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Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore Series


Cookie Cutters Not Just For Cookies Anymore Series

Only three more posts to go and then my series will wrap up.  I hope you have enjoyed reading my posts on alternative uses for cookie cutters.  I hope my love for everything cutters has shown through.  I have throughly enjoyed taking my sketchy notes and fleshing them out into tutorials and lists of ideas.  It has been a true challenge to create written and photo tutorials for each group of ideas. 

If you are a new reader and have missed some of the posts I have pasted the links below.

I have also searched the web extensively looking for new ideas, crafts, etc. and have started two boards about cookie cutters and crafts on Pinterest.  Please take a look and I think you’ll find some really impressive crafts and ways to use cookie cutters.  The first board consists of photos of crafts I personally made and the second is of posts, tutorials, etc. from around the web.  I hope you will enjoy taking a look at them.

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/my-cookie-cookie-cutter-crafts/

http://pinterest.com/buggal1989/ways-to-use-cookie-cutters/

Links to Posts

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #1: Cut-Out “Cookie” or Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament Garland

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/29/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-1/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #2: “Cut-Out Cookie” Applesauce, Cinnamon, Salt, or Bread Dough Christmas Ornaments

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-2/

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/salt-dough-recipe/

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/30/cinnamon-dough-ornament-recipe/#comments

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #3: “Quilted” Cookie Cutter Shape Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2011/12/31/quilted-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornament/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #4: Scrapbook Paper Backed Cookie Cutter Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-4-cookie-cutter-christmas-ornament/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #5:  Not Just Another Cookie Cutter” Wreath

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/02/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-5-not-just-another-cookie-cutter-wreath/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #:6:  Gingerbread Cookies on Copper Cookie Sheet

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/03/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-6-gingerbread-cookies-on-copper-cookie-sheet/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post #7: Fabric or Felt Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-7-stuffed-fabric-or-felt-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornaments/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 8: Paper Bag Backed Foam Cookie Cutter Shapes Christmas Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-8-paper-bag-backed-foam-cookie-cutter-shape-christmas-ornament/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 9: Paper Bag Cookie Cutter Shapes Ornament

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-9-paper-bag-cookie-cutter-shape-ornament/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10A: Construction Paper, Wrapping Paper, Scrapbook Paper & Cardstock, and Sandpaper Cut-out Cookies

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/08/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10a-paper-cut-out-cookies-construction-paper-wrapping-paper-scrapbook-paper-cardstock-sandpaper-greeting-cards/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10b-ephemera-cut-out-cookies/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10C: Craft Foam Cut-out Cookies

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10c-craft-foam-cut-out-cookies/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 11: Clay Cutters

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/14/1328/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 12: Cut-Out Cookies, Holiday or No Occasion At All & Make Your Own Cookie Cutters

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-12-cut-out-cookies-holiday-or-no-occasion-at-all-make-your-own-cookie-cutters/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13:  Die Cuts

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/1376/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 14:  Emergency Phone Number Bulletin Board

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-14-cookie-cutter-shapes-emergency-not-so-emergency-phone-number-bulletin-board/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 15: Shaped Flash Cards

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-15-shaped-flash-cards/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 16:  Food Shapers

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-16-crafting-with-food-or-cookie-cutters-as-food-shapers/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 17:  Greeting Card Decoration

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/11/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-17-hand-decorated-greeting-card/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 18:  Kid’s Cookie Crafts

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-18-kids-cookie-crafts-activities/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 19:  Cookie Shaped Note Cards

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-19-cookie-cutter-shaped-note-cards/

 

 Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 20: Cookie Shaped Note Pad

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-20-cookie-shaped-note-pad/

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 21:  Package Decoration & Name Tags

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/02/27/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-21-package-decoration-name-tags/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 22:  Party Favor

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-22-party-favor-party-ideas/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23:  Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/03/29/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-23-souvenirs-special-occasion-reminders/

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 24:  Stencils

Post pending.

 

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 25:  Cookie Cutter Gift Ideas

Post pending.

Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 26:  Wrapping Up Cookie Cutter Ideas

Post pending.

I’d love to hear about the ways you use cookie cutters in decorating, crafting and baking & cooking.  Please drop me a line at buggal1989@yahoo.com and please send photos!  Of course I will credit you and your photos if I use them.

