Yesterday I posted a Christmas Card Star idea. Today another idea using the same star wreath. This time you can paint the star or decorate with stickers and then use tissue paper for a stained glass effect.
I used paint markers to create the dots. As with all paint check that what you use is washable and have aprons or warn parents/carers that there will be paint! I bought Washable Dab and Dot Markers. They are for 3plus years but if you put the lids out of reach and keep a watchful eye they are ok. If you don’t feel 100% comfortable with using something in your group then don’t use it.
The two ideas…
Star wreaths are from Baker Ross
This craft has a bit of preparation – there is some cutting out for an adult or older child to do. I made a template to speed the process up!
All you need to make the ‘baby in the manger’ scene is :-
Good quality paper plates – preferably with a definite rim. You will be using the back of the plate.
Tissue paper cut into squares – dark blue and yellow
Shredded tissue paper – yellow
Brown paper cut into small squares
Grey/dark crayons to shade the silhouette of the baby’s head
To make –
Have an example to show the children and explain what it is that they are making.
Stick the tissue paper and brown paper followed by shredded tissue to make the straw. Add the star and shade the silhouette of the babies head.
For this stage give children an additional paper plate to act as a support under the craft plate. It will make sticking much easier.
When everything has dried the final stage is to fold the plate.
Isaiah 60:1-3 ‘Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.’
A Christmas picture
A craft to make – a candy cane made from two pipe cleaners. Very easy to make. You need white and red pipe cleaners and that’s all! Simply twist the two pipe cleaners together and make into a cane shape.
Add the rhyme as a label if you wish.
Luke 2:8,9 ‘And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear’
A craft to make – three lollipop sticks glued together to make a star. Add sequins and glitter and a button so you can thread through cotton to hang from the tree. Add a Bible verse of ‘Joy to the World’.
Something to listen to – Joy to the World carol. Enjoy!
third week of advent…
Matthew 1:21 ‘ She wil bear a son,and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’
A simple decoration to make – multi coloured card bauble. All you need to do is cut circles (you could make bell or tree shapes too) and stick coloured shiney paper all over. Punch a hole and add thread so you can hang from the Christmas tree.
All you need for this snowflake craft – beads and 3 pipe cleaners. Couldn’t be easier! Just criss cross the pipe cleaners to make a star shape and add the beads. Turn the pipe cleaner ends over slightly so the beads stay on. That’s it!
Here’s a selection of Christmas crafts on this blog for this year with links to find them easily – let me know if you make any and how they work. happy Christmas crafting!
Button craft Christmas tree is here
Star Christmas decoration is here
Super easy Christmas Tree picture is here.
Button Christmas card is here.
Christmas heart wreath is here.
Super easy icicle Christmas tree decoration is here.
Salt dough recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 cup water.
Mix together to form a dough. ( I added green food colouring to the dough – but I think it then took longer to dry so I won’t add it next time!)
Roll out and use a cookie cutter to make Christmas tree shapes. If you want to make hanging decorations make a hole for the thread now with a skewer.
Dry – either in a low over for three hours; air dry for a couple of days of dry in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
Decorate with paint, felt tips, glitter once the dough is dry. You could paint the trees with green acrylic paint yourself and then the trees are green and ready for the children to decorate.