I had been planning on doing a Button Christmas tree with my kids this season, inspired by this image on Pinterest. We had tons of beautiful buttons left over from the Button Pumpkin project, and I was eager to put those to use. However, as we learned from that (sorta failure of a) project, covering an entire form in buttons is HARD WORK, and takes way more stamina than the average person has (in my house anyway.)
So, when I heard about the Creative Challenge our friend Rachelle from TinkerLab was planning to host — how to use your recycled magazines / catalogs for a child-directed creative project — a light bulb went off. We’d cover those foam cones with magazines first, and then use the buttons as decorations! Forget trying to cover the whole darn thing! Yay!!
I gathered our materials:
* Foam cones from the craft store – these are the kind to use for floral arrangements
* Catalogs – there’s no shortage of those arriving in the mail these days…
* Buttons & other miscellaneous embellishments (sequins, jewels, etc)
* Pins – we used some w/ large green heads, which made them more decorative
* MOD-PODGE – I’m sure all of you are all over this stuff, but I’ve had a jar of it in our craft drawer for a year and never used it. Oh My Lord – what have I been missing??
First, S & I went to town cutting up the catalogs. I ended up creating most of the volume of scraps, but she had a grand time with her scissor work.
So we ended up with a nice tray of assorted-size scraps:
And then the real fun began. I have to admit that S and I both had SO MUCH FUN covering our cones (yes, I had to get in on the action too.)
She needed a little help getting all the holes covered, but she did a remarkable job managing a tricky (sticky) material.
She was disappointed when I told her we’d have to wait for the glue to dry before we could add the buttons. But then I realized – why stop here, since we already have a nice, sticky surface? When I asked S if she thought we should add some glitter, her eyes lit right up. We took her cone outside (yep, even somewhat crafty moms hate glitter on the kitchen floor), and S sprinkled away.
It didn’t take long for the Mod-Podge to dry, and S began sticking on the buttons and other sparkly things she found for ornaments.
I have to say, this project was a huge hit in our house, and will be a holiday repeat for us for years to come. It was also such a treat for my daughter and me to explore materials that we don’t normally use and find a new favorite – Mod-Podge! Thanks so much to Rachelle for inspiring us with her creative challenge!
Kiwi Crate is pleased to be co-sponsoring, along with TinkerLab, a give-away of a Kiwi Crate box, which includes all the materials and inspiration for 2-3 projects related to a theme (e.g., dinosaurs.) Projects may include arts and crafts, science activities, imaginative play and more, and have been hand-selected and kid-tested to be open ended and encourage curiosity, exploration and creativity! Two winners will be randomly drawn – one from comments on this blog and one from comments on TinkerLab’s blog – at the end of the giveaway – 9pm PST Monday Dec 12.
To enter, please leave a comment on this blog post.
Comments Closed. Thank you to all of you for your comments. The winner is Pamela Cain – congratulations, Pamela!
Please check out the other amazingly creative moms who are also participating in the Creative Challenge!
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