Monday, December 2, 2013

Crossover Creations- Adorable Bell Elf Ornaments

Crossover posts are posts from my main blog that also apply to this blog's topic.

 We are big believers in promoting that gift giving should be something thought out and special, not necessarily costly. I really dislike our society's tendency to equate the cost of the gift you give with how important that person is to you. Being on a tight budget ourselves the less cost the better! So, every year we come up with an easy, low cost craft the boys can help with for them to give as presents. I'll post some of the past years crafts later, but here's this year's.

You'll need: scrap fabric, white pipe cleaners, googly eyes, medium size bells, teeny white poms, scissors, glue gun, glue sticks.

I got the scrap fabric from my fabric box but places like Joann's have scrap fabric for cheap. I got the really small white poms and the glue sticks from Ben Franklin (they have small glue guns also for like $5) and everything else from Dollar Tree. The bells are the nine pack ones from the Christmas section.

Cut the fabric to ~3"x4"rectangle. Trim and glue into cones that fit over edge of the bell. Then glue it onto the actual bell (there's a lip in the middle of the bell that makes this easy). Glue a pipe cleaner over the bottom of the 'hat' to create the white hat trim. Glue a pipe cleaner inside hat from top (to allow bending hat into place). Glue a pom on top of the hat. Glue the eyes on front. Glue string on to hang it and you're done.

The first couple times were very trial and error, but it only took a few times to get a feel for what worked best.

The snowflake design on the bottom of the bell even creates the illusion of a mouth. They are adorable and the boys and I are having a blast making them. Each bell takes only a few minutes to make start to finish once you have a groove going.

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I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!

This wonderful chapter in my life of discovering the green subculture has (mostly) ended. Living green on a budget has changed from the thrill of discovery to habit. This blog remains in rememberance- with occasionally crossover posting. I hope you join me- the same green mama on a budget, in a new blog celebrating life's daily experiences- LIFE O'KAY Still lots of crafts & crunchiness- with even more sweet family moments.

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