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Make Your Own Christmas

Friday, November 27, 2009

Does anyone remember decoupage projects from our youth? It is incredibly cheap to decoupage. I taught my grandson how to decoupage tonight. I brought home a bubblegum bucket from work. Christian cut out pictures of flowers and cats from old magazines. We pasted those to the bucket and lid. That is drying in place now. I cannot remember if it has to dry first, so we are drying it. Besides, I get a little short tempered after several hours of cutting out pictures from a magazine when I need sleep. Lol. Anywho, tomorrow morning we will apply the decoupage. After it dries, he can fill it with mini chocolates that I purchased at half-price the day after Halloween.

We had a lot of fun with barely any financial output. The bucket was saved from the trash. The magazines were passed down from someone who was going to toss them. The glue stick was half of 97 cents, and I will make the decoupage instead of buying it for about a dollar. Maybe two. Then we will fill it up with miniature candy bars that maybe put me out a couple of bucks.

Most importantly, we had a GREAT time together (until the evil cranky needs sleep Nanny got out)! Christian spent a few hours pouring love into making something nice for his mother.

Tomorrow we make Christmas ornaments, which is a many hour project. We do it every year, though. It is special to watch a child turn a pile of trash into a gift for Mother. We should all think about making more of our gifts. They hold a sentimental value in addtion to the spirit of the gift.
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  • NUTNFANCY
    This is a memory for each of you to cherish! Your grandson will always remember the time that Grandma spent with him. It seems people don't have the time to just sit and enjoy the moment. emoticon
    4181 days ago
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    I have collected many beautiful Christmas ornaments over the years. My favorites are still the ones my children made. I have a dough ornament with my daughter's face on it, a reindeer and candy cane my younger son made and photo ornaments of my older son. They are the treasures of the tree.

    Thank you for sharing the wonderful time you had with your grandson.

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    4181 days ago
  • LINDACHRISTIE
    A couple of years ago we brought back a lot of ses shells and my grand daughter glued them to a box and made a jewel box for her mum. I think a lot of the old arts are dying out nowadays. Like knitting and sewing as the young today find it easier to go out and buy.
    4181 days ago
  • CINDBUG
    How do you make decoupage? is it watered down white glue? or some other recipe? (I have a preschool grandson and it would be fun for us tohave a day like yours!!)
    4182 days ago
  • TLB1630
    Oh how wonderful. I remember for years, making dough ornaments for Christmas presents. For years I taught Kindergarten CCD class so every year I'd make each child their very own ornament made out of dough. It's the dough with flour & salt, know which I mean?? I would use cookie cutters to make the shapes then paint & decorate them. Then I'd personalize each one with their very own name with the YEAR. I'm not sure who liked them the best, the parent, the child or myself in the fun of doing them!! What a great way to begin the Christmas Season... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4182 days ago
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