I decided to do some quick and easy kids craft projects for New Years Eve. Every year my husbands side of the family has a huge get together, with the WHOLE family, kids included. Right now we are at about 17 kids, so to say that it is a little bit crazy is an understatement, but totally worth it! We love having the whole family around. I decided to come up with some crafts that they can do to help us ring in the New Year.
This is the project that I did on air. This is super easy and it is totally something a child can easily put together with a little adult help. Basically it is a noise maker. These are really easy to use, just grab them by the handle and shake! The paper pieces hitting together make sort of a clapping noise. Not super loud and obnoxious, but it makes just enough noise that the kids love them. Here are the instructions for it.
You will need:
Paper towel roll or you can even use an old Christmas wrapping paper roll and trim it down.
2 sheets of cardstock (2 different colors)
2 sheets of pattern paper (2 different patterns)
Double sided tape
Step 1 - Cut the papers as follows:
Red cardstock 10 inches long 6 inches wide
Stripe pattern paper 8 inches long 6 inches wide
Teal cardstock 6 inches long and 6 inches wide
Dot pattern paper 4 inches long 6 inches wide
Step 2- Cut each piece of paper into fringe which is about 1/4 inch wide and about halfway down the length of the cardstock.
Step 3- Starting with the longest piece of paper, use double-sided tape and attach the paper to the towel roll, about 3/4ths of the way down. Add the next longest paper piece, overlapping the ends of the first paper you have previously glued down. Repeat until all four pieces of paper are attached.
Step 4- Gently curl the edges of the fringes down.
Super -duper simple!
Ribbon Roll Noise Maker
This is noise maker made out of the cardboad left over from a roll of ribbon. Just added a little bit of pattern papers to cover the center. I also cut 2 circles out from pattern paper and glued them to the top and bottom of the tube. I then added some ribbons and tied a few jingle bells to the tails of the ribbon.
2011 New Years Resolution Banner
The last one is the 2011 banner. I did the numbers on my Sillhouette and backed them with gold and silver metallic paper. I added some jewels to the pattern papers with the I-Rock tool. I then tied the banner strings with various strips of ribbons and material. . I had each of the kids think of a resolution or a goal that they want to achieve this upcoming year and had them draw a picture of it and attach that to the banner. After New Years is over you can keep the papers with the resolutions on them and make them into a mini book that can be seen the next New Years Eve to see if they met their goals.
Thanks for checking in with me. Stay tuned for many more ideas and projects!