Hello Lovely friends! I thought I’d share a little bit of a hybrid garland with you today.
Yes. That was a weird sentence.
I decided to whip this up when a friend and I were talking the other day about ideas for our children in celebrating the real meaning of Christmas. So I decided to make a little project…
I already had these socks lying around when I picked them up from the point of purchase, bin from our local craft store this fall for about a dollar. (No, I’m not a total hoarder. Yes, I was tempted to keep these for my own feet.) Their original intent as sock puppets, these guys ended up serving another purpose.
I did a quick screen print on top with their monograms in a thick Helvetica to keep it simple. (For the full blown details on freezer paper techniques, check out our tutorial here.) All you need is a graphic to trace, a pencil, an Xacto, freezer paper, an iron, paintbrush + paint. I adore this process as one of my fave methods. ;} It’s addicting, to say the least.
When I was finished, I simply placed the socks on one of our spool garlands.
This garland is a bunch of really old fun spools we scored from a friend of ours. I simply strung them with some wooden beads on some twine, added the clips with socks and… tada! (Did you know they sell wooden spools? You can fake them as “old” by wrapping them with some fun twine if you wanted to make your own version with some beads. Check it out in the wood crafting section in any of your local craft stores!)
So what’s the point of these little stockings? We have a few days left before Christmas arrives, and we really try to focus on some of the more important stuff. We wanted to find a way for the elf ‘thing’ to work with the reason for the season. So we decided to make these stockings their little areas to receive various teaching items every morning until Christmas. Things like object lessons, and Bible verses. Something to discuss at breakfast or (if I’m being more realistic since my children are small zombies in the morning) dinner with the kids. For instance, maybe they’ll receive something simple like a star in their stocking, and we’ll ask them why they think they received a star. We’re hoping to spur a little conversation around here that has a more to do than just Santa. And presents. And receiving…
We’re working on it. Just a little something I thought would help, and get them excited about the other stuff. (The REAL stuff.)
What do you guys do to help with teaching your kids about the other aspects of Christmas? From giving to others, to celebrating Christ’s birth… We’re always looking for ideas, and we’d love to hear!
Have a wonderful weekend, awesome friends. Have an inspired day!