Monday, December 13, 2010

Crafts with the Kiddos

Juju's Craft PartyA couple of weeks ago, I helped a good friend of mine throw a craft party for her three year old.  Inspired by the Kimmel Kids Crafting Community Weekend I went to in Palm Springs in October, we set up two rental tables with chairs and laid out the materials. On one side, the kids made and decorated paper hats and flapper-style headbands with construction paper feathers and other adornments, and on the other, they made necklaces and earrings with glass and wooden beads.
Juju's Craft PartyTo make the necklaces, we strung the beads onto string or ribbon, and pushed the ends through with a toothpick or skewer.  With the ribbon, we tied knots to keep the beads in place and add spaces or length - just like we did at the craft weekend with the fabric necklaces.
Juju and cupcakeFor the headdresses, I made some paper feathers and decorations out of construction paper ahead of time and the kids picked them out and glued them to strips from large sheets of construction paper.  They really seemed to enjoy coming up with their own designs, and cut some of their own shapes too. 
Juju's Craft Party Juju's Craft PartyJuju's Craft PartyTo make the origami paper hats we folded sheets torn from a large pad of newsprint sketchpad paper. (For the folding instructions, click here.)  They didn't stay on very well, but they looked cute decorated with the cut outs. 
Juju's Craft PartyThere were snacks, drinks and sweets displayed on this sweet table in a corner decorated with paper poms, and hot chocolate, lemonade and milk were served in covered glass jars with paper straws.  A good time was definitely had by all.  We were a little worried initially, because it rained, and the last thing you want in your beautiful home is a bunch of cooped up, cranky children - but the house is a lovely and calm place to spend a rainy day with it's double-sided fireplace and walls of glass, and the crafts proved to be a perfect rainy day activity - so it all worked out well in the end.
Juju's Craft Party
I even stayed on after the party ended, to help the guest of honor work on her paper crafts.  (Pronounced "paypuh craphs.")  Note the tongue.
Juju's Craft Party
Another shot, because I just can't resist.  I adore this child.
Juju's Craft Party
I bought the construction paper at Michaels and Joann (they had slightly better quality supplies at Michaels, it seemed to me). All you really need is good quality, bright construction paper, some scissors and a couple of glue sticks.
Juju's Craft Party
I had actually bought most of these wooden beads at Michael's a few months earlier, intending to do a project with my nieces. We never got around to it, and by the time I went back to buy more for this party all I could find were natural colored ones, which I mixed with the colored ones to stretch the quantity. I did find a few sources for colored wooden beads online, here, here and here and while I can't vouch for them, they look promising. (If you have extra time on your hands, this also looks like a fun idea.) 

It was a little bit of work to put everything together and set it all up, but it was an absolute blast.  I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!

7 comments:

  1. Thanks again for all your help! The kids (and the grown-ups!) had so much fun. You should submit this to one of the party blogs! ;-)

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  2. Impressive! And that little girl is absolutely adorable. Like the new blog header too.

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  3. oh you are a good friend lady! that party looks fab!

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  4. p.s. jora's house...sigh.

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  5. You are such a good auntie! Looks like fun. Jora and her kids are adorable as ever!

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  6. It looks like you did a great job! Another good source for craft supplies is the Lakeshore Learning Center in Hazard Center off Friars Road. The have a good selection of paper. Also Blick, they have a kids section upstairs

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  7. Thanks guys! And thanks Rayrena for the tips on supplies! I will have to check that out for my nieces.

    Yes, Jora and her kids, house, etc. are delightful. Lucky me. :)

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