December Crafternoon is always one of my favorites. The house is decorated, I get to make fun little party gifts, and there are loads of Christmas cookies. For the craft I wanted something super simple and with very little supplies, so I had everyone pick up a couple of packs of Sculpey polymer clay and we just made ornaments. I didn’t even get photos of any of the ornaments this time, but it was pretty laid back which I think is perfect way to end the year.
A few nights before Crafternoon I made The Splendid Table’s buttermints. They were so easy to make and taste so great that I think I am going to make it a yearly tradition to make up a big batch of them (Tom’s mom does this with fudge and we really look forward to getting a tin of fudge each Christmas from her) I packaged the buttermints up into little jars and tied some snowmen I printed out on. I originally had plans to make the snowmen into ornaments by pasting the cut out on wood and using my scroll saw, but I kept breaking off the hat brims and finally gave up on that idea.
For the white elephant we did something different that I think worked out quite well! We did a stocking exchange and I decided to wrap my gifts like parcels (need to remember to wrap more gifts this way next Christmas, so much fun!!) and then I had to sew a huge ridiculous Santa stocking to fit the boxes inside. Ahead of time I made up little cards that said things like “swap stockings with the person whose birthday is closest to Christmas”. Then when we were ready to do the stocking swap I had everyone start by picking up a stocking that did not belong to them. Then we went around the circle each person drawing a card and doing what it instructed. I made about twice as many cards as there were people so the stockings would travel around a bunch. It worked out so well, and everyone ended up with a stocking that was not theirs. I figured if someone at the end had theirs I would have them draw one of the cards we already used to swap it out, but it wasn’t needed.
Yesterday’s Halloween crafternoon was lots of fun! Halloween and Christmas are always my most favorite crafternoons to plan out. I’ll have a few more post about yesterdays event so I can share a few DIY projects, and my Halloween mixed cd with you.
We made vintage style paper mache jack o’lanterns. I’ll have a DIY explaining how we did it posted tomorrow, so you can try and make some of your own. Everyone seemed to really enjoy making them, and I think its the first craft where every single person finished one! So I call that a success.
We had a costume contest as always where we each vote for three different winners. Page came dressed as a “lunch lady” and Molly dressed up as my #1 fan. She even wrote “I ♥ Heidi” on her knuckles. I didn’t get a photo of everyone’s costume because of course as people started arriving I just got sidetracked. I kept my costume simple because I knew I’d be running around. I wore all black and made a vintage inspired black swan headpiece (it was really easy and I’ll share my pattern soon). Crystal was dressed as her Emerald Witch doll.
For the costume contest prizes I cut some little black cat string winders (I’ll have a DIY for these too) out of wood, and got some $5 target gift cards. I made little drawstring bags out of Halloween fabric. And of course ballots for our secret voting. Page & Molly both won prizes and then there was a tie between a homemade Girr costume & sriracha. So we tossed a coin to break the tie.
The white elephant gift swap this time was Halloween themed. I used this free lined drawstring bag tutorial for my bag. I highly recommend it! Very easy to follow and sew, and they turn out so great. She also sells a pattern for different sizes.
I made a big pot of soup and carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. It was a great crafternoon and has me already looking forward to planning Decembers.
Since we were making a project with books (and don’t worry we used books that were marked up/torn/library discards) I decided to make some silly little book necklaces for everyone as favors. I’m going to post a DIY for them this week, so check back!
We did white elephant as always, but this time there was just four of us with gifts so it went by very quickly!