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

Reblog: Making hand washing a habit


buggalcrafts:

This is a wonderful post. The “buggal” in my handle refers to my past as an Infection Control Coordinator (ICC). Teaching handwashing was an integral part of the job. I also often did classes at school for elementary school children. So this is a subject that is near and dear to my heart.

I’d love to recommend a company I purchased from extensively in the 13 years I was in infection control. The materials are inexpensive and in my opinion are fantastic! They can be used by teachers for classroom teaching and by parents for teaching at home.
Bevis.com (link below) has loads of excellent material for teaching children about germs & handwashing including a book with lesson plans, activity sheets & songs; several fantastic children’s books; and “glow germ” & black lights (great visual aids for teachers).

One of my favorite books they carry is “Itchy, Itchy Chickenpox”.

http://www.brevis.com/cgi-bin/catalog.cgi

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Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23: Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders


Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 23:  Souvenirs & Special Occasion Reminders

Some people collect thimbles, refrigerator magnets, tee shirts or cups on vacation and buy ornaments for a special occasion (ex: baby’s first Christmas) but why not collect cookie cutters instead?   With all the shapes available in stores and on-line you will be able to find that special cutter that is perfect for the occasion.

  • Re-live the trip or the special day every time you make cut-out sugar cookies with that cutter!
  • Use your cutter to make a “memory ornament” described in Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 10B: Ephemera Cut-out Cookies.  Click on the link below to read the post.

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-10b-ephemera-cut-out-cookies/

  • Use the cutter to make die cuts for your scrapbook page about your vacation as described in Cookie Cutters:  Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 13: Die cuts.  Click on the link below to read the post.

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/19/die-cuts/

 

“Instructions”

 Label the cutter on the side with a permanent marker with the occasion and date.  In your “Cookie Cutter Log” journal additional detail about what the cutter represents.

  •  ANNUAL: Find a cookie cutter that represents the best thing to have happened in the past year:  A wedding bell for a wedding in the family, a house for moving into a new home, a baby rattle for a new baby in the family, etc.
  • VACATION: Find a cookie cutter shape that represents what you liked best on vacation or that represents an event that happened. For example: A bear shape for the time you saw a bear in the Smokey Mountains, a teepee for going out west, etc.  I have even found one of George Washington’s profile to represent a trip to Mount Vernon!  Don’t stress too much about actually buying the cutter on vacation, although it’s fun to look – try flea markets, as you can always find one on-line when you get back home and soon have it ready to make canoe cookies to celebrate the first time your child paddled a canoe!

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Cookie Cutters: Not Just For Cookies Anymore! Post # 22: Party Favor & Party Ideas


COOKIE CUTTERS:  NOT JUST FOR COOKIES ANYMORE! POST # 22:  PARTY FAVOR & PARTY IDEAS

It’s been a while since I made a Cookie Cutter Series post, so here is Number 22 just in time for summer wedding planning season. 

They may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of party favors, but a cookie cutter is a fun, attractive & useful party favor to give your guests.

This is especially true for themed parties such as weddings or baby showers.

While you may not go so far as having a Cookie Cutter Wedding, a cookie cutter favor can complement your next event and give your guests something that will bring you and your awesome event to mind every time they use it!

CHOOSING PARTY FAVOR CUTTERS

 When choosing party favor cutters here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Metal or Plastic: Silver colored metal cookie cutters will match most weddings best while colorful plastic would complement a luau best.   Copper is also an option that would work great with any fall party.
  2. Shape:  The shape should stand for something that is special about your event.  Are you celebrating a Baptism or Confirmation?  A cross cookie cutter would be an excellent choice.  Are you hosting a “Back-To-School” party? Use an apple cookie cutter of course! With all the shapes available now on-line now, you are sure to find one that makes your guests go, “Wow! That was a great time!” when they are making cookies months and even years after your party.
  3. Presentation:  Don’t just pile your cutters in a basket or hide them away in party favor bags, use them as place cards and party decorations!

