Stop! Collaborate and listen. (Just kidding. I went to high school in the early 90’s. Vanilla Ice is a part of my culture, so I have to add that line after saying “Stop!”)
Anyway, STOP reading this post if you are my mother or sisters. If you are not genetically linked to me and thereby not expecting Christmas presents from my children, then you may proceed with the reading of this blog.
I have a confession: I’ve fallen off the all-art-projects-all-the-time bandwagon lately. It feels me with guilt, gentle reader, it truly does. The best way to get over these negative feelings, I’ve discovered, is with a little bit of popcorn therapy.
However, I’m determined to be arty, so after an intensive therapy session, I wiped the popcorn crumbs off my shirt and then I searched Pinterest until I found a festive and easy craft my kids could do. As a bonus, the craft is doubling as a Christmas present as well. Two behemoth birds with one stone, that’s how I roll.
For this project you will need tissue paper in various colors (I chose Christmasy ones), glass candle votives (I found a box of 12 for $5.99 at the craft store), and modge-podge (my new favorite gluing medium.)
In the post where I got my inspiration, the wonderfully crafty lady there cut out patriotic stars to put on her glass votives. However, I’m vehemently against cutting, so I thought I could use one of my punches to mass produce lots of Christmasy stars.
Let me just tell you right now, that old paper punches don’t work that great on thin tissue paper. It’s like trying to cut a tomato with a dull butter knife: messy. It also made me want to punch holes in people’s heads, which is never a good feeling when you’re working with children.
So we scrapped the whole idea of uniform stars and I just let the kids rip the tissue papers into small pieces. This is much easier and it doesn’t cause any bad words to leave your lips.
The kids painted a coat of modge-podge over the outside of the glass votive and then they simply layered the different tissue paper scraps on top. Everyone’s hands got sticky, but that’s part of the fun. At least that’s what I chanted inwardly to myself as I struggled to keep calm when faced with modge-podge everywhere.
When the candleholders have been decorated sufficiently (which takes longer if you’re a 9 year old girl rather than an 11 year old boy), then cover everything with another layer of the modge-podge.
I had a small moment of panic when I wondered if all the white stickiness would really clear up on the glass. But within twenty minutes everything was dry and perfect. (Oh modge-podge, I’m sorry I ever doubted you.)
And the result? Lovely, merry little candleholders, just waiting to be wrapped up and placed under the tree.
Aren’t they nice? Nice, nice baby.