The holiday season is in full swing, now. Two weekends ago, we began decorating to bring a bit of warmth and celebration into our home. Prior to dragging out all of the holiday bits and baubles, I took some time to think about how I would like our home to look and feel this season. I had a vision of creating an air of 'handmade magic' in our home.
We began by picking out our Christmas tree one snowy afternoon and went from there. Over the next couple of days, we put up about half of what we normally do, in anticipation of decking our halls with art created by my 3 year old, along with a few additions from Mom and Dad.
Our first day was spent creating a hand and footprint reindeer, along with a couple of stamped pages using cookie cutters. We selected red and green washable paints, then added a bit of glitter for shimmer.
Another afternoon, I used masking tape to create snowflakes on a piece of construction paper. My son and I found some white and silver paint, mixed in a bit of silver glitter, and used brushes to paint around the tape. Once it dried, I removed the tape and hung the painting up in the living room.
For Family Art Night, the three of us created our own snowman family. Using a toilet paper roll, the lid of a canning jar, and a plastic cup we made three different sized circles for the bodies by dipping them in white paint. Each of us took turns gluing on buttons and creating faces for our snowman.
To bring a bit of science to our holiday decorating, we also grew snowflake crystals on the first week of Advent. You can find a simple tutorial here to grow your own out of borax! We hung the flakes on a tree that we added to our Advent Nature Table, along with a few finds that we had (seashells, rocks, and crystals) and ones that we collected over the past couple of weeks (feathers, pinecones, and evergreen). We're looking forward to adding more in the last two weeks of Advent, as well!
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