COOKIE CUTTER PLACE CARDS

 Tent Place Card: 

  • Oriental Trading and Sugarcraft have cutters that come complete with a note card that can be used as a place card.  Or you can make your own (make a sample card first). 

http://www.orientaltrading.com/personalized-spring-wedding-cookie-cutters-with-card-a2-3_2553-12-1.fltr?Ntt=cookie+cutters

http://sugarcraft.com/catalog/cooky/heartcard.htm

  • Make Your Own:
    • Purchase some blank note cards that are larger than your cutter or make your own cards by taking a half sheet of cardstock and folding it in half.
    • Print the note cards with the event information. See “Party Information to Include” below.
    • Add the guest’s name to the front of the card if you are using as a place card.
    • Make a template by tracing the cutter shape onto thin cardboard and adding a “seam allowance” of ¼ to ½ inch (so the cutter can hang freely from the card).
    • Now trace the template on the front of the note card and cut it out.
    • Next cut a small slit at the top of the folded edge of the card to thread the ribbon through and attach the cutter to the card.

 Snow Globe Place Card

  • Create this lovely cookie cutter “snow globe” with a cookie cutter, a wine glass, and artificial snow.   See the link below for a tutorial.

http://yievents.blogspot.com/2009/12/christmas-place-settings.html

 “Scroll” Place Card: 

  • Print a copy of the family cut-out cookie recipe on decorative paper.  Roll it up and insert it into the mini cutter.  Or tie the scroll with raffia or ribbon and then attach the cutter.  Tie on a hang tag with the guest’s name.  Place the scroll diagonally across the plate/charger at each place setting.

 Scrapbook Paper Backed Cutter Place Card

  • Trace and cut out the cookie cutter shape from decorative scrapbook paper (glued to cardstock to reinforce it) that coordinates with the event.  Write the guest’s name on the front of the paper shape or attach scrapbook sticker letters.  Then attach the paper shape to the back of the cookie cutter with the guest’s name displayed inside the cutter with removable glue dots (so the guest can use the cutter later).  Attach a party information hang tag (see below).  Stand the cookie cutter place card beside the plate or lay it flat on top of the plate.

http://buggalcrafts.wordpress.com/2012/01/01/cookie-cutters-not-just-for-cookies-anymore-post-4-cookie-cutter-christmas-ornament/

Plain Cutter Place Card: 

  • Simply use a plain cookie cutter as a place card. Write a name on the side with a permanent marker or attach a piece of ribbon, ribbon slide and a nametag to the cutter.

http://www.parents.com/baby/shower/themes/twinkle-twinkle-little-star/?page=7

 

DISPLAYING COOKIE CUTTERS

DECORATIONS & PARTY FAVORS

  •  Cookie Cutter Tree:  Hang the party favor cutters on an evergreen tree or a white bare branch tree.  Attach a party information hangtag with a ribbon.  Click on the link below for a tutorial on making your own tree.

http://madisonviningsridge.myaptportal.com/apartment-living/make-a-bare-branch-christmas-tree/

  • Napkin Rings:  Mini/small cutters can be used as napkin rings.   Simply insert the napkin into the cutter and attach a party information hangtag with a ribbon.
  • Centerpiece:  Create a special centerpiece for your cookie swap party.  When you send the invitations include a “Cookie Survey” with room for a favorite recipe and best cookie making tips.  Ask the guests to return the survey well before the party so you can compile all information into a “Cookie Swap Recipe Booklet”.  Also ask party guests to bring a unique cookie cutter (vintage, new, etc.) along with cookies to trade and sample.  Fill a wooden bowl with real or artificial greenery and pick in some bows and peppermint candy picks (or for a large party substitute a greenery garland wound down the center of the table).  As the guests arrive have them tuck their cutter in among the greenery.  When the guests leave, they each pick a “new to them” cutter from the bowl.  Have several extra cutters of unique shapes on hand for people who forgot tp bring a cutter.
  • Garland:  Loosely braid raffia to make a garland.  Tie in themed colorful cookie cutter shapes cut from cardstock (example: fall colored autumn leaves, pearly pastel seashells & starfish, etc.).  Lastly attach themed cookie cutters to the garland with wire Christmas hangers.  Another alternative is to use a greenery or grapevine wreath.  Guest will then pick a cutter from the garland when leaving the event as a party favor.

