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1  Re: Easy, Kid-Friendly, Non-sucky Holiday Crafts for the Masses in Winter Holidays by magdiego on: November 21, 2007 08:16:11 AM
My church used to put on a holiday party for a HeadStart preschool every year, and we'd always have several crafts for the kids to make.  Some have already been mentioned, but a few more:

Stained glass (or suncatchers):  I don't have a picture, and I don't have the materials to make one, so I'll try to explain this one.  Cut squares of clear contact paper, and cut lots of small shapes of tissue paper in various colors.  Have black paper and templates (bells, stars, balls, etc.) available.  People select a template, trace onto the black paper and cut out.  Then they need to fold in half and cut out the middle so the black paper forms an outline.  Peel off the backing to one square of contact paper, and put the outline on the sticky side.  Then fill in the outline with the tissue paper, trying to fill in the entire outline in one layer.  Little kids tend to just clump the stuff on, but that's OK.  I had some teenagers spend a long time on this, though.  Then peel off the backing of another square of contact paper and put that on top, sticky side down, and cut out along the outline.

Beaded stars (or snowflakes): these were VERY popular, but they don't take long to make.  Most people (including adults) would make several.  I took a picture of one that I made this morning.  The arms are made with metallic chenille stems, and the beads are translucent pony beads.  If you buy the beads at Michaels, it might get out of your budget, but there are places on line that are much more economical to buy in bulk.   

We also did little felt ornaments, like simpler versions of this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=207785.0

If you buy the felt by the yard, it's pretty cheap, and a bag of fiberfill goes a long way.  We did very simple shapes - again, stars, bells, balls.  Someone had a lot of crochet thread that we used instead of embroidery floss, don't know if that would have been cheaper to buy, for us it was free!    Smiley

We'd also get a bakery to donated already baked gingerbread men cookies, and have lots of decorating supplies available.  We couldn't have done that without the donated cookies, though.

There have been some great ideas on this thread, I'll be keeping them in mind in case I ever do a party like that again.  Have fun!
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2  Felted Dance Bag in Crochet: Completed Projects by magdiego on: November 08, 2007 09:42:04 AM
My daughter had outgrown her previous Winnie the Pooh dance bag, and wanted something more "grown-up", but still pink (she's 7).  This holds her jazz and tap shoes, a sweater and snack.

I winged the pattern in single crochet, then felted it, which, btw, is not easy to do in a front-loading washer!  My mom helped with the lining, then I added the grommets.  The pocket is done in punch needle embroidery.

Here's a closeup of the grommets...

Thanks for looking!

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3  Re: Vintagy ornaments (tut added on the page 4) in Winter Holidays by magdiego on: November 07, 2007 01:07:10 PM
Mine aren't quite as well done as Kot's, but I was so excited, I wanted to share.  I added brads on the top and bottom, since I got a bit messy...

Thanks, Kot, for the great tut!

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4  Blind Gecko Bookmark in Crochet: Completed Projects by magdiego on: June 06, 2006 11:49:28 AM
I bought this pattern on Etsy, and made this for my 8 year old son, who loves to read.  He was thrilled, since I don't often make stuff for him.  The pattern calls for bead eyes, but I didn't have any on hand, and was too impatient to go to the store, so poor gecko is blind.


My son loves it - I'll be making more!  I also made the snake for my 5 yo daughter, but haven't gotten a picture of it yet.

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5  Re: Candytot Crochet in Crochet: Discussion and Questions by magdiego on: January 05, 2006 08:02:14 PM
I don't have Candy Tots, but I did the baby Uggs from Candy Babies:

I love them - they're supposed to be a gift for my niece's new baby, but they haven't made it into the mail yet - I just keep admiring them.   Cheesy

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6  Crochet Cable Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by magdiego on: September 29, 2005 08:43:00 PM
I've been lurking here a while, just haven't had any FO's that were worthy of display until now.  I just finished one of Etaria's cool crochet cable scarf designs (The Avalanche), and I love it! It was such a fun pattern to work on - not so hard that I got frustrated, but not so easy that I got bored. Once I got the pattern down, it went pretty quickly, too.

Anyway, here it is (thumbnails are clickable):

And here's my daughter Shay modeling it (she's only 5, so it's waaay to big):

Thanks for looking!

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