Tissue Paper Hearts

Some red tissue paper squares (easily cut out in bulk), hearts cut from cardboard pulled out of the recycling bin, some glue, and some kids yielded some spectacular decorations. It’s rather difficult to not come out with a decoration anyone could appreciate.

My three older children each decorated a heart, using slightly different techniques. My eight year old (the middle heart is his) went with the tried and true method of wrapping the square around a pencil, dipping it in glue, and neatly placing the flower like creation on his cardboard heart. My 6 year old (her heart is at the top) did likewise, but with a mashing down procedure at the end. You may notice the the bottom of the heart looks less fluffy. My 3 1/2 year old, whose heart is at the bottom), attempted this technique before trying out several others. It’s a mass of glue and tissue paper. All of them look spectacular, through my not so humble figurative mom glasses.

I love showcasing my children’s work as our holiday decorations. They do, too.

Treasure Bags for Imbolc

I have intentions of following the Earth based holidays, surprising my family with little gifts in recognition of them. Somehow, after the wondrousness of Yule, January tends to fly by. Imbolc sneaks up on me, and I resign myself to giving Valentine’s gifts, instead.

This year, however, I’m doing much better. Imbolc did not sneak up on me again. I secretly ordered a copy of Rick Riordan’s The Red Pyramid, along with a reference book. I wanted to make something to go with it, but without having read the book yet, I was at a loss of what to make. I finally decided to knit some little drawstring treasure bags. Every great archaelogist, or child, can use a treasure bag.

When the kids woke up on Imbolc, they received a double surprise. Not only were there gifts awaiting them in the living room, we were in the middle of a huge snowstorm. That meant another home day with Daddy, who was very excited to watch the kids come into the living room.

February brought many heroic crafts to Our Family Creates! Check out some of the wonderful posts from last month’s participants:

Visit Code Name: Mama and Living Peacefully with Children to find out how you can participate in the next Families, Create! Carnival. Our March theme is “Animals” – what animals are your favorites and why? Get creative and share with us how animals are a part of your and your children’s lives.