PARTY INFORMATION CARD OR HANGTAG

Print this information directly on the place card or print on transparent address labels to stick on the card:

  • Event,
  • Honoree’s name/s,
  • The date,
  • A favorite quote or a Bible scripture
  • A “thank you for coming” note
  • Guest’s name if using as a place card.
  • Also consider adding an explanation why you choose that cookie cutter shape and what it means to you on the inside of the card (ex: “the beach is a special place to us.  It’s where we meet.”).

OTHER PARTY IDEAS FOR USING COOKIE CUTTERS

  • Attach several to balloons as balloon weights.
  • Stencil cookie cutter designs on cloth napkins with fabric markers or fabric paint. For holidays, wedding or baby showers, or birthdays add the date & event.  Let the guests take their napkin home as a party favor.
  • On a bridal or baby shower invitation ask each guest to bring a special cookie cutter either new or from their collection.  Mail hang tags with ribbons already attached with shower invite for the guest to write in this info: who gave the cutter, why they choose that shape, history of the cutter if vintage, etc.  Have extra tags at the event on a table near an entrance (have lots of pens!).   After guests have completed the hang tag they it on the cutter and then hang it on a white branch tree or place in a wooden bowl.  The shower honoree’ gets the cutters at the end of the shower.
  • Create a party favor box from a cookie cutter.   Trace the cookie cutter on heavy cardstock and cut it out.  Glue the shape to the back of a cookie cutter.  After it dries, fill it tightly with small candies (M&M’s, Skittles, etc.) and then wrap with clear or colored cellophane.  Fill with confetti for a party or New Year’s  celebration. Secure  with a rubber band then tie on a ribbon and make a bow.
  • Play a party game using cookie cutters.    Place a variety of fun shaped cookie cutters in a bag. Have guests sit in a circle and pull out a cutter. They must start (or add several lines) to a story using that shape of cutter in the story.

COOKIE EXCHANGE PARTY

Wouldn’t cutters make great favors at a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party? If you’ve never hosted or been to a party like this you simply open your home and ask people to bring several dozen (number depends on the number of guests) of one type of cookie and copies of the recipe.  At the party you sample the sweet treats and then take home several dozen different cookies.  I did a little search on the internet and I found this site that has some great tips on a cookie exchange party.

http://entertaining.about.com/cs/christmas/a/cookieexchange.htm

PLACECARD PHOTO TUTORIAL

Photo 1: Trace template on front of card.

Photo 2: Allow about 1/4 inch seam allowance so cutter will swing freely.

Photo 3: Cut out shape and then cut a slit in top of the card to thread a ribbon through.

Photo 4: Thread a ribbon through the slit and through the cutter then tie a knot behind the card.

Photo 5: Cutter should hang freely in the cut-out. Write name on front of place card. Consider gluing information about the cutter inside the card: why you chose the cutter, etc.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

My Granddaughter’s Luau Birthday Party!


My Granddaughter’s Luau Birthday Party!

I love planning parties and all the stuff that goes along with them.  My granddaughter will be 11 soon and her party was yesterday.  This year’s theme was “Luau” with a whiff of tropical island, pirate, beach party, etc. (wouldn’t want to miss a genre!).   We had a great time (ha!) getting this all together and only had one major blow-out!

We did run into a minor, maybe major, problem in the midst of all the planning, shopping, cooking, decorating, etc. that goes along with a party.  My foot had been sorta hurting for a while – felt like I was stepping on a rock and had told my docs that this was happening but never really pinned it on a cause other than the fibro.  Then about 3 or 4 weeks ago starting hurting down-right BAD! So I BEGGED for and got an appointment with my internal medicine doc and he finally was able to give me a diagnosis – PLANTER FACISITIS.  So, while I was supposed to be resting my tootsie I was busy doing all this!  You’ll be glad to know that today I stayed off it except for a brief excursion to teach my Sunday School class and it hurts a LOT, A LOT less!

My hubbie jumped into the deep end and had to do a lot of the legwork for the party while I got to be a backseat driver for the event!  And while we did have to scrap a few things I had planned along the way the kids and even the parents seemed to have a great time.  Of course hubbie has prohibited any party talk for a good while – maybe even forever???

So now the party is over and we even weathered our first time hosting a slumber party well.  I thought I’d share some photos and things I learned along the way with you.

