It's no secret that I'm not a crafty mom. So when I wrote on Twitter the other day that I was, in fact, sitting down to craft something, Erin (of Design by Insight) had this to say:
"Sitting in stunned silence. @BrookeWrites is crafting?"
Apparently my "non-craftiness" has earned me something of a reputation among my friends! So what's a non-crafty mama to do when Christmas, one of the most meaningful times of the year, is fast-approaching? She thinks outside of the box, that's what.
Look what happened when I forced myself to pick up a pair of scissors, construction paper, and a (shock! gasp!) glue stick...
Christmas Crafts for Kids
- Construction paper (white, black, orange and red)
- A snowman cut-out to trace (or other symbol of Christmas). I bought a $.99 gift bag at Walmart with Frosty on it, cut that out and traced it onto the white construction paper.
- Glue stick
- White envelope labels (I had tons lying around the house)
- Christmas ornament hangers (or paperclips!)
- Whatever version of the Bible you like best.
I've been searching for ways to teach my boys to serve each other. They're more likely to have a fist fight than help each other pick up toys, so it's really necessary for me to find a way to hone in the message. I heard someone share recently about a friend of theirs who had hung up "one-anothering" verses from the Bible all over their house as a powerful reminder for her family. My boys are still learning to read, but I knew I could easily adapt that to be a Christmas tradition around the McGlothlin Home for Boys (hopefully one that sticks around all year long).
I originally thought I would buy some snowflake Christmas ornaments and stick the verses on them for this activity, but it turns out that ornaments are expensive, and the only cheap ones I could find had glitter all over them (no thank you!). It only took about 30 seconds for me to decide NOT to trace and cut out my own snowflakes, so this non-crafty mom settled on two big circles, a hat, scarf, eyes and nose.
From start-to-finish, creating the jolly, happy souls took me about two hours. Not bad for someone who NEVER crafts. It took another five minutes to search "one another" verses on my computer and write them on the envelope labels I attached to Frosty's scarf.
THIS is the finished product (I'll have them laminated over the weekend so we can use them again each year).
Starting Monday one of these fun snowmen will magically "appear" around our house. The boys know I was making them, but they have no idea what they're for. I hope to create a fun game out of finding them by giving a *very* small gift to the person whose eyes land on Frosty first each day. When he's found, we'll read the "one-anothering" verse together, figure out what it means to us, and spend the day trying to do it to each other. At the end of the day, each Frosty will lovingly find his way to our little tree that stays up all year round. I've made enough to ensure one act of "one-anothering" a day until Christmas.
Easy peasy, non-crafty craft.
What ways are you working hard to make Christmas special for your family?
(I used the following verses for Frosty's scarf: Romans 12:10a, Romans 12:10b, John 13:34, Colossians 3:13, 1 John 4:12, 1 Thessalonians 5:11, Zechariah 7:9, Hebrews 10:24, Ephesians 4:2, Ephesians 4:32, 1 John 4:7, John 13:34, all from the ESV).
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