting! )

16 comments:

  1. I love your ideas! This is such a wonderful classroom gift to pass out, I love the little dragon tears, and the paper star lanterns are a fun idea to use as a gift holder!

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  2. Thanks April! I love that you always have such nice things to say! :) Aren't you also in the Portland area?

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  3. What gorgeous little gifts! The kids are going to love these :-)

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  4. Beautiful gifts! I would love it if you would share them at my sharing party at http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2011/12/sharing-saturday-10.html. Thank you!

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  5. Oh...you are a patient Mama!! They are exquisite, and I know that these gifts will be cherished!

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  6. After making so many larger ones, these just rolled right out my hands almost without looking. Hardly any patience required at all :)

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  7. Thank you for sharing them at Sharing Saturday!

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  8. Carrie, Thanks for hosting that lovely share and for the invitation!

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  9. I love your site! I can't wait to try to make some of these lovely treasures! I'm not very crafty, but I am going to give it a try!

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    1. Thanks Angela. Let me know if get stuck or have any questions. Always glad to help. Glad you stopped by :)

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  10. Amazing gift! Could you share where you got the gnome images from? They are beautiful. Great blog, thank you for sharing your craft ideas.

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    1. I'm always glad to share the few ideas I can. Unfortunately the gnome images just came from all over. I typed in "gnome drawing" or "vintage gnome" on a Google search and also found a lot here: http://scrapworkart.blogspot.com/2010/11/vintage-elves-and-fairies-46.html I don't know that bloggers name but she's made some really great collections of vintage fairies, elves, angels and whatnot that are free to grab. You might try searching around on her site. (Bless her beautiful collections!) I then just shrunk the pictures to size and printed them on my home printer. Hope that helps!

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  11. Could you share where you got the images from? i hope you will do
    Send gifts to pakistan something on it.

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    1. Hi Hank. You can see the above reply for ideas on where to find images. Good luck! :)

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  12. Thank you for the info. It sounds pretty user friendly. I guess I’ll pick one up for fun. thank u.

    Christmas Gifts

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