How pretty are these ornaments?? Can you tell momstown kids made them?
Enter in the glue gun. My children (age 5 and 7) were just recently introduced to the glue gun and they have a brand new love for the technique. It's fast and the immediate results are more than appealing.
The items for this craft are heavy and regular white school glue will not work and would take forever to dry. A hot glue gun is the perfect tool for this and makes ‘production’ a cinch! Which is also great if you want to get into mass assembly of this craft for teacher gift (there's still time!!).
What you need:
- Popsicle sticks (4 per star/snowflake)
- Glue gun
- Fabric or heavy ribbon for the hook
- Glass stones or glass baubles (found in bags at the dollar store. We scooped these from a sensory bin we have for our toddler so they did double duty!)
First step is to simply glue the 4 popsicles together in a star/snowflake formation. Glue the ribbon looped on the back at this point as well. Let the snowflake dry and set a few minutes before loading it with heavy stones.
Optional – painting the popsicle sticks. We painted the ones with blue beads the colour gold as they were smaller and we thought we’d see the sticks. As it turned out, it was wasn’t necessary but it was a fun extra step. Allow time for paint to dry before gluing together the snowflake if you chose that method.
Next, start at the centre with gluing one bauble. Then work your way out to the ends by filling in the popsicle sticks. Have fun, create a pattern or use different colours to play with. The girls who did this at my house on a playdate loved having the light blue beads as an accent colour.
Mom might be inspired now too – these really are quite pretty and a half dozen of these hanging on your tree would be very pretty and add to the sparkle.
NOTE: What’s too young for the glue gun? I wasn’t sure until my newly minted 5 year old tried it out and rocked it! I realised I was being overly cautious. Given the permission and responsibility to be careful, he totally was! Now, my son has a new love of crafting just because he can use “cool equipment”. (Not bad for a $5 value glue gun). Supervise? Absolutely! But allow your child to surprise you with their capability and skill.