The snow has fallen, the turkey soup is on the stove and the kids are bored. Every year around Day five in the school holiday, we clear the dining room table for kids Christmas craft. If only to hide the evidence, here’s a kids Christmas craft to make use of the many left over wine corks.
These mini Santa’s are adorable on the Christmas table or hung on the Christmas tree.
Is Santa Elf or Human?
Along with the crafting, there is always a rousing discussion of whether Santa is human or an elf. I’m on #TeamElf myself. While I love all things vintage, the Coca-cola version of Santa has a human is just too recent a version for me to buy into. Those of faith might refer their Santa as a Saint. My preferred version is more European, much more ancient and about three feet tall.
Tomte, Nisse or Tomtenisse [Sweden], Nisse [Norway and Denmark] and Tonttu [Finland] is generally considered the Swedish and Norwegian version of Santa Claus. He’s about three feet tall with a red cap and, like the of Brownies of Irish lore, is a mischievous domestic sprite that can be extremely helpful. However, if you don’t leave him butter or other treats, can be very naughty. So if your cow’s milk is soured or you can’t find your best woolen socks, you’ve no one to blame but yourself.
Here’s another character, Wirt, who look reminds me of Elf on a Shelf only in blue. You can see Wirt and friends in a lovely animated children’s mini series, Over the Garden Wall. I am definitely going to share the song Potatoes and Molasses with my Granddaughter.
For this Kids Christmas Craft you will need:
White Glue or Glue Gun
A Fine Sharpie
Bells [ in the Wedding Section of Michael’s Arts & Crafts, PartyCity and Dollarama]
Instructions for Kids Christmas Craft
1. Cut 3″ X 3″ squares of red felt
2. I used a glue gun, but with small kids you could also put out coffee sticks and wax paper with a bit of glue. On the felt square draw a line of glue in a reverse L.
3. Place about 1/2″ of the round side of the cork onto the glue on the Left of the felt. This means the felt becomes the hat and the cork becomes the face and body.
4. Roll the Cork to the Right till the seams meet
5. Overlap the seams and press slightly till the glue on the cork and seems is dry
6. Make dots for the eyes on the cork using a fine Sharpie
7. Glue two teeny bits of cotton ball for eyebrows on the felt above the eyes
8. Add a teeny bit of glue onto the cork in the space beneath the eyes and press on a tiny piece of cotton to make the Beard
9. Clip a tiny triangle piece of red felt for the nose and glue on
10. Crimp the top of the felt “hat” and tie on the bells
TIP: Use one of those fine metal ornament hooks to hang it from your tree and don’t forget to put the year and the child’s name on the bottom.
Finally for food ideas for this holiday season, please check out my recipes like my Liquored Up Gluten Free Christmas Pudding.