Thursday, December 10, 2009

Handprint Angel Ornament/Garland...

I teach the 4 and 5 year olds every week in Sunday School. Being that I love to craft, I always try to come with good things for the kids to make that go along with our lesson. This past week we studied in the book of Luke where the angel told Mary that she was going to give birth to baby Jesus. I decided an Angel was the craft to make. BUT, a cute angel that 4 and 5 year olds could make was key. I came up with this little Angel Christmas ornament, and the kids loved them. I did most of the work in advance because it is hard to do with a lot of kids really quickly (we had 11 kids this week with just Lonnie and I), but at home the boys and I made these quite easily.
scrapbook paper or craft foam (body, head, and hair)
posterboard or cardstock (wings)
pencil (to trace child's hands)
pipe cleaner (halo)
ribbon (to hang your garland on)

Start off by tracing your child's hand prints on to the posterboard or cardstock. I found it works best to trace the left hand and then have them put their right thumb in the thumbprint of the left hand. They need to keep their fingers together. The pics below explain this better.

Next, draw out your outfit (girl or boy), hair, and head. I traced a bottle cap for the head and free-handed the outfits on scrapbook paper. If you don't feel like you could free-hand the clothes, just hold a piece of paper over your computer screen and trace the ones I did. That is probably a terrible method, but it would work. Cut out all of your pieces. You could let the kids draw the face on the angel.

Make the pipe cleaner look like a halo by wrapping it around your finger. Glue it to the top of the clothespin.

Then glue on your body, and save the head and hair for last.
The final step is to glue your wings to the back side of the clothes pin.
This is how it looks from the side. You could put your wings on the same side of the pin as the angel, but I wanted the dimension it gives by doing it this way.

I bought this pom pom ribbon at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, $1.

String it up and clip on the angels.
Here is the girl version, but I used some of the pom pom ribbon as a halo and printed card-stock to trace Connor's handprints.
Here are the boys' 2 angels on my little tree in the kitchen window. I put most of the ornaments the boys make on this tree because those are extra special to me. I just wrapped the pom pom ribbon around the tree and clipped them right on.

My kids loved these and I loved that they had the kids handprints on them. I hope you make some yourself. Let me know how they turn out.


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Those are so sweet, Mandi! :)

mom2maya said...

Once again . . . clever! Mandi, I love reading your blog. You have such cute ideas!!

Angie said...

That is so precious!

Staci Griffey said...

Hey Mandi~You can actually use their foot for the body if you wanted!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Too cute! What an adorable project & such a precious keepsake!! :)

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Hi Mandi! I just want to wish you and your sweet family a wonderful Christmas. May it be a time filled with all kinds of laughter and true memory making. Enjoy it girl! Merry Christmas!

The Smith Family said...

Mandi, you rock. I love the ornament's and Connor's parties looked like they were tons of fun. I miss checking you out. I promise I won't be so sparse this coming year!! Merry Christmas!

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