Forgive the order of the photos for this gallery shot (click on a photo to open a slide show with bigger photos).  No matter what I do (re-name, etc.) I cannot make it show in order!  Any help?  T.I.A.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy!  Please leave a comment – I live for them!  Especially now that I’m chair and couch bound for some time!

Mother’s Day Crafts: Mini Button Flowers in a Mini Clay Pot & Button Words


Mother’s Day Crafts: Mini Button Flowers in a Pot & Button Words

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you are a teacher (Sunday School or grade school) it’s time to start thinking about what craft the children will do for that special woman in thier lives – mother or grandmother.

Here are two simple crafts suitable for pre-school and the lower elementary grades.

 

 

Mini Button Flowers in a Mini Clay Pot

I used muted colors on this project but you can use any color scheme you desire  to make this project a little extra special I used vintage lace and buttons.  You could even ask your students to bring in a small piece of trim and buttons that belonged to their grandmother.

Materials

  • Mini clay pat
  • Paint
  • Varnish
  • Lace
  • Buttons
  • Moss
  • Bamboo skewers or other thin wood stick
  • Green trim for leaves (rick-rack, lace, ribbon)
  • Mini silk flowers
  • Small foam letters
  • Glue

 

Instructions

  1. Paint clay pot.  Paint rim a contrasting color.  Allow to dry then varnish.
  2. Paint foam letters with the color used on rim.
  3. Glue trim on rim.  Glue buttons evenly spaced around rim.
  4. Glue “Mom” on pot.
  5. Paint skewers (or sticks from bottle rockets) green.
  6. Remove flower heads from the stems.  Discard plastic center.
  7. Glue flower heads on a small circle of cardstock that is the same color as the flower head.
  8. Glue buttons in the center of the flower.
  9. After it is dry glue it to the green “stem” for leaves.
  10. Once dry tie on small pieces of green trim Insert a fall of moss into pot.
  11. Plant the “flowers” in the pot.

 

Button Word

The second project is very simple.  You can use pre-painted wooden words or let the children paint unfinished ones.  Again, any color scheme can be used.

Materials

  • Wooden “word” (Friends, Love, Laugh, etc.)
  • Paint
  • Buttons
  • Glue

Instructions

  • Paint the “word” if needed and allow to dry.
  • Glue the buttons on the “word” arranging buttons in a pleasing pattern.

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Pre-School Sunday School Lesson Craft: God Made All The Animals Gen 1:1


Pre-School Children’s Sunday School Lesson Craft: God Made All The Animals Gen 1:1

I am teaching the Pre-School (4&5 year old) Sunday School class at the church I attend.    I always do a craft related to the lesson usually using each step as a teaching point.  I have found the children I teach LISTEN to and LEARN the lesson better if I use a multi-media approach to teaching.  And while I love the literature we use, the recommended activities & craft projects just do not fit my class well.  So I use the literature, an internet search and much prayer to develop a  craft project that I can use to teach from.

I’d like to start sharing some of the projects I use with you.   I can not promise that all will be unique or earth shattering, but they are what my Lord has revealed to me as a way to reach the children I am teaching.  So without any further ado here is the first.

Our  lessons this month are from Genius 1:1 “God created…”. This week’s lesson was that God created the animals. The emphasis of the lesson was that God created ALL kinds of animals and each animal was uniquely made BY GOD’S WORD and not by chance.

After much prayer I created this animal worksheet. I started with a large sheet of construction paper and then glued smaller pieces of construction paper to represent different environments animals live in. I wrote “opposite” words in the various “locations” describing the animal’s sizes, the way they move. etc. (ex: BIG, small and slither, hop.

We started the lesson by reading the verses pertaining to the creation of animals. We started by looking at the “sky” and I asked the kids to name some animals that flew (ex: birds). I gave them stickers I had picked out beforehand and they then glued them on the paper.

You could also have the kids draw animals on the paper. After we had placed all the stickers we reviewed the lesson points:

  • God created the world then He created animals that could live there.
  • God made these animals from nothingness. He did not need to do anything but SPEAK and they were created.
  • There are many KINDS of animals that LIVE almost everywhere in the world. They come in all SIZES. They MOVE in all kinds of ways. God created them ALL and it was GOOD.

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed it.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the material.

Please take a moment to leave a comment about the lesson or any similar project you have used.

