As the holiday time clock continues to tick, relaxation is premium and
appears to be at a minimum! Every precious moment seems to be occupied
with shopping, parties and preparing our homes for visiting family members
and guests. Taking a minute to enjoy a project with the little ones around
us is one refreshing way to “stop to holiday time clock”,
if only for a brief period of time!
Painted crafts are creative, do-it-yourself projects for a child of any
age. Simple and inexpensively fashioned, applying paint color to a desired
object offers a personalized way for a child to celebrate the holiday season.
In addition to the sense of accomplishment derived from designing and creating
their own gift, children can experience the joy of giving their project
to a favorite friend, relative, neighbor, teacher, or coach. Select a comfortable
and appropriate painting surface, then set aside a block of time when you
will not let yourselves be disturbed. Then... create!!
of their age or level of expertise, a painted piece of art rests at the
fingertips of every child who desires the experience of creating a custom
treasure! Young children can design “home-made” holiday welcome
signs for interior doors that are fashioned from inexpensive poster board.
Holiday signs can be as simple or as elaborate as the child wishes to create.
Family surname and family members names can be painted, as well as specific
hobbies and interests that are enjoyed by the family or the individual.
Preschoolers and beginning elementary age children can paint a holiday design
and apply free-hand letters to the welcome sign, using the recipients name.
Embellish with colorful matting, exciting borders, fanciful stickers and
whimsical trims, to create a unique and personalized gift that can be enjoyed
by any recipient at any age! A holiday welcome sign can also be used as
a wall hanging or displayed on a fireplace mantel beside the family stockings.
the application of paint color, older children can transform an inexpensive
terracotta garden pot into an intriguing storage vessel that can be utilized
to house small objects. The more advanced child crafter may opt to apply
stencils to the smooth surface of the pot, creating innovative borders
and patterns. Personalizing ordinary canvas tote bags (a perfect gift
for “moms on the go” or busy teachers) and plain t-shirts
(a budget friendly choice for any friend or family member) with painted
motifs becomes a cheerful challenge when fashioned in the spirit of the
holiday season! To achieve the most effective project results, remember
to consult with a paint expert regarding appropriate selection of paint
products for the intended project surface.
Although snatching a memorable moment for yourself and your child can be
easily accomplished, it will not quickly be forgotten. With paint color
and tools in hand, designing a meaningful craft project for that special
someone will allow both adult and child to savor the pleasure of “creating
and giving” during this year’s busy holiday season!
Other Home Decoration Articles by Gail McCauley:
Decorating for Thanksgiving!
The Home Family Haven!