A reindeer walks into a bar…. oh wait, no, wrong story.
A reindeer lands on an island.
How did this reindeer land on an island?
Well, that’s how this reindeer wall hanging came about.
Awhile back, I connected with an amazingly rad group of creative ladies over on Instagram.
We workshopped arty, crafty problems. We chatted through the highs and lows of motherhood. Use of the past tense here is misleading as we still do all those things now. Errrry day.
We marvelled at the fact that, despite being spread across the globe, we still felt entwined in each others’ lives thanks to social media.
We joked that, one day, we would buy an island together, hang out and solve the world’s problems, one creative project at a time.
Introducing the Island Creative Collective.
A group of 8 creative females who all possess a fierve love of cardboard.
So we created this free eBook as a festive ode to cardboard.
It’s our Christmas present to you.
The eBook contains the templates, tips and tricks you will need to make this reindeer wall hanging.
I hope he has his sunscreen on so that he can enjoy Island Life to the max.
How do I get my hands on this eBook?
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Once you’ve signed up, check your inbox. There will be a copy of The Island’s eBook in there.
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Every Christmas, I ambitiously plan all these projects we are going to tackle in the lead up- baking, decluttering and donating to charity, Christmas crafts, homemade gifts the kids can make…..
I am then alarmed to discover that December does not indeed contain 60 days, and there is not enough time for all the things I want to do.
It happens every year. Every year. CURRENT STATUS: We have just finished working on some homemade gifts for the kids’ preschool teachers and the other important people in their lives.
If you need some sweet homemade gifts for your kids to make, you’ve still got time to make these beaded creations.
What you will need:
natural wooden beads*
acrylic paint (We used IKEA’s Mala paints.)
necklace cord or floristry wire
imitation gold leaf
Place your wooden beads in a shoebox.
Squeeze in some paint, close the lid and shake, shake, shake.
This is possibly the best part of the process- opening the box to reveal your beaded beauties.
Set your shoe box of beads aside to dry. TIP: Jiggle the shoe box every 30 minutes or so, otherwise your beads will dry to the shoe box base.
We also had some oven-bake clay so we exercised our fine motor muscles and created clay beads too.
You can find more tips here on how to use oven bake clay.
You know that my life mantra is MORE IS MORE, right?! I think these gifts would be beautiful just with the painted beads, but we kept finding more things to add.
In a temporary moment of insanity, I bought some imitation gold leaf at the local craft shop.
Be warned: it gets messy! Best wear some gloves whilst you decorate with it!
We placed our dried beads in an egg carton and painted them with glue.
Then, we crumbled the imitation gold leaf over the top of them. It all started out very contained but quickly descended into a free-for-all mess. You have been warned.
Once our salt dough decorations were dried, we painted them and glued some gold leaf on to them.
Then the real fun begins. The stringing and creating.
We used necklace cord to create necklaces.
Floristry wire is excellent for bending into ornaments.We also made a few (unpictured) key rings.
So that’s one item ticked off the Christmas To-Do list.
How’s your To-Do list going?
2017 will go down as the year that my kids discovered the joys of “Pin the something on the something” games.
For his birthday, Grandad received a kiddy-drawn version of Pin the Glasses on the Grandad.
For her 4th birthday, my daughter insisted on a customised version of Pin the Hair Bow on the Birthday Girl.
So for the festive season, I present you with a free printable Pin the Nose on Rudolph.
I actually designed this reindeer as a play dough mat for my 12 Oh Creative Days of Christmas eBook.
But one design, many uses, right?
(And perhaps I’ve been bitten by the “Pin the something on the something” bug too.)
The play dough mat is originally A4 in size.
I printed the reindeer out, visited my local copy store and enlarged it to A3.
We traced around some lids to create the noses. We then wielded the hot glue gun and stuck on some pom poms.
Find a blindfold and game on!
(She said she “couldn’t” see through the blindfold, but I’m dubious….)
Here’s the (original) intended purpose for Rudolph. My eBook comes with 6 play dough mats that you can print off.
I designed them with the intent of hopefully buying you the 5 minutes needed to enjoy a cup of tea.
I mean, fine motor skils. I designed them to help you help your littles develop their fine motor skills.
It’s a long-running joke with my teacher friends that, as soon as the calendar flips to December 1st, it’s a Christmas Craftvaganza!
And so here it is- my first festive make for the holiday season. 1 week out from December 1st!
Here is a Christmas angel craft to kick off the festive Craftvaganza!
(Or you could leave their halos off and have a flutter of Sugar Plum fairies.)
I made these for Kate over at The Craft Train. It is such an honour to be able to guest post on her blog of crafty awesomeness.
You can find the full tutorial here.