This is one of those last-minute inspirations that happened to work out. I was trimming bits from a Christmas sewing project (to be pictured later) and had all these great strips of cheery prints. It seemed a shame to waste them.
I grabbed a balloon, blew it up just a little (you could do a bigger version if you wanted) and tied it off. Then I made a water-and-Elmer’s-glue mixture, dipped the strips, and wrapped them around the balloon, just like papier mache—-only one layer of strips, though. I left a few holes here and there, but if I had to do it again, I’d leave more holes for effect.
This would be a great quick craft to do with older children, though of course you have to be able to stomach glue mess. Not a problem in my case.
Family members who shall remain nameless were skeptical, but in the morning, when the glue was dry and the balloon popped, it DID actually detach from the cloth and leave this little egg-shaped vessel. It could’ve dried a bit more, though. Make sure it’s dried ALL the way for best results.
Then you just make a thread hoop/hanger thingy and presto! change-o! You’re done.
We got lots of nice things for Christmas. These are some things I bought at the Waldorf School Christmas Bazaar or that my son brought home from the Waldorf Kindergarten here in Hannover. Some things have already been engulfed into the Land of Lost Toys, but maybe they’ll turn up for their close-ups soon.
The Waldorf community makes the most awesome toys in the world, in my opinion. Above are a hand puppet (the bearded guy), a tiny knitted doll and crib on a string, a snowflake angel ornament, and a beeswax turtle. I’m kind of wishing I were six so I could wear the crib doll around my neck. The crib reverses into a little pouch so you can carry her safely.
Below are a first aid kit (has bandages and cotton and, very German, a piece of candy), a crocheted crown, and a beeswax nativity scene. Sadly, Joseph has already lost a limb. Sorry Joseph! You were just too tempting to let alone. My three-year-old son really wanted the first aid kit—-he calls it his wallet. I love the uneven blanket stitching.
Check out some new features on the blog: you can now get more easily to my favorite projects/ tutorials, recipes, and writing exercises, plus you can see my flickr stream. Off to make sandwiches for supper. I have totally picked up this German tradition—it’s a lot easier on old mom.