Published on December 11th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain30
Stick ‘Em Up…. on your Christmas Tree
Kids crafts for me are not that easy to come up with. I find that there are so many little kids crafts out there, but the bigger kids and tweens have a harder time with finding something that interests them, and maybe, doesn’t come across as too baby-ish. So when I find a craft that I think is good for the older kiddos I am happy happy!!
These little craft stick guys are adorable right? They would be so cute on your Christmas tree, and they are easy enough to create in a hour or two. Nice thing is that there is little drying time, since I am using markers instead of paint. They are also *GASP* glitter free, so happy for the boys that can create without the threat of being covered in glitter.
You will need the large craft sticks to make these, I call them tongue depressors, because they are that size, instead of the regular thin popsicle size. You’ll need some markers, I like my Bic or Sharpie because I could control the bleeding of the ink into the wood. I also used wiggle eyes, a thin black gel pen, felt, and a jingle bells for the elf.
Here they are again for you to see the details.
This view shows how I used marker, pen and chalk for the cheeks to create each character, before the felt add ons. Where you see the ‘flesh/white” color, is simple the natural wood color.
For Rudolph, I tied a strip of felt for his scarf, and glued it on, as well as his wiggle eyes. I cut some simple ears for him, and antlers too. I found a red bead that was perfect for this nose. And I added some black marker dots to the inside of his ears.
Penguin was pretty simple, after using marker to make his feet and nose, all he needed was a pair of wiggle eyes and red scarf.
Elf was a little tricky, I used a zigzag to make his outfit, then he had to have stripey socks! I added a little garland trim to his hat along with his jingle bell. His belt buckle is a square, that I folded in half both ways to cut the inside square out.
Santa has a lot of felt going on. His hat and ball, his beard, end of coat and boot trim are all felt. As well as his scarf and his belt buckle. I also gave him a teeny tiny mustache to top his beard.
Bear just needed a couple round ears, with black marker dots to make them stand out. His heart shaped nose makes him cute, as do his dot feet. I striped the felt with a marker to give him some fun pattern.
When all my characters were done, I tied black twine and glued it to their backs to hang them from the tree. Wouldn’t these also make cute tags for your gifts?