Thursday, March 11, 2010
Crafty Gifts from the First Grade Set
Hot Rod came home from school on Thursday with a recycled Star Wars fighter jet (or whatever the heck they're called). He said his crayon box was broken so he made it into a craft(the one on the left).
One of his friends thought it was cool so immediately when he came home he pilfered one of our crayon boxes. He said "but I'm recycling, Mama." And I said, "Yes, but that box still had a full load of crayons in it." His reply was a shoulder shrug and he dumped the crayons into our wooden crayon box. And I chided myself for obviously not explaining the recycle concept to them fully enough and for instilling a mad-crafter-at-all-costs mentality in them.
They did turn out pretty cool and his friend loved receiving his at school on Monday.
On Saturday, the big maniacs were invited to the birthday party of a dear little friend. I am really trying to incorporate artsy/craftsy gifts that we can hand make into all gift giving. But with little kids, I am not always sure if the result is worth the effort. And maybe I should just look at it differently. But it's a lot of effort to hand make things, even for the maniacs. And I have to say that I encourage their more crafty gifts for friends and family who I know will appreciate them.....and understand them. Is that snotty of me? Oh well. We were very happy to make the birthday gifts for this birthday girl because she and her family are very creative themselves and very excited about handmade items. That made us so happy.
First, Hot Rod asked his father to help with another wood burning craft. He knew his little friend adored horses and he remembered a horse stencil in his wood burning kit. So they created a piece of art for her. He said it was a necklace and he asked me to get some yarn and beads out for him to decorate it. It turned out very cute, if a bit big for a necklace. We called it the medallion. It certainly was a treasure.
Then Lil' Mermaid started on her present. Since making her dolphin pillow, she has loved the idea of drawing on fabric and making simple pillows. She is getting to be quite the little sewist. I should work with both of them on sewing more frequently but Peelu's little fingers get into much trouble around the sewing machine and supplies.
Again, knowing her friend's love of horses - the theme was "pretty pony". I think the drawing is so beautifully vivid. And the pillow turned out wonderfully.
I loved the look in both of their eyes. They were so proud of themselves and so happy to give these handmade gifts to their friend. So worth it.