With 3 little ones at home, plus a big brother with his schoolwork, my holiday crafts need to be quick projects, relatively easy to set up and take down. If I need to stop quickly, I should be able to move the entire project out of harm’s way. Painting simple wooden decorations and sewing small decorations from scraps of fabric are perfect projects for this season of my life. I can work on them in small increments of time, and feel like I’m accomplishing something amidst the ever-constant chaos of 4 kids.
Last Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect time to work on a number of paint projects for decorations. I set up everything on an over-sized baking sheet on the kitchen table and put my dabs of craft paint on a paper plate for easy clean up when I was finished.
I have a collection of wooden painted letters that has grown over time. All of my wooden letters have come from Michael’s Craft Store. I use craft paint to paint them, usually doing about 2 to 3 coats for good coverage. If I have time, I shellac the letters, otherwise, I don’t bother. Besides the Advent set, I have a Thanksgiving set in multiple colors, Lent, and Christmas.
I also painted and shellacked the wooden trees that I mentioned last week. After coming to love the simple shapes and feel of wooden Montessori and Waldorf toys, I love the feel and look of these wooden trees. My kids love them, too, and want to play with them at the kitchen table.
These soft Christmas trees have been an unexpectedly fun sewing project. These came from a pattern posted by Little Birds Handmade last Christmas. I didn’t have time to make them then, but I’ve been doing one each night. They are very quick to make and the kids love seeing them appear each morning. Kids 8 and up could hand sew the small decorations on the trees before they are sewn together.
Find more simple handmade Christmas decorations on my Christmas Ideas, Gifts, and Recipe Pinterest board.