Ornament making time has become Eliza’s favorite part of the day. I hear, “Is it time to do our project now?” about 17 times before lunch. Added bonus: I’ve found that her love of ornament making is a very effective way of getting her to clean her room. “We can make our ornament as soon as your room is clean” = instant success. We will have to invent daily projects for the rest of the year.
Our Day 4 ornament was another quickie project kit. We loved the Day 1 Owls so much that we purchased similar kits to do on days when we don’t have as much time to get crafty.
The kits are just self-adhesive foam. Super cute and easy. Eliza wanted to make sure that the deer could hang out with the owls.
My favorite ornament so far was also the most time consuming; Day 5 was a Christmas tree made of Perler Beads, which we made without a template. It took us about an hour and a half, partially because Perlers take a lot of patience for people with I’m-almost-five-years-old dexterity and partially because we were watching the Nutcracker while we made it. Ballerinas are more exciting than ornaments sometimes.
On Day 6 Eliza learned how to embroider (under very close supervision, of course). I put some lumberjack tartan in a teeny embroidery hoop and drew a star on the back in thick black marker. Eliza’s job was to put the needle through the star points like a connect-the-dot. I was very impressed.
Jake was in charge of Day 7 (can you tell?). I think he just wanted to use his Dremel. Jake drilled a hole through a walnut and Eliza drew a face on it. I think he looks like a monkey. When I asked, “How is this ornament Christmasy?”, Jake answered, “What do you mean? It’s a nut!”
Which apparently is Christmasy by default.
We’ll be sharing days 8-10 tomorrow. Hopefully my December Daily update will be ready by then too; I ran out of red ink in the middle of printing photos for it!