Monday, November 22, 2010

Perfect Gift From Children

You don't need to have a lot of money, time, or even ENERGY, really, to do this craft, because you can do as little or as much as you want at one time.
Jacob made calendars for both sets of grandparents for Christmas. Mine are leaving for Florida today (already??) so we had to have theirs done yesterday, for our "Thanks-mas, Christ-giving" day with the family. The entire outline can be found at . I'm not going to show every month, but a few of my favorites. I laminated them so some of the pictures are a little shiny.

This is January; it shows the Ten Commandments (Jacob's hands each painted brown, no thumbs).

Basically, you use your child's hands (one foot) to make a picture, and they have a Bible verse. I changed mine a little, and cut out everything to put on construction paper so it would be a little hardier to laminate.

This is one of my favorites too....It's a Lamb. Upside down hand, then add marker detail.

Of course you have to have the turkey! We had a lot of fun making this. It takes time, and a willing child, but we did it!

My favorite of all: Baby Jesus in the manger. You paint the wrist brown, and then about halfway up the palm whatever color you want the blanket, then peach for the face. Loved it!


Rachel said...

What a beautiful idea. Grandparents always love homemade gifts. All the personalization makes it even more special.

Wishing you and your family a blessed holiday, we really do have a lot to be thankful for!

Renee Ann said...

LOVE this idea! I'm going to share it with all the folks I know who have young children.

Patty Ann said...

What a wonderful idea! And what wonderful memories to give to the grandparents. I love the manger. Have a wonderful thanksgiving day!!

Young Wife said...

How cute! I bet the grandparents will love it!

Donna Perugini said...

I like the lamb the best. It's amazing what a hand can represent. I've done clay handprints for all ages and it's awesome the way they mean so much!

CoconutPalmDesigns said...

What a great calendar. It's funny. I'm artistic and spend huge amounts of my time doing artistic things but somehow I never involve Matthew in any crafts. (I'm also really anal and the thought of the mess he'd make makes me feel sick. lol)

Cheers :-)
- Rainforest Mommy