diy: simple christmas tree craft

It seems that every year we end up spending money on decorations for our tree. Now there is nothing wrong with that- getting into the holiday spirit is fun and infectious. Plus, having a few new ornaments gives you something to look forward to.

However, like the rest of the world we have spent even more time than usual at home this year. I, for one, have noticed how we were able to save more and spend less in doing such. So, in keeping with this year’s theme of saving some money and getting creative, I decided that any new ornaments to go on our tree would be made from our hands and hearts.

Inspired by the cutest snowman ornament that I came across on Instagram, the kids and I set about one evening collecting pinecones and twigs.

The following morning I grabbed the remaining supplies from our craft room. This included:

– a hot glue gun
– google eyes
– red, orange, and black pipe cleaners
– twine
– white paint

The first thing I did was paint half of the pinecones white. I chose ones whose tops fit together nicely. Then I set those aside.

Next, we set about making the reindeer. We glued the eyes on, followed by the red nose and antlers. Finally, we topped them off with twine.

For the snowmen, we glued their tops together. Then we fitted them with eyes, a nose, and a scarf. Lastly, the twine for the tree.

Remy and Wilder loved making them and hanging them on the tree. Over and over again (they keep rearranging the ornaments). Most of all, they cost nothing and provided us with an evening and entire morning of entertainment, and lifetime of memories. Best. Craft. Ever.

If you are wanting more Christmas DIYs, be sure to visit this post!

Emory

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learning about butterflies

I follow an account on Instagram by the name of The Hidden Way. Emily is wife to a schoolteacher, and focuses many of her posts on homeschooling. Now I do not homeschool Remy. Being just 3 years old, she probably won’t start preschool or pre-K until she is 4, and kindergarten until she is 5. At this point, I do intend on sending her to school. Having said that, I found one of Emily’s homeschooling posts just too cute and interesting to not try out!

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Soo we’ve been doing a thing. ☺️ We just learned how to fold these origami butterflies and are currently obsessed with making them! We’ve been using our @twigandmoth cards to inspire their designs and it’s been a great way to focus in on all the little details and variations of these fluttery friends ☺️ The butterflies really look 3-D – we love how realistic they look! And they’re so fun to make 🙌🏻 ⁣ ⁣ Swipe to see @twigandmoth’s beautiful butterfly digital download collection that we have in our classroom. And KEEP swiping to see the awesome butterfly book we found at a library sale. 😉 It is chock full of images and info – a great example of a Charlotte Mason living book and a wonderful addition to our home library 😌 ⁣ ⁣ Do any of you school through the weekend? We are definitely looser but usually get up to the school room at least for a bit. Hope you have a great next few days 🥰😊⁣ ⁣ “One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child's intellectual life.”⁣ ⁣ – Charlotte Mason⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #exploringnaturewithchildren #charlottemasoneducation #childrenseemagic #charlottemason #charlottemasonliving #simplycharlottemason #natureschool #natureplay #reggiokids #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreemama #homeschoolfamily #learningthroughplay #learningathome #schoolathome #homeschoollife #homeed #homeeducation #preschoolathome #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolmom #homeschoolcollective #living_homeschool #welleducatedheart #aquietstyle #takeamoment#childledlearning #nothingisordinary_nature

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The above post was one that was used for a school lesson. I love origami (I used to do it more in high school, but stopped) and Remy loves butterflies, so I thought that I would try it with her. We searched butterflies online since I didn’t have a book at the time, and after picking one out, I created one for her. Then I put the picture in front of her, and she set about recreating its colours through paint.

This was such a simple and beautiful activity. I wasn’t sure how it would go, hence me not being totally prepared. Next time, I will make sure that we go to the library first to get the books, and then come home and make whatever it is that we are learning about. I think that it will be frogs next!

This homeschooling thing isn’t so bad after all. ;-)))

Emory

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