I’d love it if you’d rate this post.

Thanks again.

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Mini Bunny Hug Wreath


Mini Bunny Hug Wreath

I found an Easter Egg Decorating Kit at the Dollar Tree last week and immediately said “I can make something with that!”. So here it is, my Mini Bunny Hug Wreath!

This would be a great craft for the kids.  It is easy and inexpensive.  No-one will guess that this is an up-cycled shower curtain ring!

Materials

  • Shower Curtain Rings
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Quilt Batting
  • Egg Decorating Kit
  • White Pom-Poms
  • Pastel Buttons
  • Rick-Rack

Instructions

  • Wrap shower curtain ring with quilt batting and torn fabric strips.  See my previous post “Mini Fabric Wrapped Button Wreath” (link below) for instructions.
  • Cut a short piece of the strip that is designed to wrap around an egg.  Glue it to the wreath before gluing the bunny paws to the wreath.  Glue a rick-rack strip on top of this.  Glue a nesting set of buttons in the middle.
  • Glue the bunny parts from the kit on the wreath like the bunny is hugging the wreath.
  • Glue buttons on the bunny’s paws.
  • Add a rick-rack bow with a small button centered on it to the base of one of the bunny’s ears.
  • Glue a white pom-pom on the bottom of the wreath.

 

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

Easter Egg Craft Foam Wreath


Easter Egg Craft Foam Wreath

This is my Easter Wreath this year.  I found the craft foam egg wreath at Wal-Mart for 97 cents.  I had all the lace, trim, ribbon, stickers, buttons, and another embellishments on-hand.

It is very simple and lots of fun.  You can decorate it i with almost anything!  Plus it will be a snap to store as it will lay flat.

The wreath was also available in bunnies and I belive also came with chicks.

Thanks for taking a look.  What kind of wreath have you done for spring or Easter?

buggalcrafts a.k.a. Melba

 

 

 

Carrot Shaped Napkin & Silverware Bundles: With Buttons!


Carrot Shaped Napkin & Silverware Bundles: With Buttons!Today my dental hygienist passed on a black & white “Pinterest Printout” to me (so who doesn’t Pinterest?). So of course after I left the dentist I went straight (well, in a MANNER of speaking) to the store to buy some orange napkins and green plastic silverware to make the project.

As soon as I got home I sat down and pulled up Pinterest to find the directions.  A few clicks and I found myself at a new-to-me blog:  Suburban Euphoria by Erin.

http://www.mysuburbanutopia.com/2011/06/carrot-silverware-napkin-holder-how-to.html

She starts off her post on these carrot shaped napkin and silverware bundles with a challenge to search Google images and see if her version isn’t the cutest around (she even offered to wait)!

So I took her up on her challenge!  There are so many different ways you can make these.  They really dress up the table and also look great is a basket on the buffet table.  Really combines usefulness and beauty.

So, what was my opinion after taking the challenge?  Erin is RIGHT, her carrots with a little something extra really pop!

So I set out to make some of my very own.  I quickly located some green chenille stems (mine were plain) but unlike Erin I didn’t have a handy basement with a stash of green tissue paper on hand but I did have some green t-shirt material cut into strips with pinking shears and some green netting not to mention lots & lots of green buttons!

There are lots of photo tutorials on wrapping the treasures and Erin does such a great job of showing you how to wrap the utensils with a napkin that I simply just do not need to do so again.

Here are a few photos of some other things you can do after the silverware bundles are wrapped.

Photo 1: Prepare your materials as directed in Erin’s tutorial. Thread green buttons onto a green chenille stem and thread them about 6 inches down. Wrap the green utensils in an orange napkin as directed in the tutorial.

Photo 2: Wrap the chenille stem around the napkin taking care to catch all loose ends of the napkins.

Photo 3: Wrap the stem around the button to secure the silverware bundle.

Photo 4: For a little extra green tuck a strip of green t-shirt material or netting under the chenille stem.

So, now that you know how to, what are you waiting for? Christmas??

Thank you for reading my post. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial.  If you have any questions or something is not clear, please let me know so that I can improve the tutorial.   

Please take a moment to leave a comment and rate this post.

Thanks again. 

Melba a.k.a. buggalcrafts

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