I told you we're trying to have a handmade Christmas this year. "Trying," meaning "I'm not entirely sure we'll pull it off," meaning, "I haven't finished what I wanted to make," but we have been busy with our trying, anyway. Our children have really gotten into this idea of making gifts. It's been good for them to have to think creatively.
Our ballerina likes to sew and bake, so deciding what she wanted to make everyone was easy. Our boys, though, needed to do some thinking. Our little guy (8yo) decided to make stickers with my old Xyron sticker-making machine. After drawing on cardstock with markers, he simply puts the paper into the machine, turns the dial, and voila!, stickers! I've had that machine for years, but seldom use it, so I'm happy he's getting such enjoyment from it. I'm also glad it's so easy for him to master alone. Before he had the idea of stickers, he wanted to sew pillows. That would mean that his mama (me, yes) is doing the sewing and he's telling me what to do. I'm behind on my own need-to-do list, so I am especially supportive of his sticker-making idea.
Our 13yo asked if he could learn to use the scroll saw the other day. Why not? After laying out a few rules and making him quote them to me at least five times, he thought he'd use the saw to make puzzles for his sisters and brothers. This is the one he made for his brother:
Step One: Draw a picture outline on thick cardboard or thin wood (this cardboard was from the back of an old dresser, but any cardboard or thin wood would do - you can buy it new if you don't have an old dresser to tear apart)
Step Two: Paint the picture. The entire surface should be covered in paint. We chose acrylic paints -- those that you find in the little bottles at the craft store.
Step Three: Cut that picture into puzzle pieces (note to his Nana, my mom: you might not want to see the next photos of his hands so close to that saw blade. But we don't need to worry. He said the rules at least five times, remember.)
Step Four: See if you can put the puzzle back together again!
If you're working on projects, too, leave a link so we can see what you're doing!