As always, our handmade gifts were the best gifts exchanged this Christmas. The lineup this year: personalized letterpressed notecards from Dad; aprons for adults and kids from Mom; tiny notebooks made from Vera Bradley playing cards from Molly; and tiny Sculpey pies and cakes, with a glass cake stand, from me.
When, you might ask, do I have time to make tiny cakes out of Sculpey. The answer is: the girls got crafty this holiday season. We did so many things together, holed up in our basement while chaos reigned above. Greta made a snowman from cotton balls and construction paper. We made clove and orange pomander balls. We made snow globes from mason jars and bottle-brush trees. We made handprint-painted ornaments for Christmas gifts. We did a lot of foam stickers. We did a few Christmas craft kits from Michaels. We cut snowflakes from coffee filters. We made salt dough stuff and painted it. We made Santas out of corks. We glittered.
And we did a lot, a lot, of Sculpey. The girls were so excited about making tiny pies in bottle caps that they began demanding that Andrew drink more beers. We spent many afternoons with nails, beads, bottle caps, and clay, sitting for an hour at a stretch, making pies and cakes. Waiting for the cakes to chill in the refrigerator before slicing was a time of great anticipation.
|Pomander balls, accompanied by Christmas songs on the computer. In the basement, of course.|
|Representative fun with stickers / foam shapes|
|Cork Santas, a lot cuter on Pinterest|
|The annual batch of salt dough|
|Coffee filter snowflakes|
|The small plates are about 1.5 inches in diameter.|
|Bottle cap pies|