Tuesday, June 15, 2010

a craft perfectly suited for a pixie princess...

Last year I had wanted to do a craft with the kiddos at the Fif's 2nd birthday party. It was a japanese tea party theme, so I purchased origami paper to decoupage onto large wooden blocks. I had planned to finish them up on my own later {sanding them to look vintage-y and spraying with clear coat} and drop them off to our guests at a later time. It was a great idea, in theory, but the girls were really too young and the combination of party being outside on a quite warm day and my morning sickness...well, I think the blocks are still sitting in my basement somewhere.
This year, I came up with a far better project. We used modge podge to glue "leaf skeletons" to these adorable wooden boxes I had found in the dollar section of the craft store. The girls added flowers and glitter and when they were done, I neatened up the modge podge and reinforced the flowers with hot glue.

I think the fact that the girls were older, that it was a smaller party and that we were inside in the air conditioning all helped make this project a success. The whole thing lasted about 10 minutes, just right amount of time for little attention spans. And if I realized one thing it was that less is definitely more; by choosing a select few things {the leaves, flowers and glitter} that I knew would look good, it guaranteed a beautiful box...and an easy clean up!

And we mama's all know when it comes to the little people, the best things are the one's that turn out lovely, but with very little mess!


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