Christmas Countdown to Gift Giving – 2 – Crafty Hands
17 days until Christmas arrives.
This is one of the best times of year to teach Charity to Children. But as they say ‘charity’ starts at home. Give yourself or a family member a gift that will keep on giving.
The Family Christmas Tree Skirt.
For households with little ones this is a twist on the “little hand in plaster” that many parents cherish. And it is a take on “lending a helping hand” for families who may volunteer all year long. Make a Christmas tree skirt to hand down to generations to come, or as a start up for a family with a tiny wee one. The only limitation is your imagination. We also saw a suggestion to add tiny feet, how sweet!
1 – Most any tree skirt you choose will work fine but felt or felt pieces work
really well too.
2 – Gold, silver or glitter paint, a non-toxic type.
3 – Place paint in saucer and have child coat palm with paint.
4 – Carefully place little palm on fabric. Voila! Instant art.
5 – Add child’s name and date to each print or pair of prints.
6 – Add parent handprints too, as a family is not complete without
Mom and Dad, eh?
Parent hand prints can be added later, after the gift is given, so
keep those paint supplies handy.
Variation For a Crafty Stitcher – Applique
We especially like this idea and it could be used for wall hangings too,
as a Christmas gift for new parents or families.
1 – Buy or make a tree skirt to whatever dimensions you choose.
2 – Trace tiny hands, right and left onto plain muslin or other fabric.
3 – Embroider the outlines, add the child’s name and date; embroider.
4 – Cut out your work either in a circle or other shape.
5 – Applique (stitch) onto the tree skirt.
6 – Use glittery thread to add a little sparkle.
Whatever you decide to do and to give this Christmas Season, as always, make it from the heart.
From all of US to all of YOU:
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas